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Location: Wellington Regional Hospital/Kenepuru Hospital

Service:  Ngā Tai Oranga

Contract:  Permanent, Full Time or Part Time

Salary:  $75,000 - $120,000

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

Ngā Tai Oranga, The Healing Tides, is a small team based in Newtown, Wellington. The role is diverse as it involves providing therapies, teaching mental health staff and providing supervision and consultations regarding tangata whaiora with severe distress intolerance, relationship and emotional dysregulation that impacts on their life (across the lifespan) and their significant others and whānau. 

The person in this role would undertake work in all aspects of our programme. We run two dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) programmes; one in Newtown and the other based at the whare nui at Te Whare Marie in Porirua. We provide consultation, supervision and advice to mental health service teams. We offer teaching on emotion regulation skills to mental health professionals and a separate programme teaching about borderline personality disorder, compassion and risk management. We have contracts with other District Health Boards and provide regular consultations and teaching to these regions. Our team members have small therapy caseloads of DBT and other modalities e.g. EMDR, CBT, CAT. 

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team

We are multi-disciplinary team of 7. We are passionate about working with tangata whaiora who have significant difficulties with emotion regulation, self-identity and relational capacities. Likely diagnosis, or difficulties conceptualised as personality disorder and/or complex PTSD. Often this group of people are marginalised and we advocate for compassion, robust formulations, best practice and evidence informed treatments. We are on a journey to bring more kaupapa Māori understanding to our work, so to better meet the needs of tāngata whenua.

Our team works well together because we apply the skills we teach in therapy to ourselves. We promote open communication and care for each other, because we know that in order to provide effective therapies we need to feel well supported. The team leader meets regularly with staff to provide support and guidance. We often work in pairs in our teaching and consultations. 

Moū – About you

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated and NZ Registered Health Clinical Psychologist to join our team. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability, religions, including applicants with lived experience of mental distress.

While we are ideally seeking an experienced Psychologist because of the complex presentations we work with, we would definitely consider someone passionate this area of work who is less experienced. We would provide training opportunities, support and supervision to ensure the placement is successful. 

We are also open to considering flexible and part-time working hours.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A high level of knowledge, understanding and experience working with, treating and assessing tangata whaiora who have significant difficulties with emotion regulation, self-identity and relational capacities. Likely diagnosis, or difficulties conceptualised as personality disorder and/or complex PTSD.
  • Qualification and experience in evidence based model(s) for treatment of personality disorder. 
  • Sufficient work experience, clinical competence and confidence to provide consultation and supervision for clinicians and other service providers (internal and external).
  • Knowledge and understanding about Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the impact of colonisation. Understanding about the impacts of poverty, discrimination and minority stress. 

E pā ana ki a tatou – About us

Here at the 2DHBs (Capital & Coast District Health Board and Hutt Valley District Health Boards) we embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, including all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

The 2DHBs are pro-equity health organisation, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific Peoples, and the Disability Community.

To find out more about us click on the following links:

Capital and Coast DHB

Hutt Valley DHB

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

Click the apply now button to send your application directly to us. For further information on this role please email and indicate the job title and vacancy number (AH011-22) in the subject line.

2DHB requires ALL its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  We are not accepting applications that do not meet this criteria.

Please note we will be reviewing applications when received and will progress through the recruitment process until advertising closes on 6 February 2022.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed

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