The Project

The aim of this project is to combine online tools with real person therapeutic support to ensure more young people have access to cost-effective, mental health treatment. We know that online self-guided mental health treatment is effective. We also know that young people are more likely to take part in online programmes if they have personalised support. As part of this project, we deliver coached online modules as well as CBT based interactive seminars. The research question is not whether these tools work, we already know that they improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, on average. Our research aims to understand who, specifically, do they work for and to develop a screening tool to help guide treatment choice.

We will recruit rangatahi enrolled in tertiary education. This project is funded by a Health Research Council of New Zealand Project Grant.

The role - Te mahi

This lead clinician role will be providing supervision and guidance for group facilitators and coaches who are providing online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) based support to tertiary students. You will be the lead clinician in a team that includes registered clinical psychologists, clinical psychology trainees and interns, and volunteers.

Key tasks will include:

  • Clinical supervision of group CBT facilitators (weekly).
  • Clinical supervision of coaches (2-3 weekly, coaches provide written feedback to participants taking part in online CBT based modules).
  • Providing follow-up phone contact with participants to direct them to face-to-face services where required.
  • Provide training sessions for volunteer coaches (e.g., understanding of study protocols, working with rainbow students, motivational interviewing skills).
  • Liaison with student health and counselling services and with research team members.

Skills and Experience - Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

  • Registered clinical psychologist with at least five-years clinical experience.
  • Experience with group facilitation and CBT.
  • An understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi with preference given to applicants with strong knowledge and experience with Māori models of mental health.
  • Knowledge and expertise with motivational interviewing skills (preferred).
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively, tactfully and diplomatically with a wide range of staff, professionals, and students.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collegially in a team environment as well as independently.

Who we are - Ko wai mātou

Established in 1964, the Department of Psychological Medicine's longstanding foundations are confirmation of the Dunedin School of Medicine's ongoing commitment to psychological medicine.

The Department is focussed on six primary research areas, as well as being actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching to medical students, psychiatric and general practice registrars, postgraduate students, and various higher education postgraduate training programmes.

Further details - Pūroko

This is a part-time (0.2 FTE), fixed-term position for 18 months.

As a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.

Flexible working arrangements, including remote work will be considered.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

Application - Tono

To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2400329 will close on Sunday, 7 April 2024.

Applications will be considered as they are received. The University reserves the right to close this vacancy at any time.


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