AR-117 New Zealand Child and Adolescent Family Services Clinical Psychologist Vacancy – Two 2 Vacancies

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AR-117 New Zealand Child and Adolescent Family Services Clinical Psychologist Vacancy – Two 2 Vacancies

:  Palmerston North
:  New Zealand
:  Clinical Psychology

Dear Clinical Psychologist (CP)

If you are a currently licensed clinical psychologist are experienced and/or open to working with children and adolescents ages 0-18 and their families then I would like to hear from you!  The hiring manager has reached out to us to ask for help in filling two of her CAFS CP vacancies.

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Palmerston North

This city of 87,000 is located on the North Island of New Zealand and home to Massey University offering an excellent lifestyle and family friendly place to live.


Both positions are 1.0FTE, 40 hours per week and part of a multi-disciplinary child and adolescent team that provides a cluster of services in a community setting supporting infant, children and adolescents’ mental health to help Tangata Whaiora (service users) achieve their maximum health potential within the specific complex area of eating disorders through assessment and/or intervention.  The successful candidate will provide mental health services as an active, supportive member of the team in a collaborative environment providing specialist assessments and treatments to children, adolescents and their Whanau (family).   Developing treatment programmes, understanding training to clinicians within the team and facilitating Whanau meetings as well as family interventions are all part of the scope of this position.  Maintaining relationships with ken internal and external stakeholders, providing triage to clients in crisis and undertaking other duties to keep the service running effective and efficiently are all expected outcomes to maintain service leadership.

Essential Competencies

  • At least three to five years, or more, post license training and experience in child and adolescent mental health setting and/or open to working with children, adolescents and their families;
  • Knowledge of child psychology and development;
  • Able and willing to manage your own caseload;
  • Able and willing to provide a range of assessments;
  • Able and willing to provide a range of therapies including CBT, DBT and others;
  • Must have a lovely personality with a smashing sense of humour!;
  • Acceptance and experience working with children and their families who may have mental health problems;
  • Commitment to consumer-focused care and recovery;
  • Full driver’s license;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Able to apply theoretical concepts and professional knowledge to practice;
  • Eligible to receive your NZ Psychologist with *clinical* scope;
  • Annual practicing certificate prior to starting work;
  • Able to meet Immigration New Zealand’s health, police background check and other requirements for a work visa; and
  • Able and willing to commit at least two years.



  • 4 weeks annual leave per annum;
  • 11 paid public holidays per annum;
  • Around $2,500 for CME per year;
  • Malpractice insurance not required;
  • Don’t have to deal with insurance companies;
  • Potential for some help with relocation costs; and
  • Other things discussed at offer time.

Why New Zealand

  1. People are lovely;
  2. You don’t have to see a new patient every 15 or 30 minutes;
  3. Sane politics;
  4. Work here is much less stressful than in the US, UK and many other countries;
  5. Great place to live and work if you are towards the end of your career and looking for an adventure for 2-3 years;
  6. Excellent place to raise children with a good public, school system; and
  7. Our highly coveted, sought after, world class Kiwi Lifestyle.

No Burnout

Generally speaking, Clinical Psychologists from the US who now work in NZ find working here to be far less stressful than in the States.   Here are some comments from expat Clinical Psychologists now working in New Zealand:

  1. “You work with a team that often includes other Clinical Psychologists, a Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist and Mental Health Nurse;
  2. “There is always someone who knows the patient better than you;
  3. “The biggest factor is that you never see more than about five or six patients a day;
  4. “Generally speaking, working here in an outpatient role has far lower stress; and
  5. “People are still nice here.”


Registration for most overseas Clinical Psychologists is reciprocal so you don’t have to sit an exam.  It’s easy!


The vast majority of our Clinical Psychologists are part of our public health care, community based, mental health system and are paid via a national collective pay agreement.  I’m happy to discuss salary and cost of living information with you.


Would you like to have a no-pressure, informational chat with me about the entire process from medical registration, to interviewing for a job, work visa and any other questions that you may have?

New Zealand, our beautiful country, friendly people and sane politics are closer than you think!

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