Clinician - Youth Mental Health

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020



Clinician - Youth Mental Health

Adventure Development Ltd

About the business

Adventure Development is a dynamic not for profit organisation that provides assessment and therapeutic services to young people experiencing mental health issues, problems associated with alcohol and other drugs and offending.  Our aim is to support and empower young people and whanau to live meaningful, valued and enriched lives through collaborative relationships and sustainable, innovative and responsive services. 

We have teams based in South Canterbury, Otago, Central Lakes and Southland and provide services and support for young people and their whanau across the lower part of the South Island.  We have an exciting opportunity for clinicians to join our South Canterbury, Otago and Southland Teams and deliver services throughout the region. A range of full time and part time permanent positions available.

About the role

The importance of mental health and wellbeing for youth is being increasingly recognised and talked about throughout New Zealand.  Reporting through to the Service Leader, this clinical role will join the local Clinical Team to deliver a range of services from mild to severe, including the Thrive! Te Pae Ora service, which is designed to meet the needs of rangatahi/young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with at risk young people aged 12 – 24 years and whanau
  • Meeting the client’s needs in a manner most appropriate to the client and consistent with a strengths and recovery approach
  • Providing a service that reflects the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Respecting the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of New Zealand and utilise culturally appropriate counselling practices
  • Maintaining professional registration
  • Utilising best practice methods in all clinical practice, and have working knowledge of the following modalities: MI, CBT, ACT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Working with co-existing mental health and addiction issues as appropriate,
  • Work as an effective and collaborative member of a regional team for the wider organisation as a whole
  • Develop and maintain effective, collaborative and professional relationships with colleagues in other services, related areas and professions in order to optimise the support experienced by young people and their families/hanau.

Benefits and perks

  • Remuneration reflecting ADL’s NGO/ Not-for-Profit status and commensurate with experience and skills will be offered.
  • We are looking for clinicians based in South Canterbury, Dunedin, or Invercargill.
  • Full time and part time positions are available. 

Skills and experience

This requires a passionate clinician with current NZ professional registration (Occupational Therapy, Psychologist, Social Work, Counsellor (NZAC or DAPAANZ), or Nurse Therapist). 

Along with this you will have:

  • At least three years+ clinical experience
  • Experience as a hanau inclusive practitioner
  • Kaupapa Māori knowledge
  • Motivational interviewing, ACT and/or CBT training
  • Experience in using paperless systems
  • Your full drivers license 

A detailed position description and application pack is available on request from [email protected].  

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