Clinical Psychologist (Whanganui Forensic Team)

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Whatu Ora – Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley District

Location:   Whanganui

Service:    Regional Forensic Service MHAIDS

Contract:  Permanent, Part time (0.5FTE / 20 hours per week)

Salary:  Step 1-8 APEX Pro rata based on experience

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist with a sound knowledge of best-practice psychological theories and treatment approaches to work with adults experiencing mental health difficulties within a forensic context. While not essential, previous experience with forensic, correctional, or other high risk-high needs clients would be an advantage. You will be part of a supportive and experienced multidisciplinary team that provides specialist care to forensic clients in hospital, prison and in the community. As part of a regional service (covering Wellington, Manawatu, Whanganui, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Tairawhiti), you will also have the opportunity to be involved in wider service and local team development activities suitable to your skill-set and level of experience. 

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team

Te Korowai Whariki (TKW) is an operational group of regional and national services that has staff based in various locations in the Central Region, from Gisborne to Wanganui through to Wellington.  Te Korowai Whariki services are both inpatient and community based. Te Korowai Whariki consists primarily of two arms - Central Regional Services and the Intellectual Disability (ID) Services 

The regional arm of Te Korowai-Whāriki includes the Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Service which operates at the interface between Mental Health Services and the Justice System and works within the following settings – prisons, courts, community, and inpatient.  The Service offers assessment and rehabilitation services to defendants charges with criminal offences and offenders who have psychiatric illness.

Moū – About you

The ideal candidate(s) will have a sound understanding of mental health and addiction and the impact of these issues on clients, their whanau and the community.  The work also includes some consultancy to other services and support for functioning and development of their teams and the organisation as a whole.  Good supervision will be provided both on an individual basis and as part of the multidisciplinary team review meetings.  You must have a minimum of a Masters Degree in Psychology and Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology or equivalent.  You must be registered with the NZ Psychologist Board and have a current annual practising certificate.


  • Undertaking psychological assessments and interventions with clients in a forensic setting.
  • Liaising and working with multi-disciplinary team.
  • Writing psychological reports to the court.
  • Providing consult-liaison to other services.

E pā ana ki a tatou – About us

Here at Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley District 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.

Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley District 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

Hutt Valley

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service 


Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: AH103-24

Location: Wanganui

Closing Date: Sunday, 1 September 2024