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Psychologist – Student Counsellor 34 views

Massey Manawatu Health and Counselling Centre is looking for a Student Counsellor/Psychologist committed to making a difference, with an affinity for working with Maori and Pasifika and experience working with a diverse range of age groups and cultures. The centre is particularly interested in hearing from registered psychologists able to assist with the supervision of intern psychology students.

The successful applicant would be expected to work collaboratively with other Student Counsellors to meet the needs of students on the Massey Manawatu campus. It is a requirement of this position that the successful applicant hold a Professional tertiary level qualification in psychology (general scope) or clinical psychology and be fully registered member of the New Zealand Psychologist Board

The Centre provides one on one support to students as well as contributing to the wider wellness needs of the community on campus. Counsellors are part of the Health Centre team which includes medical practitioners and nurses. The role would be available as a full time or on a part time basis.

The employment setting will involve work with people across the lifespan and applicants will be required to comply with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and the Vulnerable Children (Requirements for Safety Checks of Children Workers) Regulations 2015.

Job description Purpose statement
To provide professional counselling and psychological services to Massey University students, particularly Maori and Pasifika, to enhance their personal well-being and academic performance, thereby promoting student retention and positive outcomes.

Responsible to
Manager Wellness Services

Key accountabilities
Respond to the mental health needs of students, particularly Maori and Pasifika, at the Manawatu Campus by:

  • Assisting individuals to deal with problems impacting adversely on their functioning as students by providing appropriate and timely individual, couple, or group counselling, assessment, advocacy, mediation, and dispute resolution.
  • Assessment and referral for psychiatric care, or other specialised counselling, e.g. eating disorders. alcohol or drug abuse agencies, when necessary.
  • Management of emotional or psychological crisis.
  • Researching the need for, and provide psycho educational groups, orientation support groups, informal meetings, promotions, publications, displays, meetings etc. in response to identified student and staff need.
  • Maintaining accurate, concise and confidential records.
  • Liaising with the Doctor and Nurse where necessary to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to care for clients. Provision of general assistance in the Health and Counselling Centre as needed during busy periods, including assisting with emergencies as needed.
  • Advising and supporting other staff at the university in their dealings with students by conducting Impaired Performance and Aegrotat assessments, advocacy, consultancy regarding welfare programmes, mediation and conflict management, and managing critical incidents.
  • Enhancing student resilience and ability to cope with challenges by providing targeted education programmes and workshops, ensuring a visible presence on the campus, providing appropriate publications, and running life skill workshops.
  • Ensuring students receive appropriate access to relevant community agencies by developing and maintaining on going relationships with external agencies, and maintaining a profile in the community as well as participating in appropriate health partnerships with other providers.
  • Regularly assess the ongoing wellness needs of students of Massey University and provide feedback to the Practice Manager.
  • Support Maori and Pasifika students in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.
  • Support all other students (including LGBTQI+) in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.
  • Providing professional psychological supervision to intern psychologists (subject to experience).
  • Contribute to the effective delivery of counselling and psychological support services within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Enhancing student resilience and ability to cope with challenges by providing targeted education programmes and workshops, ensuring a visible presence on the campus, providing appropriate publications, and running life skill workshops.
  • Ensuring students receive appropriate access to relevant community agencies by developing and maintaining on-going relationships with external agencies, and maintaining a profile in the community as well as participating in appropriate health partnerships with other providers.
  • Regularly assess the on-going wellness needs of students of Massey University and provide feedback to the Practice Manager.
  • Contribute to the effective delivery of counselling and psychological support services within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • The staff member may also be required to work additional hours including weekends, for example, to assist during crisis situations. Student Counsellors also take part in and contribute to key University events outside of the usual working hours as part of a broader team to enhance the student experience.
  • Person specification Qualifications
    • Professional tertiary level qualification in one of the following: counselling, psychology (general scope), or clinical.

    • Full membership of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC), or full registration with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

    Experience
    Experience in the delivery of counselling and psychological services to students or to similar client groups is essential. We are particularly interested in experience working with people from a variety of cultural and language backgrounds – including Maori, Pasifika and LGBTQI+ as currently represented in the Massey University student population.

    • Proven experience in a range of therapeutic approaches and crisis intervention.

    • Evidence of supervised experience and on-going supervision.

    • Demonstrated commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

    Personal attributes and behaviours
    • A sound ethical understanding and approach to all aspects of counselling and psychological practice.

    • Ability to work flexibly according to the needs of the clients and of the service. The ability to establish trust and form a therapeutic relationship with clients is vital.

    • Ability to speak comfortably and present confidently to a variety of audiences.

    • Essential to be able to communicate effectively in written and oral forms with staff and health professionals.

    • Group presentation skills and conflict resolution skills are a distinct advantage.

    • A strong ability to utilise computer skills, particularly those related to effective note keeping, communication with others and running of appointments, are essential.

    • Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.

    • Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with students and University staff both individually and to groups.

    • Knowledge and ability of community and cultural groups to enable appropriate referrals and facilitate networking.

    • Commitment to wellness and its promotion

    • Commitment to on-going professional development as evidenced by at least two professional seminars per year.

    • Demonstrated flexibility in approach and a willingness to learn and embrace change.

    Additional Pre-employment Checks
    Requirement to pass a Criminal and Traffic Convictions (Security) Check performed by the Ministry of Justice.

    Requirement to pass a Credit History Check performed by Veda Advantage Personal Information Services. In addition, there is a requirement to pass a ‘No Asset Procedure (NAP)’ Credit History Check performed through the Insolvency and Trustee Service, Ministry of Economic Development.

    A safety check in accordance with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and the Vulnerable Children (Requirements for Safety Checks of Children’s Workers) Regulations 2015 is required. Part of this process includes a requirement to pass the police vetting part of the safety check.

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