Vacancy: Psychotherapist, 22 month fixed term contract, Lower North Island

  • Competitive, market-based remuneration package
  • Challenging and rewarding role, with a service development component
  • Based in Hawke’s Bay, Rimutaka, Whanganui, Manawatu, Palmerston North (1 role will be based at community corrections site)

Please note this is an ongoing recruitment due to more than one vacancy being filled.  Candidates will be contacted shortly after submitting their application if they are successfully selected.

Pact is a major provider of community-based mental health services across Southland, Otago, West Coast and the Lower North Island. We are seeking an experienced psychotherapist with a solid track record to deliver a new service within regional prisons.

As a champion of the new service, you will provide clinical mental health assessments, planning and treatment to prisoners who experience mental illness, and coach best-practice mental health support within the prison frontline staff and health teams.

This full-time position is for a 22-month fixed term and in order to apply you must be a registered psychotherapist with a degree or graduate diploma in a relevant clinical field and with robust experience in mental health assessment, treatment and therapy.  The ideal candidates will have a clear passion for engaging with prisoners and prison staff using strengths-based and culturally responsive interventions to empower prisoners to actively manage their mental health needs.

The positions offer the opportunity to develop the role within the prison health team as well as developing the service region-wide, with strong organisational and clinical support from your employer.

For more role specific information please contact Steve Catty, Strategic Analyst at (03) 470 2213. Please send your resume and completed employment application form available from to Maryna Bilousova, Workforce Development Manager at  or visit our website for more information.

We greatly appreciate the time and effort taken to submit your individual application. However, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.