Vacancy at the Red Cross- Psychotherapist Refugee Trauma Recovery

Counsellor/Psychotherapist Refugee Trauma Recovery (RTR) Permanent Role (30 Hours/Week)

New Zealand Red Cross is a member National Society of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

New Zealand Red Cross plays a vital role in providing assistance to vulnerable people in New Zealand and overseas whose lives have become vulnerable through conflict, disaster or circumstance.

We are an organisation with over 10,000 voluntary members and 450 staff and we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist to join our Refugee Trauma Recovery (RTR) programme.

This position: The Counsellor/Psychotherapist works alongside our RTR clinical team to provide specialised mental health therapeutic support to former refugees of all ages who have experienced the trauma of war and torture. This will include clinical and needs assessment, support, and counselling. The Counsellor/Psychotherapist may also provide consultation, liaison, training and support to other agencies that have refugee clients.

In consultation with the Clinical Manager and other staff the Counsellor/Psychotherapist may deliver group programmes.

In this role you will:

  • Assess clients for their eligibility for RTR services
  • Provide clients with culturally appropriate, goal-focused therapeutic interventions
  • Provide care co-ordination ensuring clients are involved fully in decision making related to

    their care

  • Make referrals to appropriate agencies and ensure effective linkages are made
  • Advocate on behalf of clients to ensure full access to rights, services and resources
  • Encourage refugee communities to initiate self-care programmes
  • Co-facilitate psycho social group programmes
  • Participate as part of the wider Red Cross team

We encourage you to apply for this role if you have:

  • Qualifications in psychotherapy and/or counselling,
  • An ability to work cross-culturally. Bilingual or fluent in a language spoken by one of our

    client groups would be an advantage

  • A sound understanding of the refugee experience
  • Knowledge of trauma processes, grief and loss issues, mental health disorders
  • Ability to facilitate group interventions, with a primary focus on psycho-education.
  • Excellent networking and advocacy skills
  • Empathy with humanitarian causes

• Be enthusiastic and have the commitment to work as a team member of Red Cross.

We are committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff and members of the public with whom we work. As part of that commitment, full COVID-19 vaccination is a mandatory requirement for this role, subject to consideration of individual circumstances where necessary and appropriate.

To download the job description please click the active job description link below.

All applications MUST be submitted online which requires uploading the below details

  • A recent copy of CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Passport
  • Right to Work(If Not NZ Citizen)

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to be considered for this job, Applications close at 05:00 Pm on 22 June 2022.

If you wish to discuss this opportunity or for further information, please contact Francesca Faggioli at New Zealand Red Cross 022 301 1502.

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