20 Jun 2022

Full-Time Clinical Lead

Live for More  Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty $70,000 - $80,000

Job Description

Do you love life and are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of rangatahi (young people)?  Then we would love to chat with you.


About us

Our purpose at Live for More is to empower rangatahi (young people) to find freedom from their troubled pasts and be inspired to live positive and fulfilling lives. Through our surf therapy programmes, we transform lives – one wave at a time.

Our clients are males, 17-25 years and are often trapped in lifestyles of addiction, mental health and antisocial behaviours. Many have been or are actively involved in the justice system. 

Live for More builds strong rapport and healthy, lasting relationships with rangatahi through our surf therapy programmes. Alongside surf therapy, we also provide intensive clinical counselling and support, practical life navigation skills, mentoring and cultural sessions.  All of this is aimed to empower self-belief, confidence and a positive outlook. With a renewed understanding of life and purpose, as well as their identity, potential and culture, we see rangatahi finding freedom for themselves and their whānau. See www.liveformore.org.nz for more details.


About the role

The key purposes of this role are to provide clinical oversight to programme staff, as well as to provide clinical support to clients on the Tai Tautoko programme, both in 1-1 and group settings. You will be leading the clinical aspects of the Tai Tautoko programme, supporting clients to increase their overall wellbeing and empowering them to make positive changes to achieve their goals for a healthier life. This is a great opportunity for a person that is both passionate about leading and developing other professionals, as well as working on the coal-face clinically with high-risk rangatahi and wanting to make a difference in their lives.

You will be a person who can easily:

  • build trusting relationships with rangatahi
  • be confident in leading clinical group work and therapeutic programmes
  • provide clinical leadership and oversight to other staff
  • work well within a team of passionate people
  • actively participate in our surf therapy programmes and other physical activities.

The role is based in Tauranga and is full-time position. You will be working as part of a team of nine permanent staff and several awesome volunteers. The duties include general case management of clients, 1-1 clinical sessions with clients, clinical group and programme facilitation, leading the programme staff clinically, as well as active participation and facilitating regular surf therapy programmes.


Skills & experience

Ideally the candidate would be:

  • Competent with intensive 1-1 clinical work with clients
  • Able to impart clinical knowledge to others in 1-1, group or educational settings
  • Capable of forming lasting relationships and trust with vulnerable rangatahi
  • Registered with a professional body related to psychology or counselling
  • Competent in surfing, but it is NOT an essential requirement – as long as the applicant is physical capable and willing to learn and participate in the surf therapy.

 Ideally the candidate would have:

  • Minimum of 5 years clinical practice
  • Minimum of 3 years previous workplace experience within an AOD or MH organisation
  • Understanding of Māori approaches to wellbeing, such as Te Whare Tapa Whā
  • Understanding of AOD, mental health and the justice system
  • Experience in leadership and managing others clinically
  • Experience working with high-risk rangatahi
  • Experience leading clinical groupwork
  • Experience running and facilitating programmes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • A full driver’s license is essential.


    Tasks & responsibilities

    • Case management of clients
    • Clinical oversight and leadership of the programme staff team
    • Facilitating the Tai Tautoko programme and leading therapeutic group sessions
    • Scheduling, organising and delivering 1-1 clinical sessions with clients
    • Managing and mitigating the risk of any clients who are deemed high-risk
    • Writing thorough, accurate and timely case notes in the Live for More CRM
    • Liaising with relevant agencies regarding client support outside of Live for More
    • Referring clients to other agencies as needed (residential rehab, Crisis Team, etc.) and supporting them to engage with the agencies
    • Attending and participating in surf therapy programme days and other physical activities
    • Supporting the Operations Manager to develop clinical policies and procedures as needed.


     To thrive in this position, you will:

    • Be passionate about supporting rangatahi and have an ability to engage with a wide group of people
    • Enjoy both 1-1 and group clinical work
    • Have an empathetic and non-judgmental attitude
    • Be naturally positive and encouraging
    • Have healthy communication skills and an ability to lead others
    • Be self-motivated in developing clinical and professional practice
    • Enjoy being active, outdoors and in the water
    • Be focussed on delivering high-quality care for clients and whānau
    • Have an ability to work independently without direct supervision
    • Be passionate about Te Ao Māori
    • Be a team player who enjoys connecting with others at work.


      Does this sound like a bit of you or resonate with your wairua?  If so, please send a cover letter detailing who you are, where you are from, why you are applying for this job and what makes you perfect for this role, along with your CV to:  [email protected]


      For more information about Live for More, please visit www.liveformore.org.nz.

      Does this sound like a bit of you or resonate with your wairua?  If so, please send a cover letter detailing who you are, where you are from, why you are applying for this job and what makes you perfect for this role, along with your CV to:  [email protected].

      For more information about Live for More, please visit www.liveformore.org.nz.

      Job Category: Children, Youth and Family Services. Job Type: Full-Time.

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