Permanent Part time – (30 hours per week)
New Zealand Red Cross (NZRC) 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.
NZRC 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.
Red Cross is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, working together towards our mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience. New Zealand Red Cross is a New Zealand wide organisation with over 14,500 members and 500 staff.
This position: Refugee Trauma Recovery provides a range of specialised mental health services that minimise the impact of traumatic experiences on the mental health of refugee clients and their families. The aim is to enhance the ability of refugees to resettle within New Zealand.
The Counsellor/Psychotherapist role focuses on direct clinical work with former refugees providing clinical and needs assessment, support, counselling, therapy, referral to specialist health providers, as well as advocacy with a range of national and local government agencies. The Counsellor/Psychotherapist may also provide some consultation, liaison, training and support to other agencies that have refugee clients.
In this role you will:
* 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
* Provide specialised knowledge and advice at care consultation meetings and into individual case discussions
* Provide specialist supervision and clinical advice to community and generic health services
We encourage you to apply for this role if you have:
* A recognised qualification in Counselling or Psychotherapy and NZ membership/registration of the relevant professional association
* An ability to work cross-culturally. Bilingual English and in the language of one of our major client groups (i.e. Arabic, Spanish) would be an advantage
* A sound understanding of the refugee experience
* Knowledge of trauma processes, grief and loss issues, mental health disorders
* A comprehensive understanding of and ability to apply appropriate therapeutic models and interventions applicable to the former refugee’s experience of trauma and grief/loss issues
* Competence to work with children and young people as well as adults
* Ability to deliver couple/family/group interventions
* Ability to work with interpreters
* 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 welcome and encourage diversity in our workforce and adhere to best practice equal employment opportunity principles in all aspects of our recruitment and our ways of working.
If you wish to discuss this opportunity or for further information, please contact Chris Clarke at New Zealand Red Cross (04) 8050361.
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