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Job Number : 28178
Type and Location : HR/Psychology / NSW - Other
Listed By : NSW Department of Justice on 25 Jul 2019
Psychologist/*Specialist Psychologist - Ongoing & Temporary roles - Offender Management & Programs -

 Psychologist/*Specialist Psychologist (Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program – IDATP)


  • Ongoing and temporary full-time roles
  • Location: Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre (OMMPCC) and Dillwynia Correctional Centre (DILCC) at John Morony Correctional Complex
  • Package includes salary of $68,084 - $119,607 plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading
  • CSNSW holds an annual Psychology Conference which meets your professional development requirements
  • In addition to standard training and professional development provided to all CSNSW Offender Services & Programs staff, employees in [State-wide Programs] will receive specialised training opportunities with external experts and trainers or attendance at national conferences.


About us


Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) delivers professional correctional services and programs to reduce the risk of re-offending and enhance public safety. It serves a key function of the NSW Justice sector by providing effective, safe and humane management of offenders both in custody and in the community. CSNSW also works in partnership with other government and community agencies to ensure that offenders and their families are supported.


About the role


CSNSW is currently seeking enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals to join our team as a Psychologist/*Specialist Psychologist at the Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDATP).  There is one ongoing full time role and one temporary full time role (with the possibility of ongoing) available. The Intensive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program (IDATP) is a treatment facility for Medium, Medium/High and High risk incarcerated male and female offendersincorporating a range of therapeutic, health, education, vocation and pre-release interventions aimed at addressing substance dependence, offending behaviour and reintegration.  Treatment is approximately 6-8 months in duration and is predominately group based treatment with adjunct individual intervention. It is facilitated at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre (males) and Dillwynia Correctional Centre (females) at the John Morony Complex.




As a Psychologist/*Specialist Psychologist at the IDATP, your tasks can include:


  • Delivering group based therapy alongside your co-facilitator, focused on offence specific and offence related interventions for offenders affected by AOD use.
  •  Providing adjunct individual psychological intervention as needed (e.g., management of therapy-interfering behaviours such as mental health, cognitive impairments).
  • Conducting comprehensive clinical and risk assessments (including psychometric testing, clinical interviews) developing case formulations and determining appropriate treatment pathways.
  • Preparing treatment reports for relevant stakeholders.
  • Maintaining documentation and case notes on offenders receiving services on the Offender Integrated Management System (OIMS), in case and psychology files.
  • Working as part of a dynamic team under the supervision of a Senior Psychologist and Chief Psychologist.




This role reports to the IDATP Senior Management Team which consists of the IDATP Manager, Therapeutic Managers, Manager Offender Services & Programs, and the Senior Offender Services and Programs Systems Manager. This role also reports directly to the Senior Psychologist (Therapeutic Manager) for supervision.


There are no roles reporting to this role.


About you


Candidates for this role will ideally have:


  • Full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Psychologist.
  • Experience in the provision of psychological services and treatment for offenders and/or individuals with challenging behaviours
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience conducting group therapy


The focus capabilities for the role are the capabilities in which candidates must demonstrate immediate competence and can be found in the Role Description.



Applying for the role


To apply for this role you need to submit an application online via

Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as specified in the role description. 


Attach a de-identified psychological report as an example of your formal report writing skills.


Answer the two pre-screening questions below – we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency with reference to the focus capabilities.


1.   Outline the primary psychological issues of working with AOD offenders and describe the psychological theory and strategies you would utilise to address these issues (max. 500 words).

2.   Describe the strategies you would use to manage your role as a Psychologist/*Specialist Psychologist working in a multidisciplinary team within a correctional environment (max 500 words).

Additional Information


*For appointment as a Specialist Psychologist you must satisfy the additional selection criteria and qualifications (click here for Specialist Psychologist Criteria). Please ensure you tick the box for ‘specialist’ and address these criteria in your written application. Applicants may be considered for Appointment at the classification/level of Specialist Psychologist set out in the Crown Employees (Psychologists) Award provided they meet the relevant criteria. This is unrelated to recognition as a specialist by AHPRA. In line with the National Laws governing the registration of health professionals in Australia, a psychologist can only use the term specialist in their job title if they are on the specialist register, even if he/she is paid as a specialist under the Award referred to above.


Contact: Samara Campion -


Closing date: 22nd August 2019, 11.59pm AEST



A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 12 months.


NSW Department of Communities and Justice is committed to building a workplace that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


The Department encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed below, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.

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