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Job Number : 28281
Type and Location : Psychologist / NSW - Other
Listed By : NSW Department of Justice on 7 Aug 2019
Senior Psychologist/ Senior Specialist Psychologist - Ongoing - Offender Management & Programs

Senior Psychologist – Mental Health Screening Units - Specific Needs Cluster: Silverwater Complex

Senior Psychologist/Senior Specialist Psychologist – Mental Health Screening Units


·         Attractive salary of $106,730 - $132,494 per year plus superannuation and leave loading

·         Management position, opportunity to work in Communities and Justice NSW

·         Supervision and CPD met in-house


About us:


The NSW Department of Communities and Justice delivers legal, court and supervision services to the people of NSW by managing courts and justice services, implementing programs to reduce crime and re offending, managing custodial and community-based correctional services, protecting rights and community standards and advising on law reform and legal matters.


Corrective Services NSW Mental Health Screening Unit Psychology Team is responsible for conducting assessments and providing interventions to address the risk and needs of inmates with acute mental illness in custody.


About the role:


Manage, supervise and lead a team in the provision of direct psychological services to offenders within the Specific Needs Cluster – Mental Health Screening Units. All new staff will be required to attend the Integrated Induction for up to 2 weeks at the commencement of their employment.


This is an exciting opportunity to join a motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated multi-disciplinary team of psychologists and services and programs officers who work together with psychiatrists, mental health nurses and custodial officers to provide a range of services to inmates placed in the Mental Health Screening Unit (MHSU) and step down areas across both male and female units. Lead a team of psychologists in the provision of psychological assessment and intervention, and work collaboratively with the Manager Crisis/Mental Health in the Management of the MHSUs.


This role reports to the Chief Psychologist Specific Needs. Click here to download the role description.


About you – the ideal candidate should have:


·         Full registration as a psychologist, and at least three years post registration experience, authorised supervisor status with AHPRA.

·         Experience in managing and working in a multidisciplinary team.

·         Thorough understanding of psychological factors associated with the impact of serious mental illness and self-harm and its intersections with offending.

·         Experience working with vulnerable people with serious mental illness and highly complex needs

·         Motivation to be part of creating this new Senior Psychologist role within an established team.


Applying for the role


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


For appointment as a Senior Specialist Psychologist you must satisfy the additional selection criteria and qualifications. Click here for the Senior Specialist Psychology 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 Senior 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.


When applying you will need to:


1.         Answer the two pre-screening questions below – we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in this focus capability.


Describe in detail your experience in administering psychological assessment tools, give examples of using a high level of clinical judgement in assessment and management of complex cases according to scientific literature, and your understanding of psychological theories and strategies relevant for working with offenders with serious mental illness. ( 400 words )


Demonstrate the capabilities you bring to the role of Senior Psychologist MHSU in working with a range of stakeholders within a criminal justice context. ( 400 words )



2.         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.



ContactBerindah Aicken, State-wide Manager Specific Needs, 0429639520


Closing date: 4th September 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.

Contact Details
Berindah Aicken, State-wide Manager Specific Needs, 0429639520

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