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Job Number : 29512
Type and Location : HR/Psychology / NSW - Other
Listed By : NSW Department of Justice on 10 Jan 2020
Psychologist - Ongoing - Shortland Correctional Centre


CSNSW have an exciting opportunity in two of our psychology programs. We are seeking to fill roles in the High Intensity Program Unit Violent Offender Therapeutic Program (HIPU VOTP) located at Shortland Correctional Centre, Cessnock.


·         Ongoing full-time roles

·         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 training opportunities with external experts and trainers or attendance at national conferences

·         CSNSW offers flexible work hours under the Flexible Working Hours Agreement


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 roles


Location: Shortland Correctional Centre, Cessnock Complex


An opportunity has arisen within a therapeutic unit for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Psychologist to join the team at HIPU VOTP. The HIPU VOTP is for Medium/High and High risk incarcerated male offenders who have a current violent offence and a history of violence. The program predominantly runs group-based therapy co-facilitated with a Services and Programs Officer that incorporates a range of therapeutic and reintegration interventions aimed at addressing violent offending behaviour and offence-related issues (e.g. substance use, relationship behaviours, emotion regulation). The program is approximately six months in duration and accepts maximum and medium security classified offences.




As a Psychologist at the HIPU VOTP, your tasks can include:


·         Delivering group based therapy alongside your co-facilitator, focused on offence specific and offence related interventions for offenders

·         Providing adjunct individual psychological intervention as needed (e.g., management of therapy-interfering behaviours such as mental health and 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) and in case and psychology files

·         Contributing to the research and training on the assessment and treatment of offenders

·         Working as part of a dynamic team under the supervision of a Senior Psychologist and Chief Psychologist


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:

1.    Submit an application online via, job number 00007JPE

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.

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

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



1.    Outline your knowledge and ability to apply current psychological literature relevant to assessment and intervention for violent offenders. (400 words)

2.    Give an example of your organisational and communication skills in your daily duties; as well as more formally in report writing for key stakeholders.  (400 words)


Contact: Amanda Pilley –

Closing date 9th February 2020

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 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 - Amanda Pilley

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