Team Lead, Counselling (PIKI) (90054) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Team Lead, Counselling (PIKI); (Fixed-Term, full-time)
  • Do you have a relevant university degree and a desire to provide quality counselling to students in order to support their personal and academic development? 
  • Are you experienced in working with Maori, Pasifika and Rainbow people?

We are seeking an experienced Team Lead to work within our Student Counselling service, fixed term until August 2021. Tu Ora Compass Health and Victoria University of Wellington have agreed to run a youth mental health pilot (Piki) until mid-2021, to focus on integrated therapies for 18 – 25-year olds, with Student Counselling being one provider of this. You will be part of a passionate and motivated Counselling team and will take a multidisciplinary approach to client care working closely with staff from Student Health, Student Academic Services and across the University.

The purpose of the Student Counselling Service and Piki is to provide quality counselling to students in order to support their personal development and academic endeavours and to promote a culturally inclusive and caring environment for both students and staff.

As the Team Lead, Counselling (Piki), You will lead a team of Piki Counsellors and will be responsible for all aspects of staff management and professional leadership. You will work closely with the Clinical Lead, Counselling, to ensure Piki meets the operational needs of the pilot within the Service, as well as Student and University needs. This includes working alongside the Clinical Lead, Counselling in leading, planning, and operationalising the strategic development and management of the Piki pilot so that it is responsive to an increasingly diverse Student population. This role contains a mix of leadership responsibilities and the delivery of counselling services to students.

We are seeking a highly experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker or psychologist with experience managing a team and an interest in working with young adults and mature students in a university setting. You will have the ability to work therapeutically with people who have a wide range of emotional, social, cultural, and mental health issues. Knowledge and experience of work in the tertiary sector and within mental health services would be helpful as would special attention with working with Maori, Pasifika and Rainbow people.

Applicants must hold a relevant applied university degree and be a full member of a professional body such as NZAC, NZAP, ANZASW, or be a registered psychologist. An ability to work cooperatively as part of a team will be essential. It is strongly desired that applicants have a working knowledge of CBT and hold a recognised CBT qualification or be willing to work toward one.

This role requires safety checking through the police vetting system under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Role description 


Applications close Wednesday 16th August 2020

For further information, please contact Linda Robertson, Clinical Lead of Counselling, on (04) 463 5308 or email but applicants should follow the steps outlined below.

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