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Counsellor, Pasifika

Counsellor, Pasifika (6063B) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Warm Pacific greetings 

  • Are you interested in supporting Pasifika young people to thrive and achieve their goals?  
  • Are you an experienced mental health practitioner looking for a collegial and supportive team?
  • Are you looking for a workplace that actively supports diversity and encourages professional development?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington has an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced Counsellor, Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, or Social Worker, to join our passionate and motivated team. You will have a strong passion in supporting Pasifika people and communities as well as working with young adults and mature students. If you are interested, read on.

Mauri Ora – Student Health and Counselling is seeking an experienced mental health clinician to join our team on a full-time, permanent basis. This exciting opportunity is to be a part of our Counselling Team which provides short-term counselling or therapeutic support to university students.

This role will focus on supporting our Pasifika students’ wellbeing and academic success. You will provide culturally safe mental health support as well as build connections with all relevant community partners that will contribute to students thriving.

The Student Counselling Service works in a holistic and collaborative manner with our medical and nursing team, and other Students Services including Pasifika Student Support, Awhina, Disability Services, Student Learning, Wellington International and Student Interest and Conflict Resolution.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You must have the following:

  • An experienced, qualified practitioner with a current practising certificate that complies with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003) or a Counsellor with NZAC full registration and Te Whatu Ora Accreditation.
  • University Degree or Post graduate qualification in a mental health related discipline such as counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, social work, mental health nursing or occupational therapy.
  • Proven/demonstrated experience supporting Pasifika people and communities.
  • Experience and interest in working in a culturally safe approach with Pasifika students and applying cultural models of wellbeing.
  • Proven understanding of issues relating to late adolescence and early adulthood.
  • Experience in providing holistic mental health assessments and delivering a range of therapeutic approaches including solution focused, brief / time limited models of counselling.
  • Experience in mental health crisis management and intervention.
  • Proven ability to counsel using an approach that is non-judgemental, flexible, empathic, and sensitive to cultural, religious differences, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • Commitment to application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in an educational context.

Ideally, you will have the following:

  • Fluency in a Pasifika language(s).
  • Experienced in the provision of consultation and mental health promotion/preventive services.
  • Knowledge of The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021.
  • Knowledge of the support needs of university students and of equity issues.
  • Familiarity with practice management software and Microsoft Suite.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

We are a collegial team from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds. We cultivate regular professional and social connections to foster a supportive and warm atmosphere. We offer competitive salary, and our team benefits include: 

  • 5 professional development days and individual professional development budget (FTE pro rata).
  • In-house professional development sessions on cultural and clinical topics.
  • Fortnightly external clinical supervision (FTE pro rata) & fortnightly in-house peer supervision.
  • Professional indemnity insurance and annual registration (FTE pro rata).

As a VUW Staff, you will also benefit from University Holidays and staff discounts and packages. More info can be found here.

If you are curious, eager to work in a tight knit team and have a great sense of community you will fit right in!

You can read more about the role and responsibilities in the role description.

Close Date for Vacancy: 2 June 2023

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

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role, please get in touch with Laureline Darques, Clinical Lead Counselling (022 023 9296, But applicants should follow all steps listed below. 

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Then, please combine your cover letter, CV and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format). 

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert. Follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the “CV/Resume” button. 

If you have any issues uploading your application, please email the completed application form, cover letter and CV to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.