Counsellor (Piki Pilot) (90097) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Counsellor (PIKI); (Fixed-Term, part-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 Counsellor 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.

You will be a highly experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker or psychologist with 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 experience in working with Maori, Pasifika and Rainbow people.

Applicants must hold a relevant applied university degree and be a full member of 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.

For further information, please contact Linda Robertson, Clinical Lead of Counselling, on (04) 463 5308 or email

Role description 

Applications close Wednesday 12th 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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