Listed 14 days Ago
Presbyterian Support Central
Non-profit - Social Services


  • Counsellor to work with families, parents and children
  • must be NZAC accredited
  • full time 

 We are seeking an experienced and qualified Counsellors with a strong connection and affinity for Te Ao Maori to work with our diverse clients in a range of settings. We offer an interesting caseload with a lot of variety and the opportunity to be part of a small, dedicated team working across a range of DOJ, DOC, MOE, MSD contracts as well as private clients.

We are an established NGO providing counselling services to tamariki, whanau and individuals affected by family violence, historical trauma and a broad range of other issues. We have been undergoing a shift in our team and culture over recent months and moving forward we are working together as a team to co-design how we can best serve our clients across a range of contracts and modalities. We welcome your input into this development.

We can also offer the opportunity to undergo training and development in mediation and group facilitation or to contribute to the development of others if this is your strong point.

About the Role

You can expect to be looking after a busy caseload where no two days are the same. This may include working with individuals, tamariki, adults, rangatahi, couples, families or whanau affected by family violence, relationship breakdowns, mental health issues, parenting challenges, trauma and more.

The role is full time (32 - 40 hours per week pending) and based in our New Plymouth office. There may be some travel on occasion as our area of service extends from Waitara through to Hawera.

About You

You will be a passionate, energetic person with the ability to connect to children and their families. You will have a demonstrable commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to engaging authentically with people from all cultures and walks of life.

You will be knowledgeable, technically proficient in terms of relevant administration for your mahi, well organised and have excellent communication skills. Your approach to your work will be with compassion, good understanding and knowledge of various counselling Modalities and when and how to use them. Above all you will have the drive to do right by the Client.

In addition to being a passionate counsellor, you will also have:

· Experience working with vulnerable individuals, couples, whanau, youth and children

· Membership (in some cases provisional membership may be ok) with a professional organisation

· Flexible, skilled, safe and creative approaches in supporting vulnerable people

· Experience working with family violence and trauma

· Experience facilitating group programs (Adult and children) desirable

· A positive approach, problem solving mindset and a commitment to working collaboratively.

What’s in it for you?

You will have the opportunity to be part of a not-for-profit service specialising in the support of whanau and Tamariki. The work is diverse and interesting and the team is committed, keen and ready to grow! Join us as we think about what service delivery in the times we are living in might look like and how we best serve our clients while honouring our own skills and development. 

Bring your fresh thinking to the table! 

About Us

 You will be joining an organisation committed to working innovatively and effectively with each other and with our diverse range of clients. Our core contracts involve providing integrated social

services for the whole community including counselling, mediation, social work, targeted short term therapeutic interventions for tamariki and parenting support.

Programs include supporting families experiencing family violence; ongoing counselling support to adults, couples, rangatahi, tamariki and whanau; social work; parenting programmes and family dispute resolution.

We are a charity incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.

How to apply

In line with the new government mandate - and the requirement to be Covid 19 vaccinated - please advise your current status of this in your covering letter.  

If you would like further information, please get in touch with Lisa Traill, Manager-Family Works, on 021791066
or at at 

Only those with the legal right to work in NZ may apply. 

Candidates should expect to undergo police vetting for these roles and Family Works may need to contact our key stakeholders such as Ministry of Social Development or Ministry of Justice to ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the candidate and the organisation. 

Applications close:  15 December 2021

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