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Puāwaitanga Umeed Professional (Contractor) - Expressions of Interest

Phone-based professional, confidential counsellors, 3 years+ experience, work remotely, flexible hours, develop your existing client base. Provide Kiwis with connected care.
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  • Opportunity to provide phone-based professional, confidential counselling services
  • Support Kiwis who are struggling and face challenges in accessing traditional counselling services
  • 3 years+ experience working in Mental Health, Addictions, Counselling or Face to Face therapy
  • Work from home or private practice, with the ability to provide flexible hours and develop your existing client base

How Puāwaitanga works

Puāwaitanga means to blossom, to flourish, to break through and is a phone and web-based service to support Kiwis to improve their emotional well-being – their hauora. Umeed is a version of the Puāwaitanga programme created to support people affected by the Christchurch terror attack. 

What is Umeed?

Umeed uses the standard Puāwaitanga programme, but allows clients the choice of a mental health professional with specific language and an understanding of mental health needs of Muslim communities in New Zealand.  

  • GP or case worker identifies someone in need and refers them to Puāwaitanga  
  • At the initial appointment, the counsellor listens to the client and helps them work out a progress plan  
  • Clients can speak to counsellors about any issues, some of which might be low mood, anxiety, grief, addictions, relationship issues and low self-esteem
  • Over the course of the programme (typically 3-6 sessions) the counsellor and client work together to improve the well-being of the client
  • After their sessions, the counsellor may refer the client on to further services or the client’s clinical team to continue supporting them 

About you

  • Completed qualification in a relevant field
  • Full registration with a professional body (e.g. DAPAANZ, NZAC, or similar)
  • 3+ years experience working in Mental Health, Addictions, Counselling or Face to Face therapy
  • The ability to speak any language other than English (to a degree of fluency sufficient to hold sessions with clients) is desirable
  • Understanding of mental health needs of Muslim communities in NZ
  • Flexibility to accommodate client sessions, occurring over a 24/7 period

If you're ready for a challenge and want to improve the lives of New Zealanders in need, this could be the perfect role for you.

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