Clinical Supervisor – Waitematā

CADS, the largest provider of alcohol and drug services in NZ, is looking for a Clinical Supervisor to join our Pregnancy and Parental Service (PPS) which has recently undergone significant expansion.

PPS is a multi-disciplinary regional service which works with pregnant women and parents of children under three years of age who have alcohol and drug issues and are poorly connected to health and social services who are experiencing multiple and complex problems with issues such as alcohol and other drugs (AOD), family violence, physical and mental health, inadequate housing, poverty and lack of social supports.

The Role:

Our multi-disciplinary team is looking for an experienced clinical supervisor with a qualification in: applied alcohol and drug studies, nursing, social work, counselling, psychology, occupational therapy or related fields.

Whilst holding a small case load, the clinical supervisor would also provide support to the PPS team by providing clinical supervision, monitoring clinical service delivery and staff performance as well as contributing to the leadership and development of the PPS team.

The Supervisor position brings an opportunity to enrich clinical practice and knowledge in the burgeoning area of early intervention for vulnerable children and to make a difference in the lives of these parents and hence that of their children.  Some of this is via direct contact with clients, but largely via supporting their clinicians in their practice and contributing to ongoing improvement of team practice and processes.

This is an opportunity to get involved in evidence based early intervention which addresses the needs of those children’s parents and strengthens the family environment utilising client led strength based goal planning. The supervisees would be clinicians working with clients using assertive outreach, advocacy, service co-ordination, risk management and working within a harm minimisation recovery model.

The Team:

The aim of PPS is to improve outcomes for the unborn and young children of these clients via interventions that reduce harm and positively impact the young children’s’ “first 1000 days” of crucial brain development, so as to enhance their future psychological and social trajectories.

Our team is resourced to assertively outreach and spend time and energy engaging with these difficult to reach parents.

Our Clinicians have robust supervisory arrangements and are offered many training opportunities with CADS and Circle of Security training

As seen in the 2017 PPS Outcomes Evaluation the PPS clinicians are able to make a difference to the children of clients by reducing their exposure to violence, the impact of parental substance use, improved parenting, and improving clients’ self-efficacy and natural supports. Due to the success of the PPS model this service is currently undergoing national expansion and our team is proud to be actively involved with supporting this.

Required Attributes:

To work with PPS you need a sense of social justice and non-judgmental attitude; enjoy working with challenging and complex situations both autonomously and in a team; and have excellent communication skills.

At Waitemata DHB we embrace diversity and while our clients are mostly female, male applicants are encouraged to apply.

Quote from previous team supervisor (15.3.2019):

“Providing clinical supervision within PPS provides both significant challenges and rewards.  The PPS team are a passionate, diverse, highly skilled multidisciplinary team, who appropriately utilise Supervision to obtain support and guidance with a complex, high needs client group.  No two days are the same, so if you are energetic, flexible, and adept at problem solving, then this is an exciting career opportunity.”

Quote from PPS clinician (13.3.2019):

“PPS offers a really unique service to clients.  We work to make a real and practical difference for those in NZ who are often dealt the roughest hand in life, it’s really meaningful to feel like you get to make a change on a grassroots level.

 I like that we are innovative and flexible – if something doesn’t work about what we do, we change it.  Everyone gets a say in how we work with our clients.

 We have a great team spirit and help support and take care of each other – something that is really important in a mental health or addiction service, where we do really challenging work every day.”

 There are great training opportunities at CADS, no matter what your level of experience is, you always feel like you are learning and growing in your clinical practice.”


For further information please contact Amanda Robb, (09) 815 5830 ext. 45123 and for more information about our recruitment process, please contact Glenn Bratton, Recruitment Consultant on 09 442 7251.

Please click here for a copy of the position description.

Please apply for this position by visiting our Website at quoting reference number PCT00002 or click on the “apply now” button on this page.

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Position number: PTC00002

Closing date : 30 July 2019