Psychosocial Support Worker, Wellington

About CanTeen

CanTeen, a highly regarded national organisation, provides evidence-based support to young people 13-24 years dealing with the enormous challenges that cancer brings, whether dealing with their own diagnosis or that of a family member.

CanTeen provides an innovative combination of individual support, peer support programs and group based psychosocial programs, both face to face and online, for young people affected by cancer across New Zealand.

The CanTeen governance model is unique, with young people at the heart of decision making at every level of the organisation, including the Board of Directors. CanTeen provides leadership development opportunities to ensure that the young leaders can lead the organisation with great confidence.

In 2018, the CanTeen Board laid the foundations for an exciting and sustainable future for the organisation, by implementing a major restructure and engaging CanTeen Australia in a strategic partnership. This will see the organisation expand its support options for young people over the coming year with some exciting announcements to come in that time.

CanTeen’s work is not only informed by internationally leading research but is also guided by a clear clinical governance framework.  The organisation also has a very strong commitment to workforce development and accordingly is looking for the right professional to take forward in this role.

Job Summary: 

Full Time, Permanent Position

We are looking for an experienced, highly skilled, professional and passionate Psychosocial Support Worker to work in our Wellington Office. We are looking for candidates from a Health or Clinical Psychologist or a Clinical Social Worker background. This role is a new position and is one of 5 new Psychosocial Support Worker roles, that have been created across CanTeen’s Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch hubs. These new roles will join existing Program Officers based in each of these locations as well as a team of online counsellors. The role will be working closely with strong support from the Psychosocial Manager.

The Psychosocial Support Worker is responsible for coordinating and delivering vital psychosocial support to young people living with cancer. This involves the provision of psychosocial assessment, care planning and review processes, and delivering the psychosocial content of CanTeen Programs.

The Psychosocial Support Worker will also play a crucial service promotion role to hospital and other key stakeholders, to ensure that young people are provided with information about and referral to CanTeen at the earliest point in their cancer experience. Once young people are referred, your role will ensure that an appropriate care plan is developed and actioned, including opportunities to access and participate in programs across CanTeen as well as online support.

You will work as part of a committed and dynamic local and national team, supporting and inspiring young people living with cancer. Regular supervision and case review meetings will provide the foundation for a professional, highly skilled and competent team.

Is This You?

We are looking for a highly motivated team player who can also work with an appropriate level of independence and autonomy as required to ensure that the organisation achieves its mission and is highly regarded as referral destination for young people. You will be adaptable to change as CanTeen continues to evolve its offering to young people and families in response to changing needs and opportunities.

You will be a confident and clear communicator who is able to liaise with third party stakeholders such as hospital social work teams, oncology staff and the wider community to ensure they receive up-to-date information about CanTeen and our services.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification (Social Work or Psychology) and the ideal candidate will have proven experience providing individualised psychosocial assessment and support planning including experience in utilising assessment measures to assist in understanding the needs of service users.

Experience and proficiency in group work facilitation, a current open driver’s license and an ability to obtain a first aid certificate is a must.

What We Will Offer You:

  • A competitive salary for the not for profit sector
  • Access to exciting evidence-based learning opportunities from both sides of the Tasman
  • Joining a supportive team that wants to achieve great outcomes for young people

 Interested? Apply Now!

To apply, please send your resume and covering letter telling us why you would be the best person for this role to