The Employer
STOP is a well established Non-Government Organisation with approximately 32 employees and contract clinicians that provides community based treatment programmes in Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Nelson in the South Island of New Zealand.

The Programmes
STOP provides programmes for adults and adolescents who have sexually abused/offended and for children who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviours. STOP aspires to excellence both in terms of clinical service delivery and in organisational processes and programmes deliver best practice intervention including individual therapy, group and family therapy with social work support. Specialist Programmes for adolescents and men with intellectual disabilities are available in Christchurch. STOP has a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori Kaimahi clinicians are available in the Christchurch programmes to work with Maori clients and whanau. Services to Pacific Peoples are also being developed.

The Location
Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Nelson are located in the South Island of New Zealand. The South Island has a temperate climate with easy access to a wide range of recreation activities in the mountains, rivers and oceans. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand with a population of 350,000 people. The city is located at the edge of the Canterbury plains and Banks Peninsula which features sheltered bays and bush clad valleys. To the west of the city lie the tallest mountains in Australasia, the Southern Alps, strung out through the middle of the South Island parallel to the coastline. Mountain passes with delightful alpine villages, provide a route to the native bush clad West-Coast of the South Island. The whale-watching centre of Kaikoura is about 2 hours drive north of Christchurch. To the south are two more of Canterbury’s pristine rivers, ideal for fishing, white-water rafting or kayaking. Mt Hutt, the premier commercial ski area and five smaller ski fields are within 2 hours drive from the city. Christchurch offers a relaxed city life style with generally dry summers and moderate winters.

Dunedin is a city with Scottish history ,about five hours drive south of Christchurch.  Invercargill is New Zealand’s mos southern city.

The lifestyle

The New Zealand unique lifestyle is possibly one of the biggest draw cards for  overseas professionals thinking of working in or migrating to New Zealand.  New Zealand’s standard of living is relatively high in terms of education and employment, health and personal safety, housing and the physical environment, leisure satisfaction, quality of working life and social welfare provisions.  New Zealand is a safe destination for families, couples and individuals and offers a well developed social democracy that is progressive in facing social, cultural and ecological issues including an innovative nuclear free environment. You will find a modern infrastructure and well developed public health, welfare and education systems supported by a stable economy.  Housing costs are moderate and affordable.

Work Visa and Immigration
Assistance will be provided to the successful applicant in securing a two-year work visa and subsequently in applying for permanent residency in New Zealand if eligible. Some financial assistance would also be provided for relocation.

Opportunities for career development with STOP
At STOP we are committed to our staff’s personal and professional growth. To provide the best treatment programs, we need the best trained and experienced staff. Staff professional development includes in-service training, access to relevant external professional training, individual clinical supervision and external professional and cultural supervision that provide staff with the support and mentoring needed to be a successful professional. Clinical staff are also provided the opportunity to attend and deliver papers, seminars and workshops at a range of national and international professional forums.

Good Employer
In order to achieve the objects of our organisation, STOP will endeavour to employ and develop our staff by being a Good Employer. By Good Employer, we mean that we will actively seek to provide current and future staff with equal access, consideration and encouragement in the areas of recruitment, selection, promotion of employment, training and career development, without regard to race, colour, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, marital status, religious or ethical beliefs, employment status, family status or political or other organisational affiliation which is not at odds with the STOP’s objectives.

STOP’s staffing needs are in the following areas:

Clinical Staff

  • Specialist Clinicians with qualifications and experience in counselling, social work, psychology or a related field.
  • Clinical Psychologist with a post-graduate qualification in Clinical Psychology with New Zealand Registration or eligible for New Zealand registration
  • Social Worker with a minimum Level B qualification in Social Work or equivalent and current Certificate of Competency
  • Family Therapists with qualifications and experience in family therapy

Administration Staff

  • Administration Support– experience and training in a range of administration skills including computer packages, word processing and reception skills
  • Finance Manager– experience and training in accounting and finance including computer packages

Current Vacancies 


PLEASE NOTE: All job applicants must be New Zealand residents or hold an appropriate New Zealand work permit to apply for any of the above positions.

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