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Psychologists employed by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) provide psychological services across Corrective Services NSW, Community Services (formerly FACS) and Youth Justice (formerly Juvenile Justice).
DCJ Psychologists operate as part of a team of psychologists and/or member of a multi-disciplinary team. They provide psychological assessments, interventions and therapeutic services for children and families experiencing challenging circumstances, young people and offenders who are in custody and those under community supervision orders.
"There are definitely times when you know you've had a positive impact."
DCJ Careers: Psychologists
Every day is different. Every day is exciting but at the same time challenging. You get to have exposures in that you can not previously imagine.
Our work is challenging. The people we work with, the clients are going to be challenging. There is nowhere else that do that sort of work and work with some particular complex cases and really stretch your wings out and get a true sense of what some of these sorts of cases are like.
So I always join to the challenge of that and knowing that there was nowhere else I could really get that experience and have that level of contact.
I definitely think that working with a challenging population of clients that there're definitely times when you do notice you've had a positive impact in the way you've been able to provide treatment and really makes you feel that what you're doing is worthwhile and that you're making some positive impact in the world.
Yeah, I think it's about the small wins and what you can take from each day because having that connection with young people, or just whatever client we're working with, and noticing small changes, I think, is a huge attraction for me to continue going back each day.
I thought how can I challenge myself and going into world working with families and children and young people, and trying to keep them with their families, that's really rewarding.
And I think this line of work, working for this department, there's this opportunity to be able to do work. It doesn't change or help the person in the chair opposite you but helps their family, giving them another chance to go out and be a productive member of society and then the victim's families.
If you're studying in a Master's, definitely look at doing a placement with corrections 'cause it's a really fantastic opportunity.
It's a strong mentoring aspect to our programmes, so you have that opportunity to actually being really mentored and supervised by very experienced psychologist in a particular field whether be violent, sex offenders, any other programmes.
It can be stressful but if you learn from the beginning, self-care, looking after yourself, getting good supervision, and making sure you have the correct supports in place that you can have a really long and varied and rich career.
Flexibility in our working hours, the different types of leave, and I mentioned early on that, for example, it allowed me to go on to pursue other further studies such as PhD.
When you really put it into perspective, there is a lot of power in what we do. At the end of the day, it does show that what we're doing is working.
In terms of advice, yes, about being open to change, being flexible, open-minded, but be passionate, be driven, like want to do the work because it's such interesting work and it makes a difference.
Corrective Services Psychologists provide direct psychological assessment, intervention, and therapeutic services and programs to offenders and remandees within custodial and community locations. There is a supportive supervision structure in place to ensure opportunities for career development.
Community Services Psychologists provide trauma informed therapeutic care to disadvantaged children, young people, families and carers. As Therapeutic Specialists, their role is to guide assessment, develop and monitor treatment plans, equip staff through training and reflective practice sessions and collect data on outcomes.
Youth Justice Psychologists provide a consultancy service to staff regarding the psychological needs of young people within custodial and community locations, including those who sexually offend.
DCJ provides services to various communities across the state, making it important to have a diverse and inclusive workforce that contributes to better outcomes for our communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make a significant impact to the organisation by improving the way we interact with Indigenous communities and help inform and shape cross-cultural services.
29 Nov 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.