Corrective Services NSW

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Introduction to Corrective Services NSW


How would you best describe the culture of the organisation?

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CSNSW currently employs in excess of 150 psychologists across both metro and regional areas. Within this larger cohort CSNSW psychologists work as part of small teams or clusters. This often fosters strong bonds, where individuals are supported on both a peer and supervisory level.

CSNSW psychologists also work within multidisciplinary teams and cultivate positive working relationships with other staff members of CSNSW, inclusive of custodial staff and community corrections officers.


What does a typical day look like for a psychology graduate in the organisation?

Remand correctional centers: Triage referrals and conduct assessments / interventions / programs based on psychological priorities.

When inmates are in cells/unavailable psychologists undertake clinical and administrative duties including reading case files, entering information on CSNSW systems (OIMS, EDRMS), scoring psychometric assessments and writing reports. Psychologists attend professional supervision once per month and receive administrative supervision as required. They will meet with other staff in formal and informal meetings.


Specific Needs programs: Psychologists providing intensive treatment (i.e. with sex offenders or violent offenders): treatment groups, individual psychological contact, writing treatment reports, doing assessments and community engagement (community meetings, case management teams) and supervision.


Within the Disability area: Triage referrals, conduct assessments, deliver group programs, write reports


Mental Health Screening Units: Attend ward rounds, triage referrals, individual psychology interventions, meet with other members of multi-disciplinary team to discuss case management or management plans, write reports and administration as required.


Programs: Facilitate treatment programs that are directed at reducing an offender’s likelihood of reoffending. Conduct risk assessments for offenders in order to provide informed and targeted treatment to offenders with specific offence patterns. Write court reports and treatment reports as required. Participate in supervision processes.


Community Settings: Provide consultation to Community Corrections staff with specific focus on violent and/or sexual offenders. Provide consultation in relation to the mental health needs of an offender and where they should be referred to for ongoing treatment (if required). CSNSW psychologists work in a cluster model and can be required to work in both community and custodial settings.


Every day in CSNSW is different and psychologists need to be flexible and abide by work-place practices and policies. New graduates must be mindful of their environment and are able to seek the assistance of mentors, Senior Psychologists and Peer Psychologists for guidance in the day to day activities.


Describe the roles psychology graduates have taken in your organisation.


What edge does a psychology graduate have over other graduates from other areas within the business?


What can gradutes expect from the recruitment process?

CSNSW job opportunities are advertised via the Jobs NSW website or the Department of Justice website. All advertisements will include a contact person who can answer questions relating to the specific position advertised. It is advised that prior to submitting a formal written application all potential applicants should make direct contact with the identified contact person in order to fully understand the requirements of the advertised position.

Recruitment processes typically involve the submitting of a formal written application, followed by a formal face to face interview. Applicants will be asked to submit a variety of declarations inclusive of a criminal record check as part of the application process. Students who are in the last months (2 months) of completing their Masters of Psychology are able to apply for positions within CSNSW whilst still a provisional psychologist (employment as a psychologist will only occur if/when the student becomes fully registered with AHPRA). Please clearly identify in your cover letter that you are at the later stages of completing your Masters in Psychology.

Further details can be found at the Public Services Commission website.


What makes an applicant stand out in their application and interview process?