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Anmol - Clinical Psychologist

13 December 2021
Anmol Hero

Tēnā koutou
Ko ngā maunga Himalaya oku maunga Te ru nei tāku ngākau
Ko Ganga te awa e mahea nei aku maharaha
No New Delhi, India āhau
E mihi ana ki ngā tohu o nehe, o Tāmaki Makaurau e nohu nei au
Ko Chawla tōku whānau
Ko Anmol tōku ingoa
He Kaimahi Hinengaro āhau
Kia a tātou e tau nei
Kia ora koutou katoa

Kia ora. my name is Anmol Chawla. I was born in New Delhi, India and I moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in August 2019 to study Human Resource Management at the University in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Before that, after completing a bachelor’s degree (honours) in Psychology, I went on to study a Master of Science and a Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. This allowed me to be licensed as a Clinical Psychologist by Te Poari Kaimātaiti Hinengaro O Aotearoa/the New Zealand Psychologist Board and the Rehabilitation Council of India. I am a proud employee of Ara Poutama Aotearoa and since May 2021 have been working as a Clinical Psychologist, based at the Manukau Psychologists’ office.

The Department of Corrections’ Hōkai Rangi strategy is what attracted me to pursue this role. The aims and vision laid out in the strategy resonates with my own values and goals. As a psychologist, my practise revolves around the wellness and wellbeing of people. Ara Poutama Aotearoa actioned that with its kaupapa (principles) of Humanising and Healing, focusing on building family relationships (whānau), recognising the foundations for participation and incorporated the Te Ao Māori worldview. This strategy that runs through the department, creates a unified culture of active collaboration between teams to deliver the best services for men and women in prison.

My day as a Clinical Psychologist with Ara Poutama Aotearoa includes working with our clients to complete risk assessments, assessment for treatment needs, writing reports for the New Zealand Parole Board and delivering therapy. Collaboration and consultation with custodial staff, case managers, probation officers and other fellow psychologists allows for a multi-disciplinary environment which is entirely focused on ensuring best outcomes for our people. The role is intense, but highly satisfying and rewarding, as you see your interventions uplifting the people we manage. COVID-19 has brought a lot of barriers for engagement, but our resilient teams have taken the challenge head-on, and, active communication and collaboration resulted in continuation of our work through tele-health methods. Lockdown has also allowed us to look inwards before we give outwards. I was involved in delivering mindfulness sessions to various probation sites in Auckland, which helped us to be centred, so we can continue the amazing mahi we all do.

Working with Ara Poutama Aotearoa has opened a plethora of opportunities for my career. Ongoing training, EAP support, regular hui with manager on professional development, a friendly supportive work culture, 5 weeks of annual leave – is just the tip of the iceberg of the benefits of working in Ara Poutama Aotearoa.

Me Mahi Tahi Tātou
Mo Te Oranga O Te Katoa
We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone


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