Psychology in Aotearoa NewZealand – Shaping the Future Dr Pamela Hyde Executive Director Jack Austin Immediate Past President Department of Psychology University of Otago 7 March, 2011
About the New Zealand Psychological Society• Established 1947 and later as a stand alone incorporated society in 1967• 1200 members and subscribers• Governed by an elected Executive• National Office in Wellington• Branches and special interest institutes and groups
The NZPsS ExecutivePresident Director of Professional Past PresidentFrank O’Connor Jack Austin Development and Training Dr Kerry GibsonPresident – Elect Director of SocialPeter Coleman Issues Kaumatua Iris Fontanilla Huata Holmes Director ofDirector of Bicultural IssuesScientific Affairs Dr Rose BlackDr Mei Williams Director of Bicultural IssuesDirector of Moana WaitokiProfessional AffairsJoanne Cunningham
NZPsS National Office Heike Albrecht Dr Pamela Hyde Professional Executive Development Co- Director ordinator Donna Macdonald Debra Ridgway Membership Executive Administrator Officer
The Society’s ObjectsPromoting• Psychology as a science and profession• Psychological knowledge applied to social justice issues• High standards of ethical and professional service• Research, teaching and practice• Responsiveness of the Society to the Treaty of Waitangi• The interests of the profession by being responsive to its members
Who belongsThe Society represents psychologists from a diverse range of sub-disciplines and work environments e.g.These include• Student psychologists• Academic and research psychologists• Postgraduate students studying psychology and intern psychologists• Clinical psychologists• Community psychologists• Criminal justice/ forensic/ Family Court psychologists• Counselling psychologists• Developmental and child psychologists• Educational psychologists• Health psychologists• Industrial and organisational psychologists• Kaupapa Māori psychologists• Neuropsychologists• Social psychologists• Sports psychologists
Why members belong• Collegiality/ networking• Communication/ information• Professional development/ resources• Representation/ Advocacy• International links• Encouraging ethical practice• Awards, scholarships and prizes• Bicultural partnership with Māori• Referral database• Indemnity insurance
Helping to shape the future of psychologyBeing visible and being heard through• Position statements• Submissions• Media releases/ media inquiries• Website postings• Representation• Meeting with ministers, ministry officials• Publications
Being visible and having a voice on professional and social justice issues• Ministry of Health – role of psychology in primary mental health care, mental health staffing issues, HPCA issues, incentives for health professionals in hard to staff areas, non pharmaceutical treatment of depression• Ministry of Education – number and restricted role of educational psychologists
Being visible contd.• Department of Corrections – boot camps – youth crime needs a qualified workforce• Health Workforce New Zealand – intern psychologist training places• ACC – operational issues and strategic issues – sensitive claims clinical pathway, supervision for branch advisory psychologists
Being visible contd.• Ministry of Justice – Sec 59, Rehabilitation, care and protection of child offenders, approaches to youth crime, qualifications for counselling children through the Family Court• New Zealand Guidelines Group – input into guidelines e.g. ASD• Te Pou – Psychologist workforce issues
Being visible contd.• Psychologists Board – scopes of practice, workforce issues, translation of the Code of Ethics into Māori, issues relating to the continuing competence audit• Select committees – Alcohol Reform Bill• Linking with the Mental Health Commission, Mental Health Foundation, New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists
The Society• Is proactive as well as responsive• Hears the concerns of members and voices these• Recognises and uses the considerable skills of its members• Comment and advice on a range of issues now sought• Forms alliances when this important e.g. NZCCP, annual social event etc.
In summary: What the Society offers academics• Peer reviewed publishing opportunities• International connections• Annual conference• Honours and Awards• Networking opportunities• Advocacy and influencing
In summary: What the Society offers Students• Two subscriber options• Collegiality and networking• Reduced rates for conference and professional development opportunities• Access to professional publications and opportunities to contribute• Free indemnity insurance whilst intern psychologist• 50% reduction in first year of NZPsS membership• Being part of an organisation which represents your interests
In Conclusion• The Society is a proactive, collegial and professional organisation. Our aim is to be responsive to our members and provide quality services and benefits.• We have developed an excellent reputation for providing sound opinion and advice on professional and social justice issues• Our aim is to grow and develop our strengths in supporting and advancing psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand
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