Professional Development 2014

Professional development is an important aspect of the psychology profession. Psychologists from abroad who are interested in psychology jobs in New Zealand may be curious about the types of development opportunities available in 2014.  

In late February the Institute of Health Psychology hostsed in Auckland A breath taking event: Assessment and management of people with Breathing Pattern Disorders, a workshop to improve understanding regarding the mechanics of breathing and disordered breathing, and give practical suggestions regarding its assessment and treatment. In March the New Zealand Psychological Society and the Institute of Clinical Psychology is hosting Working with couples: A practical grounding, a one day workshop aimed to increase the practitioners’ confidence in working with couples. Also in March the Waikato Branch of the NZ Psychological Society organize a one day workshop about The Psychologists’ Code of Ethics.  In April the Industrial Organisational Special Interest Group will host on the east coast of Coromandel the program Building Mindfulness: Letting go of everyday busyness, and taking time to explore its potential for you, a chance to explore the application of mindfulness in your life and work.

The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2014 will be held in Nelson from August 29th until September 1st. The theme of this year’s conference is Psychology in a Changing World recognizing that psychology needs not only to adapt to change but to anticipate change in the contexts in which we practise, teach and learn.

Presenters at the conference include:

Dr. Harlene Anderson (USA) is an international leader in the development of postmodern collaborative-dialogic practices, and applies her approach to therapy, organization development, education, research, coaching and consultation.

Neville Blampied (NZ) is Professor of Psychology at Canterbury University. Neville received the New Zealand Psychological Society Adcock Award which recognizes valuable and significant contributions to psychology in areas including philosophy of science and psychological theory.

Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a (NZ) is a manager/clinical psychologist at Counties Manukau and lecturer in the Counselling Psychology Post Graduate Programme at AUT University. The main focus of Ainsleigh’s clinical work is with Māori young people and whānau. She hopes to extend her research area of clinical neuropsychology in to her work with children and youth.

Professor Michael Daffern (AU) is a clinical and forensic psychologist. He has worked in prisons and forensic mental health settings for more than 20 years. Presently, he is Professor in Clinical Forensic Psychology with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Legal Studies at Swinburne University of Technology. He is also Principal Consultant Psychologist with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).

Andrew Munro (UK) (MA Hons, C Psychol) is a business psychologist with over 25 years international experience of consulting across the corporate and public sectors. He also advises other consultancies in the design and implementation of applications in personal, team and organisational effectiveness.

Dr Joseph Trimble (USA), Distinguished University Professor, Professor of Psychology and Professor in the Woodring College of Education and Research Associate in the Center for Cross-Cultural Research has published widely on indigenous and cross-cultural psychology issues.

As part of the Conference, a 3 day exhibition will also be held.

For more details and information about professional development events in New Zealand visit the NZPB website:

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