The NZCCP wishes you and your loved ones all the best for the challenges of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the period of self-isolation, and the disruption to “psychological business as usual.” We are receptive to doing what we can to support members through this difficult time, so please be in touch.

Here are some links and resources that may be helpful:

NZ Psychologists Board’s document Best Practice Guideline – The Practice of Telepsychology at  http://www.psychologistsboard.org.nz/cms_show_download.php?id=244  is very useful for assisting us to practise online safely and effectively.

MPS has made allowances for the situation and “reassure that should you need to do a remote consultation with a patient whom you would ordinarily see face-to-face, your membership with Medical Protection will enable you to request assistance for matters that could arise from such consultations during this time.” 

ACC has also approved Telehealth for additional service types for the duration of the COVID-19 response in the treatment of ACC’s clients accessing Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims, Psychological Services, and Clinical Psychiatric Services.  Individual waivers to use Telehealth for these services will not be required for the duration of the COVID-19 response. 

Several other documents are available that may assist people to learn more about online therapy and other aspects of practising during the pandemic:

There is also a lot of discussion and suggestions on the NZCCP Private Practitioners Facebook group site and at TeletherapyNZ

American Psychological Assocation (APA): Five ways to view coverage of the coronavirus:
https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics

Guidelines on the Psychological and Emotional Aspects of Covid 19 (EMDREurope) 

Guidelines EMDR Therapy online

Explaining Covid 19 to Kids