Benefits of College membership

  • Support for student members

    Our student members have told us that completing clinical psychology training can be challenging. They are required to sustain very high workloads and clinical work, which can have distressing content that students (and clinicians) respond to in a variety of ways. Support from academic staff or clinical supervisors is often complicated by these individuals also assessing and grading the student’s performance. If you find yourself wanting to speak to someone privately in a therapy capacity, you are not alone! In addition, self-reflection is a critical skill for a psychologist to develop and therapy can assist in this process. If you are looking for a therapist, you can explore the following options:

    • Student Health: Your university student health and counselling services may be able to offer free or low cost counselling.
    • Clinical Programs: Some clinical programs have established mentoring and support programs –ask your program or fellow students about these.
    • MPS Insurance: The College provides free Medical Protection Society (MPS) Insurance for student members and MPS provide an Employment Assistance Program that will pay for 6 sessions with a clinical psychologist per year. https://www.nzccp.co.nz/membership/professional-indemnity-with-the-medical-protection-society-mps/
    • WINZ: You may be able to access up to $65.36 per week through WINZ toward counselling or therapy, find more details here https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/health-and-disability/counselling.html
    • Telehealth: You can contact a multitude of telehealth services for free and often 27/7 there is an extensive list of these at the Mental Health Foundation Website https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines/
    • Private: If you are able to privately fund therapy – you can find a list of local clinical psychologists here https://www.nzccp.co.nz/for-the-public/find-a-clinical-psychologist/
    • NZCCP Mentoring Program: This is under development so please watch this space!
    • He Paiaka Tipu: This is a rōpū for Māori students undertaking study within a psychology profession (e.g., clinical, educational, organisational). They offer a supportive environment for students to share their experiences and any resources pertinent to indigenous psychology.

    Resources for students

    You can find information on various topics related to clinical psychology work here (https://www.nzccp.co.nz/membership/members-only-resources/recommended-resources-2/ ). This will grow over time as we ask College members who work in each area to add their “go to” resources. If you have a resource you’ve found particularly helpful please share it with us by emailing Caroline (Executive Director) at office@nzccp.co.nz .

    Advocating for students:

    The College leadership meet regularly with government ministers and write letters in support of issues pertaining to clinical psychology students. If there are issues you would like the College to address on your behalf, please let us know by contacting your local student rep or the national student representatives (both a Māori and a general student representative is available to kōrero with).

    Your representatives:

    There are NZCCP student representatives in most clinical programs around the country and additionally two who are part of the NZCCP Council (a general representative and a representative for Māori students). These students work to represent your views to the College, communicate with you and advocate for your needs as a clinical student. You can access both the General Student Representative George Guthrie and Māori Student Representative Irie Schimanski at studentreps@nzccp.co.nz . Please get in touch with your local rep in the first instance with any questions, concerns, or ideas. 

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