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Benefits of Membership
Psychotherapy is a solitary profession that attracts a wide range of interesting and sometimes unusual and colourful individuals. The Association brings its members together to meet, to get to know each other, to argue, to challenge and support, to share problems, and to enjoy familiar and evolving opportunities for companionship.
Members are people who are passionate about the potential of psychotherapy in the lives of individuals and communities. Maintaining a high standard of ethical professional practice, enabling access to psychotherapy for all New Zealanders, the inclusion of a psychotherapy-based viewpoint in community, national and international issues are some of the aspects which engage members’ energies. Joining together as a professional body allows a more prominent and effective voice in such matters.
The admission process is often experienced as a challenge by provisional members. The hard work of writing a psychotherapeutic study generates both anguish and satisfied relief. However, in retrospect, the process may be viewed rather differently by the new member.
The regard with which membership of the Association is held in the wider community and among other professionals is a significant benefit. The consistent standards of admission, the carefully designed Code of Ethics, the clear procedures for dealing with concerns and complaints are important aspects of this.
For all members, local branches provide fellowship and regular meetings which offer stimulating presentations and discussion, often about the Association and its activities. In branch meetings, individual voices are heard, issues debated and information disseminated. Members who have been away to conferences are often asked to share their learning with colleagues back home.
The experience of being involved in the management of the organisation is regarded as a major benefit for many. There are numerous opportunities for all members, ordinary and provisional, to become involved in the day-to-day running of the Association, both at local and national levels. To implement practices which embody strongly felt concerns and enthusiasm is a privilege. The roles and collegial relationships that develop from this are extending and satisfying.