The Canterbury Branch currently has 55 Full, Provisional, and Student members and 9 Retired members. We meet on the second Thursday of each month, and attendance ranges from around 16 to 25 people. We are enjoying meeting in the rebuilt RSA premises in Christchurch city centre, where those who want to can have a meal together prior to the meeting. The focus of our branch is to provide collegial connection, and stimulating professional development for psychotherapists, via presentations from members and non- members. Our commitment to progressing, and maintaining, our bicultural nature is important. The branch is self-funding, receiving no money from the national body, so we charge a branch levy of $40 for members which is invoiced at the start of the financial year. The branch levy covers branch expenses for monthly meetings and visiting speakers. Branch members receive a monthly newsletter. Non-members, who are members of a professional association and who are interested in psychotherapy, are welcome to be placed on our mailing list and (unless the meeting is stated as Members only) welcome to attend meetings. We ask that you email the convenor to check regarding attending, as at times there are room space restrictions, and, importantly so we can ensure you are welcomed. We ask visiting colleagues to contribute $10 towards meeting expenses, payable by internet banking to the branch.

The structure of the meetings are:

6-7pm Optional meal

7pm – 7.30pm Meeting for collegial connection and to discuss matters relevant to psychotherapy, NZAP and the local branch as needed. Members are invited to raise items for the agenda by emailing the convenor prior to the meeting.

7.30-8.30pm Professional Dialogue series. We aim to provide stimulating presentations, and allow time for discussion.

Convenor: Katherine Stewart