Otago and Southland

Our Dunedin branch is flourishing. We are a very committed group of people. The commitment is usually reflected in the number of people attending the monthly Branch meetings. Our meetings are lively, interesting and supportive.

There are about 60 members on the mailing list. Since Registration with PBANZ the Otago Branch has grown. Psychotherapists can apply for full membership of NZAP and as part of the process, present themselves to our Branch. We have enjoyed many presentations with professional and personal content.

Last year (2015) some exciting progress was initiated and worked out regarding bicultural connecting. An overnight stay at the Otakou Marae of 25+ members was highly successful and relevant.

Our meetings have a diverse content: presentations by members and non-members, discussions and debriefing, and education. Twice a year we organize evenings with a more social character and they serve to get to know each other better and to help the networking. Occasionally we organise professional presentations outside the monthly meeting times. This only happens when the presentation or workshop needs more time or when the presenter is not available on the Branch night.

We have two supervisor groups. One is the ACP group consisting of supervisors of those who are preparing to submit case studies etc. The other is the Regional Supervision Group, which is currently made up of seven people who supervise psychotherapists.

Convenor: Lidy de Leeuw

lidy.deleeuw@xtra.co.nz