Robyn Hewland

Dr. Robyn Hewland QSM, graduated in medicine in Otago. She was a country General Practitioner in Marton, trained in Psychiatry at Sunnyside Hospital in Christchurch, and at the Maudsley Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic in London. She worked with the UK’s Medical Research Council’s Affective Disorders Unit in Surrey in 1972-73. When at school, in 1956, she had noted the need for counsellors, before school counsellors existed in New Zealand. In the 1990 New Years Honours, she was awarded the Queens Service Medal for Public Services.

Robyn gained her membership of NZAP in 1975, in Dunedin. Two years later she was elected to the Council of NZAPC. She was convenor of NZAP conferences in Christchurch at the Hospital, on the National Marae, and at the University. She introduced Saturday day registration and programmes to increase local education and networking. After a decade of attendance at all conferences and meetings and experience on Council, she was President from 1985-1987.  After that, she was asked to continue her Public Relations activities as NZAP’s first (solo) representative reporting to the then President and Council. She continued to network and lobby on behalf of members and of those requiring psychotherapy, until 1994 when she moved to Queensland, Australia. Her Honorary Life Membership recognises her twenty years of commitment. It is supported warmly by members.

Robyn encouraged and supported teamwork and each Council member in developing their areas of responsibility. She was quick to express appreciation for others’ ideas, and work, past and present, and of their support for her, to facilitate the aims and objects of NZAP. She aimed for conferences and council meetings to remain friendly, enjoyable, productive, respected and financial, and to make a difference to accessible, affordable, ethical therapy. She introduced the presentation of Membership Certificates at the AGM to welcome new members, which increased by around 75 in two years, to 275. She visited Nelson to initiate a regional committee for Nelson and Picton. She encouraged all regions to develop their own activities, supervision arrangements and supports. She networked to reduce fragmentation amongst the different therapy associations and to have most represented in NZAP.

When she became President there was no Executive Officer (until 1986). Robyn spent most weekends typing (with two fingers) and telephoning, to coordinate the Council’s activities, prepare for meetings, write for the newsletters, write submissions, letters and answer the considerable mail, which grew with her activities. They included lobbying for recognition of a separate occupational group in Welfare, Health and Justice Departments, registration for psychotherapists as health professionals, and recognition of the value of therapy for improved health and functioning in work, at home and socially, and for funding by private health insurances. Unfortunately, the Government’s policy then was for deregistration fo ost professionals. She networked while holding Consultant Psychiatrist positions within the Departments of Social Welfare/Child and Family, Justice (Prisons and Probation) and at Sunnyside Hospital. When assessing persons for Invalid Benefits she successfully promoted the Disability Allowance for therapy and tried to introduce specific accreditation for those therapists. She represented NZAP at ACC counsellors policy meetings.

When she was the Public Relations representative, she lobbied for NZAP to be recognised Professional Association with ACC. It occurred after six month’s hard work and obtaining an Order in Council signed by three Cabinet MPs to change an ACC Act. She liaised with DSAC from its onset for sensitive medical examinations of sexually abused, and therapy standards.

She visited Dr Isla Lonie in Sydney and initiated a formal liaison and attendance at the respective Council meetings and conferences of NZAP and of the Association of Australian Psychotherapists. She also initiated formal liaison with the NZ Medical Association and represented NZAP at their National Assemblies. She was a member of National Council of Women’s Standing Committees on Child and Family, and on Health, and represented NZ Medical Women’s Association there. She proposed and pursued a remit for N.C.W. on the provision of affordable, ethical psychotherapy of a professional standard until it became its policy. She lobbied N.C.W. for its inclusion in their submissions on relevant Government Bills. After starting therapy groups in Paparua Prison’s Protection Wing, she facilitated the first Prison Treatment Unit for sexual offenders, at Rolleston Prison, with support from N.C.W., local stakeholders, staff and therapists. She took an eclectic approach, using the therapy mode most useful at the time for a positive outcome. She combined up to date therapeutic and biological knowledge.

In presenting her with Honorary Life Membership Peter Reid noted that her middle name could be ‘networker’.

In both her first and last addresses as President, in 1985 and 1988, she quoted Virginia Satir:

I believe the greatest gift

I can conceive having from anyone is to be seen by them

Heard by them, to be understood, and believed by them.

The greatest gift I can give, is to see, hear and understand, touch another.

When this is done I feel contact has been made.

Ruth Manchester

The NZAP has great pleasure in conferring this award on Ruth Manchester. It acknowledges Ruth’s long and distinguished service co the Association, as a Member, as a Member of Council- elected soon after her joining the Association, and as President and Past-President. Her recent work in compiling the history of the Association shows an ongoing interest in the Association and a dedication to recognising the work of others.

As a Supervisor and member of the Supervisors’ group, both in Wellington and the Central Districts, she has shown an essential humanity, good sense and clinical acumen together with an enabling style chat evokes the best from people. She is able co support without creating dependence, confront without being persecutory and her ability to integrate wider social with intrapsychic levels of understanding provides admirable modelling. We admire her calmness, pragmatism and her experience. She has contributed much to the development of excellence in standards and has done much work in developing procedures for the Association.

Many thanks Ruth.

Louise de Lambert

This award is conferred upon Louise de Lambert for services to the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. Late in the 1985, Louise accepted the task of re-establishing the Auckland Branch after it had been in recession. This was a challenging task and one which Louise’s unique personal attributes enabled her to accomplish. As facilitator, she was welcoming and nurturing, yet she was organised and efficient, with a vision for the redevelopment of an enthusiastic group which would further the interests of psychotherapists and psychotherapy in the region. Louise accepted responsibility for establishing the first Applicant Panel in Auckland and for developing the local process. A long-standing interest in training led Louise to a place on the Advisory Committee of the first AIT Psychotherapy Course.

She has been co-convenor of the Auckland Supervisors’ Group and on NZAP Council. As a member of the Admissions Committee, she cook an active role in formulating and documenting admission procedures and working to ensure fair and transparent processes, particularly with reference to marking of case studies. In Auckland, Louise has continued to be quietly active in many areas, good at making personal connections and encouraging people to be involved in the life of the Association. In all things Louise has been known for her diligence, attention to detail, high professional standards and commitment to the Association and to its goals in encouraging the competent practice of psychotherapy.

Ros Broadmore

This award is conferred upon Ros Broadmore for services to NZAP and to Psychotherapy in New Zealand. Ros Broadmore is a vibrant member of NZAP and has contributed much to her profession over the years. She served on Council for six years and was for five years Chair of the Ethical and Professional Standards Committee.

Together with Peter Reid, Ros put in many long hours rewriting the Complaints Procedures for the Association. She is currently Chair of the Complaints Assessment Committee, a most unenviable task and one which she carries out with great integrity and professionalism.

Now that psychotherapy is accepted as an occupational category, Ros is working in conjunction with Paul Bailey on the difficult issue of the Registration of Psychotherapy. This involves meeting with government officials and other interested parties to work their way through a maze of pros and cons and “how tos”.. We thank her for her efforts on our behalf

As if this has not been enough to keep her occupied, Ros is also a member of the ACC Advisory Group which is dealing with the changes constantly being made in the Sensitive Claims area.

Congratulations, Ros!

Gordon Hewitt

This award is conferred upon Gordon Hewitt for services co NZAP and to psychotherapy in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Gordon has been an active member of the New Zealand psychotherapy community for many years as a practitioner, trainer, supervisor and teacher.

He has been a participant in NZAP activities throughout his 20 year membership and a member of the Wellington Supervisors’ Group since soon after its inception. Gordon was a member of the Admission Committee for some years and subsequently Chair of the Committee, bringing to it his experience as Vice-President of Training and Certification for the International Transactional Analysis Association. He worked with other members of the Committee to ensure that predictable, competency-based assessment procedures were developed and that admission processes flowed smoothly. National consistency in standards of marking, transparency of processes and fairness in admission procedures were goals he aspired to.

As the Head of the School of Health Sciences of the CIT, Gordon introduced psychotherapy and counselling training and revised drug and alcohol counselling training. He also introduced short courses in clinical supervision which were caught throughout the country. Gordon is currenty President of the ITAA. In chis capacity, he is also an ambassador for New Zealand in world psychotherapy.

Joan Dallaway

This award is conferred upon Joan Dallaway for services to NZAP and to psychotherapy in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Joan has been a passionate ambassador for psychotherapy over many decades and has contributed to the recognition and high standards of practice of psychotherapists in Auckland and New Zealand. Joan has brought a breadth and depth of understanding of and involvement with many modalities, working in an integrative way. In her roles as a tutor, priest and supervisor, Joan has inspired many therapists-to-be with her love and care for people. She has demonstrated the importance of combining spirituality and psychotherapy. Ar one time, Joan was the National Executive Officer for Interchurch Chaplaincy and was also involved in clinical pastoral education. She was part of the human development team of Presbyterian Support Services and instrumental in setting up the internship program which was a significant training opportunity for psychotherapists who then went on to become members of NZAP.

Joan later became a tutor HD&T. Over many years Joan was involved setting up the Lifeline training program. She also offered a ’Practicum of basic skills’ at Friendship House. In the late 1980’s Joan, with others, developed the psychotherapy training program at the Auckland Institute of Technology, which now is one of the main training programmes for psychotherapists in New Zealand. Many of her former trainees felt inspired to join the AIT programme. Joan visited training programmes in the United Kingdom, with benefits for the quality of training available in New Zealand.

During her rime as a tutor and reacher of psychotherapists, Joan has Promoted the NZAP as the professional home for psychotherapists with the result that many of her trainees are now either members and/or applicants of the NZAP. As a member of the Auckland Branch of NZAP ,Joan held the vision, the hope and the potential of the Branch during a rime when the Branch was almost non-existent.She was on the Council of NZAP as the Admission Convener in 1994. In that role she was instrumental in upholding high standards of psychotherapeutic practice.

Joan Dallaway has for many years been inspirational to senior psychotherapists well as trainees. She has been able to pass on her passion for our Profession and has helped many young therapists to grow as persons and as professionals. Joan deserves our gratitude and acknowledgment.

Jan Currie

This award is conferred upon Jan Currie for services to NZAP and to psychotherapy in Aotearoa / New Zealand. Over the past almost twenty yearsJan has worked with enormous enthusiasm, integrity and passion for the development of both the Association and psychotherapy as a profession, especially in Christchurch. As a Council member from 1985 – 1996, the Association benefited enormously from her astute mind and attention co detail,linked with a sensitivity towards others and an endearing sense of humour. Jan was President of the NZAP. during 1991 and 1992. Her dedication to the Association was further demonstrated by her willingness to hold the office of Past President from 1993 – 1996 during a particularly sad time for the Association.

Before moving into private practice, Jan worked for Presbyterian Support Services, providing therapy, supervision, education and training. She was a significant contributor co the counselling and psychotherapy courses chat were offered, which were then unique in Christchurch. In her efforts to promote the profession of psychotherapy and to provide ongoing learning and professional interchange for a wide range of psychotherapists, Jan has initiated and facilitated many workshops and clinical meetings and invited and hosted overseas speakers. She has been a much sought-after teacher and supervisor and has accepted regular teaching engagements at the Polytechnic and Christchurch Medical School.

Jan has contributed significantly over the years to many aspects of the Association’s development, co the professional standing of psychotherapy in New Zealand and co the promotion of psychotherapy amongst her colleagues.

Dr Karen Zelas

Dr. Karen Zelas M.B.Ch.B., D.P.M., M.R.C.Psych., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., M.N.Z.A.P., Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist Karen has been a member of NZAP since 1975. Over the last six years, during her time of office bearing, she has made a particularly significant contribution to the running of the Association. She was elected to Council and the position of Honorary Secretary in February 1998, having acted in this capacity prior to her election. For three years Karen was Acting Chair of the Ethics and Professional Standards Committee. It was during this time that she spearheaded the revision of the Code of Ethics, with a currency of five years. Although this was a long and difficult process, Karen was always vigilant of the need for consultation with the member-ship and her attention to detail and collective accountability was always evident.

As a member of the Admission Committee for a number of years, Karen has made a tremendous contribution, culminating in the publication of the Assessment Policy and Procedures booklet. This has clarified the structure and hence the standard and consistency of the process of admission to the Association. Following the change of status of Applicants for Membership to Provisional Members, Karen was instrumental in compiling the revised NZAP Constitution and Rules. She also introduced the Provisional Practising Certificate for Provisional Members, issued for the first time in 2002.

Karen was aware of the need to clarify issues surrounding members’ retirement from the Association and recognition of service. To this end she established the criteria for conferring Life Membership and introduced the Distinguished Service Award, writing the Terms of Reference. She also wrote “Clarification of Retired Membership, Provisional Membership and Correspondent Status”, a leaflet setting out clarification of these membership categories, options available and procedural requirements.

Karen has a strong belief that psychotherapy needs structure, standards and consistency. She has given very generously of her time and expertise to develop, refine and record procedures, protocols and structures in order to establish a solid, well-considered foundation of predictable and consistent practices. Karen is a staunch advocate for professionalism and individual and collective accountability. She is widely respected for her knowledge, expertise and clarity of thought and her consultative practices within the membership.

Trudy Mackay

Trudy Mackay was a psychotherapist for children, adolescents and adults. She had a huge passion and integrity for being a psychotherapist, as a clinician, supervisor, mentor, trainer, council member, conference organiser, and colleague.

Trudy was an active member of our Association for over a decade as a member and a supervisor. She served two terms on Council, holding the portfolio of Public Issues, and played a significant role in raising the profile of Public Issues, including bringing communication into the computer age by establishing the e-mail linking.

She was committed to keeping “the voice of the child” to the fore. In the Nelson region Trudy was significant in establishing good practice amongst Child and Adolescent psychotherapists and counsellors of Nelson/Marlborough. She was the key instigator of setting up a Child/Adolescent Therapist Peer Support and Training Group. Her commitment to bi-culturalism included the development of a model sensitive to the needs of Maori children. An aspect of her creativity was shown in her work developing a garden that was an integral part of her therapy with children. She had a strong commitment to using psychotherapeutic skills in the community.

She served on the Board of Trustees of Nelson College and through her input in mentoring and supervising she helped to influence a new direction in the culture of the College. She was dedicated to life long learning that benefited her own practice and that of her colleagues. Trudy had her own unique ability to incorporate a spiritual awareness as part of her practice. We miss her and honour her legacy to the Association.

Annette Asher

Annette Asher has offered an incalculable amount to the development of psychotherapy in the Northern Region. In her quiet, elegant and thoughtful way, she has been a source of great inspiration to many psychotherapists. She has great humility and dignity. Annette had training and experience in England as a psychoanalytically trained social worker and returned to New Zealand in 1976 keen to share the benefits of this.

Early in 1977 Annette became the Director of Auckland Family Counselling and Psychotherapy. In the mid 1980s she developed their first training modules in psychodynarnic psychotherapy. This training, which in the early days was entirely her own creation, has made a significant contribution to the development of psychoanalytic understandings in Auckland and beyond. Many people have had pleasure and gain from her teaching, which was and is clear and creative and passionate. She is generous and supportive both as teacher and as supervisor. She has always been respected as a therapist. She has had persistent commitment and faithfulness to psychoanalytic therapy. When new and creative therapies were exciting New Zealanders she held the psychoanalytic frame unwaveringly. When dangerous therapies threatened the reputation and practice of psychotherapy in Auckland she stood firmly for professional discipline and boundaries, in the service of clients.

She has held branch office for NZAP, participated at national level in the admissions process, initiated mini-conferences to facilitate communication in the large and disparate Northern branch of N ZAP and led the Auckland conference committee in 1998.

Annette is a true Renaissance woman – her knowledge of art, literature and psychotherapeutic writing is wide and expert. She has used all this and more in the service of psychotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand.