This course aims to equip students with the knowledge, awareness and skills required for registration as a psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Topics included are those which provide the foundation for safe and ethical practice.
The course includes a description of the functions of the Psychologists Board and related professional bodies, close consideration of the Code of Ethics for Psychologists Working in Aotearoa/New Zealand and related legislation, and the practice of ethical decision making. In addition, consideration will be given to issues concerned with professional behaviour and maintenance of boundaries with colleagues and clients. Issues of well-being and self-care will be presented as an essential part of professional practice. This includes the practice of supervision.
Cultural competence in professional practice includes consideration of psychologists’ obligations for practice that arises from the Treaty of Waitangi, and skills for safe practice when working with Māori. Awareness of your own culture and values and how these may influence psychological practice will be developed. Sensitivity in working with members of other cultures from one’s own will be explored.
Completion of a staff-approved Treaty Workshop is expected for completion of this course.