Psychology is about the functioning of brain and behaviour, our emotions, thoughts; who we are and what is important to us. Resilience, relationships, values and motivation are all psychological concepts.
All registered psychologists have completed masters and/or doctoral level training (around eight years at University) as well as practical training in the professional role of a psychologist.
Psychologists are required to keep current with their knowledge of psychological techniques and the science of what works.
The NZ Psychologist Board has a range of resources for the public as well as a searchable register of psychologists psychologistsboard.org.nz.
The key organisations to which psychologists belong in New Zealand are the Psychological Society and the College of Clinical Psychologists.
Psychologists work under a shared code of ethics and are required to act in line with the code.
Some psychologists have registration in a specific scope of practice (clinical, educational, neuropsychology or organisational) and others have a general scope of registration.
In the area of clinical psychology, psychologists apply the science of psychology in clinical practice. Clinical Psychologists are experts in mental health and have advanced training in psychological assessment, including use of psychometric tests and structured assessment methods. In addition to their initial training, psychologists develop their practice in key areas of specialist expertise. Key speciality areas include – trauma, offending behaviour, working with the psychological consequences of injury and chronic health conditions, understanding learning and cognitive functioning, workplace behaviour and stress, addiction, understanding family functioning and in infant and maternal health. Psychology has a range of applications across groups, workplaces, systems and within our core practice of working one to one in assessment and therapy.