Include counselling psychology and psychotherapy alongside the need for more psychologists

The Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce recognises the need for more clinical psychologists across the country.  However, the Taskforce must also acknowledge the importance of other professions, including counselling psychologists and psychotherapists, in supporting New Zealanders' mental health needs.  

Clinical psychologists play an essential role in improving outcomes for many, and there is an especially high demand for their services in the Ara Poutama (Corrections) and ACC.  However, as the Health Workforce Strategy encompasses the entire health system, such community-based support as provided by counselling psychologists and psychotherapists is crucial for supporting the long-term wellbeing of other vulnerable New Zealanders, and ensuring that they do not end up requiring more critical care.  

Why the contribution is important

Government and the TEC have signalled the need for more clinical psychologists; the health workforce strategy must also acknowledge the importance of other professions in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

by Helen_AUT on November 03, 2022 at 03:02PM

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  • Posted by annahinehou November 04, 2022 at 14:59

    Tēnā koe Helen, I would like to tautoko this kaupapa. I believe the inclusion of other mental health professions will enable tangata whaiora to choose treatments that are a better fit for themselves and their whānau. Developing a diverse mental health workforce, which includes counselling and psychotherapy alongside psychology, will ultimately mean that whānau will have a broader choice when it comes to selecting their preferred treatment option. I would also like to include that for indigenous peoples, having access to indigenous healing and treatment should also be a priority.
  • Posted by Orion November 11, 2022 at 08:16

    I agree; clinical psychology has done a great job of selling their skills. But there are many other professions that are highly skilled at working therapeutically with people using models with good evidence. There are not enough clin psyches to meet the growing need for mental health support in Aotearoa, so it makes sense to spread the load to other professions and support their growth too. Trained and registered counsellors, psychologists, youth workers, psychotherapists, social workers, family therapists and AOD workers can be added to the pool.
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