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James has discovered that his passions in life are people and community. He was a late starter academically - secondary school was not the best time for him, but his desire to work with people on a daily basis led to an involvement in youth work and a certificate in leadership. During this time he became aware that he in fact did have academic potential when it was directed towards areas of personal interest. He began to explore possible work options and chose a career in clinical psychology.
A Bachelor of Arts degree at Otago University in psychology and education, was followed by an honours year at Massey University in Albany, Auckland. At time of writing (2014), James is working towards his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology focusing on the investigation of a low-intensity CBT self-help programme for a community-dwelling older adult population.
James aims eventually to work in a child, youth, and family context, as he is passionate about seeing family units strengthened so that children can develop within a healthy environment with supportive and loving parents. He plans also to use his leadership skills alongside his clinical knowledge to make a positive contribution in a teaching and/or voluntary capacity, for example by teaching psycho-educative skills to people in community settings.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016