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Introduction to the Turitea Psychology Clinic @ Palmerston North

Overview

The Psychology Clinic was established in Palmerston North in 1987 by the School of Psychology for the training of clinical psychology students. The clinic was founded at this time to provide a steady training platform and increase training capacity for students because it was realised that clinical placements in traditional health centres were inherently unstable and subject to yearly budget and staffing fluctuations.

Since it was established, the Turitea Psychology Clinic has consolidated its position as the centre of clinical psychology training for the central North Island. It has a reputation as a provider of quality training and supervision. It is also developing an excellent reputation as a rapidly expanding clinical research centre as funding, the increase in doctoral level clinical training, and opportunities for sharing of data between Massey clinics continues to expand quality research initiatives. The clinic has grown in size and complexity from those earlier days, and the clinic lifeblood is now a lively integration of training, research, and practice.

Psychology Services

The Turitea Psychology Clinic provides a range of services, including general clinical services, neuropsychology, psycho-oncology services and health conditions service. A more comprehensive description of these services and their funding and referral processes can be found at the Turitea Psychology Services page.

Staff

There are three groups of people involved in the administrative structure of the clinic. These include service coordinators, administration team, and clinic director. These personnel carry out the administrative duties required to ensure the smooth running of the clinic and to ensure the clinic as a whole meets its objectives around practice, training, and research.

Personnel in the practice area are individuals directly linked to the delivery of the clinic’s key objectives. These include those delivering services for clients, the senior clinician practice advisor involved in practical training for students, and those involved in coordinating applied research activities within the clinic.

The staff in the Turitea Psychology Clinic also work in close association with the other staff in the School of Psychology for teaching and research purposes.

Structure

As a University clinic, the Turitea Psychology Clinic must fulfill clinical student training needs of the Clinical Programme; operate within an academic research environment; and set and maintain standards for innovative and highly regarded evidence-based practice. To reflect the complex nature of the relationship between training, practice, and research at the Turitea Psychology Clinic, the following flow diagram outlines how this relationship is structured.

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