The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) was established in 1947 and later as a stand alone incorporated society in 1967. It is the largest professional association for psychologists in Aotearoa/New Zealand with over 2000 practitioner, academic and student members or subscribers.
Members are able to access a range of benefits and services to support them in their roles as practitioners, educators and researchers.
The Society aims to improve individual and community well-being by representing, promoting and advancing the scientific discipline and practice of psychology.
Structure of the NZPsS
The Society has a branch structure which includes Institutes and Divisions which are specialist interests groups and Branches which link members in geographical regions.
Who belongs to the NZPsS?
The Society represents psychologists from a diverse range of sub-disciplines and work environments.
- Academic and research psychologists
- Clinical psychologists
- Community psychologists
- Criminal justice/forensic psychologists
- Counselling psychologists
- Developmental and child psychologists
- Educational psychologists
- Health psychologists
- Industrial and organisational psychologists
- Kaupapa Māori psychologists
- Social psychologists
- Sports psychologists
- Student psychologists
Mission & Goals
The NZPsS aims to improve individual and community wellbeing by representing, promoting and advancing the scientific discipline of psychology and psychology practice.
Our mission is to:
- Raise the profile of psychology and enhance its standing as a discipline and profession through all sections of New Zealand society
- Ensure that all its policies and practices are responsive to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to New Zealand’s cultural diversity
- Ensure that the New Zealand Psychological Society is a highly valued, proactive and successful professional body that operates to best practice principles
- The Executive will, in consort with members, member groups, standing committees and representatives, take collective responsibility for the success of the Society’s mission
- Promotes high standards of ethical and professional practice
- Provides professional support and development to its members
- Promotes and supportsbiculturalism in the profession
- Represents psychologists to the Government, the public and the media
- Promoting the discipline of psychology as a science
The values underpinning all parts of the NZPsS Strategic Plan are those stated in the four Principles on which the Code of Ethics is based, namely:
- Respect for the dignity of persons and peoples
- Responsible caring
- Integrity of relationships
- Social justice and responsibility to society