Canterbury Branch

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The 2020 Committee

Richard Straight
Meredith Blampied
Amanda Wallwork
Julia Bergman (Student Representative)

There’s room for more on the committee, come and join us:

Richard Straight.jpgRichard Straight
Graduating from Canterbury University in 1997 with a M.Sc (hons) and Post Grad Diploma I worked in a consulting firm in Christchurch before moving to the UK. After working in the UK I returned to Christchurch to take up a position with the Canterbury District Health Board where I worked in outpatients Specialist Mental Health Services for 8 years with people with Intellectual Disabilities and their families . During the last three years I have worked with the forensic ID population mainly care recipients under the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care & Rehabilitation Act. Recently I took up a psychology position with Explore services working with individuals with a range of disabilities with challenging behaviours and their families. My areas of interest include: Assessments such as I.Q eligibility, sexual knowledge, fire setting, functional analysis of behaviour, anger management, motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, REBT and the development of Behaviour Management Plans.

Julia Bergman (002).jpgJulia Bergman
Julia ihas been the student representative on the Canterbury branch of the NZPsS since 2016. She has completed her honours in 2015 with her dissertation exploring the extent to which romantic partner personality can predict actor or partner relationship quality. She is also very passionate about older adult health and wellbeing especially in the area of dementia care. After a summer studentship with the CDHB raising awareness of factors that can prevent delirium using an appreciative inquiry approach, she aspires to complete her masters thesis on the effects of meaningful activities on cognitive and emotional wellbeing of people with dementia and their caregivers. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering for Youthline and Alzheimer’s Canterbury, hiking and travel.


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