Canterbury Branch

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The committee comprises

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


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

NZPsS Canterbury branchRichard 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.

NZPsS Canterbury branchNick Farrelly

Nick is a clinical psychologist currently working in a Special Treatment Unit at Christchurch Men’s Prison for the Department of Corrections. He graduated in 2014 from the University of Otago with a Master of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. His thesis was on the choice behaviour of sensation seekers. His interests include risk assessment, offence paralleling behaviour, motivational interviewing, and evidence-based practice towards reducing re-offending. He has been a member of NZPsS since 2011, and is also a member of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology. Nick also has experience in working with adults, children, and families in mental health settings.

NZPsS Canterbury branchJulia Bergman
Julia is the 2016 student representative on the Canterbury branch of the NZPsS. 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.