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The NZPsS welcomes post-graduate students in psychology and psychology interns as student subscribers of the NZPsS.

The benefits of joining as a student subscriber include:

  • Reduced rates at the Society’s Annual Conference and other professional development events (when applicable).
  • Discount on professional practice books published by the Society.
  • The opportunity to apply for prizes and scholarships specifically aimed at students.
  • A professional network of peers including a student forum in the twice yearly publication Psychology Aotearoa.
  • Keep in touch with current news and events in psychology throughout New Zealand with Connections the Society’s monthly e-newsletter.
  • Have your thesis abstract published in Psychology Aotearoa.
  • Submit a paper for the New Zealand Journal of Psychology.
  • Join NZPsS Institutes.
  • Access to the NZPsS ‘Find a Mentor’ database (this is located in the Members only pages). Please note this database has only just been established.
  • Access to free pd videos from psychotherapynet.
  • Savings on Full Membership fee for the first year (see below).

Student Subscribership to the Society is FREE

You can apply online here
To find out more about joining the Society as a student subscriber click on the Student Handbook or contact the membership administrator:

We are pleased to announce the newly introduced 75% ex-student subscriber (student member) discounted fee for the first year of full membership of the Society

As a former student subscriber your invoice for the following membership year (your second year of full membership) will now be 50% of the full membership fee. We are pleased to be able to offer these new reduced rates for former student members of the Society. These will be available for any student who has been a student member of NZPsS at any point during the previous 24 months (at the time of application for full membership) -Please contact Helen at if you have any queries relating to membership.

Psychology Scopes of Practice

Below are the recorded sessions from the Auckland branch event ‘Understanding Scopes of Practice In Psychology’.

Institute of Educational & Developmental Psychology (IEDP) Michele Blick

Institute of Community Psychology Aotearoa (IComPA) Danielle Diamond

Part 1 Institute of Counselling Psychology (ICounsPsy) Amanda Gilmour

Part 2 Institute of Counselling Psychology (ICounsPsy) Amanda Gilmour

Institute of Criminal Justice & Forensic Psychology (ICJFP) Barry Kirker

The clinical psychology scope – Malcolm Stewart

Short-paper stream – Psychology Snippets
Twenty slides shown for 20 seconds each – this is a new presentation feature aimed at students. All presentations will be shown in one stream and only these presentations are eligible for best student paper. Focusing on telling a coherent story that engages the audience by communicating effectively about your research project and findings and key psychological concepts. If you are interested just complete the abstract submission form and tick “Psychology Snippets”.

Go to the Ngā Kete page to read about awards and bicultural resources.


Karahipi Tumuaki- The President’s Scholarship
The Society offers the Karahipi Tumuaki President’s Scholarship which recognises research that is Māori centred and of value to the Māori community. The Scholarship is valued at $5000 plus one year’s free membership of the Society. If the recipient is a Full Member of the Society, the subscription fee will be waived for one year. If the recipient is not a member, they will receive a year’s free subscribership to the Society. This scholarship is offered each year. For more information email
Go to the awards page for the application form.

Postgraduate Student Social Justice Research Scholarship
The postgraduate student social justice research scholarship was established in 2017 to support the research of NZPsS student subscribers in the area of social justice.
This scholarship is intended to support students studying psychology to conduct research on a significant social justice issue e.g. poverty, social inequality, discrimination etc. as part of a recognized post-graduate degree in psychology at a New Zealand university. Click here for the guidelines.
Go to the awards page for the application form.

Other scholarships
Scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education: Learning Support Study Awards and ScholarshipsEducational Psychology internship and the Child & Family internship.


The NZPsS offers free webinars for its members and student subscribers. You have to log into the members only area: (contact the membership administrator if you need to set up your login).
There are two new webinars especially for students. The first webinar presented by two Auckland University students, Adriana and Simon, is about their experience as interns. The seond webinar is presented by Fiona Howard on the importance of supervision.
Self Care and Self Reflection is presented by Dr Kerry Gibson. The webinar explores the importance of self-care and self-reflection for psychologists when working with and supporting others.
Dr Ingo Lambrecht presents a 50 minute webinar on Mindfulness – Keeping the Therapeutic Space Alive.

Webinars about the different areas of psychology 

How do I become a Health Psychologist in Aotearoa/New Zealand (10 mins), presented by Iris Fontanilla, the chair of the Institute of Health Psychology. “Disclaimer: Please note, the contents of this webinar is the presenter’s University of Auckland experience. Students, please contact other tertiary institutions as well to ascertain if they offer other health psychology courses. Thank you.”

Working as a Counselling Psychologist (19mins), presented by Katarina Nilsen, a member of the Institute of Counselling Psychology. (Due to some sound problems, please listen to this presentation with headphones)

Read about the different careers in psychology

The Institutes of the Society are interest-groups based around areas that you may be studying. If you are studying this programme area you may be eligible to join the Institute for free. Please click on the relevant Institute below to see more information and find an application form.

Institute of Clinical Psychology
Institute of Health Psychology
Institute of Counselling Psychology
Institute of Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology
Institute of Community Psychology
Institute of Organisational Psychology
Institute of Educational and Developmental Psychology

FaceBook-icon New Facebook page for graduate students of psychology in Aotearoa,

Psychology Aotearoa, Student Forum Editor, kelly Scott“Be out there”….opportunities for you to publish

Psychology Aotearoa is published twice a year and features a Student Forum where you can publish your research and air your views.
Your contributions are very welcome.  Contact Student Forum Editor, Kelly Howard at

Student Wellbeing

Other resources: Selfcare for students.

Positive psychology resources:
A TED Talk by Andy Puddicombe titled ‘All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
Listen to Mental Health Promoter Grant Rix talk about mindfulness in a series of videos

E-therapy resources:


Lifehack’s mission is to create digital technology solutions to combat youth mental illness problems. Mental health and wellbeing needs a fresh approach, according to Lifehack, which believes digital technology – created by youth for youth – will play a key part in the solution. Lifehack is funded by the Ministry of Social Development, and is in partnership with several of NZ’s biggest companies.

Tuning in to Psychology: Free Lectures Through iTunes University 

Other free courses are available through MIT OpenCourseware  They offer an excellent selection of courses in the brain and cognitive sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All of these classes can be completed online via self-study and do not require registration.

Yale University also offers a host of free open-access courses on a wide variety of subjects, including psychology. Their course offerings include “Psych 110: Introduction to Psychology” and “Psych123: The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food.”

Psychology Articles for Students SIMPLY PSYCHOLOGY 

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