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Mar. 26 — 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM

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NZCCP 31st National Conference

“Tui, tui, tui, tuia” "Bind, join, be united as one"

Psychology: Foundations and Integration

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March, 2020

Chateau on the Park, Christchurch

(Please email for delegate accommodation information)


Preconference workshop:

Gregg Henriques

Thursday 26 - Friday 27 March, 9am – 5pm 


Invited speakers:

  • Gregg Henriques
  • Sonja Macfarlane
  • Shaystah Dean
  • Tony Ward
  • Brian Haig 

Sonja Macfarlane: Enabling a ‘lens change’: Adopting unifying, bicultural-partnership approaches in psychology - Culturally responsive and inclusive psychology must surely be the pinnacle of best practice for psychologists who are working with tamariki, rangatahi and whānau in Aotearoa New Zealand. A range of key questions are regularly reflected on as we search for the most appropriate and responsive epistemological framework(s), strategies and approaches to ensuring that those with whom we work are able to feel a sense of affirmation, connectedness and belonging: What key concepts and values need to underpin and guide thought and action? What paradigms and approaches are more meaningful and relevant? What cultural variables contribute to how tamariki and whānau may think, feel and behave? How do our paradigms and approaches affirm language, culture, identity and wellbeing? In this presentation, a kaupapa Māori lens will be drawn on to unpack some of these questions, as well as to query and critique conventional theoretical perspectives and approaches. A unified repositioning will then be proposed by way of a braided and blended treaty-based framework to guide and inform thinking and theorising. A scaffolded framework – He Poutama Whakamana – will also be shared to promote practice that affirms language, culture, identity and wellbeing. 

Dr Sonja Macfarlane (Ngāi Tahu; Ngāti Waewae) is a Pouhikiahurea (Practice and Implementation Adviser: Māori Focus) at the Ministry of Education based in Hamilton.  Until mid-2019, she was an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury (UC). The focus of her research and writing is on culturally responsive evidence-based approaches in education, psychology, and counselling. Her work has been widely published in leading research journals, both nationally and internationally. In 2017, Sonja received New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award for her contributions to Māori research over many years.  In 2017, she was the member of a team that received the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development Research Team Award. In 2015, she was a co-recipient of the CLNZ Education Award “Best Resource in Higher Education”, and in 2014 received a UC Research Excellence Award. In 2019, Sonja was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society for her contributions to the discipline, as is an advisory member on several ministerial-funded projects.

Tony WardTony Ward: Why Theory Matters in Correctional Psychology - Effective and ethical psychological practice relies on good science, and good science takes theory construction very seriously, as seriously as data collection. There is little point in developing valid research designs and sophisticated data analytic techniques if the ideas driving research are mistaken or trivial. In this paper I explore the problem of theoretical illiteracy for correctional psychological research and practice. First, I discuss why theory is important in science and the dangers of ignoring it. Second, I review the role of theory in addressing the myriad of practical problems facing human beings. Third, I outline three strategies to increase researchers and practitioners’ appreciation of theory construction and development: adopting a more comprehensive model of scientific method, epistemic iteration, and promoting model pluralism. Fourth, I take an example of a core concept from correctional psychology, that of dynamic risk factors, and demonstrate how the above strategies can be used to rectify problems with this construct. Finally, I discuss the research, practice and normative implications of my approach to addressing theoretical illiteracy.

Professor Tony Ward, PhD, DSipClinPsyc FRSNZ is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington and  a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Tony has taught clinical and forensic psychology at the Universities of Melbourne, Canterbury, and Deakin.  His current research projects include: (a) explanation and inquiry in research and practice. This includes  the nature of psychopathology and crime related problems such as protective and dynamic risk factors ; (b) normative issues in clinical practice; and (c) change processes in the psychopathology and forensic/correctional domains.

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