NZ College of Clinical Psychologists Canterbury/Ōtautahi Branch presents: 

Working with Cumulative Trauma in Emergency Responders

Rowena Palmer, Leigh Anderson, Rowan Peck, Phil Manhire & Darryn Percy 

Date/Time:    Friday 5 April, 1 - 4pm

Venue:          Room 252, Sociology Theatrette, Psychology Building, Level 2, University of Canterbury 

Rowena Palmer (Clinical Psychologist, private practice) will outline how she explains Cumulative Trauma to Emergency Responders, the Psychological Treatment models she utilises, and how Clinical Psychologists can keep safe and well in this work. She will also outline how the ACC Act links in with Work Related Trauma. Rowena has worked for 20 years with Cumulative Trauma that Emergency Responders encounter. 

Leigh Anderson (Clinical Psychologist, private practice), whose main work is as a Supplier of services for ACC and has a particular interest in rural health issues and caring for carers.  She provides support to FENZ and St John staff (paid and unpaid) and their families, as well as the St John Peer Support initiative. 

Rowan Peck (Clinical Psychologist, SMHS Te Whatu Ora and private practice), who in his private work provides support to emergency services personnel. Rowan has also worked in frontline (EMT) roles with St John and Wellington Free Ambulance services, and with NZ Police in a research/policy capacity. 

Wellness Advisors, New Zealand Police, Canterbury District

Phil Manhire has a Masters in Education (Counselling and Assessment) and has been a Wellness Advisor for NZ Police for over 25 years. His focus is to destigmatise and promote mental health, educate and enable his clients to better understand the psychological impacts of Policing on themselves, their families and the organisation. 

Darryn Percy worked as a career fire-fighter and FENZ regional welfare coordinator and trauma counsellor, before joining the NZ Police as a Wellness Advisor. Darryn regularly speaks to counselling students on PTSD for first responders, and how mental health professionals respond to the immediate effects of trauma/disaster events. He will speak to internal and external wellness support pathways within in NZ Police, and the important role that Clinical Psychologists play in those pathways.


  • NZCCP members: $25
  • NZCCP student members: free
  • Non-members: $50
  • Non-member students: $15 (must provide evidence of enrolment) 

Please REGISTER HERE by Thursday 28 March  


YOU MUST REGISTER in order to attend.  All registrations will be acknowledged by email. Payment must be made in advance, and there will be no refunds after 29 March. Please make payment to NZCCP Canterbury Branch bank account 02-0800-0442296-000 using your surname as a reference. Receipts will not be issued unless requested.   If you register and are subsequently unable to attend, please advise by email as we often have a waitlist. Parking is available at $3 per hour or $9 per day via pay and display.

Please bring your own cup for the afternoon tea to support the committee's intention to host a 'waste free' event.