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New England North West Branch –November 2016

Hello sunny New England North West Branch! Update on Branch Name Change:
As you are aware, in the spirit of inclusivity of the very big area our Branch covers, our Branch
members voted on the proposal of a Branch name change. It was acknowledged that many areas within our Branch boundaries do not readily identify with ‘New England’. Lots of options were considered including aligning with political names (e.g. New England Parkes Branch), or aligning with terms already used by other organisation. This was taken to the AGM in September for voting by members, and was passed. Hello New England North West!

Upcoming Events:

Psychology Week is also fast approaching, and plans are under way for our celebrations for this and our AGM.  We will of course continue to utilise videoconferencing options to attempt to reach as many of our members across our Branch as possible. The 2016 AGM date is Thursday November 17, and we will have Dr Ann-Maree Wilson from Bush Support Services provide a talk following the AGM. Please send any apologies to our Secretary, Serena Haridas, apsnewenglandnorthwest@gmail.com .

And for those needing last minute CPD points for this cycle – we have a fantastic workshop by David Roland, Writing as therapy, Saturday 26 November. This workshop will be held in Tamworth and will be video-conferenced to Armidale. Please search for this on the APS Events Calendar to register.

We will also be holding Christmas breakfast events in Tamworth, Armidale, and Inverell in December. Keep your eye on your inboxes!

Hello 2017:

Planning is already under-way for events in 2017. We will be hosting an Ethics Forum in the first half of the year which will be a fabulous opportunity to meet with ethics and legal gurus, and professional bodies such as AON and the HCCC. We will let you know details closer to the time.

If you have any suggestions for speakers for talks or for workshop topics, please let us know!

Marisa Barnes, MAPS
Chair, New England Branch


Branch update - August 2016

Hello from cold but sunny New England Branch!

The New England Branch was excited to host a very special APS 50th Anniversary dinner in Armidale Friday 5 August 2016. This was a very special event in which we recognised current and also past Branch members who have been part of the APS for significant lengths of time.  Some of these members provided us with short talks about their impressive associations with the Branch, and their psychology careers. We’d like to formally recognise some of the longest standing members of our Branch. We are in awe of your commitment to your profession.

  • Warwick Olphert: 62½ years (WOW!)
  • Desmond Bowlay: 46½ years
  • Stephan Knoerles: 40 years
  • Chris Sharpley: 39 years
  • Robert Hadfied: 38 years
  • Patricia Bartley: 30 years
  • Gisela Kaplan: 30 years

And not too far behind with more than 20 years of service are Eric Best, Kim Scholz, Caroline Croft, Jane Clark, Susan Richards-O’Laughlin, Annette Stevenson, Heather Vernon, Lilian Wissink, Warren Bartik, Stan Bolden, Peter Smith, Pamela Taylor, and Debra Dunstan.

Update on Branch Name Change:

As you are aware, in the spirit of inclusivity to the very big area our Branch covers, our Branch members voted on the proposal of a Branch name change. It was acknowledged that many areas within our Branch boundaries do not readily identify with ‘New England’. Lots of options were considered including aligning with political names (e.g. New England Parkes Branch), or aligning with terms already used by other organisation. The Board has passed the motion for our Branch to be renamed New England North West. This will now be taken to the AGM in September for voting by members.

Upcoming Events:

Psychology Week is also fast approaching, and plans are under-way for our celebrations for this and our AGM. We will of course continue to utilise videoconferencing options to attempt to reach as many of our members across our Branch as possible. The tentative date is Thursday 17 November 2016, and further information will be sent closer to the time. We also have a wonderful guest speaker scheduled for a video-linked talk in September, Michael Clarke. Keep your eye on your inboxes!!!

Marisa Barnes, MAPS
Chair, New England Branch


Branch update - June 2016

Hello from sunny (only a little rainy) New England Branch!

SAVE THE DATE!! The New England Branch is very keen to join in the APS 50 Years celebrations.  We will be hosting a dinner in Armidale Friday 5 August 2016.  This will be a very special event in which we will recognise current and also past Branch members who have been part of the APS for significant lengths of time.  Some of these members will be providing us with short talks about their impressive associations with the Branch, and their psychology careers.  Keep your eye out in your emails for registration details.

And speaking of emails…

The APS has a very rigorous process in place to ensure that you receive only the information you want to receive from the Society.  However, a number of members have advised that they aren’t receiving emails from our local Branch.  One reason for this could be that “opting out” of emails from the APS means you are also opting out of emails from the Branch.  We don’t want you to miss out on what we’re doing, so please don’t hesitate to “opt in” again when you renew your membership, or through your personal details section online.

Thanks to those that voted and shared your thoughts on our proposed Branch name change.  In the spirit of inclusivity of the very big area our Branch covers, it was acknowledged that many areas within our Branch boundaries do not readily identify with ‘New England’.  Lots of options were considered including aligning with political names (e.g. New England Parkes Branch), or aligning with terms already used by other organisations (e.g. New England North West).  The proposal for change is currently sitting with the Board for final decision, and we will advise you of the outcome once we know.

The Committee has also started planning end of year events.  We are excited to welcome Emily Church onto our Branch Committee as a representative of Early Career Psychologists.  We will be hosting a casual event in July for Psychologists in Tamworth, Armidale, and Inverell, and especially those who are Early Career to network and get to know the Psychologists around us.  Keep your eye on your inboxes. 

And while we’re putting the call out – all those General Psychological Practising Psychologists are reminded of the Division of General Psychological Practice (DGPP).  The DGPP is for members who aren’t members of a College, and provides a direct voice to the Board. This division was set up as a forum for DGPP members to discuss relevant issues of the profession, enhance communication and develop initiatives that promote the interests of DGPP members.  The new Chair of the DGPP is Terry Kirkpatrick, and your local Branch rep for the DGPP is Stephan Knoerles.  You can join the DGPP email system (at no cost) by completing the online registration at: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/DA6DC0B4F3D2329B

Psychology Week is also fast approaching, and plans are under way for our celebrations for this and our AGM.  We will of course continue to utilise videoconferencing options to attempt to reach as many of our members across our Branch as possible.  The tentative date is Thursday 17th November 2016, and further information will be sent closer to the time.

Marisa Barnes

Chair, New England Branch

 


March 2016

Hello from sunny New England Branch!

We have a fantastic and diverse committee keen to make 2016 memorable for our members. Check us out on our Branch website. Marisa (Chair), Serena (Secretary), Paul (Treasurer), and Cath (Committee Member) are all from Tamworth.  Long-standing members Stephan and Warwick are joined by Warren who provides us with our UNE links, and Natalya (Student Rep) in Armidale.  And we continue to have the honour of Jamie from Inverell.  

Having committee members from across our large area helps us in our committed to delivering our talks to as many of our members as possible, and we continue to refine our use of videoconferencing options. 

Keep an eye on your inboxes for our upcoming talks.  In March we will have a very interesting and thought-provoking talk by Shannon Yanez-Lewis on Working with Children under 10 Years with Problematic and Harmful Sexualised Behaviours.  This talk will encourage you to think about this area as something all practitioners who work with children should be aware of, rather than as a specialised and stigmatised client presentation.  For those interested in reading more about this topic, I would encourage you to have a look at the Kids and Families Issues Paper.

Past presentations are available for Branch members to access at the APS Seminar Series link on the UNE Psychology webpage.

The New England Branch is very keen to deliver to join in the APS 50 Years celebrations.  We would like to recognise current and also past Branch members who have been part of the APS for significant lengths of time with a special event.  If anyone has any ideas for celebration options, or would like us to support your event or local group, please let us know!!

Marisa Barnes MAPS
Chair, New England Branch