Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Foreword

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Foreword

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On behalf of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology and the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS), I would like to open this Supplementary Issue by acknowledging the generosity of spirit and energy of those who have worked so hard to bring this project to completion.

Psychologists and their professional affiliates in Canterbury recognised the importance of the work they could do to assist the population during recovery from the earthquakes beginning on 4 September, 2010. As the aftershocks continued these psychologists continued their efforts to help with clinical treatment, public awareness, in-school services and in support of organisations and people involved in reassessing and repairing the physical, social and environmental damage. Professional support came from psychologists and allied professionals around the country and from further afield. A lot of the effort was unpaid, motivated by doing something for the city and its people.

During October 2010, Frank O'Connor (President of the NZPsS, quarter-time Christchurch resident and one of this issue's guest editors) asked some of those directly involved if they would consider telling of their experiences, with whatever professional comparisons and reflection time allowed, at the 2011 NZPsS annual conference. The invitation was taken up, reflecting the breadth of research and practice of the discipline: clinical research, organisational development, educational crisis response, community perspectives and counselling practices.

In June 2011, just two months prior to the annual conference of the NZPsS I was approached by the guest editors with a proposal. They had now a three-day symposium entitled "Earthquake: Response and Recovery" of 21 presentations directly related to the experiences of those in Christchurch, or on closely associated themes. A number of the presenters were Cantabrians living in the earthquake zone, or were people who had some association with the events which had unfolded since September 2010. …

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