Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


NMIT Launches New Community Counselling Service

NMIT and Relationships Aotearoa Launch New Community Counselling Service


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is launching a new low-cost community counselling service in Nelson in partnership with Relationships Aotearoa (RA).

Based at the RA building in Collingwood Street, Nelson, the service will be open four days a week from 5 May 2014 and will be operated by senior NMIT students in the final stages of their Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) degrees. The service will be open from 10am until 2pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during term time with counselling sessions costing just $25.

NMIT Counselling Coordinator Raewyn Laurenson said she hoped the service would help meet an unmet need in the community. “Funding for counselling is being reduced - yet at the same time we’re constantly seeing stories in the media about the rise of depression. If we can provide a service which supports our community and also serves our students to gain the hours of practical experience they need, that’s got to be a good thing.”

Raewyn Laurenson said the initiative followed the successful launch in 2013 of a student counselling service on campus at NMIT, run by senior counselling students. She said the RA service students would be well supervised and well-trained. “It’s not a crisis centre and any complex cases will be referred to trained professionals at Relationship Aotearoa.” She did not believe the service would compete with other free or low cost counselling services which are mainly targeted to specific groups.

“Our service will support individuals who don’t fit into any of those other categories and who couldn’t otherwise afford to access counselling services.”

The four NMIT students who will be working with RA are Georgina Pattullo, Kate Sheldon, Jane Brash and Alex Sawyer. Jane Brash who is the final year of her degree said she saw the new clinic as an ‘amazing opportunity’ to work alongside experienced counsellors, work with a different clientele and gain more practical counselling experience. “It’s also going to make it easier for more people to access counselling services in Nelson,” she said.

RA’s Director of Operations for the South Island, Pablo Godoy, said the partnership with NMIT would enable RA to provide assistance to more people whom may otherwise not have been able to access their services.

“It’s an initiative with a lot of potential in reaching out to people in our community. The partnership enables us to add a valuable resource to our suite of services . It’s also an opportunity for us to share our expertise with some of the region’s future counsellors,” he said.

To make an appointment, contact Relationships Aotearoa and request the NMIT community counselling service. Ph 03 548-0904 or email southern@relationships.org.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news