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Our Aims

Aims of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies 

  1. To support the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies within
    Aotearoa New Zealand whilst acting as a liaison with international
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy organisations and associations to support
    the wider international practice and community of Cognitive Behavioural
    Therapies 
  2. To promote and increase access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
    for service-users and the public of Aotearoa New Zealand by; a.
    promoting the development of the theory and practice of Cognitive
    Behavioural Therapies, particularly in relation to our own specific
    cultural needs within Aotearoa New Zealand, through training, research
    and the sharing of resources b. providing supportive regional and
    national forums for practitioners to meet in order to receive training
    and share knowledge and resources c. providing easily accessible and
    understandable information regarding the benefits, considerations and
    general functions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies to service-users,
    whanau, local and national bodies and the public of Aotearoa New Zealand
  3. To be an inclusive Association, embracing participation and
    collaboration from a variety of mental health professions,
    service-users, family, whanau, cultural and ethnic groups and the wider
    community 
  4. To recognise the bi-cultural basis of Aotearoa New Zealand and
    commit to fostering the spirit and upholding the principles of the
    Treaty of Waitangi whilst also supporting the diversity of other
    cultures within Aotearoa New Zealand 
  5. To protect service-users and the public by promoting the safe and
    effective use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies through ensuring
    practicing members meet a set of standards and code of conduct 
  6. To be a trusted and reputable national resource for Cognitive
    Behavioural Therapies within Aotearoa New Zealand by holding and
    disseminating current, evidence-based research and information on
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, providing consultation and
    collaborating with national organisations and bodies to build capacity
    and increase access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapies within Aotearoa
    New Zealand 
  7. To be a trusted and reputable national resource for members of the
    Association by providing supportive regional and national forums,
    disseminating current, evidence-based research and information on
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapies by providing an international academic
    journal (Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy published by the
    British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), and
    regular Association updates
  8. To work towards providing minimum standards for accreditation in order to promote a
    set of national qualifications for the role of the Cognitive
    Behavioural Therapist, ensuring service-users can access Cognitive
    Behavioural Therapies from skilled and qualified therapists