Author: Fitzgerald, John
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Psychology Publisher: New Zealand Psychological Society Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Psychological Society ISSN: 0112-109X
Issue: Date: Oct, 2011 Source Volume: 40 Source Issue: 4
Accession Number: 313012099
Full Text: 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. This issue's guest editors, Frank O'Connor (symposium convenor) and Prof Ian Evans (Massey University), wanted to capture the content of the symposium for publication so that the wisdom, knowledge, and humanity expressed would not be lost, but rather that it be made freely available to all New Zealanders and other interested parties. This extra issue of the Journal exists largely due to their foresight, creativity and diligence.

Frank O'Connor and Ian Evans played significant roles during the conference by chairing sessions, leading discussions, and generally keeping proceedings on track. The whole symposium was audio recorded. Formal manuscripts of presentations were used where available. We are indebted to the many authors who presented their experiences and knowledge. We are also grateful for the encouragement and practical support of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research.

All the presentations were transcribed, and we are grateful to Tia Narvaez (Massey and then Victoria University of Wellington) for her supportive work ensuring that the editors did not get too tangled in the morass of audio and digital files, and manuscripts. We are also grateful to the many reviewers who read and reread the manuscripts, assisting the authors and editors in polishing the final product. Finally, Frank O'Connor turned his hand to typesetting and Ian Evans, once again, demonstrated his familiarly with the contents of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

The original goal of the guest editors was to 'capture the moment' so that time could be taken to reflect, review and learn, honouring the experiences and those who had experienced it. I believe that this has been achieved, and the NZPsS owes a great debt to those involved in the production of this publication. We thank all the psychologists who have contributed to this work, and the work it reports.

John Fitzgerald, Editor-in-Chief, New Zealand Journal of Psychology
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