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The Pukemanu Centre is run by the University of Canterbury's Child and Family Psychology programme.
The Centre provides assessments and interventions on a short-term basis for children and families/whānau not currently receiving support from other agencies.
The Centre is managed by registered psychologists and operates as part of the professional training course for Master’s level students and above, who are currently undertaking advanced post-graduate training in Child and Family Psychology. Students are involved with all Centre activities, working alongside senior registered psychologists.
Our service is shaped by the principles of:
The Centre aims to provide:
We provide assistance for parents, whānau and caregivers concerned about their child's behaviour, social and/or emotional development. We also offer practical assistance, parenting information, advice and support for parents of children from infancy through to high school age. Our services include:
The Triple P programme is evidence-based and uses internationally recognised family support strategies including:
Sessions can cover concerns such as:
This service provides assessment and early intervention for children aged under 5 years, addressing sleep, feeding, toileting, anxiety, difficult behaviour and developmental concerns.
Starts June– July
Sometimes parenting can feel like the toughest job in the world. Maybe you just want your child to listen and do as you’ve asked, or it may feel like a battle from breakfast to bedtime. You may simply want to find out how to set up better routines for mealtimes or bedtimes or it may be that nothing you do seems to make a difference. Whatever it is, you feel keen to learn more about positive parenting and how you can apply it to your family. Group Triple P is made up of five group sessions and three individual follow-up sessions by telephone. Right from the start you will learn effective tips and strategies to try at home.
Starts October - November
Are you struggling with a teen talking back, being rude or not helping around the house? Are you worried about your teen and their computer usage, parties and peer pressure?
If you’re ready for a more in-depth look at the parenting strategies that really work, this 8 week Group Teen Triple P is ideal for you.
Courses and workshops for parents and caregivers of kids and teens aged 6 – 14 years who are often anxious. Covering skills to help parents and caregivers positively support children and teens to reduce anxiety and cope with life’s challenges.
These groups run when there are enough parents to make a group viable. Please email to register your interest in our Discussion Groups.
Triple P Discussion Groups provide practical advice for tackling specific common problem behaviours. Groups run in relaxed, short (2-hour) small group sessions with other parents experiencing the same issues. You can go to as many or as few sessions as you wish. There are four topics to choose from for two different age groups:
If your child is under 10 years of age:
For parents of teens:
For more information on Triple P, please visit the Triple P website.
The Pukemanu Centre is now open for referrals:
We accept self-referrals as well as referrals from professionals, for example, teachers and other educational, health or welfare providers. Centre hours and appointments are by prior arrangement. Referrals can be made using the online referral form below.
Please be advised that while we endeavour to see you as soon as possible, many of our services do have a wait list before you may be able to be seen. You will be advised of the current wait list times once your referral is accepted.
For further information about the availability of services, parenting/whānau support, or to discuss whether a service is suitable for you, please email us. We welcome your inquiries.
There is no charge to families/whānau for accessing services. The Centre relies on donations for funding. If you would like to make a donation toward costs and support another child to access our service it would be much appreciated.
Clinical Psychologist and Coordinator of the Child and Family Psychology Programme
Karyn is a qualified clinical psychologist and has spent many years working in the child and family area. After finishing her PhD she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Christchurch School of Medicine. In 2000 Karyn set up the Child and Family Psychology programme. Her specialities include the development of infant sleep, child and family interventions, emotional and behavioural regulation in children and parent behaviour and education.
Centre Director and Registered Psychologist
Suzi is a registered psychologist who has 30 years' experience working with children and families. She spent a significant amount of her working life providing psychological assessments and interventions for families where care and protection issues were identified. A strong focus in her work was interviewing children in the joint Police and Child Youth and Family Services Evidential Unit assessing possible abuse and working with children who had experienced trauma as the result of abuse.
Assessment of parenting, delivery of parenting and child interventions, high and complex needs cases and supervision for a range of professionals in the child and family area are part of her private practice work. She is an accredited trainer for Triple P International, delivering training to professionals in New Zealand, the UK and Canada.
Suzi has a strong commitment to supporting the development of clinical skill and practice of those working within the Centre.