Rescheduling of some group DBT sessions during APEX industrial action

Industrial action by APEX union Psychologists began at 8am on Wednesday 31 July and it will end at 8am on Tuesday 3 September.

During this period, Psychologists who are APEX union members and choose to take part in the industrial action, are not carrying out any overtime work, either paid or unpaid. This is not a full withdrawal of labour.

We have undertaken significant contingency planning for the APEX Psychologists' industrial action period to ensure that safety remains our priority.

While rescheduling has been minimal, during this time the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group sessions in the child and adolescent mental health service will be paused.

Director of Provider Services Joanne Gibbs says: 

“We apologise if you have had your session paused or appointment rescheduled as a result of the APEX union psychologists’ industrial action. We understand that service users and whānau may feel concerned about the pausing of some DBT group sessions during this period. I would like to assure service users and whānau they will still have comprehensive support through this time.”

While there is some disruption to some of the after-hours DBT phone coaching sessions in the child and adolescent mental health service during the period of industrial action, urgent mental health services remain available after hours to provide appropriate assessment and support.

If you are a service user in the child and adolescent mental health service you can call your DBT therapists’ number it will be answered as normal during the day and will divert to the DHB’s mental health urgent response service out of office hours. This is available for crisis support as well as some non-crisis support during this period.

Alternatively, the urgent response service can be called directly on 0800 800 717.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a talking therapy, which provides service users with the skills to manage emotional dysregulation.

In the child and adolescent mental health service it consists of:

-         Group therapy

-         Individual therapy

-         Therapy or support for family members

-         After-hours phone coaching.

In the child and adolescent mental health service individual therapy, and therapy or support for family members will continue as usual throughout the period of industrial action.

For questions or concerns about the impact of the industrial action, service users or whānau member can speak with their clinical team or ask to speak with a service leader.

We respect our Psychologists’ right to take industrial action. Psychologists work extremely hard and care immensely for the people who use our services, and we know the decision to take part in industrial action is a very difficult decision for each individual to make.

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