The Psychosynthesis South Pacific Trust (PSP) is an Educational Trust based in New Zealand. It was formed in 2017 by a group of senior teachers and practitioners and continues a rich, locally infused tradition of training in Psychosynthesis that stretches back over 30 years in this country. In recognising a community that has strong links in Australia and the Pacific Islands, the PSP vision is to offer opportunities for training and community connection throughout the region and to ensure that Psychosynthesis informed practices are available to these local communities. The Trust is concerned with the ongoing development of this project and upholding the strategic vision.
A fair, just, sustainable and inclusive world through the application of Psychosynthesis principles.
To achieve our vision, PSP considers that diverse and appropriate opportunities need to be made available for people and communities to engage with the guiding principles and experiential processes of Psychosynthesis in a secure learning environment.
PSP principles are based on the vital importance of “context”. Thus all courses take a systems-thinking approach – a focus on the way that a system’s constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems – an evolving sensitivity to the circular nature of the world we live in.
PSP Trust offers practical and accessible psychospiritual training based on principles of Psychosynthesis for personal and professional development. This training can also inform and complement business, educational, health and social professionals.
The Trust also encourages the research of Psychosynthesis for the purposes of advanced personal development, counselling and psychotherapy.
PSP actively establishes supportive relationships to enable greater accessibility to our programmes and to provide support to students consistent with its charitable purpose.
Structure & Support
Up to seven trustees are appointed at any given time to manage the strategic development of the Trust. These are people who have a connection with Psychosynthesis and are interested in its future in the South Pacific.
Council of Elders
It is envisaged that a Council of Elders (up to five people) shall be appointed by the Trustees to provide additional advice and guidance in the strategic direction of the Trust. Recognising the place of Eldership, PSP envisages developing local relationships with kaumātua that will become integral to the Council of Elders.
PAnzA – Psychosynthesis Aotearoa/NZ & Australia – is the professional body for Psychosynthesis practitioners. As well as organising professional development opportunities, it also supports practitioners through its Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedure. In many cases PAnzA offers an alternative to NZAC – full details on their website: https://panza.org.nz.
Other relevant professional bodies include New Zealand Association of Counsellors NZAC, Psychotherapists Board of New Zealand (the health regulating authority) PBANZ, and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists NZAP.
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.
In Aotearoa/New Zealand, we recognise Maori as its first people, and we honour the particular spirituality that they express. We also recognise that participants from other lands have comparable deep wisdom traditions. We seek to welcome all people, and all the deep traditions from which they come, whilst recognising the uniquely local cultural expressions and particular flavour of the South Pacific. We seek to establish the rich holding of an inclusive multi-cultural community.
- Respect the cultural diversity of people and encourage people from all nationalities to utilize the Trust’s facilities and services.
- Heal through connections with self, other, natural environment, community, the greater whole.
- Provide pathways to further education and development, personal and professional, and inspiring people to reach their full potential.
- Work cooperatively in trans-disciplinary settings.
- Maintain the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.
- Respect and implement the dual heritage of the partners of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).
Bill Rout, Christine Johannis, Mark Haxell, Mark Skelding and Moira McGuinness
Bill Rout, Mark Haxell, Delwyn Mc Phun, Michael Winter
Secretary | Treasurer
Bill is a psychosynthesis counsellor with a small private practice in South Otago. He also is a AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug Counsellor) and a Supervisor. He brings to PSP Trust 4 years of recent experience managing a nonprofit community counselling centre, and 20 years of developing on the-job-training systems for large and small organisations.
Full-time private practice. Born and raised in New Zealand. Recent grandparent.
Registered counselling psychologist.
MNZAP, MNZPsychSoc, Member Institute of Counselling Psychology, MPanza, Member of the Royal Society of NZ
BSc, MSc, and PhD in Psychology (Auckland University)
Dip Psychosynthesis Counselling
Dip Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
Dip Mental Health (Auckland Medical School)
Master of Health Practice in Psychotherapy Practice (AUT)
Post graduate certificate in clinical supervision (AUT)
NZAP Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice
Family Court Psychologist
Auckland Youthline Group Supervisor
Delwyn Mc Phun
Born in England and raised to be an electronics engineer, I rebelled and become an educational software creator. A second adolescence at 30 had me sailing off for ten years of nautical adventures before arriving in New Caledonia with the desire to create, plant and develop. Therapy, theatre and voice work led me to the psychosynthesis counsellor training. My time is now divided between my counselling practice, an organic fruit plot, saving the planet and running a business.
Previous employment in pharmaceuticals research, education and educational research.
Education London and Oxford Unis
Psychosynthesis training – 2 years with Psychosynthesis and Education Trust, London 1980s
Former resident member Findhorn Foundation
Counselling training and work in Birmingham, Christchurch
Formerly Lifeline Counsellor
Diploma in Professional Coaching, SIT
Coaching with Chch Men’s Centre
Interested in Psychosynthesis in Coaching, Counselling and Therapy, and in Core Process work.