Third-Party Funding and Counselling in New Zealand: Implications for Counselling Services and Professional Autonomy
During their short history New Zealand counselling and related agencies have helped the government support its need to address public concerns about disturbed youth, increased unemployment and the victims of sexual abuse. Each of these cases has changed the structural arrangements between government and counsellors. The perceived need for sexual abuse counselling in particular resulted in the establishment of a specific type of third-party funding for counselling and has had a major influence on both professional practice and the way that individual counsellors and therapists do their work. This article documents the impact that this third-party funding has had on what counts in New Zealand counselling.