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New Zealand Clinical Psychologist moving to Switzerland

p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } My husband and me are considering moving to Zurich later this year. I am a registered Clinical Psychologist from New Zealand and have 10 plus years work experience. I speak Dutch, English and German. I am specialized in children and youth.

I would like to find out more about my options to practice in Switzerland. A few questions any of you might be able to answer:

Is a NZ psychologist licence accepted by Swiss healthcare organisations or private institutions?

Are there any other New Zealand (or Australian) Psychologists working in Switzerland?

Are unpaid jobs an option in healthcare or education, for people with a foreign licence?

Thanks for your help!
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Re: New Zealand Clinical Psychologist moving to Switzerland

Try the psychologists association in Switzerland - the professional organisation - it will cost you a heap to register, and plus you need professional insurance...

If your German is fluent, then you might be able to land a job at the child and youth Psychiatry unit of the kinderspital in Zurich, or the 'dienst' which is the emergency service...

You probably have to apply to 'CRUS' (council of universities) to get recognition of your degree. If you have any documentation that authorises you to practice in the government health system in New Zealand, make sure you have copies of those plus all your degree documents.

It will be 'easier' in some ways to get your accreditation through if you have a supportive employer or a local swiss person who is university educated to help you write appropriate letters to relevant authorities, but it's possible to do most of the process in English.

Hope that helps...I know of one UK PhD Psychologist who was able to get professional insurance without having to join the local Psych society, and practices privately. If you want to practice in the system and be covered by health insurance rebates, then my understanding is that clinical psychologists must practice under the authority of a psychiatrist...
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Re: New Zealand Clinical Psychologist moving to Switzerland

Oh. I assumed your specialty is child and young people. My mistake. I'm quite sure the process is similar - what is your specialty ?
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Re: New Zealand Clinical Psychologist moving to Switzerland

Yes, I am specialized in working with children and adolescents. Thanks for pointing out the insurance requirement. My next step will be to get advice from the professional association.
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Re: New Zealand Clinical Psychologist moving to Switzerland

I studied research psychology in America before coming to Switzerland and haven't been able to find anything in the field. Granted, I still need to work on my German-language skills. But I do hope that you have an easier time finding a job and an even easier move!
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Re: New Zealand Clinical Psychologist moving to Switzerland

Welcome to, tenatively, to CH!


psychological therapy for new zealanders seems like a lost cause to me.

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Re: New Zealand Clinical Psychologist moving to Switzerland

I gather from your posts it won't be en easy process. Maybe I should approach the Dutch astma centre in Davos. I got my degree in Holland. They might apply Dutch rules around licencing and insurance instead of Swiss.
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It may not be an 'easy' process, but I believe it's possible - and I would expect much easier since your qualifications are European...
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