Nev Trainor

PGDip.Psych.(Clin.), M.Soc.Sc (1st Class Honours), B.Soc.Sc, Registered Clinical Psychologist

“I am driven in my practice as a clinical psychologist by values which promote the wellbeing and safety of individuals and the community.  Supporting the skill development of others who contribute to this vitally important area is an abiding and very satisfying professional endeavour.”


Nev is a registered clinical psychologist who has been working in the area of forensic and offender assessment and rehabilitation for almost twenty years.  His first entry into work with offenders occurred in 1992 when he began co-facilitating domestic violence programs for the Hamilton Abuse Intervention Program.  Nev has a broad range of clinical experience with different populations, age ranges and cultures.  He held managerial, policy and senior clinical roles within the Department of Corrections when employed by that organisation from 1997 to 2006.  He was the Principal Psychologist at the Violence Prevention Unit at Rimutaka Prison for five years where he led the first efforts to develop a prison based therapeutic community for serious violent offenders.

Nev’s clinical experience includes working in both individual and group treatment contexts and also the provision of supervision to range of staff working within the helping professions.  Since 2007 he has been developing a private practice which maintains his strong interest and values in the forensic area while broadening out to include work with intellectually disabled offenders; youth who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system; program design and also training provision, both in New Zealand and Australia.  He holds a designation from the Ministry of Health as a Specialist Assessor pursuant to the Intellectual Disabilities (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003).  He is also actively involved with the Wellington Activity Centre (a youth education provider) where he is developing a program for building psychological flexibility and resilience in students.

Nev has established a reputation as a flexible, responsive, collaborative and creative practitioner and designer.