The New Zealand Psychologists Board is the regulatory authority appointed under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in regard to the profession of psychology. The principal purpose of the Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their profession.
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On October 10, 2013 the Board announced its first major review of the Standards and Procedures for Accreditation, which were first developed in collaboration with... more
The Board are now seeking feedback from psychologists and other stakeholders in regard to the (draft) core competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice. Please see the "Consultation" tab above for more information.
On September 30, 2013 our Chief Executive took the positive step of agreeing in principle to move the Board’s secretariat to a shared business unit. In accordance with the preferred approach outlined in our recent (June 2013) consultation document, and as strongly supported by respondents to that document... more
The (North American) Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the Norwegian Psychological Association hosted the 5th International Congress on Licensure, Certification, and Credentialing of Psychologists in Stockholm on 7 – 9 July 2013. A "work group" of ten has been established to continue the work of the Congress, including two New Zealanders... more
The Board wishes to remind potential applicants for registration that they must provide conclusive, clear, and reliable evidence that they... more
A summary of the most recent (quarterly) meetings of PPAF and PWG can be downloaded... more
The Psychologists Board normally meets four times a year in Wellington, and also conducts some business by email and teleconference to keep costs down and to progress more urgent matters. For a schedule of the Board's meetings in 2013, click here.
The Board uses various means to consult with its stakeholders, with one of the most important being its quarterly meetings with representatives from the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, the NZ Psychological Society, and University training programme Heads of Department. For the 2013 PPAF meeting schedule, click here.
One of the Board's key responsibilities is linking with stakeholders. Board representatives routinely present at the NZCCP and NZPsS conferences each year, and have begun meeting with Interns and psychologists in the regions. For a schedule of upcoming forums, click here.
Core Competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice -
In accordance with section 11 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act) the Psychologists Board (the Board) must describe the contents of the profession in terms of one or more scopes of practice. The central objective of the Act is to protect the health and safety of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions. The obligation imposed on the Board to describe scopes of practice must be read with this fundamental purpose in mind.
In 2010 the Board gazetted the “Counselling Psychologist” scope and began accepting applications for registration in the scope from psychologists with recognised academic qualifications in Counselling Psychology. Since that time the Psychological Society’s “Institute of Counselling Psychology” has taken the lead in drafting a set of (proposed) Core Competencies to more fully describe the scope and to supplement those for the Psychologist scope. This is consistent with the approach previously taken by the Board in regard to the Clinical Psychologist and Educational Psychologist scopes of practice. The Core Competencies, once finalised, will be referenced by the Board in assessing the equivalency of academic qualifications, in assessing applications for accreditation from training programmes, and in monitoring and/or assessing the competence of practitioners in the scope.
It should also be remembered that scopes of practice are not exclusive, but rather can be expected to overlap to some degree. The draft competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope include some clear overlaps with both the Clinical Psychologist competencies and with the Educational Psychologist competencies.
The Board are now seeking feedback from psychologists and other stakeholders in regard to the (draft) core competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice.
The objective of the consultation is to determine whether or not the draft competencies accurately and fully represent the additional competencies required for safe practice as a Counselling Psychologist. (It must be kept in mind that the “Psychologist” scope competencies describe the base skills and knowledge which all psychologists are required to hold, whereas the proposed additional competencies would apply only to practitioners registered in the Counselling Psychologist scope.) The proposed competencies should also closely match those imparted in programmes training practitioners to work as Counselling Psychologists.
We invite you to share your thoughts with us. The draft core competencies can be downloaded here, and a brief consultation feedback form can be downloaded here. The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2013.
Our thanks in advance for your interest and assistance with this important project.
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