The New Zealand Psychologists Board is the regulatory authority appointed under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in respect of 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.
Read more about the HPCA Act, the Board, and the Board’s functions. Find out what psychologists do and how you can have your concerns about a psychologist’s competence, fitness, or conduct addressed...
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Read more about training to be a psychologist. Find out which training programmes have been accredited by the Board, and access information about the psychology workforce...
The Psychology Workforce Task Force* are conducting a survey of all psychologists currently registered in New Zealand... more
The revised CCP Guide for Participants and two different (optional) templates for Log Books can now be downloaded... more
To apply for an APC for the 2016/2017 year, please use the following link... more
After several years of planning and close collaboration, on Friday, February 19th, ten regulatory authorities colocated to new offices on Level 5, 22 Willeston Street, Wellington.... more
The Board have developed a poster to inform potential clients about their basic rights, the services psychologists offer, what can be expected of a psychologist... more
The Board are currently recruiting members for our new Cultural Advice Reference Groups. Two groups will be formed, one specific to Māori and the other for all other major cultural groupings in New Zealand... more
The Board recently approved publication of the latest addition to our suite of Best Practice Guidelines. The guideline on "Informed Consent" can be downloaded... more
The Board recently conducted a consultation on a proposed new vocational scope of practice for neuropsychology... more
Since adopting a set ofcore competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice in 2014, the Psychologists Board has been considering applications for the scope via a "grand-parenting" route. We have, however, consistently advertised on our website and in newsletters that applications based on the grand-parenting pathway would only be accepted until 31 March 2016. That date has now arrived, and this pathway into the scope has now been discontinued. The only pathway into the scope now is via the prescribed academic qualifications.
A summary of the most recent (quarterly) meetings of PPAF and PWG can be downloaded... more
At the 5th International Congress on Licensure, Certification and Credentialing of Psychologists it was decided to continue the development of “a global agreement on identifying the benchmark competencies that define professional psychology”... 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 2016, 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 2016 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.
The Board recently sought comment from psychologists and other stakeholders on a set of proposals to establish a vocational scope of practice for neuropsychology. The proposals were outlined in a consultation paper that can be downloaded here.
The Board discussed the proposal further at its meetings in late February, and agreed to procced with the second stage of consultation. A second consultation paper is now being prepared and will be published here by mid-April.
If you have any concerns or questions, please call us on 0800 471 4580 or email us.
Posted 30/11/15 Updated 05/01/16, 20/03/16.
No further consultations are planned for 2015 Please check back early in 2016.
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