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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05/04/13 - APC Renewal for 2013/2014 past due
All practising psychologists should have renewed their Annual Practising Certificates for the 2013/2014 APC year before April 1st... (more)
Thanks to the generosity of some of last year's audited psychologists, the Board has placed six exemplarsof satisfactory CCP records on our website... (more)
The Ministry of Health are conducting a second review of the HPCA Act... more
The Board is attempting to develop an accurate record of Board Members since 1982. We have prepared a DRAFT record... more
A summary of the most recent (quarterly) meeting of PPAF can be downloaded... more
As advised in its newsletters in 2011 and 2012, the Psychologists Board has been working with the other 15 Regulatory Authorities (RAs) to explore and progress a model for a shared secretariat... more
The Māori Allied Health Professionals Association (Ngā Pou Mana) has launched their new website... 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.
Draft Best Practice Guidelines for consultation (24/02/13) - The draft guidelines on "Maintaining professionalism when using social media networking" have just been published for consultation. (Read more.)
Best Practice Guidelines (update 24/02/13) - The guidelines on “The Use of Psychometric Tests” are now complete and have been published on the Board's website. The guidelines incorporate the many submissions received up until 6 February 2013. Our sincere thanks to the many people who offered their assistance and feedback with this major project.
Developing Core Competencies for the Counselling Psychologist Scope: Update (12/02/13) - In 2010 the Board gazetted a new vocational scope of practice: “Counselling Psychologist”. We subsequently asked the New Zealand Psychological Society’s Institute of Counselling Psychology to prepare a draft version of the additional core competencies for the new scope. The Management Committee of the Institute submitted an initial draft, and the Board then completed an initial consultation. (The initial consultation document can be downloaded here.) Based on the feedback from that process a revised draft was prepared and it is now with the Institute for comment prior to the draft being finalised and a final consultation being conducted. In the interim, any questions or comments can be directed to Anne Goodhead.
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