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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Renewal reminders were sent out in mid-February to all holders of current (2013/2014) Annual Practising Certificates. This is the only reminder that will be sent, and we remind practitioners... more
Following a period of consultation on draft revisions (regarding storage of information in the "cloud"), the Board has approved publication of a revised Best Practice Guideline on Keeping Records of Psychological Services... more
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
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 2014, 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 2014 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.
In 2010 the Board gazetted the vocational scope of practice: “Counselling Psychologist”. The New Zealand Psychological Society’s Institute of Counselling Psychology then prepared a draft version of the additional core competencies for the new scope. This draft version has since gone through various development steps, including review by a volunteer working party, consideration by the Board, further input from the Institute, and consultation with the larger psychology community. There has been further dialogue between the Board and the Institute in the light of the submissions from the consultation to reach agreement over the current (final) draft of the competencies. This draft is now published for final consultation, before the Board finalises the competencies at their May meeting. We invite you to consider and comment on the final draft core competencies (download here). Please forward any submissions by Monday, 5 May 2014.
The Board is has begun conducting a major review of our Accreditation Standards and Procedures. It is important that we consult a broad range of stakeholders, beginning with those who have been directly involved. (Broader consultation will follow in early 2014.) In order to facilitate participation, five versions of the initial survey have been prepared. The most detailed is targeted at Agency Principals, Heads of Department/School, and Programme Leaders. Shorter versions have been tailored for programme staff, Assessment Team members, students (past and present), and people less directly involved in the accreditation process (“others”). If you have not been contacted directly but would like to complete the survey, just email us for the link and a password.
Please note that the survey will close on 31 January 2014, so that the results can be analysed in preparation for a major workshop on 12 February. (If you are interested in attending the consultation workshop, please contact Steve Osborne.)
Our thanks in advance for your assistance with this important review.
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