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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.

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For The Public

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 a psychologist's responsibilities under the HPCA Act, renewing a practising certificate, making a non-practising declaration, and the CCP. Login to update your details on the Register...

Psychology Training

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...

 

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What's New

Applications for Registration

The Board’s secretariat team remains largely working from home during New Zealand’s COVID-19 Alert Level 2, however we are pleased to confirm we have resumed (from 27 May 2020) accepting and processing applications for registration. However, delays can be expected as we assess applications affected by COVID-19 disruptions. Please note that international postal services to New Zealand have also been affected by the pandemic, delaying receipt of some applications or supporting documents. Please email [email protected] for any specific enquiries about your application.

Fitness to Practise Policy

The Board has now finalised its Policy on Fitness to Practise, and would like to thank all stakeholders for their submissions. A letter from the Chair with further information can be found here.

The finalised policy can be found here.

COVID-19: A Message for Interns

The Board is aware that psychology interns are facing disruptions, closures, and uncertainty in their internship placements and will be concerned about how all this may impact on their pathway to final registration in their intended professional scope of practice. Understandably this is likely to add an extra layer of anxiety in already stressful times.   

The Board must make protection of the public its primary concern so must be confident that new graduate psychologists are appropriately safe and competent to practice.  However, please be assured that it is exploring ways to work flexibly in the current circumstances, within its remit, and will avoid any unnecessary barriers to final registration.  We expect to pass on updates to training programmes promptly following the Board’s 22-23 April meeting.    

Naming Policy

The Board’s Naming Policy has now been finalised, and the Board wishes to thank all who made submissions.  The final Naming Policy is here, and an update from the Board Chair on the changes made to the policy as a result of submissions is here

Seeking a Psychology Advisor

We are seeking a Psychology Advisor, to join the Board’s Wellington-based secretariat team. This role would suit an experienced psychologist looking for an opportunity to use their skills and knowledge in a different way, and play a key role in shaping the direction of the profession in Aotearoa. If you are interested in a permanent role (full time or substantial part-time FTE preferred) or would like more information please contact the Registrar, Frances Hamilton on 04 381 9047 or email [email protected]. The job description is available here.

Neuropsychology grandparenting pathway extended to 31 March 2021

 

 

Board meeting schedule for 2020

The Psychologists Board meets six 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 2020, click here.

Psychology Profession Advisory Forum (PPAF) schedule for 2020

The Board uses various means to consult with its stakeholders, with one of the most important being its meetings with representatives from the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, the NZ Psychological Society, and University training programme Heads of Department. For the 2020 PPAF meeting schedule, click here.

Current Consultations

 

Consultation on Draft Fitness to Practise Policy - Now Closed

 

Consultation on Draft Naming Policy - Now Closed

 

 

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