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Board's office has reopened, but some mail still missing

Consultation on a proposed APC Fee increase

Changes to the Board’s process for handling complaints...

Consultation (Round 2) on intended new Scope of Practice for Neuropsychology now closed...

The revised Continuing Competence Programme...

"Consulting a Psychologist" posters (and brochures) now available in five languages

Cultural Advice Reference Groups (now recruiting)...

Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings...

The International Project on Competence in Psychology (updated)...



Board's office has reopened, but some mail still missing

Monday, November 28th 2016: Having received written assurance that the building is safe to occupy, we have now reopened the Board's offices. Thanks to all for your patience and understanding. Staff members can now all be contacted via their usual email and/or telephone number. (See here for our contact details.) We have, however, been advised that some of our mail may have been diverted by NZ Post in the days immediately following the earthquakes (November 14th), and that it has not yet been relocated or delivered. If you sent us mail just before or after the 14th and have not yet had a reply, you may wish to check with us (by phone or email) to see if we have received it. We are working with NZ Post to ensure that any and all of our mail that had been delayed or redirected is delivered to us promptly.

Holiday Office hours: Please also note that the Board’s office will close at noon on Friday, December 23rd 2016, and will re-open at 08:30 on Wednesday, January 4th 2017. If you need to contact us urgently during this time please click here to email Steve Osborne (CE/Registrar).


Consultation on a proposed APC Fee increase

The Board are inviting stakeholder comment on a proposal to increase APC fees for the 2017/2018 financial year. By law, the Board must generate sufficient revenue to cover its operating costs. To accomplish this, it is empowered by the HPCA Act to prescribe fees (refer s130) and to impose a disciplinary levy (refer s131). The Board receives no funding from the government. In setting fees, the Board must ensure it takes into account (for example) the principles of efficiency, accountability, cost-recovery, and consultation.

The Board has determined that, as a result of continuous growth in the number of psychologists we regulate and the increasing breadth and complexity of the work carried out by the Secretariat, additional staff resource is now required. We are therefore proposing a modest increase to APC fees to cover the cost of one additional (senior) staff member. A small increase to the current Disciplinary Levy is also proposed, to gradually replenish the Board’s Disciplinary Reserve. In combination, the increase proposed totals 11%. So, for example, the overall renewal fee for a 12-month APC would increase from $590 (2016/2017) to $655 (2017/2018).

A full consultation document can be viewed or downloaded here.

Please send us your feedback on our proposals by January 6th, 2017. The Board will make its decisions in early January, so that a new fee schedule can be gazetted in time to take effect for the 2017/2018 financial year.

Feedback can be sent to:

Subject line: Fees consultation 2016

Fees consultation 2016
New Zealand Psychologists Board
PO Box 9644
Wellington 6141


Changes to the Board’s process for handling complaints

The Board has recently made significant changes to how it handles complaints (and particularly those arising from Family Court work). The changes have been made on the basis of expert legal advice, and were adopted promptly in order to ensure that our processes are fair, lawful, and reasonable. The background to and rationale for the changes are outlined in two brief documents that can be viewed here.

Posted 02/06/16.


Consultation (Round 2) on intended new Scope of Practice for Neuropsychology now closed

The Board recently conducted a second round of consultation on the intended new vocational scope of practice for neuropsychology. The consultation document is available for download here. The online survey closed on July 29th. Our thanks to all who took the time to contribute their thoughts. The Board considered the feedback received at their meeting in August, and we are now completing final revisions before the new scope is established late this year or in early 2017. 

 Posted 01/06/16. Updated 02/08/16, 29/09/16


The revised Continuing Competence Programme for 2016/2017

Last year the Board sought comment from psychologists and other stakeholders on proposed changes to the Continuing Competence Programme (CCP). The Board subsequently considered the feedback and formally adopted changes to the CCP at their meetings in August 2015.  

In summary, the changes made (effective for the 2016/2017 APC year) are:

  • The basic steps of the current CCP have been retained.
  • APC holders are now required to keep a (simple, basic) CCP log book.
  • Supervisors are required to take on more responsibility for ensuring the quality of their supervisee’s CCP participation.
  • Audits of CCP participation will be kept simple, and will normally involve just a review of the practitioner’s log book(s) and declaration(s).
  • A more detailed (but still simply worded) annual statutory declaration will be required from each APC applicant, and must be counter-signed by the supervisor.
  • The Board will continue to audit 20% of APC applicants each year (beginning in 2017).
  • Practitioners in their first year of practice will be required to participate in the CCP.

These changes are reflected in the new CCP Guide for Participants, which can be downloaded here, and which was posted to all current APC holders in mid-February with the annual APC renewal reminder. A new Declaration Form is included as Appendix 2 to the new Guide. A sample of the new audit form can also be viewed here.

**UPDATE**: Two optional templates to provide guidance and reassurance about what the Board expects to be recorded in practitioners' Log Books have now been published (and can be downloaded by clicking on the following highlighted links). Optional template 1 (pdf Word) provides only for recording of the bare minimum information required by the Board. Optional template 2 (pdf Word) provides for one further (non-mandatory) category of information (Learning Plans) to also be recorded. Practitioners are not required to use either of these templates if they prefer to record their CCP activities in some other format. (For more information about what must be recorded, see page 10 of the CCP Guide for Participants.)

If you have any concerns or questions, please call us on 04 471 4580 or email us.

Posted 02/09/15. Updated 22/12/15, 10/02/16, 01/03/16, 14/04/16.


Cultural Advice Reference Groups (still recruiting)

The Board continue to recruit members for our new Cultural Advice Reference Groups, especially the Māori group. Two groups have been formed, one specific to Māori and the other for all other major cultural groupings in New Zealand. They will provide cultural advice and/or peer review on relevant issues under consideration by the Psychologists Board. It is intended that each group will include psychologists, students, and/or non-psychologists from all regions of New Zealand. If you are interested in serving on one of the groups, please review the DRAFT Terms of Reference and then contact Steve Osborne.

Updated 29/09/16


"Consulting a Psychologist" posters (and brochures) now available in five languages

The Board have produced a poster to inform potential clients about the services psychologists offer, what can be expected of a psychologist, and a client's basic rights. A brief outline of the role of the Board is also provided. To view, print, or download the poster just click on the version you want:

Brochure versions of the information are also be available for order from info@nzpb.org.nz (subject line: Brochure). The brochures have been made available to other organisations (such as Citizen's Advice Bureaus and DHBs) that can help distribute them.

Posted 04/04/16. Updated 02/08/16


Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings

A summary of the most recent meeting (23/08/16) of the Psychology Profession Advisory Forum (PPAF) can be downloaded here. For those unfamiliar with PPAF, the relevant Terms of Reference can also be downloaded here.

A summary of the most recent Psychology Workforce Group (PWG) meeting (23/08/16) can be downloaded here. The Terms of Reference for PWG can be downloaded here.  

Last updated on 29/09/16.


The International Project on Competence in Psychology (updated 02/08/16)

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”. The project was named the “International Project on Competence in Psychology” (IPCP). A core Work Group of 10 individuals from around the world was established, including Moana Waitoki and Steve Osborne from New Zealand. A much broader (global) Reference Group/Network of more than 250 interested parties was also established.

After three years of work and broad consultation, the Work Group recently published the "International Declaration on Competences in Professional Psychology". Both the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and the General Assembly of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) have subsequently adopted the Declaration.

A final report is now being prepared by the Working Group and it is expected that a website will be established (likely under IAAP’s auspices) to promote the document. The Board believes that the Declaration should prove useful for the next review of our own prescribed core competencies. (That review is expected to occur within the next 2 years.)

A copy of the final version of the Declaration can be downloaded here. The Final Report of the Work Group will be posted here once published.

Questions about this project can be forwarded to Steve Osborne.

Last updated on 02/08/16

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