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Online Workforce Survey underway

**UPDATED** The revised Continuing Competence Programme...

**IMPORTANT** Applying for an APC for 2016/2017...

The Board's offices have moved...

"Consulting a Psychologist" posters now available in five languages

Best Practice Guideline on "Informed Consent" published

Cultural Advice Reference Groups (now recruiting)...

Consultation on a Proposed Scope of Practice for Neuropsychology...

Sun sets on grand-parenting option...

Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings...

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


Online Workforce Survey underway

The Psychology Workforce Task Force* are conducting a survey of all psychologists currently registered in New Zealand.

To facilitate the development of psychologist positions and the role of psychology in health, education, and social services in New Zealand we need reliable workforce data. This survey is important in providing current data. An invitation to participate in the survey was emailed to all financially current psychologists on 28/04/16.

*[The Psychology Workforce Task Force includes representatives from various psychology organisations (e.g., NZCCP, NZPB, NZPsS), the clinical training programmes and Heads of Department, major employers of psychologists (e.g., DHBs, ACC, PHOs), and from the Ministry of Health (including Health Workforce New Zealand).]

Posted 28/04/16.


**UPDATED 14/04/16** 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.


**IMPORTANT** Applying for an APC for 2016/2017

To apply for an APC for the 2016/2017 year, please click here. Please note that 2015/2016 APCs can no longer be renewed, as they expired on 31 March 2016. Practitioners are reminded that practising without a current APC is unlawful and may result in discplinary action.

Please also take note of the following important information before contacting us for assistance:

  1. If you renewed your 2015/2016 APC before midnight on 31 March 2016, by law you are deemed to hold your APC from the time the Board received your complete application (including payment). So there is no need to be concerned if you haven’t yet received the hard copy of your APC. The hard copy of your APC (including receipt) will arrive soon.
  2. If you missed the cut off for renewal, you must apply instead for a "new" APC. You will only be deemed to hold your new APC once your correct payment and form have been processed. As noted above, you cannot practise if you do not hold a current APC.
  3. Please be sure to pay the correct application fee. We are receiving a lot of partial and over-payments, which take a great deal of staff time to follow up. Remember, your application is only complete once we have received the correct full payment.
  4. Please use our online payment system, which is simpler for you and far more efficient for us. Remember that a simple guide to logging in to the system can be viewed here: http://www.psychologistsboard.org.nz/cms_show_download.php?id=400
  5. Please be sure to enter your credit card details accurately, and that the credit card limit/balance is adequate for the payment. (There have been an unusually high number of payments rejected this year for these reasons, again putting pressure on staff time to follow up.)

You can apply for a new APC by clicking here.

Many thanks in advance for your understanding, patience, and cooperation.


The Board's offices have moved

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. Our new postal address is PO Box 9644, Wellington 6141. (Please note that all of our other contact details remain unchanged.)


Cultural Advice Reference Groups (now recruiting)

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. 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.


"Consulting a Psychologist" posters 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:

From April 26th brochure versions of the information will also be available for order from info@nzpb.org.nz (subject line: Brochure). The brochures will also be made available to other organisations (such as Citizen's Advice Bureaus and DHBs) that can help distribute them.

Posted 04/04/16


Best Practice Guideline on "Informed Consent" published

The Board recently approved publication of the latest addition to our suite of Best Practice Guidelines. The guideline on "Informed Consent" can be downloaded here. Our sincere thanks to all who assisted with the development of this resource. (See also our Best Practice Documents page.)


Consultation on a Proposed Scope of Practice for Neuropsychology

The Board recently conducted a consultation on a proposed new vocational scope of practice for neuropsychology. Submissions closed on January 31st 2016. The consultation document is still available for download 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.

 Posted 05/10/15. Updated 30/11/15, 05/01/16, 10/02/16, 20/03/16.


Sun sets on grand-parenting option (**UPDATED 31 MARCH 2016**)

Since adopting a set of core 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.

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

Posted 06/11/14. Updated 09/04/15, 07/05/15, 31/03/16.


Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings

A summaryof the most recent meeting (23/02/16) 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 (23/02/16) can be downloaded here. The Terms of Reference for PWG can be downloaded here.  

Last updated on 11/04/16.


The International Project on Competence in Psychology (updated 10/02/16)

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”.  (See Report of the Congress Part 1, September 2014). 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.

The Work Group met on 12 July 2014 to consider feedback from the broader Reference Group and from attendees at the IPCP sessions at the ICAP Conference on a draft progress report (with Reference Group comments showing), a collation of all reviewer's comments, and a version of the report showing Moana Waitoki's comments (many of which were specific to cultural issues). (Just click on the version to download and view.)

The Work Group then met on 22 & 23 September 2014 to progress the next iteration of the document, now referred to as the draft "International Declaration on Competences in Professional Psychology". A revised draft progress report was subsequently prepared, and was circulated to members of the global Reference Group. A copy of that report (including the draft competences) can be downloaded here.

The Work Group next met in Auckland on February 13 & 14, 2015. A final draft was produced, which was subsequently presented at the European Congress of Psychology in Milan in July. The Work Group's Third Progress Report and draft Declaration can be downloaded here. The Reference Group and the two supporting organisations (the IAAP and IUPsyS) subsequently provided feedback on the final draft, and the Work Group recently met ( February 2016) for the final time to finalise the Declaration, which will now be launched at the International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama (July 2016). A copy of the Declaration and 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 10/02/16.

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