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 University Heads of Department, the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, and the New Zealand Psychological Society back in 2005. The review will once again be highly collaborative, and will conclude with the publication of a revised set of standards and procedures in late May or early June 2014. The announcement (and work plan) can be viewed here. Any interested parties are welcome to make submissions or to contact us to express interest in participating in the review.
Posted on 11/10/13
The Board are now seeking feedback from psychologists and other stakeholders in regard to the (draft) core competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice. Please see the "Consultation" tab on the home page for more information.
Posted on 11/10/13
On September 30, 2013 our Chief Executive took the positive step of agreeing in principle to move the Board’s secretariat to a shared business unit. In accordance with the preferred approach outlined in our recent (June 2013) consultation document, and as strongly supported by respondents to that document, the business unit (which will be hosted by the Nursing Council) will include non-regulatory functions only. Also as signalled, this project will build on the KPMG “Synergies” work done previously, although with some modifications.
This is the largest and most concrete step taken by the Psychologists Board (vis-à-vis a shared services arrangement) to date. We have begun working with the other Responsible Authorities (RAs) involved to draft a list of core services that will be shared and we have discussed a timetable for colocation and adoption of the new structure. KPMG have been asked for assistance in guiding the initial stages of the project and preparing a detailed implementation plan.
Those RAs not already on board have been reminded of the earlier (and still current) invitation to join this project. There is still a brief window of opportunity if any of them still want to explore the option. Timeframes are still uncertain, but we are working towards collocation and adoption of the new structure by mid-2014.
Further updates will be provided on this page and via the Board’s newsletters. For more information please contact Steve Osborne.
The (North American) Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the Norwegian Psychological Association hosted the 5th International Congress on Licensure, Certification, and Credentialing of Psychologists in Stockholm on 7 – 9 July 2013. New Zealand was well represented at this invitation only event, which by all accounts was very successful. A "work group" of ten has been established to continue the work of the Congress, including two New Zealanders:
Amy Hilson, USA
Buxin Han, China
Dave Bartram, UK
Germán Gutiérrez, Colombia
Janel Gauthier, Canada
Steve DeMers, USA
Steve Osborne, Aotearoa New Zealand
Sverre L. Nielsen, Norway
Tholene Sodi, South Africa
Waikaremoana Waitoki, Aotearoa New Zealand
As noted in our earlier reports, this will be a multi‐year project that will involve a larger reference group representing a broad range of psychology organizations from around the world.
The goal of this effort is to promote the development of “a global agreement on identifying the benchmark competencies that define professional psychology”. The foundation documents can be viewed here. Ultimately, the project will try to identify “the common standards that frame core competencies which reflect the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that define professional psychology around the world”, and “the essential common denominators across various fields of applied psychology in terms of foundational and functional competencies”.
A full report on the Congress and the ongoing project will be posted once received from the organisers.
Posted on 02/10/13.
The Board wishes to remind potential applicants for registration that they must provide conclusive, clear, and reliable evidence that they have successfully completed a structured, supervised, and formally evaluated professional practice programme of at least 1500 hours that has been approved by the New Zealand Psychologists Board or by an equivalent competent registering authority for psychologists. When assessing the number of hours of internship an applicant has completed, the starting point is when the student has actually commenced practising (under appropriate supervision but semi-independently) as a psychologist and the finishing point is when his or her placement contract ends. Internships normally occur toward the end of a student’s academic training, and can be differentiated from “practica” both by the degree of independence afforded the student and by the timing of the placement in relation to the core academic training. Any questions about these requirements can be directed to Anne Culver, Deputy Registrar (Registration) in the first instance. If any doubt remains, potential applicants may also wish to consider asking for a Non-Binding Assessment.
A summary of the latest (quarterly) meeting of the Psychology Profession Advisory Forum (PPAF) (19/11/13) can be downloaded here. For those unfamiliar with PPAF, the relevant Terms of Reference can also be downloaded here.
Posted on 29/11/13.