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

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

The revised Continuing Competence Programme...

The Board's offices have moved...

"Consulting a Psychologist" posters 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)...



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 underway

The Board are now conducting the 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 can be completed here (until July 29th).

 Posted 01/06/16.


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.


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, Marion Square, 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


Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings

A summaryof the most recent meeting (24/05/16) 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 (25/05/16) can be downloaded here. The Terms of Reference for PWG can be downloaded here.  

Last updated on 27/06/16.


The International Project on Competence in Psychology (updated 23/06/16)

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". It was subsequently announced that the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) have unanimously endorsed the Declaration, which will be formally launched at the 31st International Congress of Psychology in July 2016 in Yokohama. Indications are that the Declaration will also be adopted by the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) in Yokohama.

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 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 23/06/16

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