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Changes to be made to the Continuing Competence Programme...

Changes to be made to the Board's Accreditation Standards and Procedures…

Two new Board Member appointments...

Grand-Parenting into the 'Counselling Psychologist' scope...

Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings...

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

 

 

Changes to be made to the Continuing Competence Programme for 2016/2017

The Board recently sought comment from psychologists and other stakeholders on proposed changes to the Continuing Competence Programme (CCP). The proposals were outlined in a consultation paper that can be downloaded here, and that was mailed to all stakeholders in mid-June (2015). Submissions were accepted via a brief online survey, by mail, or by email. The deadline for receipt of submissions was 31 July 2015. The Board subsequently considered the feedback and formally adopted changes to the CCP at their meetings in August.

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

  • The basic steps of the current CCP will be retained.
  • APC holders will be required to keep a (simple, basic) CCP log book.
  • Supervisors will be asked 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.
  • Practitioners in their first year of practice will be required to participate in the CCP.

These changes will be reflected in the new CCP documentation now being prepared and that will be published in December 2015.In order to allow practitioners time to adjust to these changes, there will be no random audits conducted at the end of the 2015/2016 APC year. The Board also decided that options for online solutions for the CCP will be explored over the coming years.

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

Posted 02/09/15.

 

Changes to be made to the Board's Accreditation Standards and Procedures

The Board recently sought comment from all stakeholders on proposed changes to its Accreditation Standards and Procedures (S&P). The proposals were outlined in a consultation paper that can be downloaded here, and that was emailed to key stakeholders in mid-June. Submissions were accepted via a brief online survey, by mail, or by email. The deadline for receipt of submissions was 31 July 2015. The Board have considered the feedback received and have adopted a revised, reduced, and rationalised set of Accreditation Standards that are more closely tied to the Board's core mandate (protection of the public). The Accreditation Committee will now consider the proposed new procedures, and once they have been finalised a new version of the S&P will be published.

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

Posted 02/09/15.

 

Two new Board Member appointments

The Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health, has appointed Dr Elliot Bell (Clinical Psychologist, Wellington) and Mrs Nalini Meyer (Lay Member, Chrstchurch) to the Psychologists Board for three-year terms (effective 27 August 2015). With these appointments the Board is back to full complement (nine members). The Board very much looks forward to working with its new members. Four other Board Members' terms expire in November, with three seeking re-appointment. The Ministry recently advertised for nominations, with a deadline of 1 September. It is anticipated that the new appointment(s) and any re-appointments will be made within the next few months.

Posted 02/09/15.

 

Grand-Parenting into the ‘Counselling Psychologist’ Scope

The Psychologists Board recently adopted a set of core competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice. We are therefore now able to consider applications for registration in the scope from practitioners who do not hold the required academic qualifications, but who have (for an extended period) been safely practising within the scope and in keeping with the core competencies that are unique to the scope. A revised vocational scope application form for this purpose is now available (click here to download a copy).

NB: Applications based on the grand-parenting pathway will only be accepted until 31 March 2016. This pathway into the scope will be discontinued from 1 April 2016.

Grand-parenting criteria:

1. The applicant must already be registered or eligible for registration in the Psychologist scope.

2. The applicant must have practised mainly within the Counselling Psychologist Scope (as described by the Board) and in keeping with the with the core competencies that are unique to the scope, for at least three of the past five years.

3. The applicant must have had regular professional supervision appropriate for his or her work in the scope.

4. The applicant must currently be fit for registration in terms of section 16 of the HPCA Act.

5. The applicant must not have any current competence notifications against them.

6. If the applicant has previously been the subject of any complaints or competence notifications, the details of those (considered individually and/or collectively) must not reflect adversely on his or her current fitness to practice as a Counselling Psychologist.   

Evidence required to support a grand-parenting application:

  • A completed application form (including statutory declaration).
  • A detailed work history for the relevant time period.
  • A letter of support from each relevant supervisor.
  • Your evidence should clearly describe how your practice is informed by and is consistent with the core competencies (including the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings) of the Counselling Psychologist scope.

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.

 

Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings

A summaryof the most recent meeting (18/08/15) 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 summaryof the most recent Psychology Workforce Group (PWG) meeting (19/05/15) can be downloaded here. The Terms of Reference for PWG can be downloaded here.  

Last updated on 02/09/15.

 

The International Project on Competence in Psychology (updated 18/03/15)

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 has been named the “International Project on Competence in Psychology” (IPCP). A core Work Group of 10 individuals from around the world has been established, including Moana Waitoki and Steve Osborne from New Zealand. A much broader (global) Reference Group/Network of more than 200 interested parties has also been established, and continues to grow.

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 (Paris, 11 July) 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 Working Group also met on 22 & 23 September (Oslo) 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 Working Group's most recent meeting was in Auckland on February 13 & 14, 2015. Great progress was made on the preparation of a final draft document, which will be presented to the IAAP and IUPsyS in July. Those organisations will consider and (possibly) further revise the Declaration, and the final version will be launched at the International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama (July 2016).

Questions about this project can be forwarded to Steve Osborne.

Last updated on 18/03/15.

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