The College of Psychologists of British Columbia

Welcome to the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, the regulatory body for the profession of psychology in B.C. This website contains information for members of the public, applicants for registration, and for registrants. The College's role is to protect the public interest by regulating the practice of psychology and monitoring the practice of psychology practitioners. The College sets the standards for the practice of psychology.  The practice of psychology in B.C. is regulated under the Health Professions Act (HPA), the Psychologists Regulation, the Bylaws and the Code of Conduct

Applying for Registration?

We have created a document which provides applicants with information regarding what is required for registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.
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You and Your Psychologist.

Please click here for information regarding what you can expect when working with a psychologist.
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News and Announcements

Looking for a Psychologist?

The College of Psychologists of British Columbia is the regulatory body for the profession of psychology in B.C. and provides information to the public about the registration status of its registrants to the public. To find information about a registered psychologist, please click here. The College does not offer a referral service. (For information on how to get a referral for a psychologist click here.)

Our Mandate

To regulate the profession of psychology in the public interest in accordance with the Health Professions Act of British Columbia by setting the standards for competent and ethical practice, promoting excellence and taking action when standards are not met.

Notice of Proposed Regulation Amendments

Notice of Bylaw Changes
Effective Sept 01, 2014 updated July 31, 2014

Notice of Changes to Schedule F
CPBC Code of Conduct

Effective Sept 01, 2014 updated July 31, 2014

Press Release
BC health regulators launch unprecedented campaign to say “our purpose, your safety”

Colleges that regulate over 100,000 licensed health professionals in BC have come together to launch “our purpose, your safety,” a campaign designed to raise awareness not only about the role Colleges play in patient and client safety, but also which professions are regulated, why it’s important to choose a regulated health provider, and what can be done if patients have concerns about the care they receive. Read more...

Report from the Representative for Children and Youth

Registrants should be aware of the report released in early February from the Representative for Children and Youth titled  “Lost in the shadows: How a lack of help meant a loss of hope for one First Nations girl”. 

We encourage registrants to read the report [here] and to remind themselves of reporting requirements of governing legislation, including recent changes (in effect as of June 1, 2014) to the Child, Family and Community Services Act [here].  This report provides a very detailed summary of the suicide of a young aboriginal girl and an assessment, by the Representative, of the multiple failings of the system to intervene effectively in her care.

Among the recommendations is a specific one to the Colleges for Physicians and Nurses to:“inform their members of the findings of this investigation with respect to reporting a child in need of protection, and remind their members of their statutory responsibility to report pursuant to s. 14 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act” and that “the Attorney General of B.C. review the reasons for a lack of enforcement of the CFCS Act in the province and take steps to promote compliance, if necessary”.  This recommendation is no less applicable to psychologists.

Please call the CPBC Practice Support Service if you have additional questions.  

Vancouver Coastal Health changed its Family Involvement policy

How VCH health practitioners interact with family members of mental health clients will change, following a policy adjustment at the health authority. VCH adapted its Family Involvement policy to align with its understanding of privacy legislation. The foundation of the policy is that health professionals share information on a “need to know” basis for continuity of client care. The policy supports family involvement where appropriate, recognizing that it can greatly improve client outcomes.

Health profession regulators ( reviewed the policy with VCH. In doing so, all agreed that health professionals decision-making must be framed by the best interest of clients. Further, health professions have different levels of expertise in deciding the benefit to a client, and the appropriateness of, family involvement.

The policy does not affect health professionals’ responsibilities to:

  1. Adhere to Codes of Conduct,
  2. Abide by the highest standards of practice, and
  3. Work respectfully and collaboratively.

If you would like to discuss the policy changes and what they mean for your practice, contact us at the office.