Please be advised that the College bylaws were amended and brought into force on September 1, 2014.
These amendments update and modernize the College’s bylaws. In particular, the amendments to Part 4 clarify the requirements for registration as a registered psychologist in British Columbia, and introduce new classes of associate psychologist (corrections) registration and psychology assistant registration. Discussions remain ongoing with regard to other possible limited classes.
New application forms are now available for download. The College is also in the process of developing guiding documents to be used under the amended bylaws. Please monitor the website for these upcoming changes.
If you have any questions regarding the new bylaws or application related matters, please contact the College office by phone 604-736-6164, fax 604-736-6133 or regular mail and we will be pleased to assist.
College of Psychologists of British Columbia
404-1755 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 4S5
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.
News and Announcements
Amended Bylaws for September 1, 2014
By Order of the Minister of Health the College's bylaws were amended and brought into force as of September 1, 2014.
The amendments update and modernize the College’s bylaws. In particular, the amendments to Part 4 clarify the requirements for registration as a registered psychologist in British Columbia, and introduce new classes of associate psychologist (corrections) registration and psychology assistant registration. Discussions remain ongoing with regard to other possible limited classes.
All registrants are required to be in compliance with the amended bylaws which includes revisions to the Code of Conduct.
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 (www.bchealthregulators.ca) 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:
- Adhere to Codes of Conduct,
- Abide by the highest standards of practice, and
- 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.
Public Awareness Campaign
The College of Psychologist of BC, a member of Health Profession Regulators of BC, is pleased to participate in the public awareness campaign "Care Safe Trust". Here is a public service announcement that will be shown over the next twelve months on Global TV. https://vimeo.com/105788924
If you have any questions, please let us know!
Call for comment on proposed Rule Change
Registrants – please see the attached invitation for comment on a proposed Supreme Court rule change regarding the audio-taping of independent medical examinations.
Letter from Health Minister Terry Lake
To all British Columbian health care workers:
As Health Minister, I want to give you an update on the work we are doing to help prepare for the very low possibility of a case of Ebola occurring in BC.
Elections to the Board
The College is pleased to announce the election to the Board of Catherine Costigan, Ph.D., R.Psych. and Charles T. Wormeli, Ed.D., R.Psych, each for a three year term commencing on January 1, 2016.