Registration Status and Directory Information for College Registrants
This on-line directory contains basic information about registrants in the different classes of psychology practice regulated by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.
The following information is available on the website for all registrants of the College of Psychologists of BC: Registrant Name, Registration Number, Registration Class and Registration Status.
Please note the descriptions of the various classes of registration along with any associated limitations to practice listed on this page.
In addition, business contact information is also available for registrants who have opted to provide information for the College Directory.
The College updates this section of its website on a weekly basis. If you require official confirmation of a registrant’s status, please contact the College in writing.
Classes of Registration:
- Registered Psychologist registration - registration typically at the doctoral level of training with registrants in this class self-declaring various area(s) of competence and clinical practice. The vast majority of College registrants are in this class of registration. There are no prescribed limitations on practice in this class except as otherwise imposed by the Inquiry or Discipline Committees.
A registered psychologist registrant may use the titles “psychologist” and “registered psychologist” and the abbreviation “R.Psych.”
- Associate Psychologist (corrections) - registration for individuals working exclusively in a correctional setting with a practice in the area of correctional psychology.
An associate psychologist (corrections) registrant may use the titles “associate psychologist (corrections)” or an “associate psychologist in corrections psychology”.
- Grandparented registration - registration for individuals with any limitations, restrictions and conditions on their practice of psychology from prior to September 1, 2014 which continue into this new class of registration.
A grandparented registrant is entitled to call themselves a “grandparented psychologist” or a “psychologist (with limitations)”.
- Psychology Assistant registration - registration for individuals providing specific psychological services under the complete supervision of registrant approved by the College.
A psychology assistant registrant is entitled to call themselves a “psychology assistant”.
- Temporary (supervised) registration - registration granted by a decision of the registration committee to individuals who meet the criteria for Registered Psychologist registration (as established in bylaw section 44(1)(a) and (b)) but have not completed the required registration examinations or individuals who are applying for renewal or reinstatement and have undertaken to complete outstanding continuing competency and quality assurance requirements. These registrants provide services under the supervision of an approved registrant of the College.
A temporary (supervised) registrant is entitled to call themselves a “supervised psychologist” or a “registered supervised psychologist”.
- Temporary (visitor) registration - a class of registration for individuals registered for the practice of psychology in another jurisdiction who come to British Columbia to provide psychological services for a very short (typically two weeks or less) period and for a specific purpose (such as providing expert witness testimony)
A temporary (visitor) registrant may only use the titles “visiting psychologist” and “registered visiting psychologist”.
- Non-Practicing registration - a class of registration for individuals currently not practicing in British Columbia as they are: on medical or parental leave, live out of province and are registered elsewhere for active practice, or are completely retired from psychology practice.
A non-practicing registrant must indicate that they are non-practising by placing “non-practising”, “retired” or “out of province” after their title (e.g., Registered Psychologist (Retired) or Registered Psychologist (Out of Province)).
In addition to the limitations associated with the various classes of registration described above, some individuals have additional limitations as per the College’s Inquiry or Discipline Committee. These limitations are described below:
Limitations - Inquiry Committee: Limitations as per the Inquiry Committee. Individuals with this status designation are registered for active practice with specific limitations or restrictions on their practice as a means of resolving issues identified in an investigation raised by a public complaint or an investigation raised by motion of the Inquiry Committee.
Suspended: This designation refers to individuals who are suspended from practicing psychology for a period of time and until further notice, either by consent in the face of a complaint investigation or pending a hearing, or through terms imposed by the Inquiry or Discipline Committee.
Limitations - Other: This designation refers to individuals with limitations on their practice not covered in the descriptions above. Please contact the College for more information.
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.
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 (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.