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Diagnosis

One of the areas of complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission and to the Psychology Council of NSW relates to diagnosis. Formulation and diagnosis are a core part of competency development for psychologists, irrespective of training pathway. However, the DSM-5...

Observations on the role of a Community Member

All NSW residents are able to apply for appointment as a Community Member to any of the 15 Health Professional Councils in NSW. Selection is based upon experience and the needs of the particular Council. The application and selection process can take quite some time to...

Psychologists and the appropriate use of social media in the time of COVID-19

The requirement for appropriate use of social media has been recognised by the Board of every registered health profession in Australia. For psychologists, the standard of behaviour with respect to the use of social media is found in the profession’s Code of Ethics ...

Professional and ethics resources

The Council has published many articles on a wide range of ethical issues to assist psychologists practice safely. The articles have now been collected in a digital compendium for ease of access and are likely to be a useful resource for both provisional and generally...

Working with people with Borderline Personality Disorder

The significant increase in community access to psychological services under the Medicare Better Access initiative has led to a growing number of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) seeking treatment within private practice settings. Unfortunately, this...

Mandatory supervision processes with the Psychology Council of NSW

The Psychology Council of NSW is appointed by the NSW Governor to protect the public of NSW, by ensuring Psychologists practice safely, ethically and professionally. When a complaint is made about a Psychologist, it uses reflective, restorative and rehabilitation...

The Benefits and Pitfalls of using Social Media as a Psychologist

The Psychology Council of NSW has received numerous complaints over recent years related to practitioner’s use of social media. Here are some examples.- A complaint was received about a practitioner who disclosed the identity and diagnosis of a patient on an anonymous...

What is the Psychology Council of NSW?

The Psychology Council of NSW (Council) is one of 15 Health Professional Councils (Councils) that are registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) (National Law) which came into place in 2010 when registration and regulation of health...

Treatment reports: Do’s and don’ts

Psychologists providing treatment in clinical or counselling settings often receive requests from their clients for court reports. For example, an opinion may be sought about custody arrangements or parenting competency. Reports may also be requested for insurance or...

Clinical Supervision: Critical to Best Practice

Clinical supervision is a collaborative process that is integral to our training and professional development and identity as competent psychologists, whatever our stage of career. All training pathways involve intensive individual (and often group) supervision, which...

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