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Client records - why they matter

The Council is increasingly concerned that the content of client records is significantly below the accepted professional standard. The standard is quite varied, and often so poor, that Council is taking this opportunity to remind psychologists of their obligations...

What are my mandatory reporting obligations?

Mandatory reporting is just that, mandatory. It is not optional . In NSW, psychologists’ mandatory responsibilities are prescribed under three pieces of legislation that cover three different types of mandatory reporting. The Children and Young Persons (Care and...

The challenges of couple counselling

Private practice psychologists are often tempted to offer couple therapy to appease referrers and potential clients despite having little or no training in the area. Unfortunately, as more psychologists are drawn to meeting this demand, the number of complaints...

Avoiding Boundary violations

Boundary violations are one of the most common reasons why complaints are made about practitioners and one of the most potentially damaging experiences for clients. Establishing and maintaining clear professional boundaries is a key principle of ethical practice as a...

Privacy exemption for Council to look at case notes

The Psychology Council of NSW (the Council) is a statutory authority whose functions include dealing with complaints and health and performance notifications about psychologists in relation to incidents occurring in NSW. The Council collects and retains information...

When a client requests a copy of their records

We frequently receive complaints from individuals who have requested from their current or prior treating psychologist access to their client record, but for whatever reason, this request has been denied by the psychologist. As per the Australian Psychological Society...

The responsibilities of supervisors

Supervisors play a key role in the training and assessment of the psychological competencies required to become a registered psychologist. The fact that only supervisors approved by the Psychology Board of Australia who have completed training in competency-based...

Reflections on his appointment

In the early 1990s I was invited to join a working committee of the then NSW Psychologists Registration Board. The committee had been charged with the task of writing a Code of Ethics for the Board. My academic appointment at the University of Newcastle was in the...

Musings on a six year term on the Psychology Council of NSW

My six years on Council (two appointed terms of three years) will conclude on 30 June 2018 – providing an opportunity to reflect on the role of Council and changes in our profession over this period of time. When first appointed in 2012 as an Australian Psychological...

The Pitfalls of Private Practice

The Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative has dramatically expanded the availability of evidence-based psychological services. It has also led to an exponential increase in the number of psychologists working in private practice and, for the Psychology Council...

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