Newsletter

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...

Mandatory notifications: changes to protect your health

An important part of being a health professional is getting the healthcare you need, without fear of a mandatory notification being made against you. The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law sets out the mandatory reporting obligations for registered health...

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...

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