to information about psychologists in Nova Scotia.
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Psychology is a self-regulated profession
under the Nova Scotia Psychologists Act (2000).
“Psychologist” is a title protected by a law that governs the practice
of psychology in Nova Scotia.
Pursuant to section 22 (1) of the Psychologists Act, one must be
registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology in
order to use any title or description of services containing the
words “psychology”, “psychologist” or “psychological”; to practice or
offer to practice psychology; or to hold himself or herself out in any
way to be entitled to practice psychology.*
As provided by statute,
psychologists may examine the behavior of children and adults; diagnose
psychological and emotional disorders; provide consultation and therapy;
counsel individuals, groups and organizations to enhance physical and
mental health and to achieve more effective personal, social and
vocational development and adjustment; teach and apply psychological
theory and principles regarding behavior and mental processes such as
learning, memory, perception and human development, and design, conduct
and communicate the results of psychological research.
Psychologists are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and
professional services. They are accountable to the public, through the
NSBEP. Psychologists meet rigorous professional requirements and adhere
to prescribed standards, guidelines and ethical principles. They must
also follow requirements for maintaining competency throughout their
To be registered, psychologists must meet the standards of the profession, which include
at least the following:
a doctoral or masters degree in psychology
two years of supervised experience, in the case
of a doctoral degree, or four years, in the case of a masters
have passed a standardized, written examination
and an oral examination.
The NSBEP protects the
public by regulating practitioners of psychology in Nova Scotia.
This involves setting registration requirements and professional
standards; and investigating and addressing complaints against
Psychologists. The Psychologists Act also enables the Board to
prosecute anyone holding him/herself out as a provider of psychological
services who is not authorized to do so.
It is important to know that many terms are
not licensed titles in Nova Scotia. For example, the term
“psychotherapist” and singular terms such as “counsellor” and
“therapist” are not licensed titles. There is no assurance of the
qualifications of anyone using only these titles and no regulatory body
to handle complaints about their practices.
To find out if a person is a
psychologist in NS, please check the
Directory of Psychologists.
Career in Psychology?
For those interested in a career in psychology, there are a couple of
very helpful publications:
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards;
And from the
Canadian Psychological Association.
*Note: Pursuant to 22 (2) of the
Psychologists Act (2000), Section 22 (1) does not apply to:
(a) psychology students,
interns and technicians provided that they use a title or description of
services such as "psychology student", "psychology intern", "psychology
technician" or other title or description of services which clearly
indicates their student, intern or technician status; or
(b) professors of psychology while carrying out their teaching and
research duties, so long as they use a title or description of services
that clearly indicates their professor of psychology status.
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