Does the Board have an official directive on use of the DSM V?
I am withdrawing from the register or registering part way through the year.  Can I receive a refund or have an adjustment to my fee arrangement?
Can I pay less if I am on the Candidate Register?
I am currently registered with a master’s degree but have completed my doctoral degree in psychology; how can I have my registration reflect this degree?
What should I do if I receive a complaint?
Has the Board defined areas of practice?
Can one change or expand his/her areas of practice?
How do I change my name?
Where do I go with ethical questions?
I am ordering new business cards or placing an AD, what do I need to do to comply?
I want to incorporate my private practice. Do I need permission or need to follow specific requirements of the Board?
What are my insurance requirements?
Why do I need insurance if my employer provides it?
I moved out of province / recently retired / am taking a leave of absence from the register or from work, do I need insurance?
If I do not practice clinically do I need insurance?
Where can I obtain insurance?
What does the Out-of-Province or Retired Register entail?
How can I reinstate my registration?

 

Does the Board have an official directive on use of the DSM V?

The Standards of Practice require that registrants:

shall be familiar with the standardization, norms, reliability, and validity of any tests and techniques used and with the proper use and application of these tests.”

NSBEP is not contemplating the development of a position statement regarding use of the DSM V.  We do not endorse nor denounce any diagnostic/classification instruments or manuals.  It would be up to the registrant to decide on the use of a specific instrument/manual and address any limitations that may exist.


I am currently registered with a master’s degree but have completed my doctoral degree in psychology; how can I have my registration reflect this degree?

Have an official transcript showing convocation forwarded to NSBEP along with a request to have your registration reflect the doctorate.

As per the Psychologists Act (2000), those registered on the Candidate Register will need to complete at least one year of post doctoral supervision (for greater clarity this refers to the period after the doctoral degree has been awarded) before being eligible to take the Oral Exam (final step before placement on the Register of Psychologists). Additional supervision is not a requirement for those already registered on the Register of Psychologists.

 

What should I do if I receive a complaint?

Click here for a brochure from the Board.

 

Has the Board defined areas of practice?

Yes. Click here for information.

 

Can one change or expand his/her areas of practice?

According to NSBEP standards, by taking the appropriate steps to ensure he/she acquires the appropriate knowledge and skills, a Registered Psychologist can expand his/her activities within the same Area of Practice.
Those on the Register of Candidates must submit a Learning Plan to NSBEP. The Learning Plan process is outlined in detail, on page 18 of the NSBEP Supervision Handbook.
However, those wishing to add a new Area of Practice, according to NSBEP standards, would generally be required to complete a graduate program in the new Area of Practice.
For the definition of Practice Areas, and clarification about the difference between expansion within an Area of Practice versus Adding a new Area of practice, click here for information.

 

How can I change my name?

Registrants who are married and assume a new last name or amend their last name are required to provide notice to NSBEP along with a photocopy of their marriage certificate or copy of an updated government issued photo ID.

Where do I go with ethical questions?

The first place to go is the Standards of Practice. Many answers can easily be found there.

Registrants should also refer to the Board’s website for any updates.  On the Standards and Guidelines section of the website, the Board has a combined document entitled Standards of Practice that not only includes the standards and code of ethics, it also provides various guidelines NSBEP has established to direct practice and a listing of relevant legislation for psychologists.

Psychologists are also referred to the ethical decision making process outlined in the Canadian Code of Ethics and to Standard III.38 that states:

“Seek consultation from colleagues and/or where appropriate groups and committees, and give due regard to their advice in arriving at a responsible decision, if faced with difficult situations.”

The NSBEP does not provide ethical consultation. Providing consultation on specific issues frequently requires expertise in the area of practice under consideration. As such, the most appropriate consultation is likely to be provided by colleagues working in the same or a related area.

If applicable, psychologists are also encouraged to obtain a legal opinion. Additionally, those possessing liability insurance through BMS Group Inc. (the exclusive broker for members of the CPA and provincial and territorial associations) can obtain a free legal consultation.

Psychologists diligently following the above suggestions with respect to the resolution of ethical issues are behaving in a professionally responsible manner.

 

I am ordering new business cards or placing an AD, what do I need to do to comply?

The Board document Communication by Registrants brings together some helpful standards concerning this matter. Click here to view the document.

 

I want to incorporate my private practice. Do I need permission or need to follow specific requirements of the Board?

The Board does not require its registrants to obtain consent if they intend to incorporate.  There is nothing in our statute or policy which would prevent registered psychologists from incorporating their psychological practice.

 

What are my insurance requirements?

NSBEP requires all registrants to maintain professional liability insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000.00 per occurrence.
Applicants have 30 days to provide proof of adequate insurance following their placement on either the Register of Psychologists or Register of Candidates.

Why do I need insurance if my employer provides it?

While this coverage may, in some circumstances be sufficient, such insurance may not cover all actions of an employee. For example, circumstances may arise in which the interests of a psychologist and those of his or her employer do not coincide, thus limiting the coverage provided through an employer. This could lead to a situation that limits the recourse available to a member of the public who believes he or she has been harmed by the actions of a psychologist.

 

I moved out of province / recently retired / am taking a leave of absence from the register or from work, do I need insurance coverage?

Yes. This insurance coverage is necessary to cover individuals’ prior actions, taken in the course of their previous duties as a psychologist. (e.g., prior to their retirement, leave of absence from the register, leave from work, out-of-province move, or change of profession, etc).

This is because professional liability insurance coverage is written on a claims made form. This means that a policy must be in place when an allegation is made, regardless of when the actual event took place. Claims made policies provide coverage as long as members continue to renew insurance each year. Psychologists who do not renew coverage (or at least obtain tail coverage if they are no longer practicing) will not be covered for a claim made today for an incident that occurred in the past. You should talk to your insurance company. Insurers can typically provide tail coverage for those no longer practicing psychology. Typically such coverage is possible for a one-time-fee, or for a limited period of time at no cost. Again it is important to check with your own insurance company.

If I do not practice clinically do I need insurance?

Yes. The practice of psychology is not restricted to clinical work only.

 

Where can I obtain insurance?

The preferred insurance provider for the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is BMS Group. You may visit the CPA website for more information.
Also, McFarlan Rowlands provides psychologists with access to professional liability insurance, and there are other providers. Ultimately, you are free to select the company of your choosing as long as you hold adequate coverage.

 

What does the Out-of-Province or Retired Register entail?

Neither registration category provides registrants with a practice privilege in NS.

The Out-of-Province Register offers registrants the ability to maintain an affiliation with the Board and the ability to transition back to Full Registration status, should they wish to do so at a subsequent date – without reapplying – provided they show confirmation of their good standing in the other jurisdictions in which they hold registration.

The Retired Register offers registrants the ability to maintain an affiliation with the Board and to continue to use the title of Registered Psychologist, Psychologist, or R. Psych., provided they simultaneously clarify their retired status.

I am withdrawing from the register or registering part way through the year.  Can I receive a refund or have an adjustment to my fee arrangement? Can I pay less if I am on the Candidate Register?

The Board has repeatedly examined these issues.   Each time the Board has upheld the policy not to issue refund fees for an early withdrawal, or make other adjustments to the fee structure.    The Board has a policy to pro-rate fees for the current year in cases where one becomes registered after June 30th of that same year. However, some registrants have asked whether the Board could go farther and in cases where a registrant withdraws early, apply credit to a future registration fee when that registrant reinstates or whether the Board should refund some of the fee.  Some have recommended that a separate pro-rating structure should exist for every month of the year and it has also been suggested that candidate registrants should pay a lesser fee. However, there is tremendous variation among registrants in terms of time worked.  It is not practical to accommodate every individual’s circumstances.  As a self-regulating professional body, it is important to have stability in the Board’s collective finances.  There are operating costs and further potential costs that extend beyond an individual’s period of registration.  For instance, the Board maintains the record of those currently and previously registered.  Files must be securely stored and public information in the Directory maintained along with providing information about the custodian of records when required.  Also, if a complaint were received against a former registrant, the Board would still be required to investigate this matter and would incur costs.   Additionally, given the nature of candidate registration, a considerable amount of the Board’s work involves Candidate Registrants.  For example, the Board regularly reviews supervision reports and documentation such as Candidates’ Goals of Supervision and learning plans and a fair amount of time is spent corresponding with Candidates and Supervisors during supervision, along with monitoring other issues that often arise during the period of Candidate Registration.  The Board feels it has struck an appropriate balance in allowing pro-rating to occur after June 30th, while at the same time maintaining the policy to maintain full payment in other instances.

How can I reinstate my registration?

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