On March 27, 2014, the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Prince Edward Island Psychologists Registration Board regarding the practice of telepsychology. Since that time, the MOU has allowed registrants of NSBEP to provide psychological services, via telepsychology (only), to the residents of Prince Edward Island (and vice versa for psychologists registered in PEI).
The Nova Scotia Board and the PEI Board also initiated discussions with the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick and the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board so that this agreement could be expanded to include all of the Atlantic Provinces.
On October 28, 2014, the MOU was signed with the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick (CPNB), the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP), and the Prince Edward Island Psychologists Registration Board (PEIRB) regarding the practice of telepsychology.
The MOU was subsequently expanded to include Newfoundland and Labrador. On May 29, 2015, the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick (CPNB), the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP), the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board (NLPD), and the Prince Edward Island Psychologists Registration Board (PEIRB) signed an MOU regarding the practice of telepsychology. The full text of the MOU is available by clicking here.
Normally, psychologists providing services to the residents of another Canadian jurisdiction would be required to be registered in that jurisdiction. The MOU with the Atlantic Provinces provides an alternate pathway: psychologists registered with NSBEP (including those on the register of candidates) would need to notify the PEI Registration Board or, NLPB, or CPNB of their intention to provide telepychology services in the applicable jurisdiction. Such notification should include the psychologist’s name, contact information and NSBEP registration number at the beginning of each year or prior to beginning such practice. Psychologists registered in any other Atlantic Province would need to provide the same notification to the NSBEP should they wish to provide services via telepsychology to a client in Nova Scotia.
Psychologists planning to engage in the practice of telepsychology should be familiar with the Model Standards for Telepsychology Service that were developed by the Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO), adopted by NSBEP, and issued to registrants as an Advisory for Psychological Practice.