Amended Bylaws for September 1, 2014
By Order of the Minister of Health the College\'s bylaws were amended and brought into force as of September 1, 2014.
The amendments update and modernize the College’s bylaws. In particular, the amendments to Part 4 clarify the requirements for registration as a registered psychologist in British Columbia, and introduce new classes of associate psychologist (corrections) registration and psychology assistant registration. Discussions remain ongoing with regard to other possible limited classes.
All registrants are required to be in compliance with the amended bylaws which includes revisions to the Code of Conduct.
Report from the Representative for Children and Youth
Registrants should be aware of the report released in early February from the Representative for Children and Youth titled “Lost in the shadows: How a lack of help meant a loss of hope for one First Nations girl”.
We encourage registrants to read the report [here] and to remind themselves of reporting requirements of governing legislation, including recent changes (in effect as of June 1, 2014) to the Child, Family and Community Services Act [here]. This report provides a very detailed summary of the suicide of a young aboriginal girl and an assessment, by the Representative, of the multiple failings of the system to intervene effectively in her care.
Among the recommendations is a specific one to the Colleges for Physicians and Nurses to:“inform their members of the findings of this investigation with respect to reporting a child in need of protection, and remind their members of their statutory responsibility to report pursuant to s. 14 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act” and that “the Attorney General of B.C. review the reasons for a lack of enforcement of the CFCS Act in the province and take steps to promote compliance, if necessary”. This recommendation is no less applicable to psychologists.
Please call the CPBC Practice Support Service if you have additional questions.
Vancouver Coastal Health changed its Family Involvement policy
How VCH health practitioners interact with family members of mental health clients will change, following a policy adjustment at the health authority. VCH adapted its Family Involvement policy to align with its understanding of privacy legislation. The foundation of the policy is that health professionals share information on a “need to know” basis for continuity of client care. The policy supports family involvement where appropriate, recognizing that it can greatly improve client outcomes.
Health profession regulators (www.bchealthregulators.ca) reviewed the policy with VCH. In doing so, all agreed that health professionals decision-making must be framed by the best interest of clients. Further, health professions have different levels of expertise in deciding the benefit to a client, and the appropriateness of, family involvement.
The policy does not affect health professionals’ responsibilities to:
- Adhere to Codes of Conduct,
- Abide by the highest standards of practice, and
- Work respectfully and collaboratively.
If you would like to discuss the policy changes and what they mean for your practice, contact us at the office.