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Previous consultations
 

Scopes of Practice - Response
The Board would like to thank the members of the profession, stakeholders and other interested parties who sent their consultation responses to the Board on Psychotherapist Scopes of Practice. In general those who responded agreed with the proposed changes to the frequency of practice for those registered in the Interim Psychotherapists Scope of Practice. Some feedback disagreed with the Board's definition of practice. The Board reviewed and considered all responses received before making any decisions.

Click here to download the Board's response document.


2012 Recertification consultation

In late 2012 the Board sought the views of the profession and stakeholders with regard to:

  • Psychotherapist Recertification

    The Board allocated a 10 week period in consideration of the Christmas period and to allow individuals and groups time to arrange meetings.
    Click here to download the consultation document.


    Clinical Supervision Consultation - Response
    The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Board) would like to thank members of the profession, stakeholders and other interested parties who sent their consultation responses to the Psychotherapists Board on Psychotherapist Clinical Supervision. There were 25 responses ranging in opinion from groups and individuals. The Board considered all the responses received.

    Click here to download the a copy of the Board's consultation response document.


    Scopes of Practice and Clinical Supervision Consultation

    This consultation is seeking the views of the profession and stakeholders with regard to:

    1. Psychotherapist Scopes of Practice; and
    2. Psychotherapist Clinical Supervision

    Please submit your feedback on or before Tuesday 28th August 2012. Click here to download the document.
    Thank you! the Board appreciates the time practitioners and stakeholders take to provide feedback.

    Psychotherapists Scopes of Practice
    22-05-08 Click here to download Consultation Document on Psychotherapist Scopes of Practice
    Closed on the 16/07/08

    click here to download The Boards Response to the Consultation Document on Psychotherapist Scopes of Practice

    27-03-09 Click here to download the file.


    Psychotherapist Clinical Competencies Consultation
    Click here to download the file.

    Fee Increase Consultation
    30.06.09 Click here to download the Boards response to the consultation
    Closed 24/07/09

    29-07-09 Click here to download the consultation

    Psychotherapist Core Clinical Competencies Consultation (second clinical competencies consultation
    A consultation on Core Clinical Competencies
    Click here to download the file.

    This consultation closed on Monday 16th November 2009.


    Psychotherapist Standards of Ethical Conduct

    Click here to download the file.

    This consultation closed on Friday 7th May 2010

    Supervision Policy - Feedback due on or before 17/09/10

    The Board has drafted a policy to clarify the Board's requirements and expectations relating to supervision and supervisors. Given supervision is a practice that impacts all psychotherapists the Board is now seeking feedback on this draft policy.

    Practitioners will have 6 weeks to provide the Board with feedback. Please ensure that any comments are returned to the Board on or before Friday 17th September 2010.

    All comments should be sent to Jacq at registrar@pbanz.org.nz

    To review the Board's draft click here to download the document.

    Feedback closed

    The Board proposes to reduce the Psychotherapist APC fee to $680.00 (plus GST) for the 2012/2013 year, and that no disciplinary levy will be charged. This decrease will also be applied to the Board's fee for a short year APC/reduced fee rate, decreasing the reduced fee to $364.00 (plus GST).


    You can download the consultation paper on proposed fee changes for the 2012/2013 year. Click here to download the document

    The Board would appreciate any feedback the profession and stakeholders may have on the Board's proposal.


    Please forward your comments and feedback before Friday the 1st of June 2012.

  • Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand Fee Consultation 2016
     

    Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand Fee Consultation 2016
    Click here to download the document.

    Supervisor Approval Fee Clarification:

    Clinical psychotherapist supervision is to be provided by either:
    1. A registered psychotherapist with a current APC; or
    2. A health practitioner registered under the HPCAA with a current APC; approved by the Board as having sufficient psychotherapy training, knowledge, skills, professional development.

    The proposed new supervisor approval fee applies only to category 2 above:

  • The fee will not apply to those already approved under category 2.
  • The new fee will apply to those seeking approval under category 2, once the Board's Fee Schedule Gazette notice is published.

  • Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand Fee Consultation Response
     

    Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand Fee Consultation Response
    This document outlines the decisions of the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Board) and provides clarification into the decisions reached on amendments to the Psychotherapist Fee Schedule.

    Click here to download the document.

     

    Consultation on Annual Practising Certificate fee reduction 2013-2014

    This consultation seeks the views of the profession regarding reduction of Annual Practising Certificate fees for 2013-2014.

    The Board has allocated 4 weeks for the consultation period. Please send your responses to the Registrar on or before Monday 21 July 2013.

    Click here to download the document.


    Update on APC fees and recertification
     

    The Board recently held consultations regarding APC fees for the forthcoming practising year, and on recertification. Please click here to download the document explaining the new fee structure and recertification process.

    Click here to download the document.

    Consultation on Psychotherapist Recertification May 2013
     

    This consultation seeks the views of the profession regarding Psychotherapist Recertification. It incorporates a number of suggestions received from the previous consultation in 2012, and includes other modifications to the original document.

    The Board has allocated 8 weeks for the consultation period. Please send your responses to the Registrar on or before Friday 12 July 2013.

    Click here to download the document.


    Investing in New Zealand’s Future Health Workforce. Post-entry training of New Zealand’s future health workforce: Proposed investment approach
     

    The Board's response to this consultation can be located below.


    Background
    The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Board) regulates psychotherapists under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA).

    Psychotherapists work in mental health with a range of client groups, including children and adolescents, adults, couples and families. These clients groups are located throughout New Zealand and are culturally diverse. Although the majority of psychotherapists work in private practice, psychotherapists also work in DHB’s, NGO’s and other organisations. As the majority of psychotherapists work privately there is little or no access to post-entry level education funding.

    Comments
    The Board would like to make the following comments:

    1. The Board supports opening up access to post entry training funding and considers this a constructive change; to fund post-entry level training on the basis of the identified health care needs of the public of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

    Providing the opportunity to apply for post-entry training funding may facilitate health professions including psychotherapists to initiate and develop health care services that meet identified needs. This may also mitigate risk to members of the public by facilitating further training in areas of need. The Board understands the any application would need to meet the funding criteria i.e. need, benefits, suitability, cost and savings.

    2. The Board agrees with the ‘implementation considerations’. The Board agrees that Health Work Force New Zealand (HWNZ) would need to support the formulation and submission of applications as many health practitioners and service providers have no experience of applying for such funding. It is important that smaller professions, especially those without resources, are supported through the application process.

    3. The Board understands that individuals can apply for funding, this access is important as the majority of psychotherapists work in private practice.

    4. The Board would like to ensure that any outcome assessments are managed in a way that protects privacy. The Privacy Commissioner has recently completed an inquiry into the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) regarding the collection of individual client data in funded services. This report outlines that the privacy of service users must be protected, and suggest methods by which data can be collected to protect the individual client.

    5. The Board supports the concept of an Expert Advisory Committee, only if, the allied health professions and smaller health provider groups are represented on this Committee.

    6. The Board is concerned that smaller professions may not have access to data and workforce planning information to develop their funding submissions. The Board seeks clarification that HWNZ will fund and provide access to data to support funding submissions.

    7. The Board is concerned with the outcome measurement of the health care provided by a service, or by practitioners that receive training funding. The Board seeks clarification about how any received health care will be measured. Any assessment methods will have to be non-intrusive, protective of privacy and carefully designed. The Board refers HWNZ to the Privacy Commissioners recent report.

    8. It is unclear how much of the funding will be contestable. The Board seeks clarification on how consistency will be managed if funding is contestable on an annual basis.

    Increasing access to a broader range of mental health services; enabling early intervention and better health outcomes for people is a significant focus of the health strategy, recently outlined by the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman in his speech on Social Investment Approach to Mental Health.

    The Board supports initiatives that will open funding to health professions working with and supporting people suffering from diverse mental, social and physical health problems. The Board sees this as an opportunity to create health care services that better match the reality of current health and social concerns.

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment, should you have any questions please contact me on 04 9184727.

    New Practitioners for Registered Health Professional and Treatment Provider Definitions
     

    The Board's response to this consultation can be located below.


    Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Consultation on ‘New Practitioners for Registered Health Professional and Treatment Provider Definitions’.

    The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Board) would like to make the following comments:

    Occupational Groups
    1. It is important that new ‘Occupational Groups’ are named by title e.g. ‘psychotherapist’ rather than by profession e.g. ‘psychotherapy’. This distinction is important as both regulated and non-regulated professions can practise ‘psychotherapy’ but only registered psychotherapists can claim the title psychotherapist.

    Burden of Proof
    1. The Board is concerned that the minimum threshold (the burden of proof) may be increased for service users who are required to provide evidence of a treatment injury (rather than current personal injury); any increase will exact a detrimental toll on both claimant and practitioner.

    Definition of Treatment Injuries
    1. It may be complicated to assess what exactly caused a treatment injury i.e. causality. Unless the injury resulting from the treatment of a psychotherapist is clear, such as, a complaint that has been upheld. The Board notes that a claimant may experience psychotherapy, particularly in early stages, as increasing their symptoms. In addition, the effects of psychotherapy and psychotherapy methods may be interpreted differently by a claimant and/or assessor.

    2. Treatment injury’s unless directly evident (as in the case of a complaint upheld against a psychotherapist), may be difficult to define. Definition of a treatment injury may become problematic and will require skilled assessment. Any assessment of a treatment injury would need to be based on the Board’s Standards of Core Clinical Competence and Scopes of Practice.

    3. It is important that the expert opinion or perspective of a psychotherapist is engaged when assessing any claim for mental injury, resulting from the practice of a psychotherapist. A psychotherapists practice and methods may not be understood by assessors with different professional practice knowledge.

    Treatment Providers
    1. If the category ‘Registered Health Professional’ is being aligned with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA), it would be reasonable to also align the ‘Treatment Providers’ with the HPCAA.

    2. Currently the title ‘counsellor’ is used for psychotherapists. The Board suggests that ‘psychotherapist’ be added to the Treatment Provider list to ensure that information collected is correct and relevant.

    In support of the Board’s submission I have hyper linked access to the Board’s Core Clinical Competencies and an article by Jonathan Schedler outlining the practice of psychotherapy.

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment, should you have any questions please contact me on 04 9184727.



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