Best Practice documents and guidelines
The Board is committed to developing guidelines to support psychologists in providing competent and ethical practice. These guidelines will be consistent with the principles of the Code of Ethics and will enlarge on an aspect of practice in light of current specialised knowledge and Board policy.
Psychologists are expected to familiarise themselves with guidelines adopted by the Board, and to review their practice accordingly. Although not prescriptive, guidelines may be referenced in evaluating a practitioner’s conduct or competence in the event of an investigation or review.
Process for developing guidelines
Proposed guidelines will be developed in stages. The Board’s secretariat will:
- Announce the intention to develop a specific guideline.
- Collate relevant background material.
- Invite initial comment and offers of assistance.*
- Coordinate review by a working/reference group*.
- Draft and redraft the guideline with input from the working group.
- Present the draft guideline to the Board for consideration.
- Produce and publish a final draft (“proposed guideline”) for consultation.
- Incorporate feedback and present the final version to the Board for endorsement.
- Publish the guideline.
- Review and update the guideline every three years.
* Membership on a working/reference group will involve review of initial documents (including an early draft) with a view to make written comments and to participate in a teleconference discussion.
A list of the Board’s current guidelines can be found in the Forms and Resources section.
- Core Competencies for Psychologists
- Cultural Competencies
- Cultural Safety
- Tangata Whenua Recommended Reading List for Clinical Psychology
- The Code of Ethics (Te Reo and English)
- Best Practice Guideline – Supervision
- Best Practice Guideline – Unprofessional Behaviour in the Workplace and its Management
- Best Practice Guideline – What to do when you have Concerns about another Psychologist
- Best Practice Guideline – Keeping Records of Psychological Services
- Best Practice Guideline – The Practice of Telepsychology
- Best Practice Guideline – The Use of Psychometric Tests
- Best Practice Guideline – Maintaining Professionalism When Using Social Media Networking
- Best Practice Guideline – Informed Consent
- Best Practice Guideline – Coping with a client’s suicide
- Best Practice Guideline – Working with sex, sexuality and gender diverse clients
- Competence Review and Competence Programme Guidelines for Psychologists
- Provisional Guidelines for Teleneuropsychology and remote psychometric testing via telehealth
- Guidance for Teleneuropsychology in response to Covid-19