Type: COVID-19

April 21, 2020

Dear Registrants,

Provincial Health Officer Advice from March 23 Remains in Effect:
On March 23, 2020, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer, issued an update addressed to all regulated health professionals in BC. Health professionals were asked to limit delivery of in-person services in community settings. This message remains current, despite the recent discussion of lifting some of these measures at a future date, and the message from the Provincial Health Office continues to be that “all non-essential and elective services involving direct physical contact with patients and clients should be reduced to minimal levels, subject to allowable exceptions, until further notice.”  Registered psychologists are encouraged to provide services via telehealth where possible.

Timelines of when non-urgent in-person care can resume remain unknown. This direction will be provided by the Provincial Health Officer at the appropriate time. In the meantime, stay the course, limit in-person services to patients/clients who require urgent services that cannot be delivered via telehealth, and continue to consult the College website for any updates to the Provincial Health Officer’s advice.

Telepsychology Checklists:
Reminder that registrants will find the checklists on telepsychology and telepsychology assessment especially timely for considerations when contemplating providing telepsychology services for the context in which they are working.

Link to College’s COVID-19 website:
Registrants will find more information and useful links about COVID-19 and its impact on the practice of psychology on the CPBC website.

Keeping in Touch:
CPBC email updates and the COVID-19 updates webpage are offered to registrants as a means of keeping informed on a timely basis regarding the practice of psychology during the pandemic.

We want to thank registrants for their thoughtful communications with the College via the feedback@collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca email, and appreciate the many efforts registrants have made to provide ethical and competent services under difficult and novel circumstances.

Kind regards and good health on behalf of the College Board and staff.

Andrea M. Kowaz, R.Psych.