Type: COVID-19

May 1, 2020

Dear Registrants,

Save the Date:  May 21st Annual Continuing Competency Presentation (4:30 – 6:00):

The Quality Assurance Committee is pleased to be sponsoring our Annual Continuing Competency presentation on May 21st, the topic being “Professional Practice In Disaster Response” with a focus on professional practice considerations in “Psychological First Aid”.  The workshop is being prepared and presented by Dr. Jeanne Leblanc, R.Psych. bringing her knowledge and experience in disaster response and our Director of Practice Support, Dr. Susan Turnbull, R.Psych. The presentation will be available live online, and available at a later date for those not able to attend on May 21st.  Stay tuned for more information.

Continuing Competency Program Requirements

In recognition that conferences and other in-person learning events have been cancelled and/or moved to an online format, the Quality Assurance Committee has under review for clarification the criteria for Category A: Direct Participatory Formal Programs.  Registrants can expect further clarification regarding this particular requirement in the coming weeks.

Expanded COVID-19 testing:

This week, the B.C. Government expanded testing to find new cases and prevent spread of COVID-19 in the community. Testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat and painful swallowing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

If an individual has no symptoms, they do not require a test. A healthcare provider may also decide whether a person requires testing. You can use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a healthcare provider or at a local collection centre. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to. You can find information about test collection centres by using the collection centre finder [a different finder is available for Internet Explorer users]

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 again thank registrants for their thoughtful communications with the College via the feedback@collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca email, and continue to appreciate the many efforts registrants are making to provide professional and competent services under difficult and novel circumstances.

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

Andrea M. Kowaz, Ph.D., R.Psych.