July 23, 2020

This email blasts covers the following topics:

  • UPDATE ON ONLINE AVAILABILITY OF WORKSHOP ON SKILLS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL RECOVERY
  • UPDATE ON FALL AGM DATE
  • UPDATE ON STEERING COMMITTEE ON MODERNIZATION OF HEALTH PROFESSION REGULATION
  • ADDRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT SCOPES OF PRACTICE
  • INDIGENOUS CULTURAL SAFETY WORKSHOP AVAILABLE ONLINE IN REGISTRANT PORTAL

Dear Registrants,

The College’s recent Workshop on Professional Practice in Disaster Response Part 2: Skills for Psychological Recovery 

The College’s July 9, 2020 Continuing Competency Webinar on “Professional Practice in Disaster Response Part 2: Skills for Psychological Recovery” will be posted shortly to the Registrant portal for viewing. Stay tuned for an email notice once available.

Fall AGM Date

At the upcoming Board meeting, the College Board will be finalizing the date and format for the College’s Annual General Meeting planned for Fall 2020. Stay tuned!

Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Professional Regulation

The Steering Committee public consultation on their paper on modernizing the provincial health profession regulatory framework closed in January, and while there was an expectation that the Steering Committee would summarize the feedback and offer direction on next steps this spring it is clear that the pandemic response efforts have delayed this work. We do not have any new information regarding when the Steering Committee intends to provide further public comment, and appreciate registrants’ concerns about possible directions.  The College is working with its partners in the BC Health Regulators and directly with Government to monitor this work and will continue to keep registrants informed of all developments.

Indigenous Cultural Safety Workshop

A friendly reminder that a recording of the College’s half-day workshop on the topic of Indigenous Cultural Safety is now available for viewing online.  It is also free of cost and accessible by all registrants through the registrant portal.  Learning objectives for the workshop include increased knowledge and understanding of: social determinants of the health of Indigenous peoples, anti-Indigenous racism in health care, ways in which racism in health care can be addressed, the therapeutic alliance and key themes present in Indigenous-settler relations, and destructive relational patterns and ways to protect the integrity of the therapeutic relationship with Indigenous clients.

Addressing Concerns about Scopes of Practice

CPBC has observed that ICBC is currently saying that occupational therapists are competent to provide diagnoses for motor vehicle accident victims. CPBC has been in touch with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC, who advise they are aware of the circumstances and they have taken action to advise ICBC to remove language regarding ‘establishing a diagnosis’ from the treatment section on their website.

Keeping in Touch:

CPBC email updates and the COVID-19 updates webpage are offered to registrants as a means of keeping registrants informed on a timely basis regarding the practice of psychology during the pandemic. Comments received via the feedback@collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca email continue to be appreciated, as are the thoughtful comments expressed.

The College is proud and appreciative of the high standard of services the profession has provided in difficult and novel circumstances.  We again take the time to make a friendly reminder about the importance of self-care during these challenging times.

Please accept my best wishes for your good health on behalf of the College Board and staff.

Dr. Andrea Kowaz, Registrar