Offering Telepsychology Services from Outside of BC

Yes, for a limited period of time and according to certain conditions. The College has a Temporary (Visitor) registration option for non-emergency, temporary practice that is time limited and for this special circumstance. Information about this registration option can be found here.

Registered psychologist registration is also an option for anyone who wants to practice in BC in an ongoing, unrestricted way. Information about this registration option can be found here.

Yes, for a limited period of time. The College has a Temporary (Visitor) registration option for non-emergency, temporary practice that is time limited and for a specific purpose. Information about this registration option can be found here.

Registered psychologist registration is also an option for anyone who wants to practice in BC in an ongoing, unrestricted way. Information about this registration option can be found here.

This can be done in one of two ways:

1. The College has a Temporary (Visitor) registration option for non-emergency, temporary practice that is time limited and for a specific purpose. Information about this registration option can be found here.

2. Registered psychologist registration is an option for anyone who wants to practice in BC in an ongoing, unrestricted way. The College has fast track registration mechanisms for psychologists registered elsewhere in Canada and the United States. Information about this registration option can be found here.

Yes. The Temporary (Emergency) class of registration is an expedited registration stream for out-of-province psychologists who require registration in order to provide emergency psychological services in BC. Click HERE for more information.

Yes. The Temporary (Emergency) class of registration is an expedited registration stream for out-of-province psychologists who require registration in order to provide emergency psychological services in BC. Click HERE for more information.

Students who are temporarily relocated to BC because of the COVID-19 emergency, who would ordinarily be entitled to psychological services at their out of province university, may still access those services at a distance if the psychologist providing them completes an online form confirming their understanding of various conditions. Click HERE for more information.

The College has acted to facilitate the ability of psychologist registrants from other Canadian and US jurisdictions to provide telepsychology services to their existing clients who are temporarily relocated to British Columbia and unable to return home to receive services directly, in order to ensure continuity of psychological care to those clients during this pandemic.

In the circumstances, the College does not require out-of-province psychologists to obtain Temporary (Emergency) Registration in British Columbia in order to provide telepsychology services to their existing clients who are temporarily located in British Columbia during the COVID-19 emergency.

Please note, this is only in circumstances where clients are unable to return to your jurisdiction. It does not, for example, apply to a circumstance in which your client has elected to spend time in British Columbia temporarily or decided not to return to their home jurisdiction for the time being.

Click HERE for additional information.

If you are providing services to clients living outside of British Columbia you do not need to seek permission from the College in order to do so. You would be expected to, however, clearly indicate your home jurisdiction and that you are only registered / licensed as a psychologist in that jurisdiction and not in British Columbia in any communication to your existing clients or to anyone else.

Please put your query in writing and submit it to the College. It will be reviewed.