Telepsychology

For Psychologists in Canada: In the context of telepsychology, CPNB interprets “practice” as occurring in the jurisdiction where the psychologist is registered. Accordingly, psychologists registered and licenced to practice by a regulatory authority elsewhere in Canada may deliver telepsychology services to clients in New Brunswick without having to obtain registration with CPNB.  For clarity, when providing in-person psychology services in New Brunswick, psychologists registered and licenced in other jurisdictions must first obtain registration with CPNB.  For the temporary provision of in-person services, CPNB has a Courtesy Register available.

For Psychologists Registered outside of Canada: Psychologists registered outside of a Canadian province or territory are expected to refer to CPNB’s Courtesy Registration Process. Click here for the link for the Courtesy Register.

For CPNB Registrants practicing telepsychology in the Atlantic Provinces

The MOU with the Atlantic Provinces provides a pathway for CPNB registrants to notify the receiving jurisdiction in the Atlantic province where the client will be located during receipt of service (PEI Registration Board or NLPB) of their intention to provide telepychology services in the applicable jurisdiction, prior to commencing telepsychology practice.  The registrant shall (1) notify the receiving jurisdiction, providing the registrant’s name, contact information, and registration number, and (2) attesting to familiarity with the Telepsychology Memorandum of Understanding between the psychology regulatory bodies for the four Atlantic provinces, with the Model Telepsychology Standards of the Association of Canadian Psychology Regulations, and with the local jurisprudence and standards for practice in the jurisdiction(s) into which the registrant intends to deliver telepsychology practice; re-notifications would take place at the start of each calendar year.  Please note that it is not necessary to advise Nova Scotia (NSBEP) of your intent to provide telepsycholgy services in their province as they too have adopted the policy that they consider the service to be rendered in the jurisdiction where the psychologist is located, and not the client.

For CPNB Registrants practicing telepsychology outside of the Atlantic Provinces

If a CPNB registrant intends to provide telepsychology services to a client outside of the Atlantic provinces, the registrant should first contact the regulatory authority of the jurisdiction to determine what applicable requirements may be in place. The Board expects that registrants will become familiar with and respect the requirements of other jurisdictions when providing telepsychology or in-person services in other jurisdictions.  Please note that it is not necessary to advise Quebec (OPQ) of your intent to provide telepsychology services in their province as they too consider the service to be rendered in the jurisdiction where the psychologist is located, and not the client.

Please note that requirements may change from time to time, and it is recommended that you first contact the regulatory authority of the jurisdiction to determine what applicable requirements may be in place.

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Model Standards for Telepsychology Service

ACPRO.Telepsychology Model Standards – June 4, 2011