Policies

Policies Recently Approved By Executive Council

Complete copies of the following policies are available upon request from the SCP office (skcp@sasktel.net). Comments on the policies of SCP always receive serious attention, and are collected and considered when policies are reviewed and updated.

Supervision for Licensure — this policy relates

relates to Supervision Plans, Supervision Agreements, and supervisors.

Privacy Breach Management— this policy addresses the collection and storage of personal health information ensuring that there is a clear procedure in place to address a breach in privacy whether intentional or unintentional.

Professional Executor — Sections 14.4 and 14.5 of the SCP Professional Practice Guidelines require members to establish “in advance” a contingency plan for clients and their records to ensure that clients and their information are protected in the event of a member’s death, incapacity, or withdrawal from their position or practice. Requiring a formal articulation of a Professional Executor is consistent with the regulatory responsibilities/obligations of the SCP, the ethical responsibilities/obligations of the profession, public expectation, and quality assurance efforts. This information will allow the SCP to respond to inquiries with regard to access to file information. Members are not required to establish a Professional Will but are strongly encouraged to do so. Professional Executor Policy

Extensions During the Provisional Period — The Provisional licensure period is legislated within the Psychologist’s Act 1997 as two years from the date of registration. Failure to meet the requirements for Provisional licensure within the prescribed time limit may result in removal from the Register. The Registration Committee has been delegated the authority to, when deemed reasonable and appropriate, extend the Provisional licensure period for members who present with extenuating life / health circumstances that interfere with their successfully meeting the two year time limit. The policy outlines the terms and conditions that are necessary for application and consideration of an extension to the Provisional licensure period.

Accommodations During the Provisional Period — Provisional members of the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists (SCP) periodically identify the need for “special consideration” (accommodations) in completing the requirements for Full Practice licensure. This policy specifically relates to accommodations during the two examinations required for licensure (i.e. EPPP and SCP oral examination). The policy outlines the terms and conditions under which accommodations may be allowed.

Continuing Education Policy (CEC) — this policy was initially approved in principle in June of 2004, and later in 2004 received approval for implementation for the 2005 calendar year. The policy relates to the requirement that all members of the College must obtain a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education credits in every calendar year. At the current time there is no requirement to submit to the College evidence of learning, rather a yearly attestation that the requirement has been met will suffice in most cases. The CEC policy applies to all categories of membership; some exemptions in individual cases may be approved.

Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) (Pass/Failure) — this policy relates to the requirement that members, with few exceptions, wishing to be admitted to Full-Practice must have completed the EPPP. The policy speaks to the procedure for sitting the examination, and the consequences of passing and failing.

Oral Examination Incomplete Passes/Failures — this policy relates to the oral examination process and the possible outcomes.

Oral Examination Committee — this policy relates to the establishment of a Committee to oversee and execute the oral examination process.

Privacy of Member Information — this policy relates to the confidentiality and sharing of member information.

Academic Credentialing — this policy relates to the minimum academic requirements needed for licensing when a program is not APA/CPA accredited. It establishes criteria in addition to graduate programs being offered by universities with membership in the AUCC.

Automatic Review of Oral Examination Incomplete Passes or Failures — this policy outlines the procedures for an automatic review of oral examination panels’ recommendations for examinee failures by the Registration Committee or its’ designates.

Term of Membership — this policy relates to the College’s jurisdiction over members especially as it relates to investigation and discipline.

Authorized Practice Endorsement (APE) — this policy relates to the expectations and process for obtaining the APE.

Non-Practice Membership Status— this policy addresses the Non-Practice category. This category is only open to Full Practice members of the college.

Reimbursement of Fees to Estate of Deceased Member — this policy addresses the reimbursement of unused annual dues to a member’s estate in the unfortunate case of a member’s death.

Failure to Comply with Continuing Education Credit (CEC) Requirements — this policy addresses the random audits of CECs and the consequences of failing to comply with the requirement of 20 minimum CEC hours.

Posting of Discipline Decisions — this policy relates to the posting of formal disciplinary decisions.