From time to time psychologists have complaints made against them to the NZ Psychologists Board and, although these are usually resolved relatively quickly and are rarely upheld, the process can at times be lengthy and very distressing.
The Psychologists Board have developed a Guide for Psychologists Under Investigation by a Psychologists Board Professional Conduct Committee: PCC Guidelines for Practitioners
In addition there are a number of other useful support mechanisms available for College members who find themselves in this situation. The Medical Protection Society (MPS), which provides professional indemnity to members of the College, not only provide legal advice and support but also facilitates a free EAP style counselling service for members who may be having difficulties or issues in their personal or professional lives, that can’t be addressed during supervision sessions. MPS can be contacted on 0800 22 55 677.
(If you are not already a member of MPS you can download the MPS membership application form here.)
More importantly, the College has set up a panel of senior and experienced members who have made themselves available for confidential mentoring and support for people who are finding the process difficult. For more information about who is on this panel and their contact details please email Caroline via this link or at email@example.com.