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Psychotherapist Standards
 

Standards of Ethical Conduct

Under section 118(i) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) the Board is required to set standards of ethical conduct to be observed by all psychotherapists.

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Standards of Core Clinical Competencies

Under section 118(i) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) the Board is required to set standards of clinical competence to be observed by all psychotherapists.

All psychotherapists need to be competent in performing the "core" competencies outlined within this document. The Core Clinical Competencies are set at the minimum level required to protect public health and safety, and represent the Board's minimum expectations for the competent practice of psychotherapy.

A broad range of psychotherapeutic styles may be acceptable and the ability to articulate a point of view on the knowledge and understandings below is key.

All psychotherapists are required to demonstrate that they have maintained competence in order to obtain an Annual Practising Certificate.

All psychotherapists working with children and/or adolescents must also refer to the Psychotherapist Core Clinical Competency Guidelines for working with Children and Adolescents.

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Standards of Cultural Competencies

Under section 118(i) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) the Board is required to set standards of cultural competence to be observed by all psychotherapists.

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Psychotherapist Position Statements
 

The Board is committed to developing guidelines to support psychotherapists in providing ethical and competent practice. Guidelines will be consistent with other documentation including core clinical competencies, cultural competencies and standards of ethical conduct. Psychotherapists will be expected to familiarise themselves with guidelines adopted by the Board and review their practice accordingly. Although not prescriptive, guidelines may be referenced in evaluating a practitioner's conduct or competence in the event of an investigation or review.

Position Statement - Visiting Psychotherapists Presenter/Educators
This statement is intended to educate hosts and presenters.

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Position Statement - Electronic Media

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