Psychologists not allowed to practice outside their scope - board

There has been a huge uproar in the psychology profession as certain medical aids refuse to reimburse psychologists practicing outside their individual scope of practice.

Professional Board for Psychology chairperson, Professor Basil Pillay, explains that there have always been four scopes of practice within the profession of psychology: clinical, educational, counselling and organisational.

The Professional Board for Psychology has regulations that permit practitioners in psychology to practice within their scopes.

Professor Basil Pillay, Professional Board for Psychology chairperson

Pillay could not answer why psychologists practice outside their scopes.

The practice of psychologists in the country is based on scopes, and it has always been so. Right from section of training of psychologists, there has been scopes of practice.

Professor Basil Pillay, Professional Board for Psychology chairperson

It's just in 2011 a regulation was published by the minister defining scopes because there were some lack of clarity around scopes.

Professor Basil Pillay, Professional Board for Psychology chairperson

The psychologists need to take this up with associations, as well medical aids around that.

Professor Basil Pillay, Professional Board for Psychology chairperson

But from Professional Board the position is that psychologists practicing within their scopes must be paid.

Professor Basil Pillay, Professional Board for Psychology chairperson

Listen to the full interview with Professor Basil Pillay for more information...


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