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At its meeting in December, Council passed a motion not to       that it would use should it decide to proceed to establish a
proceed with Specialty Designation at this time. This issue      regulatory mechanism for specialty designation. Council
had been unresolved for some time, beginning with discus-        agreed on these five points as working guidelines:
sion prior to RHPA. In 1991, during the Standing Commit-
tee hearings on the RHPA and the Psychology Act, a Memo-         1)      Specialty Designation is beyond entry level;
randum of Agreement was signed by the Ontario Board of           2)      It must be open to both titles;
Examiners, (predecessor to the College), the Ontario Psy-        3)      It requires more than just the passage of time; instead
chological Association and the Ontario Association of Con-               it will require additional examinations, courses and/
sultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.              or training;
Among other things, the parties recommended to the Coun-         4)      There may be multiple routes for attaining specialty
cil of the College that specialty designation have a high pri-           designation;
ority in the new College's work. The three organizations         5)      Specialty designation cannot be put in place overnight.
agreed that masters level registrants would be integrated into
any specialty designation system established by having the       Discussion and Decision at December, 1995 Council
right to attempt any examinations and testing procedures
required.                                                        In December, 1995 Council devoted a substantial portion of
                                                                 the agenda to consideration of specialty designation, in or-
In the RHPA the Council of each College is given the au-         der to have a full and informed discussion and reach some
thority to develop regulations respecting specialties in the     closure. Council was asked to consider whether specialty
profession (RHPA (Code) Section 95(1)12).                        designation was in the public interest and whether it was
                                                                 feasible to establish a regulatory mechanism for specialty
During the transitional period preceding proclamation of the     designation in Ontario and whether there were other pro-
RHPA, a working party of appointees from the three organi-       grams in the College which would meet the public interest
zations reviewed various models of specialty designation         goals associated with specialty designation.
and provided a report to the transitional Council which ap-                                                              continued on page 2
proved it for consultation through the December, 1993 is-
sue of the Bulletin and the February, 1994 presentation at
the Barbara Wand Symposium.                                       Inside This Issue
The working party reviewed and summarized the comments            Specialty Designation ................................................ 1
of individuals and groups responding to the consultation and      Tricky Issues Feature - CD Rom ............................... 3
provided a final report to the Council of the College on De-      Tricky Issues Feature - Assessments for Insurers ...... 4
cember 1, 1994.                                                   College Notices .......................................................... 5
                                                                  Statutory Committees - Call for Participation ........... 7
Preliminary Decisions of Council                                  College Highlights ..................................................... 8
It was apparent to Council members that the issues related        INSERT
to specialty designation were complex and far reaching. The
Executive provided a recommendation to the Council in             Q&A - Quality Assurance
September 1995, to assist Council to focus the issues more
clearly. The response of Council was to establish a template

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Specialty Designation, continued from page 1

Council reviewed the report of the Working Party on              not necessary for clients to make an informed choice.
Specialty Designation as well as articles published by the
Ontario Psychological Association, the Canadian Psycho-          While considering such issues, Council members noted that
logical Association and the American Psychological Asso-         psychological services provided to the Ontario public would
ciation including the following:                                 be enhanced only if the process was valid and reliable. Would
                                                                 such a process be feasible? This led to questions about the
       > a Memorandum and Discussion Paper on Specialty          variety of formulations of specialties, the relative youth of
Designation dated December 1, 1994 and December 9-10,            the profession of psychology compared to medicine and law,
1994 respectively, submitted to Council by the Working Party     the expense of establishing mechanisms for evaluating quali-
on Specialty Designation;                                        fication for specialties, the cost of seeking such a speciality,
       > a report, prepared by Ms Julie Bishop, M.A. and         and the potential for a specialty to be defined narrowly. It
dated June 3, 1994, summarizing the response from the pro-       seemed clear that specialty designation would make very
fession to the consultation on the draft discussion paper cir-   large demands on the human and financial resources of the
culated in the Bulletin, December, 1993 and to a presenta-       College and would be very costly to members seeking des-
tion at the Barbara Wand Symposium in March, 1994;               ignation.
       > an article published in the Ontario Psychologist,
December, 1994 reporting the results of a survey of the OPA      Council also noted the difficulty in defining areas of specialty,
membership;                                                      the likelihood that any definintion of specialites could be
       > three papers by Byrne; Service et al.; and Kline        open to legal challenge, the necessity for accessibility to both
published in Canadian Psychology; and                            psychologists and psychological associates if the College
       > a paper by Rehm (1995) published by the APA Prac-       were to establish a system of specialty designation, the need
tice Directorate.                                                to identify a sufficient number of members with advanced
                                                                 expertise to administer specialty examinations, and the need
Issues Considered in Discussion                                  for portability across provinces in keeping with the intent of
                                                                 the Agreement on Internal Trade.
Council considered what experience and models of specialty
designation existed in other jurisdictions. To date, no sys-     In considering whether some of the goals of specialty desig-
tem of specialty designation has been established by a Ca-       nation might be met through other mechanisms, the Council
nadian regulatory body for psychology. In the United States,     noted that improved quality of care depended in part on the
some boards of psychology distinguish School Psychologists       motivation of the individual practitioner, with support from
or Health Service Providers at the time of licensure but there   the Quality Assurance program of the College. There was
is no jurisdiction where advanced competence has been es-        also discussion around whether the College was the most
tablished. Credentialling mechanisms such as that provided       effective body to develop a system of specialty designation.
by the American Board of Professional Psychology do exist        As a regulatory body, the College would likely have to adopt
but there is no regulatory mechanism.                            an existing formulation of specialities which would neces-
                                                                 sarily involve overlap between different specialities. A regu-
In regard to identification and definition of specialties in     latory model of specialty would likely be the most restric-
psychology, Council noted that there is not good agreement       tive and costly, due to the necessity of developing and con-
on this, despite decades of debate in the United States and      ducting examinations by a relatively small College. A regu-
Canada. However, information as to areas of service being        latory system of specialty designation might be more vul-
provided is readily available under the current Regulations      nerable to legal challenge.
and Standards of the College; members of the College are
permitted to define their areas of practice in advertising and   Conclusions
promotion materials.
                                                                 Council agreed that development of a system of specialty
There was discussion around titles and whether the addition      designation through a regulatory mechanism in Ontario is
of further titles would increase or reduce confusion to the      not feasible at the present time. If at a future time, a national
public, and whether accessibility to appropriate practition-     body were to propose developing a credentialling system,
ers would be improved by the identification of specialists.      the College could support and encourage the process
In order to be clear and unambiguous, the level of imple-        particulary if members with either registration title could
mentation must be high indicating an advanced degree of          access the process at the national level. In the meantime,
competence. It was noted that specialty designation does         the public interest might be better served with improved
not necessarily enhance access to competent services and is      sources of information and referral. Access to the control-

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led act for those psychological associates competent to per-       -the prohibitive costs of establishing and maintaining
form the controlled act might be better accomplished through     valid and comprehensive procedures for certifying spe-
some process other than specialty designation.                   cialists;

The debate concluded when the following motion was passed:         -the lack of sufficient numbers of members to develop
                                                                 and sustain a valid and reliable specialty designation sys-
That, given                                                      tem at this time; and

 -the difficulty of determining the scope and definition          -the absence of any models of specialty designation es-
of specialties;                                                  tablished by regulatory bodies in North America,

 -the relative youth of the profession, in comparison to         the College not proceed with specialty designation at this
other professions with established specialties;                  time.

 -the availability of alternative ways of providing infor-       CARRIED
mation to the public regarding practice areas in psychol-

Tricky Issues Feature - Issue One

                  CD ROM Storage of Files
        Several members have called in regarding the College’s position on the storage of psychological files
        on CD ROM. While the complexities of the issues involved are only just developing and there are more
        questions than answers, the following advice is given to members with respect to CD ROM storage of

Confidentiality                                                  Tampering.

Confidentiality is protected if there are very clear guide-      The data should not be vulnerable to tampering, again so
lines and policies about access to the material, just as when    long as the usual protections are in place. There could be a
material is stored in the normal manner. Therefore, access       built in detection of unauthorized personnel and clear penal-
to the disc should be only by a member or someone under          ties for unauthorized users (For example, some of these could
the supervision or direction of the member. No transmis-         include dismissal or suspension of employment). Whenever
sion of the material on the disc should be permitted without     there is a new entry to the disc, this should be recorded and
the approval of the member. Providing for specific sanc-         there should be a back-up system in place so that the origi-
tions if an unauthorized person accesses the information may     nal record remains intact. This is to protect falsification of
be useful.                                                       the records.

Who should be involved in the transfer?                          In general, problems mainly arise when there is a lack of
                                                                 standards about access to the material and the circumstances
It is not necessary for a member to be directly involved in      in which it can be played back. Again, this should be looked
the transfer since it is not necessary to read the information   after in the policies of the particular setting. While there is
before transferring it to the disc and therefore confidential-   no reason that a member should refuse the transfer of files to
ity can be maintained. This is similar to reports being typed    CD ROM, there is, however, an obligation to ensure that the
by a word processing department. The member should ask           proper protections and policies for those protections are in
the administration for the policies to be employed in these      place. In short, members are expected to maintain the same
various aspects of transferring and maintaining the files on     standard of record keeping as when files are stored in the
the CD ROM. If the usual practices for storing confidential      regular manner.§
information are followed, these policies should be accept-

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Tricky Issues Feature - Issue Two

          Psychological Assessments for Insurers

          Members who provide assessment services for insurance companies under the Statutory Accident Benefits
          Schedule (SABS) of the Insurance Act have sought direction from the College in cases where the insured
          individual has refused release of the psychological report to the insurer.

Following a review of the standards, the professional mis-        main confidential and will be released only with the client’s
conduct regulation and the Statutory Accident Benefits            consent. However, where a psychological service is provided
Schedule, and with the benefit of a legal interpretation, the     by a member chosen, and presumably paid, by the insurer,
following now represents the College’s advice respecting          for the purpose of determining the insured’s eligibility for
members’ obligations when conducting an assessment un-            insurance benefits, it is difficult to argue that the results of
der s.65 of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, which       the examination were intended to remain confidential from
applies to an accident on or after January 1, 1994. (O.Reg.       the insurer, or that the insurer’s right to receive the results is
776/93 made under the Insurance Act.)                             subject to the discretion of the insured.

Under s.65(1) of the Schedule, an insurer is entitled to give     Once the examination has been concluded, unless there is a
an insured person a notice requiring the person to be exam-       clear concern over potential harm to the client or someone
ined by, among others, a member of a health profession speci-     else should the report be released, the member may release
fied by the insurer. Under s.65(3), the person who conducts       the report to both the insurer and the insured, notwithstand-
the examination is required to prepare a report and to pro-       ing any intervention from the lawyer for the insured.
vide a copy of the report to the insurer and to the insured.
Where the insured person fails or refuses to make himself or      In light of this interpretation, members are advised that when
herself reasonably available for an examination, the insurer      they undertake a psychological assessment of an insured
is not required to pay certain benefits until the person sub-     under s.65 of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, be-
mits to the examination (s.65(5), (5.1)).                         fore commencing the assessment, the member should ad-
                                                                  vise the insured of the limits on confidentiality. Specifically,
On the face of these provisions, it would appear that once an     the member should advise the insured that once the assess-
insured person has submitted to a psychological examina-          ment is complete, the member is obliged to prepare a writ-
tion under s.65, the member is required to prepare a report       ten report and to release it to both the insured and the in-
of the examination and to provide a copy to the insurer and       surer, and that the insured will not be able to prevent such
to the insured. There appears to be no basis under the SABS       release. Before commencing the assessment, it would be pru-
upon which a psychologist could refuse to provide a copy of       dent to have the insured acknowledge in writing that he or
the report to the insurer or to the insured. Once the insured     she has been so informed. The insured retains the option to
has submitted to the examination, there would also appear         refuse to submit to the assessment under those circumstances
to be no basis upon which he or she could require the psy-        in which case the matter rests between the insurer and the
chologist not to release the results of the examination.          insured. It would be prudent for the member to encourage
                                                                  the insured to get advice on whether such a refusal might
Although this might appear to conflict with the member’s          affect his or her benefits status.
obligation to maintain the confidentiality of a client’s health
information, there are two additional considerations. First,      An insured individual who has submitted to an assessment
under the standards, the member is entitled to release client     and for whom a report has been prepared and released to the
information only with the consent of the client unless the        insured and the insurer, of course, may seek legal advice
member is required or allowed to do so by law. Section 65 of      about possible remedies if the client is dissatisfied with any
the SABS appears to be a regulation that requires the disclo-     benefits decision made by the insurer subsequent to the ex-
sure of information that otherwise might not be subject to        amination and release of the assessor’s report.
disclosure. Second, the circumstances under which an ex-
amination takes place suggest that the results may not be         An ad hoc group has been established to identify ethical di-
confidential with respect to the insurer. In the usual provi-     lemmas which arise in this area of practice and to review the
sion of psychological services, the client has the expecta-       regulations and standards which bear on these issues. Any
tion that the information collected by the member will re-                                                      continued on page 8

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                           COLLEGE NOTICES

                                                                              Election - Extended
                 We Have E-Mail!!
                                                             Due to the OPSEU strike, some of our members did not
The College can now be reached by e-mail.        Our ad-     have access their mail and were unable to vote. Therefore,
dress is:                                                    the election date was extended from March 29, 1996 to
                                                             April 12, 1996. The election results will be published in
                                      the June Bulletin. We are able to advise members, how-
                                                             ever, that Dr. Ron Myhr, District 6, Toronto, was re-elected
We are also planning our web page which will include         by acclamation. Welcome back Dr. Myhr.§
information for both current members and those inter-
ested in applying for registration.§                                           Symposium Tapes

                                                              The Barbara Wand Symposium was held on February
                     Complaints                               28, 1996. The Symposium was taped and these may be
                                                              purchased from Audio Archives at (905) 889-6555
Since the Bulletin was last published, both panels of the     ext.22. The accompanying materials may be obtained
Complaints Committee have met and considered 20 com-          from the College.§
                                                                               Council Meetings
Summary information concerning these matters will be
published in the June Bulletin after the Decisions have
                                                              The next Council meetings have been scheduled for June
been received by the member who was the subject of the
                                                              7 and 8, 1996 and September 20 and 21, 1996.
complaint and by the complainant.§
                                                              Members of the College and the public are welcome to
                       Renewals                               attend although we ask that you advise us in advance as
                                                              space is limited.§
Annual membership renewal notices will be mailed in
mid-April. The annual fee of $625 is payable June 1,                             Worth Noting
1996. Once again, members may choose to split their
payments. Please refer to the notice for details.            Members of the College who have no income from inde-
                                                             pendent practice may not be able to claim personally funded
A late penalty will apply to fees postmarked after June 1,   professional development expenses as a deduction from
1996. If you do not received your notice, please contact     income on their income tax return. In a recent survey of
the College and a duplicate will be sent.§                   the members of the College, 24% of the participants re-
                                                             ported that they could not make such a claim. Revenue
                                                             Canada provides a vehicle that allows some employees to
              Directory - Correction                         realize such deductions. Form T2200, “Declaration of
                                                             Conditions of Employment” is available from the offices
Due to clerical error, Dr. Alan Anderson was incorrectly     of Revenue Canada. Section 9 of the form allows an em-
listed under the category of Psychological Associate in      ployer to declare that an employee was required to “pay
the 1995/96 Directory of Members and Ms. Katheen             other expenses for which the employee did not receive any
Anderson was incorrectly listed under the category of        allowance or repayment”. “Other expenses” may include
Psychologists. Dr. Alan Anderson's name should have          attendance at conventions, training courses, etc. for which
appeared on page 18 and Ms. Kathy Anderson's on page         the psychologist or psychological associate was not reim-
98. The College regrets any inconvenience this may have      bursed and which were required to enhance the perform-
caused.§                                                     ance of his/her duties.§

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                                                                                            COLLEGE NOTICES

Additions to the Temporary Register Since December                Additions to the Permanent Register Since December
1995 - Psychologists                                              1995 - Psychological Associates
                                                                   Tahira Azmi                 Gillian Jackson
 Marian Beauregard           David MacPhee
                                                                   Darlene Bennett-Bauer       Daniel Kehoe
 Rafaella Davila             Nancy Malloy
                                                                   Mary Bradley                Judith Lewis
 Susan Dowler                Jack Muskat
                                                                   Viviana Brown               Rena Lipsey
 Cindy Ford                  Keith Nicholson
                                                                   Judy Carey                  Lyle MacDonald
 Sheryl French               Suzanne Popham
                                                                   Cynthia Crawford            Polly MacFarlane
 Katy Fuerst                 Johan Reis
                                                                   Michelle Delisle            Molly Malone
 Robin Green                 Judi Riches
                                                                   Suzanne Eleonore Patry      Janet Morrison
 Shirley Griffith            Thomas Ruttan
                                                                   Marie Fawcett-Carter        Dennis Morrison
 Robin Hargadon              Zachary Shnek
                                                                   Christiane Fréchette        Janet Mullally
 Josée Jarry                 George Tolomiczenko
                                                                   Barry Gang                  Gilles Prescott
 Martin Lalumière            Rebecca Ward
                                                                   Tracy Hampson               Claire Rooney
 Alexander Loucks            Charles Wilson
                                                                   Judith Hashmall             Moya Sandomierski
                                                                   Kimberly Hollefriend        Sue Klein Smith
                                                                   Catherine Huddleston        Jo-Anne Trigg
 Additions to the Permanent Register Since Decem-
 ber 1995 - Psychologists

 Tane Akamatsu               Joel Landau
 Martin Antony               Kathy Lawrence
 John Arrowood               Catharina Maan
 Sherrie Bieman-Copland      Antoinetta Mantini-Atkinson               New Public Members Appointed
 Michelle Blain              Vicky Martin
 Guy Bourgon                 Jeffrey McKillop                  Public members are appointed to Council by the Ministry
 Neil Brockwell              Giampaolo Moraglia                of Health for two year terms. The College currently has
 Danielle Charbonneau        Anne Pawlak                       five public members.
 William Croker              Cheryl Reed-Elder
 Annette Dufresne            Patricia Roberts
 Dianne Fraser               Sarita Sahay                      Recently, several of our public members saw their terms
 David Hall                  Brenda Saxe                       expire in March. Leaving the Council are Mme. Huguette
 Joanna Hamilton             Karen Scarth                      Boisvert, Ottawa, Ms. Carolyn Roeser, Orangeville, Ms.
 Jayne Hanna                 Cynthia Shaffer                   Marilyn Norman, Kingston and Mr. Clifford Morris, Barrie.
 Janice Hansen               Adrian Sibian
 Gilles Hébert               Randy Silverman
                             Helen Storrie-Baker
                                                               The College would like to acknowledge with thanks the
 Ross Hetherington
 Ruthann Hicks               Sherri Taras                      unique contributions to the College by each of these mem-
 Delia Highgate              Mona Tsoi                         bers during their terms.
 Julie Hill                  Anne-Marie Wall
 Frank Kane                  Josephine Wood                    Being welcomed to the Council are Mr. Peter Adams,
 Keith Klassen                                                 Etobicoke, Mr. Michael Giffen, Glen Huron, Ms. Jane
                                                               Snyder, Whitby, and Ms. Barbara Gray, Port Hope. The
                                                               College expects one further public member to be ap-
                 Retiring Consultant

 We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Bruce
 Quarrington for his work as a consultant. The College                                Obituary
 was fortunate to benefit from Dr. Quarrington's years of
 experience and expertise, most recently in a lengthy analy-   The College has learned with regret of the death of Dr.
 sis of record keeping legislation highly appreciated by       Michele Goodman, C.Psych. and extends its condolences
 members. We hope he will occasionally stop by to share        to her family, friends and professional colleagues. §
 his wit and gardening tips and wish him well in his retire-

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                                                  Under RHPA, the College has seven Statutory Committees. The Ex-
CALL FOR                                          ecutive Committee is elected from the Council who in turn appoint mem-

                                                  bers of the Council and members of the College (who are not members
                                                  of the Council) to the six other Committees. Each of the titles, psycholo-

                                                  gist and psychological associate must be represented on every one of the
                                                  six Committees.

COMMITTEES                                        Members who are interested in serving on a Committee are asked to
                                                  provide their name, registration title, preferred Committee (1st and 2nd
                                                  choice may be given) and a brief statement of background by May 31,

                     REGISTRATION:                                               FITNESS TO PRACTICE:

Meeting an average of one day per month, to review ap-          Meeting as needed to hear matters relating to fitness to
plications referred by the Registrar, to determine whether      practice referred by the Executive Committee after re-
requirements for registration have been met and to direct       ceiving a report from the Registrar regarding possible
the Registrar respecting the issuance of certificates of        incapacity.
registration and any terms, conditions or limitations to
be imposed.                                                     Two members of the College are required.

Two members of the College are required.


                      COMPLAINTS:                               Meeting as needed (up to 12 times a year for hearings
                                                                ranging from one to five days, including resumptions)
Meeting an average of one to two days per month, to in-         to hear allegations against members of professional mis-
vestigate complaints, the conduct or actions of members         conduct or incompetence, which have been referred by
and to render a written decision within 120 days of re-         the Complaints Committee.
ceipt of a complaint.
                                                                Two members of the College are required.
Two members of the College are required.

                                                                                   CLIENT RELATIONS:
                  QUALITY ASSURANCE:
                                                                Responsible for advising the Council on the College’s
The Committee may appoint assessors for the purpose             client relations program which must include measures
of a quality assurance program which will function un-          for preventing or dealing with the sexual abuse of clients
der regulations developed by the College for such a pro-        by members. The program must cover educational re-
gram. The Committee may also make referrals to the              quirements for members, guidelines for the conduct of
Executive Committee if an assessment indicated possi-           members with their clients, training for College staff and
ble misconduct, incompetence or incapacity of a mem-            the provision of information to the public. Frequency of
ber of the College. The frequency of meetings will likely       meetings is undetermined but the Committee may liaise
be every two to three months for a full day.                    with staff, quality assurance, complaints and discipline
                                                                in fulfilling its mandate. Monitoring, reporting and ad-
 Two members of the College are required.                       vising are major features of the task.

                                                                One member of the College is required.

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                    College Highlights                                 The Bulletin is a publication of the College of Psychologists of Ontario

Diagnosis & Delegation: Discussion Paper (September,                                      Margaret Hearn, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
1995) As there has been some confusion, members are re-
minded that the discussion paper published as an insert to the                                 VICE-PRESIDENT
                                                                                           Henry Edwards, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
September 1995 Bulletin was intended to solicit comments
from the membership on the draft proposals. The document                                      COUNCIL MEMBERS
does not represent formal College policy but was meant for                                          Peter Adams
                                                                                                   Gilles Gagnon
consultation purposes. Formal advice from the College on these                                     Michael Giffen
issues will be forthcoming in a future issue of the Bulletin,                             John Goodman, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
most likely in June 1996.                                                                          Barbara Gray
                                                                                          Nina Josefowitz, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
                                                                                          Anthony Miller, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
Budget: 1996-1997 On March 30, 1996 Council approved                              Elaine Moroney, M.A.,C.Psych.Assoc. Ex Officio
the budget for the new fiscal year commencing June 1, 1996.                                Ronald Myhr, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
Parameters set by Council prohibit the submission of a budget                               Janet Polivy, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
                                                                                                    Jane Snyder
which projects a deficit for the fiscal year, fails to include an                         Eugene Stasiak, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
unallocated contingency fund of at least five per cent of the                             Judith Van Evra, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
total annual budget, or deviates from Council’s stated priori-
ties in the allocation of resources. Council affirmed that any
                                                                                          Catherine Yarrow, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
annual financial surplus will be allocated to a cumulative core
reserve fund to be built up to a level equal to 75% of the                                             STAFF
salary budget of the College. This reserve is to be utilized                                        Claire Barcik
                                                                                                   Susan Brooks
only in extreme circumstances as approved by the Council.                                          Debbie Kemp
                                                                                                  Nancy Ferguson
Electrical Stimulation: New controlled act listed in RHPA                                          Connie Learn
                                                                                                 Stephanie Morton
Regulation During the hearings on the new Health Care Con-                                 Schrine Persad, Ed.D.,C.Psych.
sent Act, the government agreed to exclude any prohibition                                          Dana Wilson
against a substitute decision maker giving consent for treat-                                      Laura Worosz
ment with electrical stimulation where clinically indicated.                                  Monica Zeballos-Quiben

Instead, in order to ensure public protection from potential                                     CONSULTANTS
harm, the government has approved a regulation prescribing                                 Brian Ridgley, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
the use of electricity for aversive conditioning as a controlled                           Barbara Wand, Ph.D.,C.Psych.
act. Electricity for aversive conditioning may be applied only       The Bulletin is published quarterly. Subscriptions for members of the Col-
by a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons or by          lege are included in their registration fee. Others may subscribe at $10.00
a member of the College of Psychologists or by a person un-          per year, or $2.50 per single issue. We will also attempt to satisfy requests
                                                                     for back issues of the Bulletin at the same price.
der the order and direction of a member of either College.
Members are reminded that they should not use this particular         Les articles dan ce numéro de The Bulletin sont disponibles en français.
conditioning technique unless they have the expertise to do so
competently and ethically, in accordance with established
standards of professional practice.                                 Tricky Issues Feature - Issue Two, continued from page 4
                                                                    apparent conflict between other legal requirements and the
                                                                    regulations and standards of the College will be reviewed
The Substitute Decisions Act This Act was amended on                and brought to the attention of Council. Advice will then be
March 29, 1996. There are some changes respecting eligibil-         provided to the membership to guide practice in this area.§
ity to conduct capacity assessments. Members of the College
of Psychologists will be among five professions identified as
                                                                    College Highlights continued
eligible to provide these services. Regulations are currently
under development by the government. Members are advised            Health Care Consent Act The HCCA was proclaimed on
that if the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee has           March 29, 1996. It replaces the Consent to Treatment Act.
grounds to believe that an individual may require a substitute      Although the fundamental principles for consent are unaltered
decision maker, the PGT may have the authority to obtain a          there will be some streamlining of requirements for giving
copy of the health record of the individual. More detailed ad-      notice to incapable clients respecting the availability of a rights
vice will be available in the next Bulletin.                        advisor. The College will be drafting guidelines and provid-
                                              continued --->        ing more detailed advice in the next issue of the Bulletin.§

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