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Practice Advisor Program

The PAA Practice Advisor Program provides registered psychologists who are members of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) with free, confidential advice regarding professional practice and/or ethical issues.

Referrals to PAA Practice Advisors are first routed through the CAP Director of Professional Guidance unless the member has agreed that they are familiar with the relevant regulatory or professional ethics guidelines.

PAA will contact a Practice Advisor indicating:

  • Name & contact information of member seeking practice advice
  • Brief summary of the request

Practice Advisors let PAA know within 2 business days if they can respond directly to the request or if PAA should refer to another Practice Advisor.

While the PAA staff works with alternatives and volunteer recruitment, we have made the following change to the program, effective 01 April 2022.

PAA (full & life) members’ access to the PAA Practice Advisor Program is limited to once annually.

Members wishing to access this service should fill out the form below.

Private Practice or Business Question?

If you are also an APA member, please review the resources at Business of Practice (apaservices.org) & APA Practice (apaservices.org).

Legal Questions?

If you have BMS Professional Liability Insurance Coverage, you have access to free legal assistance! See Psychology Practitioner Liability Insurance Program (bmsgroup.com) Psychology Practitioner Liability Insurance Program – Legal Services and Assistance (bmsgroup.com).

Professional Practice Resources for Alberta Psychologists

Professional Guidance Department

The College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) is the regulatory voice for the profession of psychology in the province of Alberta.  Self-regulated professions establish entrance criteria, establish continuing learning criteria, and apply ethical codes and practice standards for the profession.

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Practice Advisor Program

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is the voice of, and for, psychology in Alberta.  The association advocates for psychology in Alberta, informs the public and the media, and advocates for consumers of psychotherapy, psychological services, and mental health services.

Guide members in identifying, interpreting, and applying regulatory resources, (e.g. Legislation, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Practice Guidelines/Alerts) to their practice situation.

CAP does not provide the following:

  • Prescriptive clinical advice – as a self-regulated professional, the psychologist maintains responsibility for professional decision making
  • Legal, business, or technological recommendations/advice

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Provide collegial, confidential advice regarding professional practice issues and match psychologists from diverse areas of expertise to assist psychologists working through clinical/practice situations.

PAA does not provide regulatory advice.

Please ensure you fully understand the regulatory information prior to contacting the practice/clinical advising program.

All regulated members can access CAP professional guidance (registered & provisional psychologists).

Provisional psychologists: please first raise any issues with your supervisor. 

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PAA members who are registered psychologists can access practice advisors.

PAA currently does not provide provisional or student members with practice support. 

T: 780-424-5070 or 1-800-659-0857

E: [email protected]

W: www.cap.ab.ca
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T: 780-424-0294 or 1-888-424-0297

E: [email protected]

W: www.paa-ab.ca

 

FAQs for the Practice Advisor Program

Contact PAA when you need collegial, confidential advice regarding professional practice issues.

Note:

  • PAA does not provide regulatory advice.

  • Please ensure you fully understand the regulatory information prior to contacting the practice/clinical advising program.

You can connect with CAP when you need guidance for identifying, interpreting, and applying regulatory resources (e.g., Legislation, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Practice Guidelines/Alerts) to your practice.

Note: CAP does not provide the following

  • Prescriptive clinical advice – as a self-regulated professional, the psychologist maintains responsibility for professional decision making
  • Legal, business, or technological recommendations/advice

The program does not allow psychologists to choose their own advisors and directly connect with them. To enroll in this program, you need to fill out a google form on the PAA website and we link you to the best suited advisor.

The practice advisor program takes place only once annually. You can ask your question between 1 April – 31 March of the following year.

Advisors do not take requests directly and this service is not for routine peer consultation or for supervisors. Advisors may deal with a request from the same member more than once but not more than twice yearly.

Only PAA full or lifetime members can request a consultation with a PAA Practice Advisor by first confirming knowledge of all relevant CAP regulatory or professional ethics guidelines.

Practice Advisors let PAA know within 2 business days if they can respond directly to the request, or if PAA should refer to another practice advisor. If you have not heard from your matched Practice Advisor within this time frame, please contact us so we can follow up.

Practice Advisors are exemplar senior psychologists with diverse areas of expertise and have at least 25-years’ experience. Practice Advisors are ratified by the PAA Board, are not under order of discipline with the College of Alberta Psychologists and are protected from liability through the PAA’s professional liability insurance.

To become a practice advisor, you need at least 25 years of experience and need to be a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. For more information contact us at [email protected]

 

We encourage you to submit only one form as we experience a high volume of queries and submitting multiple forms might delay the process of the practice advisors reaching out to you.