The Educational Psychology Association of South Africa (EPASSA) welcomes the recent announcement by the Department of Health, and is encouraged by Dr Mkhize’s willingness to acknowledge public discourse regarding the role of psychologists in South Africa.
The Minister’s commitment to not promulgate the scope of practice proposed in September 2018 in response to public comment will allow for educational psychologists to continue providing important mental health services to all South Africans, without discrimination. We look forward to further engagement with the Minister regarding the role of educational psychologists in this regard.
EPASSA maintains our stance that Regulation 993 of 16 September 2008 and Regulation R717 of 2006 provide sufficient guidance for the practice of psychology, which should be reliant on competency and training. We believe that psychologists should limit their practice to the boundaries their competency based on their formal education, training, supervised experience and/or appropriate professional experience.
Read the Notice Not to Proceed with the Proposed Regulations
Read the 2008 Scope of Profession.
Read Regulation R717 of 2006