The Scope of Profession - Clearing up Confusion

September 19, 2019

EPASSA has been made aware of the dissemination of incorrect information regarding the practice of educational psychologists in South Africa. We would like to remind our fellow psychologists of the importance of providing accurate and expert advice and training, and to maintain professional standards of training, intervention, and assessment.


Please note that there is no regulation that prevents educational psychologists from working with adults and families, and with psychopathology so long as they have the requisite training, experience and skills (including, for example, developing parenting plans). Educational psychologists are specifically well placed to deal with parenting and families.


We are aware that many of our colleagues are experiencing a lack of certainty and confusion due to the ongoing changes to legislation related to the scope of practice. We would encourage all psychologists to familiarise themselves with the correct documentation, and to approach our ethics committee should they need clarification.


Read the Notice Not to Proceed with the Proposed Regulations 


Read the 2008 Scope of Profession


Read Regulation R717 of 2006 

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