About Psychologists

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist within a general scope is defined as rendering or offering to render to individuals, groups, organisations or the public any psychological service involving the application of psychological knowledge, principles, methods and procedures of understanding, predicting ameliorating or influencing behaviour, affect or cognition.

Such practice is undertaken within an individual’s area and level of expertise and with due regard to ethical, legal, and Board-prescribed standards.

The following qualifications are prescribed for registration as a psychologist in the general scope of practice:

• A minimum of a Masters degree in Psychology from an accredited educational organisation, or an equivalent qualification.

• Eligibility for a general scope of practice requires a Board approved practicum or internship involving 1500 hours of supervised practice.

– The New Zealand Psychologists Board