Practice Guidelines

From time to time, CAP issues practice guidelines (formerly professional guidelines) in critical or complex areas to guide members and promote competent and ethical practice. Practice guidelines are a bridge between the general aspirational intent of the Canadian Psychological Association's Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists and the minimum requirements set by the Standards of Practice

CAP developed two privacy resource guides for members that can be found at the bottom of the main Resources and Regulatory Information page under "Privacy Resources".

Informed Consent

(Former guidelines integrated: Informed Consent for Minors, Mature Minors & Informed Consent for Services)

August 2019
November 2019
Psychological Assessment and Testing

(Former practice guildeline integrated: Control and Use of Tests by Psychologists. Former practice alert integrated: Involved Third Party Observers and Psychological Assessments)

Psychological Records

(Former practice alerts integrated: Access to a Deceased Client’s File, Rationale for Records, Retention of Records)

Professional Regulation and Psychologists

(Former practice guideline integrated: Self-Regulation in the Profession of Psychology. Former practice alert integrated: Practice Outside Jurisdictional Boundaries. )

November 2021
December 2019

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Concerns About a Psychologist

This section provides information and resources to address concerns about the conduct of a psychologist. 


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Professional Guidance

CAP communicates with members, providing regulatory information and guidance. Regulated members are welcome to contact CAP for professional guidance related to regulatory information.

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About CAP

Learn more about CAP and its mandated responsibiliites under the Health Professions Act. 

Resources & Regulatory Information

A number of documents govern the regulation of the profession of psychology and documents and resources are developed in order to promote competent and ethical practice and to guide its members. 

Sexual Abuse/Misconduct

Addressing and Preventing Sexual Abuse and Misconduct for Psychologists