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In November 2018, Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients was introduced to improve transparency and enforce penalties for regulatory complaints relating to sexual abuse and misconduct.
The legislative amendment to the Health Professions Act included the requirement that all regulated health professionals undertake specialized training to prevent and address sexual abuse and misconduct. Each year at practice permit renewal, Alberta psychologists are required to declare their successful completion of training on preventing and addressing sexual abuse. Below are two trainings that fulfill the legislated mandatory training requirement. One training has been developed by The College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) and the other by the Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions (AFRHP). Psychologists are only required to complete at least ONE of the trainings. Due to the sensitivity and significance of the topic and the potential implications for regulated members, CAP encourages all psychologists to complete BOTH trainings. Psychologists are required to declare at the time of their annual practice permit renewal that they have completed the prevention of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct mandatory training. Please note that this training is not an annual requirement, but it is expected that all regulated members complete this training at least once.
Please contact the Director of Professional Guidance at 780.424.5682 or toll free in Alberta 1.800.659.0857 or email us.
The College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) is committed to providing quality educational resources for Alberta psychologists regarding current legislation and professional practices on preventing and addressing client/patient sexual abuse and misconduct.
Building on the Health Professions Act (HPA); Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients, this training integrates the Canadian Psychological Association’s Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists, the CAP Standards of Practice and the CAP Practice Guideline: Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, along with other regulatory documents.
Specifically, three self-guided, online modules have been developed to support psychologists in furthering their awareness and professional practices in preventing and addressing client/patient sexual abuse and misconduct by health care professionals.
The time to complete each module is approximately 45-60 minutes and can be completed from a tablet, smart phone, or computer. These modules are available at no charge and are to be completed by regulated members at least once (as per the HPA).
Due to the seriousness of this topic and it’s far reaching implications, please complete these modules when you can give your full attention to the content.
HPA Amendments Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, speaks to the legislation around sexual misconduct and abuse and specifically outlines the serious consequences arising for all parties when violations occur. Clear definitions of what constitutes sexual misconduct and abuse, as well as a general overview of the foundational professional practice ethics and CAP Standards of Practice are provided to complement the legislation. Lastly, it points to specifics around legislative consequences and their implications for client safety and society’s trust in the profession of psychology.
Psychological Professional Practice reviews the professional practice framework for psychologists. It makes explicit the need for boundaries in context of the professional practice framework of the Canadian Psychological Association Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists and the CAP Standards of Practice. This module stresses the importance of establishing and maintaining clear professional boundaries as part of the informed consent process.
Professional Guidance for Psychologists in Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, offers detailed guidance to inform sensitivity to context, culture, conditions, and changing societal expectations in psychological practice. It reveals attitudes and behaviours around sexual boundary violations known to increase risk for psychologists. Strategies and resources for preventing and addressing sexual misconduct and abuse are offered throughout. The responsibility to report and the role of self-reporting are also outlined in this module.
Once you have completed the CAP training modules, please take this five minute survey.
The "Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct" course was developed by the Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions (AFRHP) to fulfill the training requirement set forth in the amended Health Professions Act. This three-part, self-guided, online course was designed to support all regulated health professionals.
Once you have completed the AFRHP training modules, please take a few minutes to complete this survey.
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Addressing and Preventing Sexual Abuse and Misconduct for Psychologists