The association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia is a voluntary professional
organization established in 1965 to represent psychology in Nova
Scotia. APNS is the only provincial association devoted to representing
the needs of psychology professionals in the province. APNS promotes
psychology as a profession, as a science, and as a means of promoting
- APNS advocates for psychology
through representations to government, employers and the public
- APNS advocates for the public through representations to government
and employers on matters affecting public mental health policy.
- APNS educates by organizing and facilitating workshops and
- APSN builds psychological collegiality by fostering a sense
of community among all who identify with psychology.
APNS fosters professional development through continuing education,
professional guidelines and through its own journal, The Nova Scotia
Continuing education is offered through professional workshops,
conferences and other opportunities organized, sponsored and advertised
Professional Guidelines are established and published by APNS.
These include a directory of psychological services in Nova Scotia,
schedules for fees and services, periodic statements of policy,
and guidelines for the training and hiring of psychologists. APNS
supports and promotes national Psychology guidelines such as the
CPA Code of Ethics, Standards of Professional Conduct, and Standards
for Providers of Psychological Services.
The Nova Scotia Psychologist is published four times per year,
and is free to Association Members and Affiliates. Readers are provided
with updates on APNS activities, feature articles of psychological
interest, book and test reviews, and announcements of continuing
education and employment opportunities.
In the Public Forum
APNS monitors contemporary social issues and speaks out in the interest
of the public good. Briefs and position statements have addressed
matters such as the administration and interpretation of psychological
tests, access to psychological services, the establishment of a
university Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, hiring psychologists
within school boards, Homes for Special Care, the Nova Scotia Hospitals
Act, child care, and human rights.
APNS was instrumental in obtaining exemption of health-care psychological
services from the GST. APNS submits briefs regarding proposed legislation
that may have impact on the practice of psychology. APNS also makes
formal presentations to government commissions, such as the Nova
Scotia Royal Commission on Health Care.
The Psychologists’ Act
APNS was pivotal in promoting passage of The
Psychologists’ Act. This Act created the Nova Scotia Board
of Examiners in Psychology, which administers the Act. APNS plays
an important role in the appointment of NSBEP members.
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