ABOUT THE ACCREDITED REGISTERS (AR) SCHEME
At present, there is no official statutory regulation for the practice of clinical psychology in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It is not MANDATORY for any person to be licensed or registered with a government agency or professional board in order to practise as a clinical psychologist in the HKSAR.
The Hong Kong Association of Doctors in Clinical Psychology (HKADCP) is dedicated to the interests of the public who have significant unmet needs to be served by quality clinical practitioners. The Register of Clinical Psychologists of HKADCP thus shall serve practising clinical psychologists as a register that can recognize their professional qualifications to provide clinical psychological services to the community.
Although qualified clinical psychologists are encouraged to apply for inclusion in the HKADCP Register, doing so implies no legality of its status and/or exclusivity of any other practitioners to provide clinical psychological services in the HKSAR and elsewhere.
Based on the combined membership of the Hong Kong Association of Doctors in Clinical Psychology (HKADCP) and Hong Kong Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology (HKPS-DCP), as of 2017, HK has one (1) clinical psychologist for every 18,000 HK residents, or a ratio of 1:18,000. This contrasts with a much lower ratio in the United Kingdom (UK, 1:5000) and the United States of America (US, 1:3000). The HK Social Welfare Department (SWD) Clinical Psychological Service Branch reported that the average waiting time for a first appointment with a clinical psychologist was 46.3 days (HKLegislative Council, 2017), with very infrequent follow-up appointments......
本會認為心理學組的觀點徧頗, 資料內容亦是片面不全及有失實之虞。心理學組更向傳媒發放不實報道，而不是理性地就認證程序作開誠布公的討論。心理學組既非教育機構，亦非認證機構，但卻以權威的姿態批評同業，發放不實報道，實有違專業道德之嫌。本會就此舉及相關之表述表示不解及極度失望 ......
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