The Belgian Federation of Psychologists is the national professional association of licentiates and masters of psychology in Belgium.
Psychology in Belgium
Psychology is a science deals with the study of mental functions and behavior. In Belgium, psychology is researched and taught at numerous universities. Psychologists apply this knowledge in different sectors of our society.
Psychologists are licentiates or masters of psychology. Since 1993 the title of psychologist is been legally protected and guarded by the Psychologists' Commission. Today it is punishable to hold the title of psychologist without being registered.
Title protection is first and foremost a protection for the profession of psychologist and prevents the less educated from practising the tasks and competences of the psychologist. However, it is also an important quality condition for the clients of psychologists. After all, they are certain that the psychologist has a university degree, but also that the psychologist is legally bound by a code of deontology.
The Commission of Psychologists is the body that protects the title of psychologist in Belgium. It guards the register of registered psychologists and also includes the Disciplinary Board and the Board of Appeal which guard the deontology of psychologists.
If someone thinks that a psychologist has committed a deontological fault, this person can lodge a complaint with the Commission of Psychologists. More information about the Commission of Psychologists can be found on their website.
However, the role of the Commission of Psychologists is legally limited to the above. The commission does not fulfill the role of a professional association and will therefore e.g. not be able to provide information about the profession or assist you in ethical issues. For this you can always appeal to our Federation.
Psychology is a liberal profession. This means that the psychologist mainly performs intellectual work, which requires thorough and permanent training. The psychologist is personally responsible for the services he or she provides and he or she provides them independently. Finally, the psychologist is bound by a code of deontology.
One of the aspects associated with a liberal profession is that the psychologist is free to determine his or her own rate. The rates of psychologists therefore vary depending on the sectors in which they are active, how specialized they are or how much experience they have. Exceptions are, for example, the fees in criminal cases.
Psychologists determine their rate in accordance with the costs involved in carrying out an activity and the time they need to prepare, carry out and report on this activity, if any.