In Belgium, the title “psychologist” is protected by law (since 1993). The title can only be used by people who are registered on the list of a national government commission. The minimum requirement is five years university training in psychology (Master’s degree or equivalent). The title of “psychotherapist” is not yet legally protected.
Who may call themselves “psychologist” in Belgium?
The title of psychologist is protected in Belgium by the Law of 8 November 1993. The protection of the title implies that this title as well as any combinations or very similar titles may only be used by those who are included in the list of psychologists that is managed by the Belgian Commission of Psychologists. This public authority is presided over by a magistrate of a court of appeal, but the other members are psychologists who have been nominated by the BFP and formally appointed by a federal Minister.
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