Chronic illness has both physical and psychological implications for individuals.
Psychologists work in collaboration with the Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) to provide holistic management of potential transplant recipients, in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
As part of the overall pre-transplant work-up, a psychological assessment examines psychosocial issues related to transplantation including mood, personality, substance use, coping style, social support, quality-of-life, adherence, and includes the use of psychometric measures.
Assessments also include interviews with caregivers/family members.
Psychological interventions are provided, as needed, for identified psychological issues.
Potential transplant recipients have access to psychological services throughout their transplant experience, both pre and post transplant.
Educational and Professional Requirements
Psychologists with MOTP and within the hospital setting are university prepared with a Doctoral Degree.
Psychologists are provincially regulated by the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP), whose primary role is to ensure public safety.
Each psychologist is required to complete an annual Continuing Competency Program, which ensures safe, ethical and competent practice by psychologists that encourages ongoing professional development as required by the profession.