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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 21TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS
CHAPTER 463APPLICATIONS AND EXAMINATIONS
RULE §463.11Licensed Psychologists
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(a) Application Requirements. An application for licensure as a psychologist includes, in addition to the requirements set forth in Board rule §463.5(1) of this title (relating to Application File Requirements):

  (1) Documentation of current licensure as a provisionally licensed psychologist in good standing.

  (2) Documentation of supervised experience from a licensed psychologist which satisfies the requirements of the Board. The formal internship should be documented by the Director of Internship Training when possible, but may be documented by a licensed psychologist with knowledge of the internship program and the applicant’s participation in the internship program if the Director of Internship Training is unavailable.

  (3) Documentation of licensure in other jurisdictions, including information on disciplinary action and pending complaints, sent directly to the Board.

(b) Degree Requirements. The degree requirements for licensure as a psychologist are the same as for provisional licensure as stated in Board rule §463.10 of this title (relating to Provisionally Licensed Psychologist).

(c) An applicant who is actively licensed as a psychologist in another jurisdiction, and who meets each of the following requirements, is considered to have met the requirements for supervised experience under this rule:

  (1) The applicant must be actively licensed as a provisionally licensed psychologist with no restrictions on his or her license.

  (2) The applicant must affirm that he or she has received at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience from a licensed psychologist in the jurisdiction where the supervision took place. At least half of those hours (a minimum of 1,500 hours) must have been completed within a formal internship, and the remaining one-half (a minimum of 1,500 hours) must have been completed after the doctoral degree was conferred or completed; and

  (3) The applicant must submit a self-query report from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reflecting no disciplinary history, other than disciplinary history related to continuing education or professional development. The report must be submitted with the application in the sealed envelope in which it was received from the NPDB.

(d) Supervised Experience. In order to qualify for licensure, an applicant must submit proof of a minimum of 3,500 hours of supervised experience, at least 1,750 of which must have been received after obtaining either provisional trainee status or provisional licensure, and at least 1,750 of which must have been obtained through a formal internship that occurred within the applicant’s doctoral degree program. Following the conferral of a doctoral degree, 1,750 hours obtained or completed while employed in the delivery of psychological services in an exempt setting; while licensed or authorized to practice in another jurisdiction; or while practicing as a psychological associate or specialist in school psychology in this state may be substituted for the minimum of 1,750 hours of supervised experience required as a provisional trainee or provisionally licensed psychologist if the experience was obtained or completed under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Post-doctoral supervised experience obtained prior to September 1, 2016 may also be used to satisfy, either in whole or in part, the post-doctoral supervised experience required by this subsection if the experience was obtained under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

  (1) General. All supervised experience for licensure as a psychologist, including the formal internship, must meet the following requirements:

    (A) Each period of supervised experience must be obtained in not more than two placements, and in not more than 24 consecutive months.

    (B) Gaps Related to Supervised Experience.

      (i) Unless a waiver is granted by the Board, an application for a psychologist's license will be denied if a gap of more than 2 years exists between:

        (I) the date an applicant's doctoral degree was officially conferred and the date the applicant began obtaining their hours of supervised experience under provisional trainee status or provisional licensure; or

        (II) the completion date of an applicant's hours of supervised experience acquired as a provisional trainee or provisionally licensed psychologist, and the date of application.

      (ii) The Board shall grant a waiver upon a showing of good cause by the applicant. Good cause shall include, but is not limited to:

        (I) proof of continued employment in the delivery of psychological services in an exempt setting as described in §501.004 of the Act, during any gap period;

        (II) proof of annual professional development, which at a minimum meets the Board's professional development requirements, during any gap period;

        (III) proof of enrollment in a course of study in a regionally accredited institution or training facility designed to prepare the individual for the profession of psychology during any gap period; or

        (IV) proof of licensure as a psychologist and continued employment in the delivery of psychological services in another jurisdiction.

    (C) A formal internship with rotations, or one that is part of a consortium within a doctoral program, is considered to be one placement. A consortium is composed of multiple placements that have entered into a written agreement setting forth the responsibilities and financial commitments of each participating member, for the purpose of offering a well-rounded, unified psychology training program whereby trainees work at multiple sites, but obtain training from one primary site with some experience at or exposure to aspects of the other sites that the primary site does not offer.

    (D) The supervised experience required by this rule must be obtained after official enrollment in a doctoral program.

    (E) All supervised experience must be received from a psychologist licensed at the time supervision is received.

    (F) The supervising psychologist must be trained in the area of supervision provided to the supervisee.

    (G) Experience obtained from a psychologist who is related within the second degree of affinity or consanguinity to the supervisee may not be utilized to satisfy the requirements of this rule.

    (H) All supervised experience obtained for the purpose of licensure must be conducted in accordance with all applicable Board rules.

    (I) Unless authorized by the Board, supervised experience received from a psychologist practicing with a restricted license may not be utilized to satisfy the requirements of this rule.

    (J) The supervisee shall be designated by a title that clearly indicates a supervisory licensing status such as "intern," "resident," "trainee," or "fellow." An individual who is a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist or a Licensed Psychological Associate may use his or her title so long as those receiving psychological services are clearly informed that the individual is under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. An individual who is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology may use his or her title so long as the supervised experience takes place within a school, and those receiving psychological services are clearly informed that the individual is under the supervision of an individual who is licensed as a psychologist and specialist in school psychology. Use of a different job title is permitted only if authorized under §501.004 of the Psychologists' Licensing Act, or another Board rule.

  (2) Formal Internship. The formal internship hours must be satisfied by one of the following types of formal internships:

    (A) The successful completion of an internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), or which is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC); or

    (B) The successful completion of an organized internship meeting all of the following criteria:

      (i) It must constitute an organized training program which is designed to provide the intern with a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences. The primary focus and purpose of the program must be to assure breadth and quality of training.

      (ii) The internship agency must have a clearly designated staff psychologist who is responsible for the integrity and quality of the training program and who is actively licensed/certified by the licensing board of the jurisdiction in which the internship takes place and who is present at the training facility for a minimum of 20 hours a week.

      (iii) The internship agency must have two or more full-time licensed psychologists on the staff as primary supervisors.

      (iv) Internship supervision must be provided by a staff member of the internship agency or by an affiliate of that agency who carries clinical responsibility for the cases being supervised.

      (v) The internship must provide training in a range of assessment and intervention activities conducted directly with patients/clients.

      (vi) At least 25% of trainee's time must be in direct patient/client contact.

      (vii) The internship must include a minimum of two hours per week of regularly scheduled formal, face-to-face individual supervision. There must also be at least four additional hours per week in learning activities such as: case conferences involving a case in which the intern was actively involved; seminars dealing with psychology issues; co-therapy with a staff person including discussion; group supervision; additional individual supervision.

      (viii) Training must be post-clerkship, post-practicum and post-externship level.

      (ix) The internship agency must have a minimum of two full-time equivalent interns at the internship level of training during applicant's training period.

      (x) The internship agency must inform prospective interns about the goals and content of the internship, as well as the expectations for quantity and quality of trainee's work, including expected competencies; or

    (C) The successful completion of an organized internship program in a school district meeting the following criteria:

      (i) The internship experience must be provided at or near the end of the formal training period.

      (ii) The internship experience must require a minimum of 35 hours per week over a period of one academic year, or a minimum of 20 hours per week over a period of two consecutive academic years.

      (iii) The internship experience must be consistent with a written plan and must meet the specific training objectives of the program.

      (iv) The internship experience must occur in a setting appropriate to the specific training objectives of the program.

      (v) At least 600 clock hours of the internship experience must occur in a school setting and must provide a balanced exposure to regular and special educational programs.

      (vi) The internship experience must occur under conditions of appropriate supervision. Field-based internship supervisors, for the purpose of the internship that takes place in a school setting, must be licensed as a psychologist and, if a separate credential is required to practice school psychology, must have a valid credential to provide psychology in the public schools. The portion of the internship which appropriately may take place in a non-school setting must be supervised by a psychologist.

      (vii) Field-based internship supervisors must be responsible for no more than two interns at any given time. University internship supervisors shall be responsible for no more than twelve interns at any given time.

      (viii) Field-based internship supervisors must provide at least two hours per week of direct supervision for each intern. University internship supervisors must maintain an ongoing relationship with field-based internship supervisors and shall provide at least one field-based contact per semester with each intern.

      (ix) The internship site shall inform interns concerning the period of the internship and the training objectives of the program.

      (x) The internship experience must be systematically evaluated in a manner consistent with the specific training objectives of the program.

      (xi) The internship experience must be conducted in a manner consistent with the current legal-ethical standards of the profession.

      (xii) The internship agency must have a minimum of two full-time equivalent interns at the internship level during the applicant's training period.

      (xiii) The internship agency must have the availability of at least two full-time equivalent psychologists as primary supervisors, at least one of whom is employed full time at the agency and is a school psychologist.

  (3) Industrial/Organizational Requirements. Individuals enrolled in an Industrial/Organizational doctoral degree program are exempt from the formal internship requirement but must complete 3,500 hours of supervised experience meeting the requirements of paragraph (1) of this subsection, at least 1,750 of which must have been received as a provisional trainee or provisionally licensed psychologist. Individuals who do not undergo a formal internship pursuant to this paragraph should note that Board rules prohibit a psychologist from practicing in an area in which they do not have sufficient training and experience, of which a formal internship is considered to be an integral Cont'd...

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