(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
(vi)At least 25% of trainee's time must be in direct
(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
(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
(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 requirement.
(4)Licensure Following Retraining.
(A)In order to qualify for licensure after undergoing
retraining, an applicant must demonstrate the following:
(i)conferral of a doctoral degree in psychology from
a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to undergoing
(ii)completion of a formal, accredited post-doctoral
retraining program in psychology which included at least 1,750 hours
in a formal internship;
(iii)retraining within the two year period preceding
the date of application for licensure under this rule, or continuous
employment in the delivery of psychological services in an exempt
setting as described in §501.004 of the Psychologists' Licensing
Act since receiving their doctoral degree; and
(iv)upon completion of the retraining program, at
least 1,750 hours of supervised experience after obtaining either
provisional trainee status or provisional licensure.
(B)An applicant meeting the requirements of this
subsection is considered to have met the requirements for supervised
experience under this rule.
(e)Effective Date of Change Regarding Supervised
Experience. Subsection (d), along with all of its subparts, shall
take effect, supersede, and take the place of subsection (c) on September
The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed
the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's
Filed with the Office
of the Secretary of State on September 15, 2017
Darrel D. Spinks
Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
Earliest possible date of adoption: October 29, 2017
For further information, please call: (512) 305-7706