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RULE §463.11Licensed Psychologist

(a) Application Requirements by Provisional Licensure. This application is provided free of charge to the applicant who has taken the Oral Examination. Upon passage of the Oral Examination, the applicant may submit the licensed psychologist application. 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 indicating passage of the Board's Oral Examination.

  (3) Documentation of two years of supervised experience from a licensed psychologist which satisfies the requirements of the Board. The formal year must be documented by the Director of Internship Training.

  (4) 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) Supervised Experience. In order to qualify for licensure, a psychologist must submit proof of two years of supervised experience, at least one year of which must have been received after the doctoral degree was officially conferred or completed, whichever is earliest, as shown on the official transcript, and at least one year of which must have been a formal internship. The formal internship year may be met either before or after the doctoral degree is conferred or completed. Supervised experience must be obtained in a minimum of two, and no more than three, calendar years, for full-time experience.

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

    (A) Experience may be obtained only in either a full-time or half-time setting.

    (B) A year of full-time supervised experience is defined as a minimum of 35 hours per week employment/experience in not less than 12 consecutive calendar months in not more than two placements.

    (C) A year of half-time supervised experience is defined as a minimum of 20 hours per week employment/experience in not less than 24 consecutive calendar months in not more than two placements.

    (D) A year of full-time experience may be acquired through a combination of half-time and full-time employment/experience provided that the equivalent of a full-time year of supervision experience is satisfied.

    (E) One calendar year from the beginning of ten consecutive months of employment/experience in an academic setting constitutes one year of experience.

    (F) When supervised experience is interrupted, the Board may waive upon a showing of good cause by the supervisee, the requirement that the supervised experience be completed in consecutive months. Any consecutive experience obtained before or after the gap must be at least six months unless the supervisor remains the same. Waivers for such gaps are rarely approved and must be requested in writing and include sufficient documentation to permit verification of the circumstances supporting the request. No waiver will be granted unless the Board finds that the supervised experience for which the waiver is sought was adequate and appropriate. Good cause is defined as:

      (i) unanticipated discontinuance of the supervision setting,

      (ii) maternity or paternity leave of supervisee,

      (iii) relocation of spouse or spousal equivalent,

      (iv) serious illness of the supervisee, or serious illness in supervisee's immediate family.

    (G) A rotating internship organized within a doctoral program is considered to be one placement.

    (H) The experience requirement must be obtained after official enrollment in a doctoral program.

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

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

    (K) No experience which is obtained from a psychologist who is related within the second degree of affinity or within the second degree by consanguinity to the person may be considered.

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

    (M) Experience received from a psychologist while the psychologist is practicing subject to an Agreed Board Order or Board Order shall not, under any circumstances, qualify as supervised experience for licensure purposes regardless of the setting in which it was received. Psychologists who become subject to an Agreed Board Order or Board Order shall inform all supervisees of the Agreed Board Order or Board Order and assist all supervisees in finding appropriate alternate supervision.

    (N) 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 this title so long as those receiving psychological services are clearly informed that the individual is under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Use of a different job title is permitted only if the supervisee is providing services for a government facility or other facility exempted under §501.004 of the Act (Applicability) and the supervisee is using a title assigned by that facility.

    (O) The supervisee and supervisor must clearly inform those receiving psychological services as to the supervisory status of the individual and how the patient or client may contact the supervising licensed psychologist directly.

  (2) Formal Internship. At least one year of experience must be satisfied by one of the following types of formal internship:

    (A) The successful completion of an internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA); 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 (minimum 375 hours).

      (vii) The internship must include a minimum of two hours per week (regardless of whether the internship was completed in one year or two) of regularly scheduled formal, face-to-face individual supervision. There must also be at least two 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; 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 occur on a full-time basis over a period of one academic year, or on a half-time basis over a period of two consecutive academic years.


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