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RULE §463.10Provisionally Licensed Psychologists

(a) Application Requirements.

  (1) An application for provisional licensure as a psychologist includes, in addition to the requirements set forth in Board rule §463.5 of this title (relating to Application File Requirements), an official transcript which indicates that the applicant has received a doctoral degree in psychology. Additionally, the applicant must meet the requirements of §501.255 of the Psychologists' Licensing Act.

  (2) An application for provisional licensure as a psychologist may be filed up to sixty days prior to the date the applicant's doctoral degree is officially conferred, but remains subject to Board rule §463.2 of this title (relating to Application Process).

(b) Degree Requirements.

  (1) The applicant's transcript must state that the applicant has a doctoral degree that designates a major in psychology. Additionally, the doctoral degree must be from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association or from a regionally accredited institution.

  (2) The substantial equivalence of a doctoral degree received prior to January 1, 1979, based upon a program of studies whose content is primarily psychological means a doctoral degree based on a program which meets the following criteria:

    (A) Post-baccalaureate program in a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. The program must have a minimum of 90 semester hours, not more than 12 of which are credit for doctoral dissertation and not more than six of which are credit for master's thesis.

    (B) The program, wherever it may be administratively housed, must be clearly identified and labeled. Such a program must specify in pertinent institutional catalogs and brochures its intent to educate and train professional psychologists.

    (C) The program must stand as a recognizable, coherent organizational entity within the institution. A program may be within a larger administrative unit, e.g., department, area, or school.

    (D) There must be a clear authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas whether or not the program cuts across administrative lines. The program must have identifiable faculty and administrative heads who are psychologists responsible for the graduate program. Psychology faculty are individuals who are licensed or provisionally licensed or certified psychologists, or specialists of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), or hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited institution.

    (E) The program must be an integrated, organized sequence of studies, e.g., there must be identifiable curriculum tracks wherein course sequences are outlined for students.

    (F) The program must have an identifiable body of students who matriculated in the program.

    (G) The program must include supervised practicum, internship, field or laboratory training appropriate to the practice of psychology. The supervised field work or internship must have been a minimum of 1,500 supervised hours, obtained in not less than a 12 month period nor more than a 24 month period. Further, this requirement cannot have been obtained in more than two placements or agencies.

    (H) The curriculum shall encompass a minimum of two academic years of full-time graduate studies for those persons have enrolled in the doctoral degree program after completing the requirements for a master's degree. The curriculum shall encompass a minimum of four academic years of full-time graduate studies for those persons who have entered a doctoral program following the completion of a baccalaureate degree and prior to the awarding of a master's degree. It is recognized that educational institutions vary in their definitions of full-time graduate studies. It is also recognized that institutions vary in their definitions of residency requirements for the doctoral degree.

    (I) The following curricular requirements must be met and demonstrated through appropriate course work:

      (i) Scientific and professional ethics related to the field of psychology.

      (ii) Research design and methodology, statistics.

      (iii) The applicant must demonstrate competence in each of the following substantive areas. The competence standard will be met by satisfactory completion at the B level of a minimum of six graduate semester hours in each of the four content areas. It is recognized that some doctoral programs have developed special competency examinations in lieu of requiring students to complete course work in all core areas. Graduates of such programs who have not completed the necessary semester hours in these core areas must submit to the Board evidence of competency in each of the four core areas.

        (I) Biological basis of behavior: physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, psycho-pharmacology.

        (II) Cognitive-affective basis of behavior: Learning, thinking, motivation, emotion.

        (III) Social basis of behavior: social psychology, group processes, organizational and system theory.

        (IV) Individual differences: personality theory, human development, abnormal psychology.

    (J) All educational programs which train persons who wish to be identified as psychologists will include course requirements in specialty areas. The applicant must demonstrate a minimum of 24 hours in his/her designated specialty area.

  (3) Any person intending to apply for provisional licensure under the substantial equivalence clause must file with the Board an affidavit showing:

    (A) Courses meeting each of the requirements noted in paragraph (2) of this subsection verified by official transcripts;

    (B) Information regarding each of the instructors in the courses submitted as substantially equivalent;

    (C) Appropriate, published information from the university awarding the degree, demonstrating that in paragraph (2)(A)(J) of this subsection have been met.

(c) An applicant for provisional licensure as a psychologist who is accredited by Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) or the National Register or who is a specialist of ABPP will have met the following requirements for provisional licensure: submission of an official transcript which indicates the date the doctoral degree in psychology was awarded or conferred, and submission of documentation of the passage of the national psychology examination at the doctoral level at the Texas cut-off score. All other requirements for provisional licensure must be met by these applicants. Additionally, these applicants must provide documentation sent directly from the qualifying entity to the Board office declaring that the applicant is a current member in the organization and has had no disciplinary action from any state or provincial health licensing board.

(d) Trainee Status for Provisional Applicants.

  (1) An applicant for provisional licensure who has not yet passed the EPPP and Jurisprudence Examination, but who otherwise meets all provisional licensing requirements and is seeking to acquire the supervised experience required by §501.252(b)(2) of the Psychologists' Licensing Act, may practice under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist as a provisional trainee for not more than two years.

  (2) A provisional trainee status letter shall be issued to an applicant upon proof of provisional licensing eligibility, save and except proof of passage of the EPPP and Jurisprudence Examination. However, a provisional trainee status letter will not be issued to an applicant who was issued a provisional trainee status letter in connection with a prior application.

  (3) An individual with trainee status is subject to all applicable laws governing the practice of psychology.

  (4) A provisional trainee's status shall be suspended or revoked upon a showing of probable cause of a violation of the Board's rules or any law pertaining to the practice of psychology, and the individual may be made the subject of an eligibility proceeding. The two years period for provisional trainee status shall not be tolled by any suspension of the provisional trainee status.

  (5) Following official notification from the Board upon passage of the EPPP and Jurisprudence Examination, or the expiration of two years, whichever occurs first, an individual's provisional trainee status shall terminate.

Source Note: The provisions of this §463.10 adopted to be effective April 19, 2016, 41 TexReg 2759; amended to be effective September 26, 2016, 41 TexReg 7486; amended to be effective June 26, 2017, 42 TexReg 3272

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