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RULE §463.35Professional Development

(a) Persons licensed under Chapter 501 are obligated to continue their professional education by completing a minimum of 40 hours of professional development during each renewal period they hold a license. At least 6 of these hours shall be in ethics, the Council's rules, or professional responsibility, and another 6 or more hours shall be in cultural diversity. Acceptable cultural diversity hours include, but are not limited to professional development regarding age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

(b) Relevancy. All professional development hours shall be directly related to the practice of psychology. The Council shall make the determination as to whether the activity or publication claimed by the licensee is directly related to the practice of psychology. In order to establish relevancy to the practice of psychology, the Council may require a licensee to produce course descriptions, conference catalogs and syllabi, or other material as warranted by the circumstances. A person may not claim professional development credit for personal psychotherapy, workshops for personal growth, the provision of services to professional associations by a licensee, foreign language courses, or computer training classes.

(c) At least half of the professional development hours required by this rule shall be obtained from or endorsed by a provider listed in subsection (f)(1) of this section.

(d) The Council shall not pre-approve professional development credit.

(e) Approved Professional Development Activities. The Council shall accept professional development hours obtained by participating in one or more of the following activities:

  (1) attendance or participation in a formal professional development activity for which professional development hours have been pre-assigned by a provider;

  (2) teaching or attendance as an officially enrolled student in a graduate level course in psychology at a regionally accredited institution of higher education;

  (3) presentation of a program or workshop; and

  (4) authoring or editing publications.

(f) Approved Professional Development Providers. The Council shall accept professional development hours from the following providers:

  (1) national, regional, state, or local psychological associations; public school districts; regional service centers for public school districts; state or federal agencies; or psychology programs, or counseling centers which host accredited psychology training programs, at regionally accredited institutions of higher education; and

  (2) other formally organized groups providing professional development that is directly related to the practice of psychology. Examples of such providers include: public or private institutions, professional associations, and training institutes devoted to the study or practice of particular areas or fields of psychology; and professional associations relating to other mental health professions such as psychiatry, counseling, or social work.

(g) Credit for professional development shall be provided as follows:

  (1) For attendance at formal professional development activities, the number of hours pre-assigned by the provider.

  (2) For teaching or attendance of a graduate level psychology course, 4 hours per credit hour. A particular course may not be taught or attended by a licensee for professional development credit more than once.

  (3) For presentations of workshops or programs, 3 hours for each hour actually presented, for a maximum of 6 hours per year.

  (4) For publications, 8 hours for authoring or co-authoring a book; 6 hours for editing a book; 4 hours for authoring a published article or book chapter. A maximum credit of 8 hours for publication is permitted for any one year.

(h) Professional development hours shall have been obtained during the renewal period for which they are submitted and may not be utilized to fulfill the requirements for more than one renewal period. However, if the hours were obtained during the license renewal month and are not needed for compliance for that renewal period, they may be submitted the following renewal period to meet that period's professional development requirements.

(i) The Council shall accept as documentation of professional development:

  (1) for hours received from attendance or participation in formal professional development activities, a certificate or other document containing the name of the sponsoring organization, the title of the activity, the number of pre-assigned professional development hours for the activity, and the name of the licensee claiming the hours;

  (2) for hours received from attending college or university courses, official grade slips or transcripts issued by the institution of higher education;

  (3) for hours received for teaching college or university courses, documentation demonstrating that the licensee taught the course;

  (4) for presenters of professional development workshops or programs, copies of the official program announcement naming the licensee as a presenter and an outline or syllabus of the contents of the program or workshop;

  (5) for authors or editors of publications, a copy of the article or table of contents or title page bearing the name of licensee as the author or editor;

  (6) for online or self-study courses, a copy of the certificate of completion containing the name of the sponsoring organization, the title of the course, the number of pre-assigned professional development hours for the course, and stating the licensee passed the examination given with the course.

(j) It is the responsibility of each licensee to maintain documentation of all professional development hours claimed under this rule and to provide this documentation upon request by the Council. Licensees shall maintain documentation of all professional development hours for 5 years following the renewal period in which those hours were utilized.

Source Note: The provisions of this §463.35 adopted to be effective October 7, 2020, 45 TexReg 7010; amended to be effective June 1, 2021, 46 TexReg 3395

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