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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 21TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS
CHAPTER 465RULES OF PRACTICE
RULE §465.13Personal Problems, Conflicts and Dual Relationships

(a) In General.

  (1) Licensees refrain from providing services when they know or should know that their personal problems or a lack of objectivity are likely to impair their competency or harm a patient, client, colleague, student, supervisee, research participant, or other person with whom they have a professional relationship.

  (2) Licensees seek professional assistance for any personal problems, including alcohol or substance abuse likely to impair their competency.

  (3) Licensees do not exploit persons over whom they have supervisory evaluative, or other authority such as students, supervisees, employees, research participants, and clients or patients.

  (4) Licensees refrain from entering into or must withdraw from any professional relationship that conflicts with their ability to comply with all Board rules applicable to other existing professional relationships.

(b) Dual Relationships.

  (1) A licensee must refrain from entering into a dual relationship with a client, patient, supervisee, student, group, organization, or any other party if such a relationship is likely to impair the licensee's objectivity, prevent the licensee from providing competent psychological services, or exploit or otherwise cause harm to the other party.

  (2) A licensee must refrain from entering into or withdraw from a professional relationship where personal, financial, or other relationships are likely to impair the licensee's objectivity or pose an unreasonable risk of harm to a patient or client.

  (3) A licensee who is considering or involved in a professional or non-professional relationship that could result in a violation of this rule must take appropriate measures, such as obtaining professional consultation or assistance, to determine whether the licensee's relationships, both existing and contemplated, are likely to impair the licensee's objectivity or cause harm to the other party.

  (4) Licensees do not provide psychological services to a person with whom they have had a sexual relationship.

  (5) Licensees do not terminate psychological services with a person in order to have a sexual relationship with that person. Licensees do not terminate psychological services with a person in order to have a sexual relationship with individuals who the licensee knows to be the parents, guardians, spouses, significant others, children, or siblings of the client.


Source Note: The provisions of this §465.13 adopted to be effective June 3, 1999, 24 TexReg 4017; amended to be effective March 13, 2000, 25 TexReg 2061; amended to be effective December 10, 2002, 27 TexReg 11544; amended to be effective September 10, 2007, 32 TexReg 6156; amended to be effective June 10, 2012, 37 TexReg 4224; amended to be effective July 5, 2018, 43 TexReg 4460

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