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RULE §465.6Public Statements, Advertisements, and Specialty Titles

(a) Public Statements and Advertisements.

  (1) Licensees shall not authorize, use or make any public statements or advertisements that are false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent, either because of what they state, convey or suggest or because of what they omit concerning their own training, experience, abilities or competence; their academic degrees; their credentials; their institutional or association affiliations; or their publications or research.

  (2) Licensees who learn of any false or deceptive statements about any of the matters referenced in subsection (a)(1) must make reasonable efforts to correct such statements.

(b) Solicitation of Testimonials and/or Patients.

  (1) Licensees do not solicit testimonials from current clients or patients or from other persons who are vulnerable to undue influence.

  (2) Licensees do not engage, directly or through agents, in uninvited in-person solicitation of business from actual or potential patients or clients.

(c) Use of Titles.

  (1) An individual may not use the title of "Licensed Psychologist" unless the individual is licensed as such by this agency.

  (2) An individual may not use the title of "Psychologist" when engaged in the practice of psychology, unless the individual is licensed as such by this agency.

  (3) A licensed psychologist may not use a specialty title unless one or more of the following criteria have been met:

    (A) the individual holds a doctorate in the area of specialization;

    (B) the individual has undergone retraining under the American Psychological Association retraining guidelines of 1977 in the area of specialization;

    (C) the individual has completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of specialization;

    (D) for individuals who matriculated from a doctoral program in psychology prior to 1978, documentation of academic coursework and relevant applied experience, as well as proof that the title has been used for at least five years; or

    (E) documentation of certification, approval, or specialist status granted by a professional, refereed board, provided that the licensee indicates the name of the board which granted the title and that the individual's status with the specialty board is current and in good standing. Use of the term "Board Certified" or "Board Approved" or any similar words or phrases calculated to convey the same meaning shall constitute misleading or deceptive advertising, unless the licensee discloses the complete name of the specialty board that conferred the aforementioned specialty title, certification, approval or specialist status.

(d) Assumed Names and Legal Entities. Licensees engaged in the practice of psychology under an assumed name or through a legal entity must comply with the name and notification requirements set out in the Assumed Business and Professional Name Act found in Chapter 71 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code and §5.060 of the Texas Business Organizations Code.

Source Note: The provisions of this §465.6 adopted to be effective June 3, 1999, 24 TexReg 4017; amended to be effective December 2, 1999, 24 TexReg 10551; amended to be effective July 8, 2001, 26 TexReg 5006; amended to be effective May 30, 2007, 32 TexReg 2863; amended to be effective October 6, 2015, 40 TexReg 6898; amended to be effective April 19, 2016, 41 TexReg 2769; amended to be effective September 26, 2017, 42 TexReg 5139

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