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Historical Rule for the Texas Administrative Code

TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 21TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS
CHAPTER 463APPLICATIONS AND EXAMINATIONS
SUBCHAPTER BLICENSING REQUIREMENTS
RULE §463.11Supervised Experience Required for Licensure as a Psychologist

(d) Formal Internship Requirements. The formal internship hours must be satisfied by one of the following types of formal internships:

  (1) The successful completion of an internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), or which is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC); or

  (2) The successful completion of an organized internship meeting all of the following criteria:

    (A) 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.

    (B) 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.

    (C) The internship agency must have two or more full-time licensed psychologists on the staff as primary supervisors.

    (D) 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.

    (E) The internship must provide training in a range of assessment and intervention activities conducted directly with patients/clients.

    (F) At least 25% of trainee's time must be in direct patient/client contact.

    (G) The internship must include a minimum of two hours per week of regularly scheduled formal, face-to-face individual supervision. There must also be at least four 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.

    (H) Training must be post-clerkship, post-practicum and post-externship level.

    (I) The internship agency must have a minimum of two full-time equivalent interns at the internship level of training during applicant's training period.

    (J) 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, including expected competencies; or

  (3) The successful completion of an organized internship program in a school district meeting the following criteria:

    (A) The internship experience must be provided at or near the end of the formal training period.

    (B) The internship experience must require a minimum of 35 hours per week over a period of one academic year, or a minimum of 20 hours per week over a period of two consecutive academic years.

    (C) The internship experience must be consistent with a written plan and must meet the specific training objectives of the program.

    (D) The internship experience must occur in a setting appropriate to the specific training objectives of the program.

    (E) At least 600 clock hours of the internship experience must occur in a school setting and must provide a balanced exposure to regular and special educational programs.

    (F) The internship experience must occur under conditions of appropriate supervision. Field-based internship supervisors, for the purpose of the internship that takes place in a school setting, must be licensed as a psychologist and, if a separate credential is required to practice school psychology, must have a valid credential to provide psychology in the public schools. The portion of the internship which appropriately may take place in a non-school setting must be supervised by a psychologist.

    (G) Field-based internship supervisors must be responsible for no more than two interns at any given time. University internship supervisors shall be responsible for no more than twelve interns at any given time.

    (H) Field-based internship supervisors must provide at least two hours per week of direct supervision for each intern. University internship supervisors must maintain an ongoing relationship with field-based internship supervisors and shall provide at least one field-based contact per semester with each intern.

    (I) The internship site shall inform interns concerning the period of the internship and the training objectives of the program.

    (J) The internship experience must be systematically evaluated in a manner consistent with the specific training objectives of the program.

    (K) The internship experience must be conducted in a manner consistent with the current legal-ethical standards of the profession.

    (L) The internship agency must have a minimum of two full-time equivalent interns at the internship level during the applicant's training period.

    (M) The internship agency must have the availability of at least two full-time equivalent psychologists as primary supervisors, at least one of whom is employed full time at the agency and is a school psychologist.

(e) Industrial/Organizational Requirements. Individuals from an Industrial/Organizational doctoral degree program are exempt from the formal internship requirement but must complete a minimum of 3,500 hours of supervised experience, at least 1,750 of which must have taken place after conferral of the doctoral degree and in accordance with subsection (a) of this section. Individuals who do not undergo a formal internship pursuant to this paragraph should note that Council rules prohibit a psychologist from practicing in an area in which they do not have sufficient training and experience, of which a formal internship is considered to be an integral requirement.

(f) Licensure Following Respecialization.

  (1) In order to qualify for licensure after undergoing respecialization, an applicant must demonstrate the following:

    (A) conferral of a doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to undergoing respecialization;

    (B) completion of a formal post-doctoral respecialization program in psychology which included at least 1,750 hours in a formal internship;

    (C) completion of respecialization within the two year period preceding the date of application for licensure under this rule; and

    (D) upon completion of the respecialization program, at least 1,750 hours of supervised experience obtained as a provisionally licensed psychologist (or under provisional trainee status under prior versions of this rule).

  (2) An applicant meeting the requirements of this subsection is considered to have met the requirements for supervised experience under this rule.

  (3) The rules governing the waiver of gaps related to supervised experience shall also govern any request for waiver of a gap following respecialization.


Source Note: The provisions of this §463.11 adopted to be effective October 7, 2020, 45 TexReg 7000

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