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RULE §461.10License Required

(a) A person may not engage in or represent that the person is engaged in the practice of psychology within this State, unless the person is licensed or been issued trainee status by the Board, or the person is exempt under §501.004 of the Psychologists' Licensing Act.

(b) A person is engaged in the practice of psychology within this State if any of the criteria set out in §501.003(b) of the Psychologists' Licensing Act occurs within this State, either in whole or in part.

(c) The activity or service of a post-doctoral fellow or resident in psychology is exempt from the Board's jurisdiction pursuant to §501.004(a)(2) of the Psychologists' Licensing Act if all of the following criteria are met:

  (1) The person is enrolled in a formal post-doctoral program that is:

    (A) accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC); or

    (B) substantially equivalent to a program described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph;

  (2) The activities or services take place under qualified supervision and are part of the formal post-doctoral program; and

  (3) The person is designated as a psychological intern or trainee, or by another title that clearly indicates the person's training status.

(d) A formal post-doctoral program which meets the following criteria will be considered substantially equivalent to an APA accredited or APPIC member program:

  (1) An organized experience with a planned and programmed sequence of supervised training experiences.

  (2) A designated psychologist responsible for the program who possesses expertise or competence in the program's area.

  (3) Two or more licensed psychologists on staff, at least one designated as supervisor with expertise in area of practice.

  (4) A minimum of 2 hours per week of face-to-face supervision.

  (5) A minimum of 2 additional hours per week of learning activities.

  (6) A minimum of 25% of the fellow's time is spent providing professional psychological services.

  (7) Admission requirements that require the applicant to complete all professional degree requirements and a pre-doc internship, which at a minimum meets Board requirements.

  (8) A requirement that participants use titles such as intern, resident, fellow, or trainee.

  (9) Documentation describing the goals, content, organization, entrance requirements, staff, mechanisms for evaluations (minimum 2 per year), and a statement that the program meets Texas' licensure requirements.

  (10) At a minimum, an informal due process procedure regarding deficiencies and grievances.

  (11) A written requirement for at least 1500 hours to be completed in not less than 9 months and not more than 24 months.

Source Note: The provisions of this §461.10 adopted to be effective January 1, 2015, 39 TexReg 10476; amended to be effective July 3, 2016, 41 TexReg 4838; amended to be effective December 18, 2018, 43 TexReg 8120

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