Subject: Adds foreign degree determination by Board-approved
credentialing body as a qualification for psychologist licensure; other minor
Rules Coordinator: Debra Orman McHugh—(503) 373-1155
Notice of Proposed Rule
Prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a
permanent rule, the Board of Psychologist Examiners shall give notice of the
proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal:
(1) In the Secretary of State’s Bulletin referred to in
ORS 183.360, at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the effective date;
(2) By mailing or emailing a copy of the notice to
individuals on the Board’s mailing list established pursuant to ORS 183.335(8);
(3) By mailing or emailing a copy of the notice to the
following individuals, organizations, or publications:
(a) All licensees of the Board;
(b) Oregon Psychological Association; and
(c) All applicants for licensure.
(4) Prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any
rule of the Board relating to continuing education, the Board shall
additionally mail a copy of the notice to the State Board of Higher Education.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.010 - 675.150
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.110
Hist.: PE 13, f. & ef.
9-15-76; PE 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-16-90; PE 2-1991, f. 8-15-91, cert.
ef. 8-16-91; PE 4-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-19-93; PE 1-1996, f. & cert.
ef. 6-25-96; BPE 1-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-31-01 thru 2-27-02; BPE
2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-27-02; BPE 2-2004, f. & cert. ef. 8-30-04; BPE
1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-08; BPE 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-10; BPE
2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-10; BPE 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 1-25-11
Education Requirements —
(1) To meet the education requirement of ORS
675.030(1), an applicant must possess either:
(a) A doctoral degree in psychology from a program
accredited by the American Psychological Association as of the date the degree
was awarded; or
(b) A doctoral degree in psychology from a program at a
college or university that is regionally accredited at the doctoral level by
any one of the following regional accrediting associations: Northwest, North
Central, Western, New England, Middle States or Southern; or
(c) A foreign degree from a program evaluated to be
equivalent to American Psychological Association accreditation as of the date
the degree was awarded. Evaluation must be completed by a credentialing body
recognized by the Board. Submission of proof of foreign degree equivalency and
cost of the foreign degree equivalency determination are the responsibility of
the applicant; and
(d) A minimum of three academic years of full-time
graduate study including at least one year which is in residence at the
institution from which the degree is granted, or its equivalent.. Residence
requires interaction with psychology faculty and other matriculated psychology
students; one year’s residence or its equivalent is defined as follows:
(i) Thirty semester hours or 45 quarter hours or the
(ii) A minimum of 500 hours of student-faculty contact involving
face-to-face individual or group educational meetings. Such educational
meetings must include both faculty-student and student-student interaction, be
conducted by the psychology faculty of the institution at least 90 percent of
the time, be documented by the applicant and the institution, and relate
substantially to the program components specified.
(2) The program under sections (1)(a) or (b) must be
defined as follows:
(a) Organizational Structure. The organizational
structure of the graduate program must be defined as follows:
(A) The program must be identified and labeled as a
program in psychology;
(B) The program must stand as a recognized entity
within the institution;
(C) There must be an authority and primary
responsibility for the core and specialty areas, whether or not the program
cuts across administrative lines;
(D) There must be a sequence of study planned by those
responsible for the program to provide an appropriate, integrated experience
covering the field;
(E) There must be a faculty and a person
administratively responsible for the program;
(F) There must be a body of students selected on the
basis of high ability and appropriate educational preparation.
(b) Curriculum. The curriculum of the program must
require applicant’s successful completion of the following:
(A) 40 semester hours (60 quarter hours) of graduate
courses identified by title and course content as psychology, that may include
clinical, counseling, industrial/ organizational and school psychology, excluding
thesis and practica;
(B) An original dissertation or equivalent that was
psychological in nature that meets the requirement for an approved doctoral
(C) Three or more graduate semester hours (five or more
graduate quarter hours) each in biological basis of behavior (including, but
not limited to physiological psychology, comparative psychology,
neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, sensation and perception, biological basis
of development); cognitive-affective basis of behavior (including, but not
limited to learning, thinking, motivation, emotion, cognitive development);
social basis of behavior (including, but not limited to social psychology,
organization theory, community psychology, social development); individual
differences (including, but not limited to human development, personality
theory, psychopathology); and
(D) At least one graduate course each in research
design and methodology; statistics and psychometrics; and scientific and
Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS
Hist.: PE 6, f. 12-19-73, ef.
1-11-74; PE 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-16-92; PE 3-1992, f. & cert. ef.
7-14-92; PE 1-1996, f. & cert. ef. 6-25-96; PE 1-1997, f. & cert. ef.
6-17-97; BPE 1-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-31-01 thru 2-27-02; BPE 2-2002,
f. & cert. ef. 2-27-02; BPE 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-08; BPE 1-2010,
f. & cert. ef. 1-8-10; BPE 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-10; BPE 1-2011,
f. & cert. ef. 1-25-11
Education Requirements –
(1) To meet the education requirement of ORS
675.030(1), an applicant must possess a masters degree in psychology from a
program at a college or university that was regionally accredited at the
graduate level as of the date the degree was awarded by any one of the
following regional accrediting associations: Northwest, North Central, Western,
New England, Middle States or Southern.
(2) The masters program shall include at least 45
quarter hours or 30 semester hours of graduate credit, 30 quarter hours or 20
semester hours of which must be in graded (not “pass–no pass”) courses.
Hours shall be from at least five of the basic areas of psychology including:
(a) Experimental psychology; Learning theory;
Physiological psychology; Motivation; Perception; Comparative psychology;
Statistical methods; Design of research; Developmental psychology; Individual
differences; Social psychology; Organizational psychology; Personality theory;
Abnormal psychology; and
(b) A minimum of one graduate level course in ethics;
(c) A minimum of one graduate level course
psychological tests and measurements.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.065
Stats. Implemented: ORS
Hist.: PE 6, f. 12-19-73, ef.
1-11-74; PE 1-1979, f. & ef. 9-5-79; PE 1-1989(Temp), f. & cert. ef.
2-24-89; PE 2-1989, f. & cert. ef. 5-24-89; PE 3-1989(Temp), f. & cert.
ef. 9-7-89; PE 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-16-90; PE 3-1992, f. & cert.
ef. 7-14-92; PE 1-1993(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-12-93; PE 3-1993, f. &
cert. ef. 4-13-93; PE 5-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-6-93; PE 1-1995, f. &
cert. ef. 2-16-95; PE 1-1996, f. & cert. ef. 6-25-96; BPE 1-2001(Temp), f.
& cert. ef. 8-31-01 thru 2-27-02; BPE 1-2002(Temp), f. 1-28-02, cert. ef.
1-31-02 thru 2-27-02; BPE 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-27-02; BPE 2-2004, f. &
cert. ef. 8-30-04; BPE 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-08; BPE 1-2010, f. &
cert. ef. 1-8-10; BPE 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-10; BPE 1-2011, f. &
cert. ef. 1-25-11
for Supervised Work Experience Psychologists
(1) Policy. Two years of supervised work experience is
required for licensure. A minimum of one year of the required work experience
must take place after the doctorate degree is conferred.
(a) One year of supervised work experience is defined
as 1,500 hours of psychological work performed over a period not less than
(b) The Board may approve one year of pre-doctoral
supervised work experience if the experience was a formal requirement of the
applicant’s doctoral program.
(c) Psychological work is defined as psychotherapy and
treatment for an individual or group; diagnosis and assessment; completing
documentation related to diagnosis or treatment provided; treatment planning;
termination reports; chart reviews; client care meetings and consultation;
psychological testing; research related to client care; report writing; and
receiving formal training including workshops and conferences.
(d) At least 50% of psychological work must be
face-to-face client contact.
(e) For the purposes of licensure, psychological work
does not include business development; credentialing activities; marketing;
purchasing; creating forms; administrative billing or other business management
(2) The following guidelines shall be used by the Board
to define supervised employment. While obtaining postdoctoral supervised work
experience, the applicant must be in a Board approved Resident Supervision
(a) Working under the supervision of an Oregon licensed
psychologist licensed in Oregon for at least two years; or
(b) Working under the supervision of an Oregon licensed
psychologist licensed for at least two years in a state with licensing
standards comparable to Oregon.
(c) Supervised employment in other jurisdictions must
be In a formal supervised work experience arrangement under the supervision of
a psychologist who has been licensed for at least two years in a state with
licensing standards comparable to Oregon or
(d) For the period April 8, 2008 through December 31,
2009, an employee of an institution or agency exempt from licensure under ORS
675.090 (1)(e), who provides documentation of supervision by a psychologist
licensed for at least two years may, at the discretion of the Board, receive
supervised employment credit.
(3) Applicants whose educational credentials and
professional references have been approved by the Board shall be eligible to
enter into a Resident Supervision Contract as described in subsection (2)(a) of
(a) Resident status shall begin the date the Board
approves the Resident Supervision Contract.
(b) Termination of a Resident Supervision Contract will
be granted by the Board at the written request of the supervisor or the
resident. The termination shall be effective at the time the Board approves the
request in writing, or on the date indicated by the supervisor in the final
residency evaluation, whichever is later.
(c) If the supervisor is to be paid for supervision
payment must be in the form of a per-hour fee.
(d) Supervision of more than two residents concurrently
shall require prior approval by the Board.
(4) Resident’s Responsibilities. The resident’s conduct
must conform to the following standards:
(a) Title. The resident must be designated at all times
by the title “psychologist resident.” All signed materials, letterheads,
business cards, telephone directory listings, Internet postings; brochures,
insurance billings and any other public or private representation must include
the individual’s title as “psychologist resident” and the supervisor’s name and
(b) Scope of Practice. The resident will only offer
services in those areas that the supervisor is competent.
(c) Nature of Supervision. The resident must obtain
frequent and regular supervision meetings throughout the duration of the
Resident Supervision Contract. The resident must provide the supervisor with a
periodic evaluation of all cases and psychological activities in which the
resident is engaged. The resident’s practice must comply with Oregon laws and
(d) The supervisor is not required to be working
on-site with the resident.
(e) Non-routine individual supervision may occur by
electronic means when geographical distance, weather or emergency prohibit a
(f) Frequency. If a resident works 1-20 hours in a week
the resident must at least one hour of individual supervision every week. If a
resident works more than 21hours in a week the resident must receive at least
two hours of supervision every week. One hour must be individual and one hour
may be group supervision. On a non-routine basis individual supervision may be
delayed up to 14 days to accommodate vacations, illness, travel or inclement
(A) Group supervision must be:
(i) A formal and on-going group of at least three
mental health professionals;
(ii) Facilitated by a licensed mental health
(iii) Approved by the resident’s supervisor; and
(iv) All legal and ethical issues must be referred back
to the supervisor if the group facilitator is not a licensed psychologist.
(g) Duration. The resident status is a transitional
step toward licensure and is not intended as a means to avoid licensure. A
Psychologist Resident Contract shall be effective for a period, not to exceed
two years from the date of Board approval. The Board may extend the contract
beyond two years upon a written request from the resident and the supervisor
prior to the expiration of the contract. Failure to receive a courtesy reminder
notice from the Board shall not relieve the resident of the responsibility to
request an extension.
(h) Confidentiality. The resident must advise all
clients orally and in their informed consent policy that the supervisor may
have access to all information and material relevant to the client’s case.
(i) Promptly communicate to the Board any significant
interruption or expected termination of the Resident Supervision Contract;
(j) The resident must provide the Board with a
Supervisor Evaluation Report at the conclusion, or termination of the Resident
(5) Responsibilities of the Supervisor. The
supervisor’s conduct must conform to the following standards:
(a) Closely review, supervise and evaluate
representative and problem cases with attention to diagnostic evaluation,
treatment planning, ongoing case management, emergency intervention,
recordkeeping and termination;
(b) Countersign all psychological reports and
professional correspondence produced by the resident; and ensure that
letterhead, business cards, telephone directory listings, brochures, insurance
billing and any other public or private representation includes the appropriate
title of “Psychologist Resident” or “Psychologist Associate Resident” the
supervisor’s name and designation as “supervisor” Client progress notes do not
need to be co-signed by the supervisor.
(c) Review with the resident, Oregon laws and
administrative rules related to the practice of psychology, including the 2002
APA “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct,” professional
relationships and referrals, protection of records, billing practices,
recordkeeping and report writing;
(d) Assist the psychologist resident in developing a
plan to prepare for the national written exam and the Oregon jurisprudence
(e) Promptly communicate to the Board any professional
or ethical concerns regarding the resident’s conduct or performance;
(f) Promptly communicate to the Board any significant
interruption or expected termination of the Resident Supervision Contract;
(g) Ensure that the resident has access to supervision
by telephone to discuss urgent matters, if the supervisor is unavailable for
any reason, during a period not to exceed fourteen days;
(h) In the absence of the primary supervisor, not to
exceed fourteen days, one-on-one supervision hours may be conducted retro-actively.
(i) Keep notes of each supervisory session, and provide
them to the Board upon request;
(j) Maintain a record of hours of supervision and
provide it to the Board upon request and
(k) Provide the Board with a Resident Evaluation Report
at the conclusion, or termination, of the Resident Supervision Contract.
(6) Associate Supervisor. Any supervision of the
resident by a person other than the primary supervisor must be identified in
the Resident Contract and approved by the Board.
(a) The associate supervisor is responsible for
providing supervision as described in section (5) of this rule in the event
that the primary supervisor is unavailable for any reason; and
(b) The associate supervisor is responsible for
reporting any professional or ethical concerns regarding the resident’s conduct
or performance to the primary supervisor and the Board.
Hist.: PE 1-1988, f. & cert.
ef. 7-25-88; PE 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-16-90; PE 1-1991, f. & cert.
ef. 4-3-91; PE 2-1991, f. 8-15-91, cert. ef. 8-16-91; PE 4-1993, f. & cert.
ef. 7-19-93; PE 1-1996, f. & cert. ef. 6-25-96; BPE 2-2002, f. & cert.
ef. 2-27-02; BPE 4-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-11-02; BPE 1-2008, f. &
cert. ef. 3-26-08; BPE 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-10; BPE 2-2010, f. &
cert. ef. 9-28-10; BPE 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 1-25-11
Application for Independent Status
– Psychologist Associate
A licensed psychologist associate may apply to the
Board for approval to function as an independent psychologist associate.
Independent status will be granted only after at least three years of work as a
licensed psychologist associate or a psychologist at a demonstrated high level
of professional proficiency.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.065 &
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.065
Hist.: BPE 1-2010, f. & cert.
ef. 1-8-10; BPE 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 1-25-11
(1) Licensees must earn at least 50 continuing
education credits during the period between license renewals. Continuing
education credit must be reported as follows:
(a) Licensees must submit a Renewal Notice and
Reporting Affidavit to the Board office with the fee on or before the due date
printed on the notice.
(b) An unsigned or incomplete Renewal Notice and
Reporting Affidavit shall be returned to the licensee.
(2) New Licensees. There is no continuing education
reporting required for individuals licensed twelve months or less on their
first renewal date.
(3) All active and semi-active licensees must complete
four hours of professional ethics in each reporting period.
(4) All active and semi-active licensees must complete
a minimum of seven hours of continuing education dedicated to the topic of pain
management. This is a one time requirement.
(a) One hour must be a course provided by the Oregon
Pain Management Commission.
(b) The pain management requirement must be reported
within twenty-four months of the first Renewal Notice and Affidavit.
(5) No continuing education reporting is required for
licensees requesting a change from active or semi-active to inactive status.
(6) No continuing education reporting is required for
(7) The Board may grant exemptions in whole or in part
from continuing education requirements, including extension of deadlines, in
documented hardship cases.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.110
Stats. Implemented: ORS
Hist.: BPE 2-1999, f. & cert.
ef. 7-6-99; BPE 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-27-02; BPE 2-2004, f. & cert.
ef. 8-30-04; BPE 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 3-26-08; BPE 1-2010, f. & cert.
ef. 1-8-10; BPE 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-10; BPE 1-2011, f. & cert.
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