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Oregon Bulletin

March 1, 2011

 

Board of Psychologist Examiners
Chapter 858

Rule Caption: Rule corrections and updates; equivalency of foreign degrees.

Adm. Order No.: BPE 1-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 1-25-2011

Certified to be Effective: 1-25-11

Notice Publication Date: 1-1-2011

Rules Amended: 858-010-0007, 858-010-0010, 858-010-0015, 858-010-0036, 858-010-0039, 858-040-0015

Subject: Adds foreign degree determination by Board-approved credentialing body as a qualification for psychologist licensure; other minor housekeeping items.

Rules Coordinator: Debra Orman McHugh—(503) 373-1155

858-010-0007

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

858-010-0010

Education Requirements — Psychologist

(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 equivalent; or

(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 program;

(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 professional ethics.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.030

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.030(1)(b)(c)

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

858-010-0015

Education Requirements – Psychologist Associate

(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; and

(c) A minimum of one graduate level course psychological tests and measurements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.065

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.065(1)(4)(c)

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

858-010-0036

Guidelines 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 twelve months.

(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 activities.

(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 Contract:

(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 this rule.

(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 designation “supervisor.”

(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 administrative rules.

(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 face-to-face meeting.

(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 weather.

(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 professional;

(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 Supervision Contract.

(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 examination;

(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.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.030, 675.040, 675.045, 675.050, 675.065 & 675.110

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.030, 675.040, 675.045, 675.050, 675.065, 675.110

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

858-010-0039

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 & 675.110

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.065 & 675.110

Hist.: BPE 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-10; BPE 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 1-25-11

858-040-0015

Basic Requirements

(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 inactive licensees.

(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 675.110(14)

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. ef. 1-25-11

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