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Oregon Bulletin

November 1, 2012

Board of Psychologist Examiners, Chapter 858

Rule Caption: Modifies educational and exam requirements for licensure; clarifies criteria for complaint rejection.

Adm. Order No.: BPE 3-2012(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 10-15-2012

Certified to be Effective: 10-15-12 thru 4-13-13

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 858-010-0010, 858-010-0015, 858-010-0017, 858-010-0030, 858-020-0025

Subject: Modifies the core and clinical coursework content areas and adds a requirement for a minimum number of graded courses to the clinical psychology educational requirements for licensure as a psychologist for applicants who possess a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited, provincially chartered, or foreign program. Also allows these and psychologist associate applicants to complete limited coursework outside of their degree-granting program if the applicant’s degree-granting program was deficient in required content areas. Allows certain psychologist applicants previously licensed for at least 15 years to meet the EPPP (national) exam requirement if they previously passed the exam based on the original licensing board’s standards. Establishes when a candidate for licensure must retake the jurisprudence exam. Clarifies the criteria used to reject a complaint filed with the Board.

Rules Coordinator: LaReé Felton—(503) 373-1196

858-010-0010

Education Requirements — Clinical Psychologist

To meet the education requirement of ORS 675.030(1), applicants for licensure must:

(1) Possess a doctoral degree in psychology from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association or the Canadian Psychological Association as of the date the degree was awarded; or

(2) Possess a doctoral degree in psychology from:

(a) A program at an institution of higher learning that was accredited by a regional accrediting agency as of the date the degree was awarded;

(b) For Canadian universities, an institution of higher education that is provincially or territorially chartered; or

(c) A foreign 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.

(3) An applicant who possesses a degree under section (2) must show that his or her doctoral program in psychology meets all of the following requirements:

(a) A minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study.

(b) A minimum of one continuous year in residence at the institution from which the degree is granted.

(A) One continuous year means two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.

(B) In residence means physical presence, in person, at an educational institution or training facility in a manner that facilitates acculturation into the profession, the full participation and integration of the individual in the educational and training experience, and includes faculty and student interaction.

(C) The doctoral program may include distance education, but a minimum of one continuous year of the program shall be in-residence. Programs that use physical presence, including face-to-face contact for durations of less than one continuous year, (e.g., multiple long weekends and/or summer intensive sessions) or that use video teleconferencing or other electronic means as a substitute for physical presence at the institution in order to meet the residency requirement are deemed not to be acceptable for licensure.

(D) Training models that rely exclusively on physical presence for periods of less than one continuous year (e.g., multiple long weekends and/or summer intensive sessions) or that use video teleconferencing or other electronic means as a substitute for physical presence at the institution do not meet the in residence requirement.

(c) The program, wherever it may be administratively housed, must be clearly identified and labeled as a program in psychology. Such a program must specify in pertinent institutional catalogues and brochures its intent to educate and train professional psychologists.

(d) The psychology program must stand as a recognizable, coherent organizational entity within the institution.

(e) There must be a clear authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas, whether or not the program cuts across administrative lines.

(f) The program must be an integrated, organized sequence of study.

(g) There must be an identifiable psychology faculty sufficient in size and breadth to carry out its responsibilities and a psychologist responsible for the program.

(h) The program must have an identifiable body of students who are matriculated in that program for a degree.

(i) The program must include a coordinated, sequential and supervised practicum appropriate to the practice of psychology as described in OAR 858-010-0012.

(j) The program must include a coordinated, sequential and supervised internship, field or laboratory training appropriate to the practice of psychology as described in OAR 858-010-0013.

(k) The curriculum of the program must:

(A) Encompass a minimum of three academic years of full time graduate study, including a minimum of one continuous year in residence at the educational institution granting the doctoral degree;

(B) Require an original dissertation or equivalent that was psychological in nature that meets the requirement for an approved doctoral program; and

(C) Include at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of credit in graded (not “pass-no pass”) courses.

(l) The core program include a minimum of three graduate semester hours or 4.5 or more graduate quarter hours (when an academic term is other than a semester, credit hours will be evaluated on the basis of 15 hours of classroom instruction per semester hour) in each of the following substantive content areas:

(A) Scientific and professional ethics and standards;

(B) Research design and methodology;

(C) Statistics;

(D) Psychometric theory;

(E) Biological bases of behavior such as physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, physical ergonomics, or psychopharmacology;

(F) Cognitive-affective bases of behavior such as learning, thinking, motivation, emotion, memory, cognitive information processing, or social cognition;

(G) Social bases of behavior such as social psychology, group processes, organizational and systems theory; and

(H) Individual differences in behavior such as personality theory, human development, personnel psychology or abnormal psychology.

(m) All professional education programs in psychology must include course requirements in developed practice areas/specialties.

(n) The program must demonstrate that it provides training relevant to the development of competence to practice in a diverse and multicultural society.

(o) Demonstration of competence in clinical psychology shall be met by a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours in the following areas: personality and intellectual assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and evaluating the efficacy of intervention.

(p) If the doctoral program does not meet the core and/or clinical coursework requirements of (l) and (o), the applicant for licensure may remedy a deficiency of up to 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours by completing graduate level coursework in the deficient content area(s) at a regionally accredited institution.

(4) Provide syllabi or other documentation regarding course content upon the Board’s request.

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; BPE 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-31-11; BPE 3-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-11; BPE 1-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-15-12 thru 8-12-12; BPE 2-2012, f. & cert. ef. 6-8-12; BPE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-15-12 thru 4-13-13

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 an institution of higher learning that was accredited by a regional accrediting agency at the graduate level as of the date the degree was awarded, or for Canadian universities, an institution of higher education that was provincially or territorially chartered.

(2) The masters program must 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 must 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.

(3) If the masters program does not meet the coursework requirements of (2), the applicant for licensure may remedy a deficiency of up to one course or 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours by completing graduate level coursework in the deficient content area at a regionally accredited institution.

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; BPE 3-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-11; BPE 2-2012, f. & cert. ef. 6-8-12; BPE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-15-12 thru 4-13-13

858-010-0017

Licensure by Endorsement

If an applicant possesses a current license to practice psychology based on a doctoral degree in psychology that is issued by a board with licensing standards substantially equivalent to Oregon, the applicant may be licensed by endorsement.

(1) Applicants who have maintained an active psychologist license for less than 10 years:

(a) Filing of Applications. Upon receipt of a complete Licensure by Endorsement Application, the Board shall process the application and determine if the applicant’s file is ready for review. An application is considered ready for review when the following items have been received:

(A) Final graduate level transcript(s) imprinted with date degree was awarded;

(B) Social Security Number Authorization Form;

(C) An official verification of licensure in good standing from each health care professional license or registration, current or expired;

(D) A copy of the applicant’s:

(i) Licensure file from the state(s) in which the applicant is licensed;

(ii) CPQ file from ASPPB;

(iii) Certification file from ABPP; or

(iv) HSPP file from the National Register.

(E) Endorsement Reference Forms from three mental health professionals;

(F) National written examination (EPPP) score;

(G) Application fee; and

(H) Fingerprinting fee and results of criminal background check.

(b) The Board may issue a license if the candidate for licensure:

(A) Has met the educational requirements for licensure of OAR 858-010-0010 or 858-010-0011;

(B) Has complied with the post-doctoral supervised work experience requirements of OAR 858-010-0036;

(C) Passes the Oregon jurisprudence examination; and

(D) Has received a passing score on the National Written Examination (EPPP).

(2) Applicants who have maintained an active psychologist license for 10 years or more:

(a) Filing of Applications. Upon receipt of a complete Licensure by Endorsement Application, the Board shall process the application and determine if the applicant’s file is ready for review. An application is considered ready for review when the following items have been received:

(A) Social Security Number Authorization Form;

(B) An official verification of licensure in good standing from each health care professional license or registration, current or expired;

(C) A copy of the applicant’s:

(i) Licensure file from the state(s) in which the applicant is licensed;

(ii) CPQ file from ASPPB;

(iii) Certification file from ABPP; or

(iv) HSPP file from the National Register.

(D) Endorsement Reference Forms from three mental health professionals;

(E) National written examination (EPPP) score;

(F) Application fee; and

(G) Fingerprinting fee and results of criminal background check.

(b) The Board may issue a license if the candidate for licensure:

(A) Passes the Oregon jurisprudence examination; and

(B) Has received a passing score on the National Written Examination (EPPP).

(c) An applicant who possesses and has maintained for at least 15 years a license to practice psychology that is based on a doctoral degree from an approved doctoral program in psychology and that is issued by a board that is a member jurisdiction of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards will satisfy the EPPP exam requirement if the applicant was originally licensed based on a passing EPPP score pursuant to the issuing board’s standards at that time.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.030
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.030
Hist.: BPE 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-10; BPE 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-10; BPE 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-31-11; BPE 3-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-11; BPE 1-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-15-12 thru 8-12-12; BPE 2-2012, f. & cert. ef. 6-8-12; BPE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-15-12 thru 4-13-13

858-010-0030

Procedures for Oregon Jurisprudence Examination

(1) Jurisprudence Examination. The purpose of the examination is to measure the candidate’s knowledge and application of state laws and regulations related to the professional practice of psychology, including the American Psychological Association’s ethical principles incorporated by Board statute and rule.

(a) Candidates whose education credentials, training and references have been accepted by the Board shall be notified in writing of their eligibility take the jurisprudence examination.

(b) The jurisprudence examination shall be administered at least twice a year.

(2) Eligible candidates prepared to take the jurisprudence examination must submit a written request to the Board postmarked at least 30 days prior to the examination date and pay the examination fee.

(3) The jurisprudence examination fee is not refundable except in extraordinary circumstances.

(4) The applicant shall be given no less than two weeks’ notice of the date, time and place of the applicant’s scheduled examination. Appearance at the scheduled examination shall constitute a waiver of the prior written notice.

(5) Special Accommodations. Requests for special accommodations for a disability or for English as a second language must be made at the time the written request to sit for the examination is made, or when the disability becomes known to the applicant. The request must include:

(a) Written verification of the disability from a qualified care provider (i.e. a person certified or licensed by the state to provide such services) detailing:

(A) Nature, extent and duration of disability; and

(B) Recommendation(s) for accommodation.

(b) English as a Second Language: Written request for reasonable accommodation detailing:

(A) Level of proficiency in English including, but not limited to, number of years speaking and/or writing English;

(B) History of special accommodations granted in similar testing circumstances;

(C) Other information to support request for special accommodation; and

(D) Recommendation(s) for accommodation.

(6) Administration.

(a) The Board shall determine the questions on each examination and shall determine the passing score.

(b) The Board shall provide a Candidate Handbook that includes a copy of the Board’s examination rules, an explanation of the Board requirements related to scheduling and conduct during the examination, and current examination study materials. The Candidate Handbook shall be available at all times on the Board’s website.

(c) Disqualification. A candidate sitting for the jurisprudence examination may be disqualified during or after the examination for conduct which affects the integrity of the candidate’s performance or the examination. Disqualification will result in denial of the candidate’s application.

(7) Scoring. Candidates shall be assigned a number so test scorers do not know the identity of the test taker until the examination report is prepared for the Board. The Board shall notify each candidate in writing regarding the result of the examination within one week of the date of the examination. If a candidate has a complaint under investigation, the Board may delay issuing the licensure of that candidate until the complaint has been resolved.

(8) Reconsideration, Review and Reexamination.

(a) Within thirty days after notice of the examination results, a candidate who does not pass the examination may appeal in writing to have their examination rescored.

(b) Review. A candidate who does not pass the examination may review the examination record of incorrect questions and answers at the Board’s office within a period of ninety days following the date of the examination and upon written request to the Board. The purpose of the review is to assist the candidate prepare to retake the examination. No more than one review shall be allowed.

(c) Reexamination. A candidate who does not pass the examination may be reexamined. If a candidate does not pass the second examination and wishes to take a third examination the candidate must submit a study plan for the Board’s review and approval prior to sitting for the third examination. If a candidate fails to pass the third examination, the candidate’s application for licensure shall be denied.

(d) A candidate for licensure who was formerly licensed in Oregon must re-take and pass the examination if their application for licensure is received more than 2 years after their license expired.

(e) A candidate for licensure must re-take and pass the examination if the candidate does not become licensed within 2 years of passing the exam.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.030, 675.040, 675.045, 675.050 & 675.065
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.030, 675.040, 675.045, 675.050 & 675.065
Hist.: PE 6, f. 12-19-73, ef. 1-11-74; PE 1-1979, f. & ef. 9-5-79; PE 1-1981(Temp), f. & ef. 12-9-81; PE 1-1982, f. 4-13-82, ef. 6-1-82; PE 2-1982, f. & ef. 7-23-82; PE 1-1985(Temp), f. & ef. 12-20-85; PE 1-1986, f. & ef. 7-1-86; PE 1-1988, f. & cert. ef. 7-25-88; PE 3-1988(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-30-88; 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 3-1992(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-10-91; PE 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-16-92; PE 3-1992, f. & cert. ef. 7-14-92; PE 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 2-16-95; PE 1-1996, f. & cert. ef. 6-25-96; PE 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 6-17-97; BPE 1-2000(Temp), f. 3-8-00, cert. ef. 3-8-00 thru 9-4-00; BPE 3-2000, f. & cert. ef. 9-7-00; BPE 1-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-31-01 thru 2-27-02; BPE 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-27-02; BPE 4-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-11-02; BPE 1-2004(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-2-04 thru 8-29-04; BPE 2-2004, f. & cert. ef. 8-30-04; BPE 1-2006, f. 8-29-06, cert. ef. 9-1-06; 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 2-2012, f. & cert. ef. 6-8-12; BPE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-15-12 thru 4-13-13

858-020-0025

Complaints on Which the Board Can Act

Any complaint submitted to the Board must be specific as to the conduct upon which the complaint is based and why this conduct is cause for a complaint. The Board will review and accept for consideration complaints which might affect the licensure of psychologists and psychologist associates who are already licensed or are candidates for licensure, or which concern the possible practice of psychology by non-psychologists or unlicensed psychologists. A complaint concerning a licensed psychologist associate or psychologist resident may be regarded as a complaint against the supervisor. A complaint will be rejected if it does not allege a violation for which the Board has the grounds to impose sanctions pursuant to ORS 675.070. If authorized by ORS 676.160 to 676.180, a complaint may be referred to appropriate individuals or groups with the consent of the complainant.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.070
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.070(2)
Hist.: BPE 3-1999, f. & cert. ef. 7-6-99; BPE 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-10; BPE 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-15-12 thru 4-13-13

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