How to Handle a Licensing Board Complaint

Course excerpt from Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2017

Investigation Notice Not Cause for Panic –

Investigation Notice Not Cause for Panic Every state regulates the practice of psychology. The simplest regulation is that state licensing is required to call oneself a psychologist. A person may have a PhD or a PsyD, but unless the person has a license or works for an educational institution, he or she is not a psychologist.

With a state license comes board oversight to police unprofessional practices. The purpose of a licensing board is to assure that the public is not harmed.

A psychologist is considerably more likely to receive a board complaint than be sued. The reason is that in order to bring a suit there has to be a demonstrable cause of action, proof of damage to the person who wants to sue and a lawyer who is willing to take the case. It is much easier to file a complaint with the state licensing board.

Most complaints arise out of an outcome that makes the complainant feel wronged and filing a complaint is a means to validate that feeling. That does not make that person right, only angry.

The receipt of a complaint can cause anxiety in the psychologist for many reasons. Significant is the fact that most practitioners take the complaint personally and can’t see the motivation of the complainant, only that they intended to provide quality care. In reality most complaints are dismissed at the investigatory stage and there is no official record that they were even filed.

State boards deal with complaints in three phases. The opening phase is the investigatory stage. This is usually the first notice the practitioner has of a problem. A written response and a copy of the chart being sent to the board is required.

If the board thinks it is warranted, the next phase will be a formal inquiry. This can entail testimony and experts to support the complaint about the care provided. Depending on the state, this may take place at a board hearing or in front of an administrative law judge.

Some states employ another step after the administrative law judge with a formal hearing in front of the board. This process can be time consuming and expensive. This doesn’t even include an appeal to the state judicial system.

As almost all malpractice insurance policies provide some coverage for state board complaints, the first thing a policyholder should do is contact the insurance carrier. Insurers are a source of advice and, if needed, a referral to an attorney who is familiar with the complaint process. It is not advisable to try to face the board alone. Even if the complaint is frivolous, the board must take it seriously.

Many psychologists have tried self-representation and found themselves with some sort of sanction that now has to be explained. Additionally, a lot of boards invite the psychologist to sign a consent agreement to put the matter to rest. This may seem innocuous and a quick and easy means to end the matter, but it means that the practitioner has agreed that he or she has done something wrong.

With this agreement, the complainant can now sue and be fairly assured of winning. So it is very important that the practitioner understand his or her malpractice insurance coverage and feel free to contact the carrier if notified a complaint has been filed.

As with most aspects of claims against psychologists, a lot of board complaints arise out of the fractioning of a family unit – such as in a divorce – and the subsequent intervention of a psychologist. It is not unusual for a “custody evaluator” to be named in a complaint. This is the only way to bring an action against a court-appointed individual. Immunity from litigation will protect against a lawsuit but it won’t stop a board from investigating.

Most states have passed laws that allow regulatory agencies access to patient charts. There is even an exception in HIPPA that allows this. That means the board will be looking at the notes that document a course of treatment. They will be making decisions about the psychologist’s career based upon that documentation. This is another example of where the “less is more” theory of note taking breaks down.

The usual risk management strategies apply. As always, your notes are your main defense. Failure to have them just means you will have another problem. In fact, notes are the only way to survive a board complaint.

State boards are consumer protection organizations. They are there to protect the public from allegedly unqualified practitioners. It is important to recognize that a proper defense comes from a clear and documented clinical process.

So as practicing psychologists, protect yourselves by documenting your treatment of patients. If you receive notice of a complaint, don’t panic. Contact your insurance carrier and follow the advice you will be given.

By Eric. C Marine – vice president of claims and risk management for the American Professional Agency Inc. He has more than 35 years involved in the insurance claims business and more than 20 years in all facets of professional liability claims. He writes and speaks nationally on the subject.

Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2017Therapy Tidbits – May/June 2017 is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that covers a variety of therapy topics in a succinct and reader-friendly format.

The articles included in this course are:

  • Advocates in Field of Aging Hear Strong Call to Action – Highlights focus points of the ASA conference in March: critical social and political issues affecting older Americans and how the ASA is urging member support to protect them.
  • Cost-Containment Restricts Treatment for PTSD – A warzone PsyD is told her patient is receiving, “entirely too much treatment,” after reimbursement allowances by insurers fall substantially.
  • Hoffman Report Triggers Defamation Suit Against APA – Plaintiffs damaged by Hoffman Report claim bias and “blind-following” in case brought against him and numerous others alleged to be complicit in defaming.
  • Investigation Notice Not Cause for Panic – Illuminates steps you can take to prepare yourself and your practice, now and ahead of time, for the inevitable complaint.
  • Proponent of Internet Tests Contends They Eliminate Bias – Explores how the “human factor” can play a significant role in candidate deception.
  • Psychologists Best to Assess Concussions, Gender Effects – Discusses the importance of including the discipline of psychology when addressing the complex effects of concussions.
  • Brain Hacking: Tech Companies Hijack Your Attention – Focuses on the modern compulsion to keep tabs on our electronic communications and social media as well as tactics to combat such distractions.
  • Duty to Warn: Don’t Get Distracted by Legal Cases – Evaluates that laws may change, but the focus of “duty to warn” stays the same.
  • MMPI-2 Book is Excellent Reference Text – Promotes the many benefits of using the MMPI-2 as a resource material for psychology-based professions.


Course #11-10 | 2017 | 16 pages | 10 posttest questions

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document). Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).

Indiana Psychologists Continuing Education and License Renewals

indiana psychologists continuing education
Indiana-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal with an August 31st deadline, even years. Forty (40) hours of continuing education are required for license renewal. Of the forty hours, a minimum of twenty (20) hours are required from Category 1, six (6) hours of Ethics is required, and three (3) hours must be Category 1. Thirty (30) hours (10 hours Category 1, 20 hours Category 2) are allowed from home study if APA approved.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

Requirements for Continuing Education

Psychologists licensed in the state of Indiana have a license renewal every two years with an August 31st deadline, even years. 40 hours of continuing education are required in order to renew a license. Of the forty hours, a minimum of 20 hours are required from Category 1, 6 hours of Ethics is required, and 3 hours must be Category 1. 30 hours (10 hours Category 1, 20 hours Category 2) are allowed from home study if APA approved.

Continuing Education Courses for Psychologists

 

Massachusetts Psychologists Continuing Education and License Renewal Information

massachusetts psychologists continuing education
Massachusetts-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal with a June 30th deadline, even years. Twenty (20) continuing education hours are required for license renewal. There are no limits on home study if APA approved.

The pursuit of continuing education ensures the best possible standards for the psychology profession. All psychologists are required to complete continuing education as a licensing requirement.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

Continuing Education Requirements

Psychologists licensed in the state of Massachusetts have a license renewal every two years with a June 30th deadline, even years. Twenty (20) hours of continuing education are required to renew a license. There are no limits on home study if APA approved.

Information gathered from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists on May 15, 2014.

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California Psychologists Continuing Education and License Renewal Information

california psychologists continuing education requirements and license renewalsCalifornia-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal with a birth date license expiration.

Thirty-six (36) hours of continuing education are required for license renewal. From the 36 hours, twenty-seven hours are allowed from home study or independent learning if APA approved.

California law and ethics are required at each renewal.

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Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

Continuing Education Requirements

Psychologists licensed in the state of California have a birth date license renewal every two years. Thirty-six (36) continuing education are required in order to renew a license. Of the 36 hours, twenty-seven (27) hours are allowed from home study (independent learning) if APA approved. California law and ethics are required at each renewal.

Information gathered from the California Board of Psychology on January 27, 2014.

Continuing Education Courses Online for Psychologists

Mindfulness: The Healing Power of Compassionate Presence is a 6-hour online course. This course will give you the mindfulness skills necessary to work directly, effectively and courageously, with your own and your client’s life struggles. Compassion towards others starts with compassion towards self. Practicing mindfulness cultivates our ability to pay intentional attention to our experience from moment to moment. Mindfulness teaches us to become patiently and spaciously aware of what is going on in our mind and body without judgment, reaction, and distraction, thus inviting into the clinical process, the inner strengths and resources that help achieve healing results not otherwise possible. Bringing the power of mindful presence to your clinical practice produces considerable clinical impact in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, colitis/IBS, and migraines/tension headaches. The emphasis of this course is largely experiential and will offer you the benefit of having a direct experience of the mindfulness experience in a safe and supportive fashion. You will utilize the power of “taking the client there” as an effective technique of introducing the mindful experience in your practice setting. As you will learn, the mindfulness practice has to be experienced rather than talked about. This course will provide you with an excellent understanding of exactly what mindfulness is, why it works, and how to use it. You will also develop the tools that help you introduce mindful experiences in your practice, and how to deal with possible client resistance. Course #60-75 | 2008 | 73 pages | 27 posttest questions

How Temperamental Differences Affect Young Children is a 2-hour online video course. Temperament plays a significant role in a child’s development, experience, relationships, and behaviors. Children often need supportive intervention to allow them to function in healthy ways and reach their potential. This video course will include a discussion of normal early childhood development and the range of normal functioning as it is impacted by temperament. The purpose of this course is to help participants understand the role that temperament plays in the trajectory of normal child development including inner experience, relationships, and behavior and learn effective, supportive interventions. It is intended for all types of therapists who work with children or their parents, as well as for school-based personnel and classroom teachers. Course #20-83 | 2014 | 14 posttest questions

Autism Movement Therapy is a 2-hour online video CE course. Autism Movement Therapy® is an emerging therapy that combines movement and music with positive behavior support strategies to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in meeting and achieving their speech and language, social and academic goals. Its purpose is to connect left and right hemisphere brain functioning by combining patterning, visual movement calculation, audile receptive processing, rhythm and sequencing into a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach that can significantly improve behavioral, emotional, academic, social, and speech and language skills. This course is presented in two parts. Part 1 summarizes what is known about the brain functioning of individuals with ASD and illustrates how participation in dance, music and the arts can render the brain more amenable to learning social and language skills. Part 2 is a documentary created by Joanne Lara – Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts, which spotlights – from a strikingly positive perspective – the challenges and accomplishments of eight individuals with ASD. Course #20-82 | 2014 | 106 minute video | 14 posttest questions

Vermont Psychologists Continuing Education and License Renewals

vermont psychologists continuing education and license renewalsVermont-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal with a January 31st deadline, even years. Continuing education is due December 31st, odd years. Sixty (60) hours of continuing education are required for license renewal. Of the sixty hours, thirty (30) hours (Category 2 informal) are allowed from home study if APA approved.

Thirty (30) hours must be formal or live Category 1, and six (6) hours of professional ethics are required at each renewal.

The pursuit of continuing education assures the best possible standards for the psychology profession. All licensees are required to complete continuing education as a condition of licensing.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

Continuing Education Requirements

Psychologists licensed in the state of Vermont have a license renewal every two years with a deadline of January 31st, even years. Continuing education is due December 31st, odd years. Sixty hours of continuing education are required for license renewal. Of the sixty hours, thirty hours (Category 2 informal) are allowed from home study if APA approved.

 

Information obtained from the Vermont Board of Psychologists Examiners on December 20, 2013.

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Multiple Relationships Revealed

Multiple Relationships RevealedA female psychologist works with a male patient for about one year in a suburban area. They agreed to meet weekly for the first four months of psychotherapy, and then they agreed to meet twice per month. They developed a good therapeutic alliance. During the course of their work, he discussed significant facts about his troubled past, numerous details about failed past relationships, and sexual fantasies. The main therapeutic issues are depression and loneliness.

During the current session, the patient related having made a new female friend. As social isolation, loneliness and depression are regular themes in treatment; the psychologist frames this as positive progress.

As the conversation continues, the psychologist is surprised to learn that the patient’s new friend is the ex-wife of the psychologist’s husband. The patient reveals that he became aware of that information after several dates and recently felt comfortable revealing this to the psychologist. He also indicated that the relationship is taking on a more serious tone.

The ex-wife moved back to the area about six months ago. The psychologist knows that the ex-wife had been struggling with isolation and loneliness as well. The psychologist, her husband, and his ex-wife are on good terms. They see her regularly for informal family events and do holidays together with their adult children and grandchildren.

After the session is over, the psychologist has time to reflect on her concerns. The psychologist feels stuck and overwhelmed by her present situation. She calls you for an ethics consult.

  • What are the ethical issues involved?
  • What would you suggest that she does?
  • With whom does the psychologist discuss the multiple roles?
  • With only the patient?
  • With the patient and the ex-wife?
  • With her husband, the patient and the ex-wife?
  • Can the psychologist continue the treatment relationship with the patient?
  • Even if they terminate therapy, how does the psychologist cope with family gatherings since she knows significant details about her patient’s life?

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Continuing Education for School Psychologists

School Psychologists

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School psychologists work with students in early childhood and elementary and secondary schools. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and school personnel to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students. School psychologists address students’ learning and behavioral problems, suggest improvements to classroom management strategies or parenting techniques, and evaluate students with disabilities and gifted and talented students to help determine the best way to educate them.

They improve teaching, learning, and socialization strategies based on their understanding of the psychology of learning environments. They also may evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, prevention programs, behavior management procedures, and other services provided in the school setting.

School Psychologists are required to earn continuing education credits to maintain licensure and to stay up-to-date on best practices. State School Psychology CE Requirements

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and school psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and Office of School Psychology (CE Broker Provider #50-1635).

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Renewal Information for Oklahoma Psychologists

Oklahoma-licensed psychologists renew annually on December 31st. 20 hours of continuing education (CE) are required to renewal. 3 hours must be in ethics.

Oklahoma-licensed psychologists annual license renewal deadline December 31, 2011

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The purpose of continuing professional education requirements for psychologists is to assure that licensees update and advance their skills such that the public shall benefit from the most current and effective standards of professional practice.

To further the goal of public benefit, all psychologists are encouraged to fulfill a portion of their continuing professional education requirements in the areas of ethics, professional conduct, and related legal issues. Beginning with renewal of the license to practice on January 1, 1998, a minimum of three (3) of the twenty (20) continuing professional education credits required for yearly licensure renewal shall be earned by licensees with HSP certification in activities that are specific to ethics, relevant laws and legal issues, and/or applicable professional practice guidelines and standards.

Credits required for annual license renewal.

The minimum of twenty (20) credits of acceptable continuing professional education will be required for renewal of a license to practice psychology for the following year (one clock hour equals one credit).

The continuing professional education year extends from October 1 through September 30 for licensure in the following calendar year. A continuing professional education form, on which to register the activities and hours claimed for the year, will be sent out with the license renewal notice and must be returned to the Board office in person by the close of business on November 1, or postmarked by November 1. For licenses issued after October 1 of a given year, the required credits of continuing professional education will be adjusted for the initial continuing professional education year only, to require 1.5 credits of continuing professional education per full month of licensure for the initial renewal of the license.

Preapproval of continuing professional education activities required.

Continuing professional education credits may be granted for acceptable educational activities at the graduate level which are preapproved by the Board, or by a committee appointed by the Board. No credits will be granted for any activities or categories of activities that have not been preapproved. Approval may be made at a regularly scheduled open meeting of the Board, or at a special meeting of either the Board or its appointed committee convened for the specific purpose.

You may enter your CPE at any time online by logging in on the renewal link.

All CPE credits must be approved by the Board or a recognized sponsor. (View a list of recognized sponsors)

Q: How much is the renewal fee and when is it due?
A: Renewal fee is $400.00 and is due by December 31 each year.

Q: Do I have to pay my renewal fee at the same time as submitting my CE’s?
A: No, you may submit them separately.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

Oklahoma-licensed psychologists may earn all 20 required hours for renewal through online courses offered by an APA-approved provider.

Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Renewal Information for California Psychologists

California-licensed psychologists renew every 2 years. 36 hours of continuing education (CE) are required for each renewal. 27 hours (75%) are allowed from approved online coursework (independent learning). A course on CA laws and ethics must be taken each renewal. Courses offered by APA-approved providers are accepted.

Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements

online (independent learning) courses for California-licensed psychologists

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What is continuing education?

Continuing education means the variety of forms of learning experiences, including, but not limited to, lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, grand rounds, video conferencing, and distant learning technologies. “Independent learning” means the variety of forms of organized and directed learning experiences that occur when the instructor and the student are not in direct visual or auditory contact. These include, but are not limited to, courses delivered via the Internet, CD-ROM, satellite downlink, correspondence and home study. Up to 27 hours or 75% of continuing education during each renewal cycle can be accrued through independent learning technologies. Independent learning courses must meet all standards of an approved continuing education course.

How much continuing education must be completed?

All licensed psychologists must have completed at least 36 hours of acceptable continuing education each time they renew their license. The only exception to this is for psychologists who are renewing their licenses for the very first time, if the license was issued for a period of less than 24 months.

How many hours of continuing education can be accrued through independent learning?

You can accrue up to 27 hours or 75% of continuing education through independent learning for each renewal cycle. Independent learning means the variety of forms of organized and directed learning experiences that occur when the instructor and the student are not in direct visual or auditory contact. These include, but are not limited to, courses delivered via the Internet, CD-ROM, satellite downlink, correspondence and home study. Independent learning courses must meet all standards of an approved continuing education course.

Who administers the Board’s continuing education program? How do I get a list of approved continuing education providers?

The MCEP Accrediting Agency (MCEPAA) is the approved entity to administer the Board’s continuing education program. They are solely responsible for approving and maintaining a list of qualified providers and courses. To obtain a list of approved courses, contact MCEPAA by phone at 916-286-7980 (Fax: 916-286-7985) or by visiting their web site at http://www.cpapsych.org.

Which courses count toward the continuing education requirements?

The Board of Psychology recognizes and accepts for continuing education courses that are:

  • approved by MCEPAA;
  • provided by American Psychological Association (APA) approved sponsors;
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses specifically applicable and pertinent to the practice of psychology and that are accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME);
  • sponsored by the Academies of the specialty boards of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

How do I report hours of continuing education to the Board of Psychology?

You do not need to report hours of continuing education to the Board or to MCEPAA if the course you took was approved by MCEPAA. The hours will be reported directly to MCEPAA by the provider within 45 days of the course. It is recommended that you keep copies of all continuing education certifications.

If the course you took was not approved by MCEPAA (i.e. APA, CMA, ACCME, ABPP, or UCCMEC courses), you are responsible for reporting the course to MCEPAA. To do so, you must complete the MCEP Credit Reporting Form (PDF) which is available on this web site. You can print the form, complete it, and send it, along with the required $35 course reporting fee, to MCEPAA at the address listed on the form. The credit reporting form, copies of CE certificates of completion and the $35 fee, made payable to MCEPAA, must all be sent together to the MCEPAA, in order for your CE record to be properly credited. You are able to report multiple CE courses per credit reporting form submitted, however, the $35 fee must be paid each time the credit report is submitted.

How do I find out how many hours of continuing education I have been credited?

Since all hours of continuing education are reported directly to MCEPAA, they keep track of how many hours have been reported for you. To find out how many hours have been reported, contact MCEPAA by phone at (916) 286-7980 or by e-mail at www.cpapsych.org.

When do the hours of continuing education need to be completed?

The required number of hours of continuing education must be accrued within the 24 months immediately prior to the expiration date of your license. The CE hours must be completed as a condition of the renewal of your license as a psychologist. Extensions cannot be granted. Psychologists who have not completed the minimum CE requirements are not eligible to renew their licenses as a psychologist.

Are there any specific courses that need to be taken as part of my continuing education requirements?

Effective January 19, 2007!

Psychologists now have the flexibility to determine the most effective means to stay abreast of changes in California laws, regulations, ethical standards and standards of practice as they apply to the practice of psychology in California. Training in this area maybe obtained in one or more of the following ways:

  • Formal coursework in laws and ethics taken from an accredited educational institution;
  • Approved continuing education course in laws and ethics;
  • Workshops in laws and ethics;
  • Other experience which provide direction and education in laws and ethics including, but not limited to, grand rounds or professional association presentation.

This change in the regulations applies to anyone with a license expiration date of January 31, 2007 or later.

Additionally, all psychologists renewing the psychologist license on or after January 1, 2004 are required to have a CE course in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection and intervention strategies. The course must include community resources, cultural factors and same gender abuse dynamics. Equivalent courses in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection and intervention strategies or proof of equivalent teaching or practice may be submitted to the board and, at its discretion may be accepted in satisfaction of this requirement. This is a one-time requirement.

Psychologists renewing their license on or after January 1, 2005 are required to have proof of completion of a three hour CE course in aging and long-term care or show proof to the board of its equivalent in teaching or practicing experience. This is a one-time requirement.

What should I do if I take a continuing education course that seems completely inadequate?

Feedback should be given to the provider of the course using the required course evaluation form. In addition, report the course to MCEPAA so that only top quality providers will continue to be approved.

What happens if I fail to complete the continuing education requirements prior to the expiration date of my license?

If you fail to complete the required hours of continuing education, your license will become invalid for renewal upon expiration. The continued practice of psychology is prohibited until the continuing education is completed and the license is restored to a valid status. If the deficiency is not made up within six months following the license expiration date, you will be subject to disciplinary action and/or citation and fine.

What about CE hours completed prior to the issue date of my psychologist license?

CE credit cannot be granted for CE hours taken prior to the issue date of your psychologist license.

Are there any exemptions from the continuing education requirements?

When applying for renewal, a psychologist may request a waiver from the continuing education requirements if, during the two-year period immediately prior to the expiration date of the license, he or she:

  • has been residing in another country or state for at least one year, reasonably preventing completion of the continuing education requirements, or
  • has been engaged in active military service, or
  • has had a total physical and/or mental disability for at least one year, or
  • has had total responsibility for the care of an immediate family member with a total physical and/or mental disability for at least one year

Psychologists with inactive licenses do not need to comply with continuing education mandates until their licenses are reactivated. Additionally, psychologists requiring reasonable accommodations according to the Americans with Disabilities Act may be granted an exemption from the on-site participation requirement and may substitute all or part of their continuing education requirement with an APA or accreditation agency approved distance learning continuing education program.

Does the Board audit licensees to assure compliance with the continuing education requirements?

Yes. The MCEPAA provides reports to the Board that list the names and license numbers of all licensees who are deficient in continuing education credits at license expiration. The Board conducts a 100% audit by contacting each licensee to notify him or her of the deficiency and then continues to monitor the situation until compliance is obtained.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

Renewal Information for Pennsylvania Psychologists

Pennsylvania-licensed Psychologists have an upcoming renewal deadline of November 30, 2011.

Pennsylvania-licensed psychologist license renewal deadline November 30, 2011

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Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology
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Phone: 717-783-7155
CE Required: 30 hours every 2 years
Home Study Allowed: 15 hours
License Expiration: 11/30, odd years
National Accreditation Accepted: APA
Notes: 3 hrs ethics required each renewal
Date of Info: 8/11/2011

License renewal cycle and fees:

Licenses expire 11/30 of every odd-numbered year. The board mails renewal notices 2 to 3 months prior to the license expiration date. Notices are mailed to the most recent address the licensee has reported to the Board. The Postal Service does not forward licenses.

The renewal fee is $300.00. Continuing Education Requirements – 30 contact hours of acceptable continuing education, including at least 3 contact hours in ethics, is required for renewal.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content. Pennsylvania-licensed psychologists are allowed to earn up to 15 hours per renewal cycle through online coursework.

Over 100 online courses for psychologists are available at: www.pdresources.org


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