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24 DE Admin. Code 3500
The Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists, pursuant to 24 Del.C. §3506(a)(1), proposes to revise its regulations. The proposed amendments to the regulations seek to bring the regulations into conformity with operational procedures at the Division of Professional Regulation regarding license renewal; clarify requirements for supervising psychologists to psychological assistants; and enhance continuing education requirements by ensuring that at least ten of the credits are earned in a live setting and clarifying the maximum number of credits which may be earned for alternative eligible credits.
The Board of Examiners of Psychologists has been established under the 24 Del.C. Ch. 35, and current amendments to that Law. Within the framework of the Law, the Board has the responsibility for interpreting and implementing the legal provisions and requirements of the Law through the establishment of operating Rules and Regulations. The Board and the public may propose changes in the Rules and Regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, 29 Del.C. Ch. 101.
The official office of the Board of Examiners shall be in Dover in the Division of Professional Regulation and all correspondence must be addressed to this office in written form (including, electronic form such as email) before official action can be taken. In addition, the Division of Professional Regulation will provide an Administrative Assistant Specialist who will take notes at Board meetings, keep the records for the Board, and serve as a liaison between the Board and members of the public who have questions for the Board. The Division of Professional Regulation will also set fees to defray the cost of regulation.
5.2.1 An applicant who is applying for licensure as a psychologist by reciprocity shall submit evidence that he/she meets the requirements of 24 Del.C. §3511. An application for licensure, by reciprocity shall include the following information, or alternatively, the information required by Rule 5.2.2:
6.1.1 Have received a doctoral degree based on a program of studies which is psychological in content and specifically designed to train and prepare psychologists. The doctoral degree must be from a college or university, accredited as required by 24 Del.C. §3508(a)(1) having a graduate program which states its purpose to be the training and preparation of psychologists Graduates of non-United States (U.S.) degree programs will be required to have their credentials evaluated by a credential evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, to determine equivalency to the accreditation requirements of §3508(a)(1) and equivalency of psychological content and training. The Board will consider programs to be psychological in content by the criteria established by the joint designation project of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, as follows:
7.2 Supervised postdoctoral experience is required for initial licensure. Postdoctoral experience must consist of 1,500 hours of actual work experience. This experience must be completed in not less than one calendar year and not more than three calendar years, save for those covered under 24 Del.C. §3519(e). For those individuals the accrual of 1,500 hours of supervised postdoctoral experience must take place within six calendar years from the time of hire. At least 25% of the 1500 hours of experience shall be devoted to direct service in the area of the applicant’s academic training. “Direct service” consists of any activity defined as the practice of psychology or the supervision of graduate students engaging in activities defined as the practice of psychology. There must be one hour of face-to-face supervision for every one to 10 hours of clinical work. The Board will consider requests to substitute group supervision for some portion of the one-to-one, face-to-face supervision requirement. A supervising psychologist must petition the Board and show good cause for this substitution. If the supervising psychologist’s request is granted, no more than five (5) postdoctoral applicants may meet with the supervising psychologist at one time and there must be two (2) hours of group supervision in place of every one (1) hour of individual supervision. All postdoctoral applicants must have at least one (1) hour of individual supervision per week. The Board reserves the right to withdraw their permission for the substitution at any time. Not more than 25% of this supervision can be done by other licensed mental health professionals besides psychologists.
9.1 A psychological assistant is an individual who meets the requirements of 24 Del.C. §3509(2a-2e). This individual may be registered as a psychological assistant in order to receive supervision to be eligible for later licensure to practice independently as a psychologist and/or for any other reason as recognized by law.
9.6 Supervision of the psychological assistant by the Delaware licensed psychologist is to be a regular and formal process. It is required that the licensed psychologist and the psychological assistant have weekly one-on-one, face-to-face supervision with review of each case served by the psychological assistant. The supervising psychologist should must be familiar with each patient/ client seen by the psychological assistant and with the ongoing progress of treatment. One hour of supervision for every ten hours, or fraction thereof, of direct clinical work by the psychological assistant is required as a minimum. For example, if a psychological assistant provides eight (8) hours of direct clinical service, he or she must receive a minimum of one (1) hour of supervision. Likewise, a psychological assistant, who has fifteen (15) hours of direct clinical contact, must receive at least two (2) hours of supervision. This supervision must be documented in writing on patient records. In addition, the supervising psychologist shall submit at the time of relicensure and at the termination of the supervision relationship a supervision report on a form provided by the Board which will become a part of the public record. It will contain information describing the date and amount of supervision and any unscheduled supervisory contact, as well as a brief assessment of the psychological assistant’s functioning.
9.6.1 The Board will consider requests to substitute group supervision for some portion of the one-to-one, face-to-face supervision requirement. A supervising psychologist must petition the Board and show good cause for this substitution. If the supervising psychologist’s request is granted, no more than five (5) psychological assistants may meet with the supervising psychologist at one time and there must be two (2) hours of group supervision in place of every one (1) hour of individual supervision. All psychological assistants must have at least one (1) hour of individual supervision per week. The Board reserves the right to withdraw their permission for the substitution at any time.
9.7 Psychological Assistants are to work in the office of the licensed psychologist so as to have regular and continued supervision. When the licensed psychologist is not in the office, he or she is expected to must provide clear contingency plans for consultation for the psychological assistant. It is assumed that the psychologist will be available to the psychological assistant under most circumstances; therefore, arrangements in which the supervising psychologist is employed full time elsewhere will not be approved, unless it can be demonstrated that there will be adequate supervision and contingency coverage of the psychological assistant. Supervising psychologists will be expected to must describe in their application for the psychological assistant how much supervision they will provide and how that supervision will be provided.
10.1.2 Psychologists must obtain 40 hours of continuing education during each biennial licensing period in order to be eligible for renewal of license. A minimum of ten hours of continuing education credit must be obtained via face to face or live webinar. Effective as of the license renewal period beginning August 1, 2009, all psychologists must complete three hours of continuing education in ethics.
10.1.4 A “continuing education hour” is defined as one sixty-minute period, unless otherwise specified.
10.6.5.1 Author of a book (maximum of 40 30 CE hours per renewal period)
10.7 The Board reserves the right to reject any CE program credit, if it is outside the scope of the practice of psychology.
12.1 Complaints against psychologists and psychological assistants will be investigated as provided by 29 Del.C. §8807 and all hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, 29 Del.C. Ch. 101.
13.2 Continuing education requirements must be fulfilled as detailed in Section 10.0 of the Rules and Regulations and submitted along with the established fee for renewal to be approved. The Board may, in its discretion, grant a license renewal under the terms of a continuing education hardship extension pursuant to rule 10.3.
13.4.1 Attestation may be is completed electronically if the renewal is accomplished online. In the alternative, paper renewal documents that contain the attestation of completion may be submitted.
13.5.2 Licensees selected for random audit shall be required to submit verification within ten (10) days of receipt of the date on the notification of selection for audit.
17.1.12 Terroristic threatening. 11 Del.C. §621(a) and (b).
17.1.20 Manslaughter. 11 Del.C. §632.
17.1.26 Abortion. 11 Del.C. §651.
17.1.27 Self abortion. 11 Del.C. §652.
17.1.32 Incest. 11 Del.C. §766.
17.1.41 Bestiality. 11 Del.C. §777.
17.1.67 Theft. 11 Del.C. §841.
17.1.71 Extortion. 11 Del.C. §846.
17.1.76 Identity theft. 11 Del.C. §854.
17.1.79 Forgery. 11 Del.C. §861.
17.1.86 Bribery. 11 Del.C. §881.
17.1.117 Bigamy. 11 Del.C. §1001.
17.1.131 Tongue-splitting. 11 Del.C. §1114A.
17.1.133 Bribery. 11 Del.C. §1201
17.1.139 Profiteering. 11 Del.C. §1212.
17.1.170 Riot. 11 Del.C. §1302.
17.1.171 Hate crimes. 11 Del.C. §1304.
17.1.173 Stalking. 11 Del.C. §1312A.
17.1.184 Adulteration. 11 Del.C. §1339.
17.1.185 Prostitution. 11 Del.C. §1342.
17.1.191 Obscenity. 11 Del.C. §1361.
17.1.230 Drug paraphernalia. 16 Del.C. §4771 (a) and (b).
17.1.255 Operating a commercial motor vehicle with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration or while impaired by drugs 21 Del.C. §4177M.
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