“WE WIN AGAIN! Texas Adopts Rules Eliminating the Oral Examination“
TSBEP Adopts Rules Permitting Independent Practice for Qualified LPAs and Eliminating the Oral Examination
The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists met on November 9, 2017 to consider, among other things, rule changes that would allow qualified licensed psychological associates to practice independently, i.e. without the supervision of a licensed psychologist, as well as rule changes eliminating the requirement that an individual pass an oral examination to be eligible for licensure as a psychologist.
Individuals wanting to learn more about the specific changes referenced above should review those rules in the Texas Register by clicking on the following links:
- LPA Independent Practice – 463.1, 463.8, 463.14, and 465.2
- Oral Examination – 463.11, 463.13, 463.15, 463.27, and 473.2
While the foregoing rule changes have been adopted by the Board, these changes will not become effective until the expiration of 20 days following their publication in the Texas Register. Individuals wanting to learn or be notified of the effective date of these changes should not contact the Board, but rather monitor the Texas Register themselves. Email and telephone inquiries regarding the substance of the changes adopted or the effective date of the rule changes will be referred to this webpage.
Regarding, Texas Psychological Association failed claims about allowing LPA’s to finally practice independently (like LPC, LCSW, School Psychs), this was an easily avoided major antitrust lawsuit against TSBEP. Scientifically, however, there is no evidence of expertise within the professional practice of psychotherapy. There is no relation between time spent in professional practice and improved practice. There is common lore that experience results in greater clinical “wisdom” and better skill. There is no support for this view with respect to clinical decision-making or clinical outcomes.
Tracey, T. J. G., Wampold, B. E., Goodyear, R. K., & Lichtenberg, J. W. (2015). Improving expertise in psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 50(1), 7-13.