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DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGY
ORDER OF ADOPTION

Effective May 24, 2008, section 1387.3 of Division 13.1 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations has been amended to read as follows:

§1387.3. SPE for Trainees Preparing for Practice in Non-Mental Health Services. Alternate Plan for Supervised Professional Experience in Non-Mental Health Services.

This section pertains only to those trainees who are preparing for practice, once licensed, in the non-mental health areas of the profession of psychology.

(a) Due to lack of training sites and qualified supervisors, typically in the areas of applied psychological research, industrial-organizational psychology, media and social-experimental psychology, but not including those involving direct mental health services, trainees in these areas of psychology shall submit a plan for supervised professional experience shall be submitted by the trainee to the board for approval on a case-by-case basis as provided for in section 2914(c) of the code. In all such cases, the proposed plan must be submitted by the supervisee and approved by the board prior to commencement of supervision. Supervised professional experience (SPE) which is accrued prior to the approval of the plan will not count towards licensure.

(ba) Supervision Plan Required

For training approved pursuant to this section the trainee may be supervised by an appropriate unlicensed individual only if the trainee has obtained an agreement within the provisions of this section with a licensee who meets the qualifications set forth in section 1387.1, and who is educated and experienced in the trainee's area of education and training, to serve as co-supervisor. The qualifications and responsibilities of both the supervisor and co-supervisor shall be stated in the plan for supervised professional experience submitted by the trainee to the board for approval.

The proposed supervision plan ("plan") submitted by the trainee for approval shall be signed by all participants involved. It shall describe the qualifications and responsibilities of the supervisor (and co-supervisor, if appropriate) for supervision. The plan shall be developed for and shall demonstrate appropriate preparation of the trainee to practice effectively in non-mental health services, and within the specific non-mental health setting. The plan shall address how the quality of work done by the trainee working in a non-mental health role will be monitored and assure protection of the client. As used in this section, "trainee" means a psychology trainee working under the provisions of this section.

(b) Hours and Setting Requirements

(1) Pursuant to section 2914(c) of the code, two years of qualifying SPE shall be completed and documented prior to licensure. One year of SPE shall be defined as 1500 hours. At least one year of SPE shall be completed postdoctorally. Each year of SPE shall be completed within a thirty (30) consecutive month period. If both years of SPE (3000 hours) are completed postdoctorally, they shall be completed within a sixty (60) month period. Upon showing of good cause as determined by the board, these specified time limitations may be reasonably modified.

(2) Predoctoral SPE under this section may be accrued only as follows:

(A) In a formal internship placement pursuant to section 2911 of the code and a registration with the board is not required; or

(B) As an employee of an exempt setting pursuant to section 2910 of the code and registration with the board is not required; or

(C) As a psychological assistant pursuant to section 2913 of the code and registration with the board prior to commencing work is required.

(3) Postdoctoral SPE may be accrued only as follows:

(A) As a psychological assistant pursuant to section 2913 of the code and registration with the board prior to commencing work is required; or

(B) As a registered psychologist pursuant to section 2909(d) of the code and registration with the board prior to commencing work is required; or

(C) As an employee of an exempt setting pursuant to section 2910 of the code and registration with the board is not required.

(c) Supervision Requirements

(1) The trainee shall be provided with supervision for 10% of the total time worked each month. At least four hours per month shall be face-to-face, direct, individual supervision with the primary supervisor. The plan shall address how the supervision will be provided. The remainder of the 10% may be provided by the delegated supervisor or co-supervisor and may include supervision via electronic means.

(2) A maximum of forty-four (44) hours per week, including the required 10% supervision, may be credited toward meeting the supervised professional experience requirement.

(3) The trainee shall have no proprietary interest in the business of the primary, delegated or co-supervisor and shall not serve in any capacity that would hold influence over the primary, delegated or co-supervisor's judgment in providing supervision.

(4) Neither the primary supervisor nor any delegated or co-supervisor shall receive payment, monetary or otherwise, from the trainee for the purpose of providing supervision.

(5) The trainee will not function under any other license with the same client or in the same setting during the supervised experience accrued pursuant to the plan.

(6) A clear and accurate record of the trainee's supervision shall be maintained. The trainee shall maintain this record in an SPE log pursuant to section 1387.5 but shall also include information relevant to the co-supervisor;

(7) Except as provided in section 1391.5(c), a primary supervisor who is a licensed psychologist may delegate supervision pursuant to section 1387.2.

(8) If the primary supervisor is unlicensed, the trainee shall also obtain a co-supervisor who meets the requirements of subsection (f).

(d) Qualifications and Responsibilities of Primary Supervisors

The primary supervisor shall:

(1) possess a degree that meets the requirements of section 2914(b) of the code;

(2) meet the requirements of section 2913 of the code if supervising a psychological assistant;

(3) if licensed, possess and maintain a valid, active license issued by the board free of any formal disciplinary action during the period of supervision covered by the plan. The primary supervisor shall notify the trainee of any disciplinary action that disqualifies him or her from providing supervision. If not licensed, the primary supervisor shall never have been denied, or possessed a professional license for providing psychological or other mental health services issued by any jurisdiction that was subject to discipline, or surrendered with charges pending;

(4) be employed or contracted by the same organization as the trainee;

(5) be available to the trainee 100% of the time the trainee is accruing SPE pursuant to the plan. This availability may be in person, through telephone, pager or other appropriate technology(ies);

(6) if licensed, complete a minimum of six hours of supervision coursework every two years as described in section 1387.1(b);

(7) ensure that all parties work together throughout the training experience to ensure that the trainee will be engaged in duties that are considered doctoral level;

(8) maintain ongoing communication between all parties regarding supervisory needs and experiences;

(9) ensure that all parties to the plan comply at all times with the provisions of the Psychology Licensing Law or the Medical Practice Act, whichever might apply, and the regulations adopted pursuant to these laws;

(10) ensure that all SPE accrued under the plan complies with the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association;

(11) monitor the welfare of the trainee's clients;

(12) ensure that each client of the trainee is informed prior to rendering of services by the trainee that the trainee is unlicensed and is functioning under the direction and supervision of the primary supervisor;

(13) monitor the performance and professional development of the trainee which shall include socialization into the practice of psychology;

(14) have the education, training, and experience in the area(s) of psychological practice for which they are providing supervision;

(15) have or have had no familial, intimate, sexual, social, or professional relationship with the trainee which could compromise the supervisor's effectiveness, or would violate the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association;

(16) not supervise a trainee who is a current or former client of psychological services provided by the supervisor; and

(17) monitor the supervision performance of all delegated supervisors and co-supervisors.

(e) Qualifications and Responsibilities of Delegated Supervisors

Except as provided in section 1391.5, which regulates the supervision of psychological assistants, primary supervisors may delegate supervision to other qualified psychologists or to other qualified mental health professionals including licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed educational psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and board certified psychiatrists.

The delegated supervisor shall:

(1) possess and maintain a valid, active license free of any formal disciplinary action during the period covered by the plan. The supervisor shall notify the trainee of any disciplinary action that disqualifies him or her from providing supervision;

(2) be employed or contracted by the same organization as the trainee;

(3) be responsible for ensuring compliance by the trainee with the provisions of the Psychology Licensing Law, the licensing laws of the Board of Behavioral Sciences, or the Medical Practice Act, whichever might apply, and the regulations adopted pursuant to these laws.

(4) ensure that all SPE accrued under the supervision delegated to them complies with the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association;

(5) monitor the welfare of the trainee's clients while under their delegated supervision;

(6) monitor the performance and professional development of the trainee and is responsible for reporting this performance and development to the primary supervisor;

(7) have the education, training, and experience in the area(s) of psychological practice to be supervised;

(8) have or have had no familial, intimate, social, sexual or professional relationship with the trainee which could compromise the supervisor's effectiveness, or would violate the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association; and

(9) not supervise a trainee who is now or has ever been a psychotherapy client of the supervisor.

(f) Qualifications and Responsibilities of the Co-Supervisor (This section only applies when the primary supervisor is not licensed)

The co-supervisor shall:

(1) possess and maintain a valid, active license issued by the board free of any formal disciplinary action during the period covered by the plan. The co-supervisor shall notify the trainee of any disciplinary action that disqualifies him or her from providing supervision;

(2) complete a minimum of six hours of supervision coursework every two years as described in section 1387.1(b);

(3) monitor the performance and professional development of the trainee and is responsible for reporting this performance and development to the primary supervisor;

(4) not supervise a trainee who is a current or former client of psychological services provided by the supervisor;

(5) have or have had no familial, intimate, social, sexual or professional relationship with the trainee which could compromise the supervisor's effectiveness, or would violate the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association;

(6) ensure that all parties work together throughout the training experience to ensure that the trainee will be engaged in duties that are considered doctoral level;

(7) maintain ongoing communication between all parties regarding supervisory needs and experiences; and

(8) not supervise more than five trainees under any section at any given time.

Note: Authority cited: Section 2930, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 2914, Business and Professions Code.