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Assembly Bill (AB) 705 Psychology Licensure Regulations
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 12:36:16 PM
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Assembly Bill (AB) 705 Psychology Licensure Regulations

Under current California law, Board of Psychology Licensure Regulations, unlicensed individuals who are salaried employees of accredited or approved academic institutions, public schools, or governmental agencies, are authorized to engage in the practice of psychology if the individuals are:
  1. Performing psychological activities as part of his/her duties for which they are hired;
  2. Performing psychological activities solely within the jurisdiction or confines of those organizations;
  3. Not holding themselves out to the public by any title or description of activities incorporating the words psychology, psychological, or psychologist
  4. Primarily gaining the supervised professional experience required for licensure that is being accrued consistent with the board's regulations and the employee has as the primary supervisor a psychologist licensed in the state;
  5. Employed or becomes employed by one or more employers commencing January 1, 2016 by one or more employers as described in subdivision (a).

These individuals shall be exempt under this section for a cumulative of five years.

The revised law now requires that the unlicensed salaried employees, who are practicing psychology in an exempt setting, be properly supervised and working towards licensure. They must also be supervised by a California-licensed psychologist and primarily be earning supervised professional experience hours required for licensure by the Board of Psychology within an established timeframe of five years from the date of employment or from January 1, 2016, if already employed in an exempt setting. The exemption will be limited to a cumulative total of five years. The established timeframe in the Board of Psychology regulations now aligns with the exemption period that is also specified in the Welfare and Institutions Code section 5751.2(d).

In sum, AB 705 clarifies the requirement that individuals in an exempt setting (i.e., accredited/approved academic institutions, public schools, or governmental agencies) performing psychological activities as part of his/her duties for which they were hired, etc., must be properly supervised and working toward attaining their psychology license and be registered with the Board of Psychology within the established timeframe of five years from the date of employment or from January 1, 2016, if already employed in an exempt setting.