Summary of New Supervision Requirements (BOP)
effective January 1, 2005
Supervised Professional Experience (SPE)
- Prior to the start of the SPE, the primary supervisor
and the trainee must sign a supervision agreement that identifies the
in which the trainee will be performing (i.e. intern, psychological
date of the SPE
completion date of the SPE
to be performed by the trainee
of each location at which the specified duties will be performed
and objectives of the plan for supervised professional experience
supervisor must maintain the agreement until the hours of SPE are completed.
Once completed, the primary supervisor must submit both the agreement and a
verification of the experience signed under penalty of perjury by the supervisor
directly to the board.
- Primary supervisors shall ensure that a plan is in place
to protect the patient/client in the event of a crisis or emergency occurs
while the supervisor is not present.
- Primary supervisors must ensure that each client or
patient is informed that:
trainee is unlicensed and is functioning under the direction and
supervision of the primary supervisor
primary supervisor has full access to the treatment records in order to
perform supervision responsibilities
fees paid for the services of the trainee must be paid directly to the
primary supervisor or employer
- Psychological assistants must be under the direction and
supervision of a licensed psychologist or board-certified psychiatrist who
is employed in the same setting in which the psychological assistant is
employed. No longer do the
primary supervisors have to be physically on-site at least 50% of the time the psychological assistant is providing psychological services.
psychologists who supervise psychological assistants no longer have to have
three years of post-licensure professional practice.
They must possess and maintain a valid, active license free of any
formal disciplinary action.
- (c) A registered psychological
assistant employed by one of the organizations specified in section 2913 of
the code may receive delegated supervision pursuant to section 1387(c) from
a qualified psychologist or a board certified psychiatrist other than the
supervisor to whom he/she is registered if the delegated supervisor is also
employed within the same organization. Otherwise, supervision may not be
delegated under a psychological assistant registration.
Other Changes and Notes
new category to “trainee” has been created: the “Mental Health
- Primary supervisors are not longer required to be
employed 50% of the time their trainees work.
- The 60-day grace period for supervision training is no
longer in effect. The primary
supervisor must complete training prior to beginning supervision.
- Delegated supervisors are no longer required training.
- Primary supervisors shall require trainees to review the
pamphlet “Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex.”
- A psychological assistant employed in an organization specified in section 2913may receive delegated supervision.