Click on the School Psychology Licensure Bill to read the full document. 

 

Scope of Practice Language in the Bill

Sample Activities

Training in Areas covered in Page 2, Lines 28 - 48

“The assessment, including psycho-educational, developmental, and vocational assessment, evaluation and interpretation of intelligence, cognitive processes, aptitudes, interest, academic achievement, adjustment, personality factors and motivations or any other attributes to individual students or groups of students that related to learning, education or adjustment needs”

  • Independent psycho-educational evaluations for suspicion of learning disabilities or emotional disturbances.
  • Preschool evaluations
  • Career planning and interest evaluations for college- ready students with disabilities.
  • Psychopathology and exceptionality in learning and behavior.
  • Assessment and appraisal of learners in home and school contexts.

“The development and implementation of educationally related psychotherapeutic and behavioral approaches to increase school adjustment and academic success, counseling and interpretive services to reduce education related problems including, but not limited to, verbal interaction, interviewing, behavior techniques, developmental and vocational intervention, environmental management and group processes”

  • Therapeutic interventions with students who have been bullied in school.
  • Working on organizations skills with students diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Social skills training with children diagnosed with ASD.
  • Prevention and treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders.

Consultation with representatives of schools, agencies and organizations, families or individuals, including psychoeducational, developmental and vocational assistance or direct educational services, related to learning problems and adjustments to those problems to the benefit of an individual student or group of students”

  • Working with a child’s teacher to help develop a home-school behavior plan to decrease problem behavior.
  • Consult with a middle school team re: socio-emotional needs of a child with depression.

  • Consultation and collaboration in family, school and community systems.
  • Effective instruction and development of cognitive and academic skills.

“The development of programming, including designing, implementing or evaluating educationally and psychologically sound learning environments and the facilitation of psychoeducational development of individuals families or groups.”

  • Parent training groups to help focus on a particular issue (ADHD, ASD).
  • Evaluate a particular home-school program designed for children with learning disabilities.
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Effective instruction and development of cognitive and academic skills.
  • School organization, curriculum, policy, and law


Requirements for Licensure

Description

Education

  • 60 graduate credits
  • Fulfill requirements for a master’s degree in school psychology
  • Specified coursework delineated in bill.

Experience

  • 2400 hours total post Master’s supervised experience relevant to the practice of School Psychology.
  • 1200 hours completed as part of a program in school psychology.
  • University supervision in School Psychology include a combination of university supervised hours taken for credit (6) as well as field supervisory hours.

Examination

  • Pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner’s regulations.

Age

  • At least 21 years of age.

Character

  • Must be of good moral character

Fees

  • Pay a fee to the department for initial license, as well as fees for triennial registration.

Grandfather Clause (Licensure w/out need for exam)

  • NCSP, met all other requirements except exam, or
  • met the educational requirements as defined in law and performed the duties of a school psychologist for two of the past five years, or
  • performed the duties of a school psychologist for at least five years prior to the effective date

What Types of Activities are Outside the Boundaries of Professional Competency for Licensed School Psychologists?

 

The prescription and administration of medications and drugs.

The use of invasive procedures as a treatment, therapy, or professional service

Surgery, lasers, ionizing radiation, therapeutic ultrasound, or electroconvulsive therapy

Treatment of serious mental illness

  • Will not provide mental health services for such illnesses on a continuous or sustained basis without a medical evaluation of the illness by, and consultation with, a physician regarding such illnesses.
  • Serious mental illness is defined as: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder, and OCD.

Engaging in dual Setting practice

Offering or providing private practice services to a student of a school or special educational program where the practitioner is currently employed or under contract with such school or program.

Hospital privileges

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