HOUSE BILL NO. 266
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24, CHAPTER 35 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN PSYCHOLOGY.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend §3511, Title 24 of the Delaware Code, by striking the section in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
“§ 3511. Reciprocity.
(a) Where an applicant is already licensed or certified as a doctoral-level psychologist in another jurisdiction and has practiced continually for 2 years in that jurisdiction, the Board shall require:
A certificate or other evidence that the applicant is currently licensed or certified.
Evidence that the psychologist has practiced continually for 2 years.
Evidence that the psychologist has achieved the passing score set by the Board on the written standardized Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) or its successor as approved by the Board.
Evidence that the candidate has received a doctoral degree from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program or a doctoral degree based on a program of studies which is psychological in content and specifically designed to train and prepare psychologists and which complies with the Board’s rules and regulations. Graduates of foreign programs will be required to have their credentials evaluated by a credential evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to determine equivalency to the accreditation requirements of 24 Del. C. § 3508.
(b) Upon receipt of an application from an applicant who has been or who currently is licensed, certified or registered as a psychologist, or is registered as a psychological assistant, in another jurisdiction, the Board shall contact the licensing authority, or comparable agency, in such other jurisdiction(s) and request a certified statement to determine whether or not there are disciplinary proceedings or unresolved complaints pending against the applicant or whether the applicant has engaged in any of the acts or offenses that would be grounds for disciplinary action under this chapter. In the event that a disciplinary proceeding or unresolved complaint is pending, the applicant shall not be licensed until the proceeding or complaint has been resolved. Applicants for licensure under this section shall be deemed to have given consent to the release of such information and to waive all objections to the admissibility of such evidence.
(c) In lieu of the documentation required by subsections (a) and (b) above, the applicant may submit a certificate of professional qualification in psychology from a credential bank approved by the Board. The Board shall identify acceptable credentialing organizations in its rules and regulations. In addition, the Board may require the applicant to submit such supplemental information as it deems necessary to assure that the applicant meets the qualifications for licensure.”
Section 2. This Bill shall become effective upon its enactment into law.
Approved June 30, 2006