Board News

PSYPACT E.Passport fee waiver extended through January 31, 2021

The Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded ASPPB federal funding to help provide support for the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). As part of the 2020 funding, and in hopes of increasing access to mental health care services via telepsychology, the PSYPACT E.Passport application fee ($400) waiver is being extended through January 31, 2021.

For more information about PSYPACT or how to apply for authority to practice under the compact, please visit www.psypact.org.

Posted on December 4, 2020

Optional COVID-19 Licensure Modification Forms Now Available

In the event that you are unable to meet the traditional prerequisites for education, training, and/or supervised experience for obtaining a particular license under Chapter 501, due to COVID-19, you may be able to request a modification of the prerequisites under 22 TAC 463.14.

 At its November 19, 2020 regular meeting, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists approved usage of ASPPB’s COVID-19 resource tools. These tools can assist applicant’s with documenting their non-traditional prerequisites for licensure for: education, practicum, internship, and post-doctoral experience. You can access these Optional COVID-19 Licensure Modification Forms, on the Board’s website. Please note that these forms do not replace any existing forms required for licensure under Chapter 501.

Posted on November 24, 2020

ASPPB Accepting Applications – Item Review Panel for EPPP

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) is seeking psychologists to serve on an Item Review Panel for the Examination of Professional Practices in Psychology (EPPP). This group is charged with reviewing items that are identified as potentially performing differentially across demographic groups. Items flagged will be reviewed collectively by this panel for content that is biased or disadvantageous to particular groups.  Review ASPPB Item Review Panel notice for additional information. The deadline to apply is December 9, 2020.

Posted on November 18, 2020

TSBEP Town Hall Webinar Scheduled for October 28th

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists will hold a Town Hall Webinar to obtain feedback from stakeholders for the purpose of considering amendments to existing rules 463.30 and 463.31. 

The Town Hall Webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:00 AM – 1:00PM CST. Members of the public who would like to attend and participate in this Town Hall Webinar must register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o2-qH8FqQz2fbLfKAxZWYg.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

In lieu of participating in the Town Hall Webinar, you may provide written public comment by sending an email to rules@bhec.texas.gov.  When submitting public comment by email, please include “TSBEP EPPP Part 2 Rule Changes” in the subject line to ensure your comments are directed to the appropriate staff. Written public comments will be accepted through November 16, 2020.

The changes under consideration would require all applicants for licensure as a psychological associate or psychologist to take and pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) Part I and Part II, prior to the Council granting a license. The EPPP Part I is currently used by all jurisdictions and measures an applicant’s foundational knowledge of psychology. The EPPP Part II was developed to provide jurisdictions an assessment tool to measure an applicant’s competency skills.

A draft of the proposed rule changes is available for download by clicking here

Posted on October 2, 2020