PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY CONCERNING FENTANYL AND FENTANYL-LACED SUBSTANCES

Board of Examiners of Psychology

Continuing Education

Failure to comply with continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action against the licensee or registrant. The disciplinary action will be reported on the Department of Health license verification web site.


Below are the amended rules on Continuing Education effective July 2014.  Please note the new cultural diversity requirement (see Rule (1)(f) below) and the requirements for Ethics have changed – Ethics must now be Type I or II (see Rule (1)(g) below.)

Hours required for Psychologists, Senior Psychological Examiners, and Psychological Examiners:

Certified Psychological Assistants are required to pursue continuing education activities as directed by the supervising psychologist, as provided in Rule 1180-4-.01 (4) (f).

1180-01-.08 CONTINUING EDUCATION.

(1)     Hours required for Psychologists, Senior Psychological Examiners, and Psychological Examiners:

         (a)     Certified Psychological Assistants are required to pursue continuing education activities as directed by the supervising psychologist, as provided in Rule 1180-4-.01 (4) (f).

         (b)     Psychologists, Senior Psychological Examiners, and Psychological Examiners are required to obtain forty (40) hours of continuing education (CE) credit every two (2) years.  This CE is to be acquired in the two (2) calendar years (January 1 - December 31) prior to the licensure renewal year.

         (c)     Nine (9) CE hours of the forty (40) hours required in subparagraph (b) must be received from a Type I CE program as provided by this rule.  All continuing education hours obtained via the internet must be from a Type I CE program.

        (d)     Nine (9) CE hours of the forty (40) hours required in subparagraph (b) must be received from Type I or Type II CE programs as provided by this rule.

        (e)     Twenty-two (22) CE hours of the forty (40) hours required in subparagraph (b) must be received from Type I, II, or III programs as provided by this rule.

        (f)      Three (3) CE hours shall pertain to cultural diversity as specifically noted in the title, description of objectives, or curriculum of the presentation, symposium, workshop, seminar, course or activity. Cultural diversity includes aspects of identity stemming from age, disability, gender, race/ethnicity, religious/spiritual orientation, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other cultural dimensions. The topic of the presentation, symposium, workshop, seminar, course or activity need not be on cultural diversity, but one of the objectives or descriptions of the topics covered, shall clearly indicate attention to cultural diversity. These hours shall be Type I or Type II.

         (g)     Three (3) CE hours of Type I or Type II shall pertain to:

                  1.      Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63, Chapter 11; and

                  2.      Official Compilation, Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee, Chapters 1180-01, 1180-02, 1180-03 and 1180-04; and

                  3.      The current version of the “Ethical Standards” which are part of the “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” published by the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.).

         (h)     Experiences unacceptable as continuing education include, but are not limited to, administrative activities, psychotherapy, personal growth or enrichment.

(2)     Type I continuing education

         (a)     Type I continuing education is offered by APA-approved providers of educational programs.

         (b)     Type I CE learning activities and related skills and knowledge are postdoctoral in nature.

         (c)     Type I CE includes formal learning objectives and evaluation of learning activities.

         (d)     Type I CE is primarily psychological in nature or is relevant to the science and practice of psychology.

         (e)     Type I CE offerings must have a pre-assigned number of CE credit hours and provide documentation indicating the course was APA-approved.

         (f)      Type I CE may be fulfilled via internet.  No more than twenty (20) hours shall be obtained from an internet source. 

(3)     Type II continuing education

          (a)     Type II CE is primarily psychological in nature or is relevant to the science and practice of psychology.

          (b)     Type II CE offerings must provide documentation of attendance and must have a pre-assigned number of CE credit hours under the auspices of any of the following:

                    1.      A regional psychological association

                    2.      A state psychological association

                    3.      Any recognized and relevant credentialing national, regional or state professional body

                    4.      An institution housing an APA-approved internship program.

                    5.      A nationally recognized accredited college or university with a health-related professional training program.

                    6.      Graduate courses in an APA-approved graduate psychology program. (To be assigned fifteen [15] Type II CE units per semester hour)

                    7.      Passing the ABPP exam.  (To be assigned twenty [20] hours of Type II CE credit)

(4)     Type III continuing education

          (a)     Type III CE consists of learning experiences that are less structured than Type I or Type II CE and provide information that is primarily psychological in nature or is relevant to the science and practice of psychology.

          (b)     Type III CE may consist of

                    1.      clinical peer consultation groups; or

                    2.      research presentations and convention workshops that incorporate multiple, brief presentations with many different learning objectives that are less amenable to a single evaluation; or

                   3.      clinical supervision provided to students, interns, and post-doctoral fellows in accredited programs on a basis that is voluntary, uncompensated, and external to that program.  A maximum of ten (10) CE hours per two (2) calendar years (January 1 - December 31) is allowed.

          (c)     Sources of Type III continuing education

                   1.      Meetings - Registration and attendance at meetings of recognized professional psychology organizations (local, state, regional, national or international).  Acceptable documentation will consist of a copy of the licensee’s registration receipt from the meeting.  One (1) clock hour equals one (1) CE hour.

                   2.      Teaching and presentations.

                             (i)      Psychology presentations at relevant professional meetings.  Acceptable documentation will consist of a copy of the program or agenda and the number of clock hours.  A maximum of three (3) CE hours per presentation is allowed.

                             (ii)     Preparation and delivery of guest lectures to academic or public groups.  Acceptable documentation will consist of a copy of a printed agenda, program or class syllabus.  A maximum of one (1) CE hour per lecture is allowed.

                            (iii)    Developing and teaching an academic psychology course in an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.  For the initial development of the course and its teaching, one semester length three (3) credit hour course equals twenty-two (22) CE hours; one quarter length three (3) credit hour course equals twenty-two (22) CE hours.  Acceptable documentation will consist of a letter from the department head or dean of the institution stating that the licensee taught the course for the first time and the number of credits, units or hours assigned for the course.

                  3.      Publications

                           (i)      Writing or editing a published book, or writing a book chapter or a refereed journal article shall be assigned twenty-two (22) hours of Type III CE credit. Acceptable documentation will consist of a personal log detailing the published materials.

                          (ii)     Developing for teaching purposes a videotape or interactive computer program shall be assigned twenty-two (22) hours of Type III CE credit. Acceptable documentation will consist of a personal log detailing the videotape or computer program.

                         (iii)    Being the principal editor of a journal or serving on the editorial board of a journal article shall be assigned twenty-two (22) hours of Type III CE credit. Acceptable documentation will consist of a personal log detailing the published materials.

                         (iv)    Serving as a reviewer of a journal article shall be assigned one (1) hour of Type III CE credit per manuscript.  Acceptable documentation will consist of a personal log detailing the published materials.

                 4.      Workshops, seminars or courses - Relevant non-accredited psychology workshops, seminars or courses shall be assigned a maximum of ten (10) hours of Type III CE credit per year.  Acceptable documentation will consist of certificates of attendance or registration receipts.

                 5.      Serving as a member of the Board shall be assigned a maximum of ten (10) hours of Type III CE credit per year.

                 6.      Serving as a member of an oral examining committee for the Board shall be assigned one (1) hour of Type III CE credit per exam.

(5)     Continuing education courses may be presented in the traditional lecture and classroom formats or, with successful completion of a written post experience examination to evaluate material retention, in Multi-Media formats.

          (a)      Multi-Media courses may include courses utilizing:

                    1.      The Internet

                    2.      Closed circuit television

                    3.      Satellite broadcasts

                    4.      Correspondence courses

                    5.      Videotapes

                    6.      CD-ROM

                    7.      DVD

                    8.      Teleconferencing

                    9.      Videoconferencing

                   10.    Distance learning

         (b)     Licensees with disabilities or other hardships severely restricting travel away from home may petition the Board in writing to request exceptions to the manner in which they accumulate CE credits.

(6)     Documentation.  Each licensee shall maintain documentation of CE hours for five (5) years and should prepare a summary report with documentation yearly.  Documentation of completed CE hours must be produced for inspection and verification if requested in writing by the Board.  The Board shall not maintain CE files.

(7)     Violations.

          (a)     Any licensee who falsely certifies attendance and completion of the required CE hours may be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-11-215.

          (b)     Any licensee who fails to obtain the required CE hours may be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-11-215.

A copy of the Rules and Regulations can be downloaded at: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/1180/1180.htm

You may also contact the Board's administrative office at 615-741-5735 or 800-778-4123 for further information.