201 KAR 26:200. Definitions of terms used by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists for meeting educational requirements for licensure as a licensed psychologist.


      RELATES TO: KRS 319.050

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 319.032, 319.050(2)(b)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 319.050(2)(b) requires that to obtain licensure, a psychologist shall have a doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited educational institution. This administrative regulation defines terms as they relate to licensed psychologists.


      Section 1. A doctoral degree in psychology acceptable to the board shall:

      (1) Be from a recognized institution of higher learning as defined in this administrative regulation;

      (2) Be clearly identified by the granting institution as a psychology program wherever the program may be administratively housed;

      (3) Be specified in pertinent institutional catalogs and brochures as intended to educate and train professional psychologists;

      (4) Require a dissertation for the degree as psychological in method and content and an expected product of doctoral training in psychology;

      (5) Stand as a recognizable, coherent, organized entity within the institution;

      (6) Require within the psychology faculty clear authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas whether or not the program cuts across administrative lines;

      (7) Be an integrated, organized sequence of study;

      (8) Require an identifiable psychology faculty and a psychologist responsible for the program;

      (9) Require an identifiable body of students who are matriculated in that program for a degree; and

      (10) Require in areas of training for psychologists who deliver or supervise psychological health services,, the program includes educational experiences with titles such as practicum, internship, or field training.


      Section 2. (1) In determining the acceptability of curricular experiences and course work, the following factors shall be considered:

      (a) The curriculum shall encompass a minimum of three (3) academic years of full-time graduate study.

      (b) A minimum of one (1) full academic year shall be spent in residence at the institution.

      (c) In addition to instruction in scientific and professional ethics and standards, research design and methodology, statistics and psychometrics, the core program shall require each student to demonstrate competence in each of the following content areas. This shall be met by including a minimum of three (3) or more graduate semester hours (five (5) or more graduate quarter hours) in each of these four (4) areas:

      1. Biological bases of behavior, including the subject matters of physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, and psychopharmacology;

      2. Cognitive-affective bases of behavior, including the subject matters of learning, thinking, motivation, and emotion;

      3. Social bases of behavior, including the subject matters of social psychology, group process and organizational psychology and systems;

      4. Individual differences, including the subject matters of personality theory, human development, and abnormal psychology.

      (d) In addition to the core program, the curriculum shall include appropriate coursework in accordance with Section 2(1) of this administrative regulation in the specialty area of training. For candidates who seek to deliver or supervise psychological health services, that training shall include specific training in diagnosis, psychological testing, and assessment of individual differences and the design and implementation of appropriate intervention techniques, such as psychotherapy, counseling, and consultation.

      (2) At the discretion of the board, any deficiency in course work or other requirements may be corrected by appropriate remedial work.


      Section 3. A regionally accredited educational institution means accreditation by any one (1) of the following: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, North Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


      Section 4. Accreditation means accreditation by one (1) of the aforementioned associations at Level 4 (doctoral degree granting accreditation) or at Level 5 (graduate or professional degree granting accreditation). (8 Ky.R. 33; eff. 8-5-81; Am. 11 Ky.R. 1447; eff. 5-14-85; 13 Ky.R. 239; eff. 9-4-86; 14 Ky.R. 30; eff. 9-10-87; 15 Ky.R. 1682; eff. 3-10-89; 28 Ky.R. 1478; 1815; eff. 2-7-2002; 37 Ky.R. 1532; 1984; eff. 3-4-2011.)