201 KAR 26:210. Definitions of terms used by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists for meeting educational requirements for licensure as a licensed psychological associate.


      RELATES TO: KRS 319.064


      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: Certain terms are used in the statute regulating educational requirements for applicants for a credential. This administrative regulation defines those terms as they relate to licensed psychological associates.


      Section 1. Educational Requirements. (1) A master's degree from a recognized institution of higher learning in this administrative regulation;

      (2) The program, wherever it may be administratively housed, is clearly identified by the granting institution as a psychology program. The program shall specify in pertinent institutional catalogs and brochures its intent to educate and train professional psychologists;

      (3) Any thesis required for the degree is psychological in method and content and an expected product of master's training in psychology;

      (4) The program stands as a recognizable, coherent, organized entity within the institution;

      (5) Within the psychology faculty there is clear authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas whether or not the program cuts across administrative lines;

      (6) The program is an integrated, organized sequence of study;

      (7) There is an identifiable psychology faculty and a psychologist responsible for the program;

      (8) The program has an identifiable body of students who are matriculated in that program for a degree; and

      (9) The program includes educational experiences with titles such as practicum, internship or field training. This accumulated experience must be supervised by a doctoral-level psychologist and shall equal 600 hours.


      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 forty-five (45) semester hours of graduate study.

      (b) 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 typically will 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, psychopharmacology.

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

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

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

      (c) In addition to the core program, the curriculum shall include appropriate course work as determined by the board in the specialty area of training including specific training in diagnosis and assessment of individual/ organizational differences and the design and implementation of appropriate intervention technique, e.g. psychotherapy, counseling, consultation, etc.

      (2) The applicant shall provide any documentation required by the board in the manner and form prescribed by the board to confirm compliance with or satisfaction of the requirements of this law.

      (3) 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 3 (master's degree granting accreditation). (14 Ky.R. 313; eff. 9-10-87; Am. 15 Ky.R. 1683; eff. 3-10-89; 28 Ky.R. 1479; 1816; eff. 2-7-2002.)