SB 8: "An Act relating to the practice and licensing of psychologists."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 8 01 "An Act relating to the practice and licensing of psychologists." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 08.86.162 is amended to read: 04 Sec. 08.86.162. Qualifications for associates' examination. A person is 05 entitled to take a psychological associate examination if the board finds that the person 06 [:] 07 (1) has not engaged in dishonorable conduct related to the practice of 08 counseling or psychometry; 09 (2) holds a master's degree with primary emphasis on psychology from 10 an academic institution whose program of graduate study for a master's degree in 11 psychology meets the criteria established by the board by regulation, with the 12 equivalent of at least 48 semester credit hours of graduate course work directly related 13 to a specialized area of psychology in which licensure is requested, including a 14 practicum; and 15 (3) [REPEALED

01 (4)] has the recommendation of an immediate supervisor if a licensed 02 psychologist, or two licensed psychologists who hold doctoral degrees [; AND 03 (5) HAS NOT WITHIN THE PRECEDING SIX MONTHS FAILED 04 AN EXAMINATION GIVEN BY THE BOARD]. 05 * Sec. 2. AS 08.86.180(b) is amended to read: 06 (b) This section does not apply to 07 (1) a person employed as a school psychologist [BY A 08 GOVERNMENTAL UNIT, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OR PRIVATE 09 AGENCY WHO MAY BE REQUIRED TO ENGAGE IN SOME PHASE OF WORK 10 OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL NATURE IN THE COURSE OF THE PERSON'S 11 EMPLOYMENT], if the school district [EMPLOYER] maintains appropriate 12 supervision of psychological activities and professional conduct, and if the person is 13 performing the psychological activities as part of the duties for which the person was 14 employed, is performing the activities solely within the facilities of the school district 15 [ORGANIZATION] in which the person is employed or under the supervision of the 16 school district [ORGANIZATION IN WHICH THE PERSON IS EMPLOYED], and 17 does not render or offer to render psychological services to the public for 18 compensation in addition to the salary the person receives from the school district 19 [ORGANIZATION]; 20 (2) an officer or employee of the United States government 21 practicing psychology while in the discharge of the officer's or employee's official 22 duties; 23 (3) a student, intern, or resident in psychology pursuing a course of 24 study approved by the board as qualifying training and experience for a psychologist, 25 if that person's activities constitute a part of that person's supervised course of study 26 and that person is designated by titles such as "psychology intern" or "psychology 27 trainee"; 28 (4) [(3)] a qualified member of another profession, in doing work of a 29 psychological nature consistent with that person's training and consistent with the code 30 of ethics of that person's profession, if the person does not hold out to the public by a 31 title or description of services incorporating the words "psychology," "psychological,"

01 "psychologist," "psychometry," "psychotherapy," "psychotherapeutic," 02 "psychotherapist," "psychoanalysis," or "psychoanalyst" or represent to be trained, 03 experienced, or qualified to render services in the field of psychology; or [.] 04 (4) [REPEALED 05 (5)] a physician engaged in the normal practice of medicine for which 06 the physician is licensed under AS 08.64. 07 * Sec. 3. AS 08.86.230(6) is amended to read: 08 (6) "to practice psychology" means to render or offer to render [FOR A 09 FEE] to individuals, groups, organizations, or the public for the diagnosis, prevention, 10 treatment, or amelioration of psychological problems and emotional and mental 11 disorders of individuals or groups or for conducting research on human behavior, a 12 psychological service involving the application of psychological principles, methods, 13 and procedures of understanding, predicting, and influencing behavior, including 14 (A) the principles pertaining to learning, perception, 15 motivation, emotions, and interpersonal relationships; 16 (B) the methods and procedures of interviewing, counseling, 17 psychotherapy, biofeedback, behavior modification, and hypnosis; 18 (C) constructing, administering, and interpreting tests of mental 19 abilities, aptitudes, interests, attitudes, personality characteristics, emotions, 20 and motivations.