2010 Tennessee Code
Title 63 - Professions Of The Healing Arts
Chapter 11 - Psychologists
Part 2 - General Provisions
63-11-202 - Practice of psychological examiner Senior psychological examiners.

63-11-202. Practice of psychological examiner Senior psychological examiners.

(a)  A person practices as a “psychological examiner” within the meaning of this chapter when the person claims to be a psychological examiner and/or renders to individuals or to the public health-related clinical activities or services involving the application of recognized principles, methods and procedures of the science and profession of psychology, such as interviewing or administering and interpreting tests of mental abilities, aptitudes, interests and personality characteristics, for such purposes as psychological evaluation or for educational or vocational selection, guidance or placement. The psychological examiner shall practice the following health-related clinical activities or services only under qualified supervision: overall personality appraisal or classification, personality counseling, psychotherapy, behavior analysis or personality readjustment techniques.

(b)  Nothing in this section shall be construed as expanding or restricting the scope of practice for a psychological examiner.

(c)  Those psychological examiners rendering health-related clinical activities or services who have been duly licensed prior to July 1, 1991, who make written request to the board, shall be senior psychological examiners. Those duly licensed psychological examiners rendering health-related clinical activities or services licensed after July 1, 1991, will qualify for senior psychological examiner licensure upon completion of at least five (5) years of applied experience from the date their temporary permit was first issued by the board, and upon completion of two hundred (200) hours of post-licensure continuing education units (distributed by categories according to the November 1997 rules and regulations governing continuing education units). A person practices as a senior psychological examiner within the meaning of this chapter when the person claims to be a senior psychological examiner and/or renders to individuals or to the public for remuneration any service involving the application of recognized principles, methods, and procedures of the science and profession of psychology. A senior psychological examiner, while possessing a different scope of practice than a psychologist, shall be considered a health service provider and thereby able to engage in these designated areas of health-related psychological practice without supervision: interviewing or administering and interpreting tests of mental abilities, aptitudes, interests and personality characteristics for such purposes as psychological evaluation or for educational or vocational selection guidance or placement; overall personality appraisal or classification, psychological testing, projective testing, evaluations for disability or vocational purposes; diagnosis of nervous and mental disorders, personality counseling, psychotherapy, behavior analysis or personality readjustment techniques.

[Acts 1953, ch. 169, § 2 (Williams, § 7082.2); T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 63-1106; Acts 1999, ch. 500, §§ 1, 2; 2001, ch. 123, § 5; 2003, ch. 21, §§ 1, 2.]  

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