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Notice of May 14, 2020 Meeting of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists has scheduled a meeting for May 14, 2020 at 10am.

You may download the agenda and public meeting materials by clicking here.

You may also watch the meeting online by clicking here.

Posted on May 7, 2020


Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council Rules Now Available for Comment

The rules proposed by the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council at its March 2nd meeting have been published in the April 24th edition of the Texas Register and are now open for comment.

The rules have been posted to the Texas Register's website and may be accessed by clicking on one of the links below.

HTML version:

http://www.sos.texas.gov/texreg/archive/April242020/index.html

PDF version: 

http://www.sos.texas.gov/texreg/pdf/backview/0424/index.shtml

Posted on April 24, 2020


Governor Abbott Suspends Certain Requirements for Temporary Licensure

In response to the Board's request , Governor Abbott has suspended Board rule 463.27(a)(1)-(2), (5)-(6), (b)-(f), and (h)-(j) providing clear direction for the Board to issue emergency limited temporary licenses pursuant to Board rule 463.28, to assist with the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

Posted on April 21, 2020


Mandatory Human Trafficking Prevention Training Now Available

H.B. 2059 was adopted by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott following the 86th Legislature.  This bill, which added Chapter 116 to the Occupations Code, contains a provision that will directly impact licensees.  Pursuant to Section 5 of the bill, the Board is required to notify its licensees of the mandatory training that each licensee must undergo in human trafficking prevention as a condition of license renewal.  The requirement for this training will not begin until September 1, 2020, but the training is now available for those who would like to complete it ahead of their license renewal date.

You may access the SOAR to Health and Wellness course that has been certified as meeting the requirements for human trafficking prevention training by clicking here.  There you may sign-up for this free training course.  As additional courses are developed or approved by HHSC, licensees may elect to take one of those courses in lieu of SOAR to Health and Wellness, if they prefer.

The SOAR framework is a trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically appropriate response to human trafficking. It provides a quick mental reference for professionals to keep in mind the best way to help individuals who are at risk or have experienced trafficking.  Licensees who complete the SOAR to Health and Wellness course are entitled to 1 hour of professional development credit.

Step-by-step instructions on how to register for the SOAR training can be downloaded by clicking here.

Posted on April 20, 2020, revised on May 4, 2020


Governor Abbott Suspends Limit on Amount of Remote Supervision Allowed Under Board Rules

In response to the Board's request , Governor Abbott has suspended Board rule 465.2(a)(7)(C) to ensure that supervisors and supervisees can continue delivering psychological services to the citizens of Texas without limitation on the amount of supervision that can occur through remote or electronic means.

In an effort to ensure that supervisees receive the supervision they need to become highly qualified and competent practitioners of psychology, and recognizing the difficulties that the COVID-19 outbreak plays in delivering in-person superivision, the Board will recognize supervised experience acquired through remote or electronic means, for all purposes, during the pendency of this suspension.  Stated another way, any face-to-face or in-person supervision requirements may be accomplished via remote or electronic means during the pendency of the suspension.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

Posted on April 6, 2020


Key Role Supervised Experience Plays in Responding to Current Crisis and Future Needs

During these difficult times it is important to remember the critical role that training and education play in ensuring the future licensure of highly qualified and competent practitioners of psychology.  Now more so than ever, we are seeing the importance of supervised experience such as practicum, internship, and post-doctoral fellowship, and the critical role they play in the delivery of services to those in need, as well as the development and maturation of future providers.

In an effort to further reinforce this important role of supervised training and experience, the Board would like to remind licensees that supervisors and supervisees alike may deliver telehealth services if appropriate for a particular patient or situation.  See TSBEP Response to COVID-19 below.  Given the flexibility that telehealth services provide, supervisees should be able to continue acquiring the supervised experience needed for licensure and help deliver services to those in need.

While the Board is closely monitoring issues arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak that may impact its licensees and prospective applicants, the flexible approach provided by telehealth services and the Board’s existing rules negate the need for any suspension or waiver of licensing criteria at this time.  Current licensees, post-doc fellows, psychology interns, and students, with the support of their training programs, are encouraged to use or expand their use of telehealth services to ensure their fellow citizens receive the psychological services needed, as well as ensure future providers receive the training and experience necessary to become qualified and competent practitioners.

Posted on April 2, 2020


Changes Coming to License Renewal Process

In preparation for TSBEP’s transition into the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council and in an effort to streamline the renewal process, effective March 23, 2020, licensees will no longer be required to provide professional development course information (e.g., course provider or title, number of hours) or the names of supervisors or supervisees when renewing a license.

Licensees will however, still be required to affirm they have completed the requisite professional development hours needed for renewal and complied with the reporting requirements of Board rule 469.11. Moreover, licensees selected for audit must still provide proof (i.e., upload documentation) of the requisite professional development as part of the renewal process.

Additionally, licensees will still be required to provide or update a standardized set of information about their training and practices prior to renewal, and all psychologists must continue updating their online profile information when renewing their license.

Posted on March 20, 2020


Special Precautionary Measures Implemented due to COVID-19

Based upon the latest guidelines from government agencies and health officials regarding the COVID-19 virus, and in keeping with our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and the general public, effective March 23, 2020 and until further notice, the following preventative measures will be taken by the Board and its staff.

No visitors will be allowed in the Board's office and agency staff will begin rotating between working from home and in the office.  Additionally, in an effort to manage continuity of operations under this rotating schedule, all telephone calls will be directed to voicemail.  When leaving a voice message, you must provide your name, phone number and email address, so that staff can respond to your call.  Failure to include this information may hinder the agency's ability to respond in a timely manner.

Callers are strongly encouraged to email staff with any questions they may have, in lieu of leaving a voicemail.  Questions submitted by email must contain the name and phone number for the individual.  Failure to include this information may hinder the agency's ability to respond in a timely manner.  Staff email addresses are available via the staff directory.

If you need to verify a license, you may send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the licensee's name, license number, license issue date, and license expiration date, and agency staff will respond by email indicating whether the information provided is correct.  Agency staff cannot provide you with the issue or expiration dates via telephone or email.  If you do not have the foregoing information or the information you have is incorrect, you will need to submit a request for written verification.  You may download the appropriate form from the Miscellaneous section of the Forms webpage..

If you need to verify whether any disciplinary action has been taken against a licensee, you will need to conduct a public search via the Board's online licensing system.  All disciplinary actions taken against licensees are available through this system.  The public search function can be accessed by clicking here and then clicking on the "Public Search" link.

Posted on March 19, 2020


Interjurisdictional Practice and COVID-19

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has published a webpage with information about those jurisdictions allowing temporary pracitice, both in-person and via remote means, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  ASPPB's webpage, along with other information regarding continuity of care across jurisdictional lines can be accessed by clicking here.

Posted on March 19, 2020


TSBEP Response to COVID-19

The Governor has created a process to request temporary waiver of rules and statutes related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.  To this end, the Board has requested suspension of portions of its temporary license rule and is in the process of assessing whether additional waivers or rule changes will be beneficial in assisting with the coordinated efforts to combat COVID-19.  By way of example, a discussion topic regarding internship requirements for psychologist and LSSP applicants impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak has been placed on the agenda for the May meeting.  As waivers are granted and time permits, this site will be updated with that information and email updates will be sent out.

The Board would also take this opportunity to remind licensees that they may practice teletherapy without any special certification, training, or notice to the board, as long as they adhere to the same practice standards applicable to traditional or in-person settings.  Simply put, the Board does not have any additional or special restrictions or requirements on a licensee wishing to provide teletherapy services.  The Board has published a set of guidelines for the practice of telepsychology that we encourage our licensees to read and follow, but these guidelines are not rules. 

With that being said, there are two points of caution that licensees should be keenly aware of when practicing teletherapy: 

  • Make sure you are familiar with the technology being used.
  • Make sure the patient or client understands the limitations of teletherapy as part of the informed consent process.

Generally, licensees would also be required to use a HIPAA compliant method when providing teletherapy services under normal circumstances.  However, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that it will not be enforcing HIPAA rules for telehealth communications against providers who in good faith, use non-HIPAA compliant non-public facing remote communication apps or services to deliver services to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.  See OCR Notification of Enforcement Discretion for a more detailed explanation about the exercise of discretion by OCR.

In short, licensees who are comfortable with these basic steps are free to provide teletherapy services in Texas so long as they think it appropriate for a particular patient or situation.

If you are interested in learning more about how to safely and ethically provide teletherapy services, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists has published a video on its website entitled A Practical Guide to Providing Telepsychology with Minimal Risk.

Lastly, while agency staff are currently experiencing high email and call volume, we will endeavor to respond to any questions or concerns about teletherapy as quickly as possible.  The Board simply asks for your patience in this regard.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about the state's coordinated response efforts to COVID-19, you may access the latest information through the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) coronavirus webpage.

Thank you for your dedication to the citizens of Texas.

Posted on March 17, 2020, revised March 18, 2020


2020 TSBEP Customer Service Survey

In accordance with Chapter 2114 of the Government Code, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists is conducting its biennial customer service survey.  The Board strives to provide licensing, enforcement, and other regulatory services to the public in an honest, fair, thorough, cost-efficient, and timely manner. In order to assist the Board with improving its services, please take a moment and respond to this brief survey.

If you would like to participate in this survey, please click here.

Survey responses must be received on or before March 13, 2020 at 5pm. Responses or comments sent or received outside of the survey or after the deadline may not be considered.

Posted on February 27, 2020


Notice of March 2, 2020 Meeting of Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council has scheduled a meeting for March 2, 2020 at 9am. The meeting will be held at the Twin Towers Office Center, 1106 Clayton Lane, 1st Floor Public Meeting Room, East Tower, Room #125E, Austin, Texas 78723.

You may view the meeting agenda by clicking here.

You may download the public meeting materials by clicking here.

You may also watch the meeting online by clicking here.

If you are planning to attend this meeting and need auxiliary aids, services or materials in an alternate format contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at least 5 working days before the meeting date. Phone: (512) 463-6599, FAX: (512) 475-2874, E-MAIL: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , TDD/RELAY TEXAS: 1-800-relay-VV (for voice), 1-800-relay-TX (for TDD).

Posted on February 24, 2020


Future Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council Meeting Dates

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council has approved meeting dates through the end of the current biennium.  Those meetings dates are:

  • February 4, 2020
  • March 2, 2020
  • June 16, 2020
  • August 28, 2020
  • October 27, 2020
  • January 12, 2021
  • May 4, 2021
  • August 24, 2021

With the exception of the February 4, 2020 meeting, all meetings will begin at 9am.  The February 4th meeting is scheduled to begin at 11am.  The meeting dates and agendas can be accessed through TSBEP's Important Dates webpage.

Posted on January 21, 2020


Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council Strategic Plan Survey

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, of which TSBEP is a member, has begun the process of strategic planning for fiscal years 2021-2025.  As part of the planning process, the Council would like to ask for your input regarding trends, conditions, opportunities, and obstacles that influence the Council as an agency as well as the practices of psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, and social work. 

If you would like to participate in this survey, please click here.

Survey responses must be received on or before February 28, 2020 at 5pm. Responses or comments sent or received outside of the survey or after the deadline may not be considered.

Posted on January 16, 2020


Mandatory Human Trafficking Prevention Training Coming Soon

H.B. 2059 was adopted by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott following the 86th Legislature.  This bill, which added Chapter 116 to the Occupations Code, contains a provision that will directly impact licensees.  Pursuant to Section 5 of the bill, the Board is required to notify its licensees of the mandatory training that each licensee must undergo in human trafficking prevention as a condition of license renewal.  The requirement for this training will begin on or after September 1, 2020.  The training has not yet been developed, but the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has been tasked with developing the training and the Board’s Executive Director is assisting with the development of this training.  The Board will notify its licensees once this training becomes available.

Posted on November 15, 2019


Authority to Disclose Confidential Information Under Ch. 611 of the Health and Safety Code

On September 12, 2019, Governor Abbott released his Texas Safety Action Report following three weeks of meetings with nearly 50 experts including community leaders, law enforcement officials, federal officials, business representatives, faith leaders, tech experts, counselors, advocates, lawmakers, and victims.  The purpose of the meetings was to generate ideas for the legislature and state agencies to consider that may help prevent mass shootings and other similar types of events.

As part of his report, Governor Abbott tasked this agency, along with the Texas Medical Board and the Health and Human Services Commission, with reminding the mental and behavioral health providers in this state about their ability to comply with Section 611.004(a)(2) of the Health and Safety Code.  More specifically, Section 611.004(a)(2) says:

A professional may disclose confidential information…to medical or law enforcement personnel if the professional determines that there is a probability of imminent physical injury by the patient to the patient or others or there is a probability of immediate mental or emotional injury to the patient…

The Board would like to remind its licensees of their ability to release confidential patient information to medical and law enforcement personnel under those circumstances outlined in Section 611.004.

Posted on October 10, 2019


Board Adopts Biennial Renewal Schedule for all Licenses 

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists adopted a change to Board rule 471.1 at its August 15th meeting whereby effective November 2019 the renewal period for licenses will change from one year to two years, i.e. biennial renewal.  This rule change also mandates that all licenses must be renewed via the Board’s online licensing system; paper renewal forms will no longer be accepted.  For more information on how to access the Board’s online licensing system, please read the article entitled “Instructions for Changing Your Mailing or Email Address in the Online System” found in the Board’s February 2019 newsletter.

To facilitate the transition to biennial renewal, the Board will, over the course of one year, randomly select one-half of the licensees renewing each month, and require those licensees to renew their license(s) for two years.  Licensees selected for biennial renewal will note an increase in the amount of their renewal fee(s), per newly amended Board rule 473.3.  However, the number of professional development hours required for the initial biennial renewal will remain at 20 hours but will increase to 40 hours for all renewals thereafter.

Those licensees not selected for biennial renewal during this first year will be required to begin renewing their license(s) on a biennial basis at their next renewal date.  Again though, the number of professional development hours required for the initial biennial renewal will remain at 20 hours but will increase to 40 hours for all renewals thereafter.

Posted on August 16, 2019


Changes to the Public Availability of Licensee Addresses

Following passage of H.B. 1501, the Sunset bill for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Board has made changes to its online licensing system whereby the licensee’s main address, i.e. the current address of record to which all agency correspondence is sent, will be displayed in-part only. More specifically, the agency has removed the street address from public display in results returned from the online licensee search function. Search returns will continue to display the city, state, county and zip code associated with the main address supplied by licensees. As a result, licensees may now utilize their home address as the main address for all agency correspondence if they so choose, without fear of their street address being publicly displayed.

Additionally, licensees will now have the option of entering a business address into the online licensing system. This business address will be publicly available and displayed, without redaction, in search results returned from the online licensing system. This will ensure those licensees using their home address as the main address for agency correspondence have the option of displaying a publicly available address where members of the public may contact them. 

The decision of whether to utilize a home address as the main address, as well as the decision of whether to enter a business address in the Board’s online licensing system is left to each individual licensee. While licensees are not required to enter a business address into the online licensing system, they are encouraged to do so as a point of convenience for the public.

Licensees wishing to display a business address can do so by logging into the Board’s online licensing system and executing a change of address in the system. Simply go to the “Add Another Contact” section and select the business address to enter that address. Both addresses will then be displayed on the public search feature found on our website, but the main address will only display city, state, county and zip code.

It should be noted that the address entered by a licensee as his or her main address, including a home address, will continue to be publicly available via the Public Information Act.

Posted on June 3, 2019