Who Files Application and When
The supervising Psychologist completes and submits the Application for Psychologist Assistant Registration on behalf of the Psychological Assistant applicant whom he/she is supervising. The supervising Psychologist must have practiced as a licensed psychologist for two years in Delaware or another jurisdiction. The Psychological Assistant
- must be in the process of obtaining post-doctoral hours under the supervising Psychologist’s supervision, and
- will be applying for a Psychologist license after completing the post-doctoral hours.
When a Psychological Assistant provides services under the direction of more than one Psychologist, ALL of the psychologists who are directly supervising the clinical work must apply to register the Psychological Assistant.
Supervising Psychologist Responsibilities
The supervising Psychologist must assume full professional, legal, and ethical responsibility for the services provided by the registered Psychological Assistant. As part of this application, the supervising Psychologist is required to provide:
- detailed and current, written job description delineating the range and type of duties, educational practicum and clinical experience to be assigned to the Psychological Assistant
- limits of the Psychological Assistant’s independent action, emergency procedures for contacting the supervising Psychologist, and the amount and type of supervision the supervising Psychologist will provide
- clear contingency plan for consultation when the licensed Psychologist is not in the office.
Requirements for All Applicants
- Submit a completed, signed and notarized Application for Psychological Assistant Registration . Both the supervising Psychologist and Psychological Assistant applicant must sign the application in the appropriate places.
- Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to the "State of Delaware."
- Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript, sent directly from the college/university to the Board office, showing that the Psychological Assistant applicant has a doctoral degree from a psychological studies program specifically designed to train and prepare psychologists. A doctoral degree from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) meets this requirement.
- If the program is neither APA-accredited nor PCSAS-accredited, arrange for the Board office to receive the following to assist the Board in evaluating the program:
- Course descriptions (such as the course catalog)
- Evaluation of Coursework form completed by the Psychologist Assistant applicant
This documentation is required in addition to the official transcript. It must show that your program meets the criteria in Sections 18.104.22.168.1 - 22.214.171.124.10.4 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations .
- Arrange for the Board office to receive a letter on school or business letterhead stating that the Psychological Assistant applicant has completed, as part of the applicant's program of studies, an internship, externship or clinical practicum of 450 hours and that the internship, externship or clinical practicum was supervised by a licensed psychologist or by a faculty member in a nationally accredited doctoral level clinical training program in Delaware.
- The school or business must send the letter directly to the Board office.
- Section 9.3 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations explains this requirement.
- Enclose a job description that is specific to the Psychological Assistant applicant. The job description will remain on file with the Board and must include all of the following:
- Define the specific role that the applicant will play in the supervising Psychologist’s practice.
- Describe the range and type of duties assigned to the applicant, as well as the limits of independent action and decision-making.
- Describe the strategy for and format of supervision, including the ratio of clinical hours to supervisory hours.
- Set forth a detailed emergency and contingency plan that describes the assistant’s plan of action in time of clinical crisis and includes prearranged emergency consultations and mechanism for obtaining these consultations.
- Include a backup plan for the anticipated or unanticipated unavailability of the licensed Psychologist, who remains clinically and legally accountable for the actions of the assistants, and should arrange for competent and continuous clinical coverage.
- If the Psychological Assistant applicant has never been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement.
Reporting Changes in Supervising Psychologist
A change in a Psychological Assistant’s supervising Psychologist must be reported by the Psychological Assistant and both the new and releasing supervisors, as follows:
- The Psychological Assistant and the proposed new supervisor must complete and submit the Psychological Assistant Report of New Supervisor form.
- The Psychological Assistant and the releasing supervisor must complete the Psychological Assistant Report of Releasing Supervisor form.