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Professional Regulation

Psychological Assistant Registration



When to Apply 

Submit a Psychological Assistant application if you:

  • are in the process of obtaining post-doctoral hours under the supervising Psychologist’s supervision, and
  • will apply for a Psychologist license after completing the post-doctoral hours


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


PRIOR TO APPLYING

In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.


KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.


ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS

On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:

  • either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
  • click “acknowledge” . This means you will either have to mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state.
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.

The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • A State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit both the form and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • An official transcript, sent directly from the college/university to the Board office, showing that you have a doctoral degree from a psychological studies program specifically designed to train and prepare psychologists, such as the American Psychological Association (APA) or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS).
  • An Evaluation of Coursework form AND course descriptions (such as the course catalog) if the program you attended is not APA-accredited or PCSAS-accredited.

This documentation is required in addition to the official transcript. It must show that your program meets the criteria in Sections 6.1.1.2.1 – 6.1.1.2.10.4 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

  • If you have already passed the EPPP and do not hold a Diploma of American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology, have your score report sent directly from the ASPPB to the Board office. To obtain a score report, see www.asppb.net.
  • If you have not passed the EPPP, submit an official letter from the college/university showing the date your doctoral degree was conferred. This letter must be signed by the program director and sent directly to the Board office. The Board will review your application for approval to test.

A Psychological Assistant Report of Initial or New Supervisor  form completed and signed by your chosen Supervising Psychologist. THIS FORM MUST CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING:

  • A detailed job description of your specific duties and role as a Psychological Assistant must accompany the Supervisory form above. The job description must be agreed upon and signed by you and your Supervising Psychologist and must include all of the following components:
    • Define the specific role that you will perform in the supervising Psychologist’s practice.
    • Describe the range and type of duties that are assigned to you, as well as the limitations 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 plan of action for the Psychologist Assistant role in time of clinical crisis and includes prearranged emergency consultations and mechanism for obtaining these consultations.
    • A backup plan for the anticipated or unanticipated unavailability of the licensed Psychologist, who remains clinically and legally accountable for the actions of the Psychological assistants, and should arrange for competent and continuous clinical coverage.

For additional information on the job description and supervision, see Sections 7 & 9 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.


Requirements of the Supervising Psychologist

The proposed initial or new supervising Psychologist must:

  • have practiced as a licensed psychologist in Delaware or another jurisdiction for two years
  • hold a current, active Delaware Psychologist license
  • be willing to assume full professional, legal, and ethical responsibility for the services provided by the registered Psychological Assistant.
  • develop and maintain a current, written job description detailing the range and type of duties, educational practicum and clinical experience to be assigned to the Psychological Assistant, limits of independent action, emergency procedures for contacting the supervising psychologist, and the amount and type of supervision to be provided.

The job description must be signed by both parties. The Board will then review credentials, job description and supervisory arrangements, and if the arrangements are acceptable, the Board office will inform the both parties that the psychological assistant has been approved and may begin work. No psychological assistant shall begin work until the Board has approved the application.

For additional information on the job description and supervision, see Sections 7 & 9 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.


Reporting Changes in Supervising Psychologist

It is required to report supervisory affiliation (business relationship) changes to the Board as soon as possible.  There are two forms that Supervising Psychologists use for reporting changes. The forms must be completed and signed by submitted by the Supervising Psychologist and submitted by the Psychological Assistant in DELPROS online portal.  Changes can be reported at any time, however, how the forms are submitted in the online portal may be different depending on what is being changed and when it is being changed during the renewal cycle. One form is:

  • The Psychological Assistant Report of Initial or New Supervisor  form is required whenever a “new” affiliation (business relationship) occurs between a Psychological Assistant and a Supervising Psychologist. This includes initial requests (new applications) and/or when a Psychological Assistant acquires a new or additional Supervisor at any other time. Submit this form when:
    • The Psychological Assistant’s initial application for licensure – This form and the detailed job description must be completed and signed by the Supervising Psychologist and promptly given to the Psychological Assistant applicant because it is a required submission for his/her initial online application.
    • A new affiliation change occurs during the Psychology renewal period (May 1 – September 30 of odd years) – During the online renewal, the Psychological Assistant is asked to verify if the supervisor listed in the renewal application is correct.  If the supervisor is not correct, the Psychological Assistant must upload this signed form. The renewal application will be “on hold” and will be considered complete when the Board has approved the “new” supervisor.
    • A new affiliation change occurs any other time outside of the Psychology renewal period (May 1 – September 30 of odd years) – The Psychological Assistant must submit this signed form through a Service Request – Manage Affiliations. To submit a Service Request, you must first create and log into your DELPROS user account. Click on the Service Request link in the dark blue banner at the top of the page on Your Dashboard and follow the instructions for a Manage Affiliations Service Request for the Psychological Assistant license.

The other form is:

  • The Psychological Assistant Report of Releasing Supervisor form must be submitted to the Board through the DELPROS online portal whenever a current Psychological Assistant/Supervising Psychologist affiliation (business relationship) terminates (or releases). Termination of affiliations may occur at any time for a multitude of reasons and must always be reported to the Board. In addition to reporting the supervisory change, this form also documents the duties performed and the hours of post-doctoral supervised experience gained during the period that the Psychological Assistant was under the releasing Psychologist’s supervision. Submit this form when:
    • An affiliation change occurs during the Psychology renewal period (May 1 – September 30 of odd years), the Psychological Assistant must submit this signed form with his/her online renewal application. During the online renewal, the Psychological Assistant is asked to verify if the supervisor listed in the renewal application is correct. If the supervisor is not correct, the Psychological Assistant must upload this signed form. The renewal application will be “on hold” until the Board Office processes the release. A Psychological Assistant cannot practice without a supervisor.
    • An affiliation change occurs any other time outside of the Psychology renewal period (May 1 – September 30 of odd years) – The Psychological Assistant or the Supervising Psychologist must submit this signed form through a Service Request – Manage Affiliations.. To submit a Service Request, you must first create and log into your DELPROS user account. Click on the Service Request link in the dark blue banner at the top of the page on Your Dashboard and follow the instructions for a Manage Affiliations Service Request for the Psychological Assistant particular license.

See Section 7 & 9 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations for full details on supervision of Psychological Assistants.

The Psychological Assistant who has been released from the Psychologist’s supervision is not allowed to provide services until the Psychological Assistant Report of New Supervisor form has been submitted unless they are practicing under another one of their Board-approved supervisor(s).  

 


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