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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

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. These forms usually require a signature, seal, or notary, therefore, must be mailed into the Board office directly. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. 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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