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Board of Examiners of Psychology

Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates:Current through October 23, 2012

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Board Specific Updates

Public Chapter 75- Provides that each licensed psychologist shall conspicuously display an original or a copy of his/her license or certification displayed in the office or place of practice and shall conspicuously display a sign in intelligible lettering and not less than one inch (1”) in height, containing the name of such licensee immediately followed by the recognized abbreviation indicating the professional degree, if any held by such licensee, and containing immediately below the licensee’s name, in equal size lettering, the following words:  “Psychologist” or “doctor of psychology” for practitioners of psychology.  A licensee may substitute a specialist designation for these words for any specialized field that is recognized or approved by the appropriate board licensing that profession.  The licensee shall also affirmatively communicate the licensee’s specific licensure through one (1) of the following methods:  (1)  licensee shall wear a photo identification name tag during all patient encounters that contains a recent photograph of the licensee with the licensee’s full name and license type; or (2)  licensee shall communicate to a patient the licensee’s full name and license type in writing at the patient’s initial office visit after January 1, 2012.  In communicating the license type, the licensee shall use one of more of these words:  “Psychologist” or “doctor of psychology” for practitioners of psychology.  All licensees are required to comply with these requirements at each practice setting.  These requirements do not apply to licensees working in licensed health care facilities or to licensees who are not working in patient care settings who have no direct patient care interactions.  A licensee who provides information regarding healthcare services on the internet that is directly controlled or administered by the licensee or licensee’s agent, shall prominently display on the internet the licensee’s full name and type of license using one (1) or more of the following words:   “Psychologist” or “doctor of psychology” for practitioners of psychology.  A licensee who violates the provisions of this law may be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Examiners in Psychology.  The provisions of this law shall become effective January 1, 2012. 

Public Chapter 218- Amends the law to provide that a restriction on the right of an employed or contracted healthcare provider to practice the healthcare provider’s profession upon the termination or conclusion of the employment or contractual relationship shall apply to osteopathic physicians as well as podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists, medical doctors, optometrists, and psychologists.  The new law also removes the provision contained in the prior law that did not have the restriction apply to a healthcare provider who had been employed by, or under contract with, the employing or contracting entity for at least six (6) years.

Public Chapter 629 —  Revises certain provisions regarding appointments to the Board of Examiners in Psychology.

Updates Applicable to All Boards

Public Chapter 340 -

Establishes the regulation of pain management clinics by the Department, authorizing the Department to grant, deny, renew and discipline a clinic license. A pain management clinic is defined as a privately-owned facility in which a medical doctor, osteopathic physician, advanced practice nurse and/or physician assistant who provide pain management services. Each pain management clinic must have a medical director who provides onsite supervision. On or before October 1, 2011, the Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Board of Medical Examiners, the Board of Osteopathic Examination, the Board of Nursing, and the Committee on Physician Assistants, shall promulgate rules to implement the law.

Public Chapter 230 -

Provides that each health-related board shall establish a procedure to expedite the issuance of a license, certificate, or permit for an applicant who is certified or licensed in another state to perform the same profession that is the subject of the application; whose spouse is a member of the armed forces; whose spouse is the subject of a military transfer to Tennessee; and who has left employment to accompany the person’s spouse to Tennessee. The procedure shall include issuing the applicant a license, certificate, or permit if the licensure requirements in the other state are substantially equivalent to Tennessee’s requirements or developing a method to authorize the applicant to practice in Tennessee with a temporary permit in accordance with current law (T.C.A. §63-1-142).

Public Chapter 435 -

Provides that any governmental entity or private business or establishment that provides or offers a place of assembly or entertainment, transportation, lodging, dining, educational, medical or leisure activities or services, or any business or any establishment licensed by the State or any political subdivision thereof, or that is engaged in commerce in this State is strongly encouraged to post a sign indicating that certain information regarding the Tennessee human trafficking resource center hotline is in a location within the establishment that is visible to employees and the general public. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development shall provide the sign authorized by this section on its internet website for entities or establishments to print as needed.

Statutes and Rules


Statutes are proposed and made law by the Tennessee State General Assembly (Legislature). The Board, following specific notice requirements and hearings, adopts rules. Both have the force of law and may be used in the regulation of a profession. The statutes pertaining to this Board are found at T.C.A. 63-1 (Division of Health Related Boards) and T.C.A. 63-11 (Psychologists).

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