The Board is charged with the responsibility of regulating the
practice of psychology in order to protect the citizens of Tennessee. The
Board, by formulating and administering examinations, credentials candidates
for licensure and continues this credentialing process by approving educational
seminars for licensees or certificate holders in appropriate subject material,
or specific educational requirements for an individual licensee or certificate
holder as the result of a censure, reprimand or action taken in a formal
hearing conducted or ratified by the Board.
(a) The time, place and frequency of Board
meetings shall be at the discretion of the Board, except at least one (1)
meeting shall be held annually.
Special meetings are called at the discretion of the Board chair or at the
written request from two (2) members of the Board.
(c) All meetings of the Board shall be open
to the public.
Board shall elect from its members the following officers:
(a) Chair. The member who shall preside at
all Board meetings, appoint committees and correspond with other Board members
(b) Vice Chair.
The member whose duties will be to preside at a Board meetings in the absence
or unavailability of the Chair and who along with the Board administrator shall
be responsible for correspondence from the Board and executing all official
documents which require the seal of the Board to be affixed.
Responsibilities of the Board
include, but are not limited to:
(a) Adopt and
revise rules as may be necessary to carry out its powers and duties.
(b) Adopt and/or administer
applications and deny, withhold or approve the licenses or certificates of
applicants and renew licenses or certificates.
(d) Appoint designee(s) to assist in the
performance of its duties, (i.e., examination proctors).
(e) Conduct hearings.
(4) Conflict of interest. Any Board member
having an immediate personal, private or financial interest in any matter
pending before the Board shall disclose the fact in writing or orally at a
public meeting and shall not vote upon such matter.
The Board shall select a Board consultant
who shall serve as a consultant to the Division and who is vested with the
authority to do the following acts:
with the Board attorney to review complaints received against licensees or
(b) Act in
concert with the attorney to send warning letters of a non-disciplinary nature
to licensees or certificate holders, where appropriate, and close complaint
files determined by the consultant and the attorney not to constitute
violations of the practice act.
Recommend whether and what type disciplinary actions should be instituted as
the result of complaints received or investigations conducted by the
(d) Recommend whether
and/or under what terms a disciplinary action may be settled. Any disciplinary
matter proposed for settlement must be subsequently reviewed, evaluated and
ratified by the full Board before it becomes effective.
(e) Undertake any other matter authorized by
a majority vote of the Board.
Records and complaints.
(a) All requests, applications, notices,
other communications and correspondence shall be directed to the Board's
administrative office. Any requests or inquiries requiring a Board decision or
official Board action, except documents relating to disciplinary actions or
hearing requests, must be received fourteen (14) days prior to a scheduled
Board meeting and will be retained in the Board's administrative office and
presented to the Board at the Board meeting.
(b) All records of the Board, except those
made confidential by law, are open for inspection and examination under the
supervision of an employee of the Division at the Board's administrative office
during normal business hours.
Copies of public records shall be provided to any person upon payment of the
cost of copying.
made against a licensee or certificate holder become public information only
upon the filing of a notice of charges by the Department.
(e) All complaints should be directed to the
Investigations Section of Health Related Boards.
(7) Declaratory orders - The Board adopts, as
if fully set out herein, rule 1200-10-1-.11, of the Division of Health Related
Boards and as it may from time to time be amended, as its rule governing the
declaratory order process. All declaratory order petitions involving statutes,
rules or orders within the jurisdiction of the Board shall be addressed by the
Board pursuant to that rule and not by the Division. Declaratory order petition
forms can be obtained from the Board's administrative office.
(8) Reconsiderations and Stays. The Board
authorizes the member who chaired the Board for a contested case to be the
agency member to make the decisions authorized pursuant to rule 1360-4-1-.18
regarding petitions for reconsiderations and stays in that case.