For licensure as a Psychologist, educational requirements shall be met in one
of the following ways:
(a) Documentation of a
doctoral degree from an educational program which is listed in the latest
edition of "Designated Doctoral Programs in Psychology", compiled jointly by
ASPPB and CNRHSPP, shall be deemed adequate evidence that the applicant has
fulfilled the academic requirements for licensure as a Psychologist. For HSP
designation, only ASPPB/CNRHSP designated programs in clinical, counseling or
school psychology, or professional programs combining the above three areas
will meet the academic requirements.
(b) Documentation of a doctoral degree from a
program designated as a professional psychology program (clinical, counseling,
school and combined) by the Committee on Accreditation of the APA shall be
deemed adequate evidence that the applicant has fulfilled the academic
requirements for licensure as a Psychologist with designation as a
(c) For applicants who
received their doctoral degree in psychology prior to January 1, 1982, and who
have been licensed in good standing as a Psychologist and practicing psychology
continuously since that time in another jurisdiction, the Board may consider
equivalent training and experience upon petition for a waiver specifically
requesting that the Board utilize its discretionary authority.
Designation as a Health
Service Provider. HSP includes the provision of supervision of health services
1. Any applicant for licensure as a
Psychologist who intends to provide health services is required to complete a
qualifying internship. A qualifying internship must be at least one (1)
calendar year in duration and consist of no less than nineteen hundred (1900)
hours in psychology at a site where health services are normally provided and
which is part of an organized, integrated training program.
2. A qualified internship is an organized,
planned, continuous training experience in a professionally recognized program
which is well announced, formal in structure and is designed to provide
nineteen hundred (1900) hours of predoctoral training under qualified
supervision in professional psychology. A qualified internship shall be titled
as an "internship" or "residency" program and must be sponsored by an
institution or organization which has health service objectives and offers
health services which are broader and more extensive than the training
objectives and services of the internship program which it sponsors.
3. An intern may not simultaneously be an
employee of the training institution or agency. On-the-job training or
supervised work experience shall not be acceptable as an internship.
4. These internship requirements are separate
from and in addition to any on-site practicum or any course work related
practicum/laboratory regardless of how titled.
5. The internship shall occur after
completion of all requirements for the doctoral degree except completion of the
6. The full-time
internship shall be for a period of one (1) year. A half-time internship shall
be for a period of two (2) continuous years. The internship experience shall
include a minimum of nineteen hundred (1900) hours.
7. Qualified supervision at the internship
site shall be provided by at least two (2) licensed Psychologists with HSP
designation or its equivalent by these rules.
The internship requirements shall be met
in one (1) of three (3) ways:
1. An internship
program approved by the Committee on Accreditation of the APA; or
2. An internship program developed and
administered by an internship center with membership in the APPIC; or
3. An internship program approved by the
Board whose standards exceed or are substantially the same as the provisions of
For those applicants who received their doctoral degree in psychology prior to
January 1, 1982, and who have been licensed as a Psychologist and practicing
psychology in good standing continuously since that time in another
jurisdiction, the Board may consider equivalent training and experience upon
petition for a waiver specifically requesting that the Board utilize its
Postdoctoral supervised experience. One (1) year of postdoctoral supervised
experience, in addition to a qualifying internship, is required for licensure
as a designated HSP. Criteria for the postdoctoral supervised experience are as
The postdoctoral year must consist
of a minimum of nineteen hundred (1900) hours of supervised experience.
"Trainee" status is not required for the postdoctoral year of the required
supervised experience. The ratio of supervision time to direct service time
should be sufficient to ensure adequate learning, i.e. at least one (1) hour
per week of individual supervision. It is required that the applicant will have
completed the required postdoctoral supervised experience as follows:
(i) A minimum of nineteen hundred (1900)
hours of creditable supervised experience must be under the direct supervision
of a Psychologist with a designation of HSP.
(ii) It must consist of direct, formal
contact with a senior licensed Psychologist with HSP designation who is
responsible for the educational development and guidance of the supervisee.
Excluded are classwork, practicum experience, or other course related
(iii) The supervision
must be face-to-face for the direct provision of health services in psychology
by the applicant to individuals or groups of clients/patients. Supervision
regarding administrative matters does not count toward the required one hour
per week of individual supervision. An applicant's own personal growth
experience, i.e., personal therapy or encounter groups, is not acceptable.
Supervision of others is not acceptable except as set forth in subpart
(iv) Fellows in an APA or
APPIC listed postdoctoral, post internship training program or full time tenure
track faculty in a graduate training program in professional psychology may
count group and individual supervision of psychology practicum students and APA
or APPIC psychology interns toward their postdoctoral year experience
requirement. The provision of such supervision must be part of a formal
training program and the supervision provided must be supervised by a
Psychologist with HSP designation.
(v) Upon completion of the supervised
postdoctoral year, the supervising psychologist must attest to the supervisee
having attained a satisfactory level of proficiency in psychological
assessment, intervention, legal and ethical knowledge, and their applications.
In addition, the supervisor(s) must report to the Board the frequency and
nature of the supervision and types of clients seen.
Supervisors must meet the following
(i) Supervisors must be
licensed Psychologists with a designation of HSP.
(ii) The professional qualifications of each
direct supervisor must be appropriate to the services rendered. Applicants must
provide documentation of the qualifications of all direct supervisors
identified in the application.
Applicants for HSP designation must
fulfill requirements for postdoctoral supervision in one of the following ways:
(i) Applicants who obtain the required year
of postdoctoral supervised experience in Tennessee must hold a provisional
license. Only experience obtained under a provisional license will be
(ii) Applicants who
obtain the supervised experience in a Tennessee, APPIC-listed or APA
accredited, post-internship, postdoctoral fellowship training program are
exempt from the requirement of holding a provisional license while in trainee
(iii) For applicants who
received their doctoral degree prior to January 1, 1982 and have been
continuously licensed in good standing and practicing since that time as a
Psychologist in another jurisdiction, the Board may at its discretion waive the
postdoctoral supervised year requirement.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original rule filed June
6, 1978; effective July 6, 1978. Repeal and new rule filed January 20, 1994;
effective April 5, 1994. Repeal and new rule filed August 29, 2000; effective
November 12, 2000. Amendment filed August 29, 2000; effective November 12,
2000. Amendment filed December 16, 2005; effective March 1, 2006. Amendment
filed July 27, 2006; effective October 10,
Authority: T.C.A. §§
4-5-204, 63-11-104, 63-11-203 and