Accreditation

Background

Recently the Board engaged in an important endeavor to improve the educational requirements for licensure. It has now adopted APA accreditation as the standard for education in Oregon.

 

Events & Materials

  • Education Summit- November 23, 2013, 10am-1pm (Grand Hotel, Bridgeport; or by phone).

The public was invited to provide testimony regarding perspectives on APA accreditation.  Representatives form several programs presented their viewpoints and experiences with the accreditation process. The Board encouraged all attendees to share any data that may assist in the Board’s decision-making process.

Education Summit Presentation

  • Board Meeting- January 17, 2014 (Salem, OR or by phone).

During public session of the regular meeting, the Board debriefed on the Education Summit and discussed some important points that were brought up by those who contributed to the discussion.

Education Summit Takeaways       Accreditation References       Meeting Minutes

  • Board Meeting- March 21, 2014 (Salem, OR or by phone).

The Board again discussed APA accreditation during public session of the regular meeting.  A workgroup consisting of staff and Education Committee members was tasked with further exploration and research. 

Meeting Minutes

  • Education Committee Meeting- April 18, 2014 (Salem, OR or by phone).
The Committee determined to move forward with a proposal that will adopt APA accreditation as the standard, and present it to the full Board at the May meeting.  The Committee began discussing what the proposal should look like.
  • Education Committee Meeting- April 28, 2014 (Salem, OR or by phone).
The Committee discussed policy implications.  Administrative rule language will be drafted by staff. 
  • Board Meeting- May 30, 2014 (Salem, OR or by phone).
The Education Committee summarized the work so far to develop a rule that will allow graduates of programs that are applying for APA accreditation to qualify for licensure. 
Meeting Minutes
  • Board Meeting- July 18, 2014 (Salem, OR or by phone).
The Board reviewed draft rule language and decided to move forward. 
Meeting Minutes
  • Public Hearing- October 10, 2014 at 10:00am (Salem, OR or by phone).

Oral testimony was taken at the public hearing. Written public comments were accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014.

  • Board Meeting-  November 14, 2014 (Portland, OR).
The Board reviewed written comments from members of the public and the hearing officer's report on the 10/10/14 hearing.  The Board voted to adopt the rule.
 

Changes to the Educational Requirements

The rule amendment changes the educational requirements for psychologist licensure by modifying the definition of approved doctoral program in psychology. The Board will phase out its acceptance of doctoral degrees in psychology from programs at regionally accredited or provincially/territorially chartered institutions but which are not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Degrees from programs at regionally accredited institutions will qualify only if 1) the applicant enrolled in his or her program prior to July 22, 2014 and applies by July 22, 2019; or 2) the program submitted an application to the APA or CPA for accreditation prior to the date the applicant's degree was conferred, and has been granted a site visit by the APA or CPA. The amendment also adds a requirement of one continuous year in-residence at the master's program as a qualification for licensure as a psychologist associate, and makes some other clarifying language changes.