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Publications iconKansas Administrative Regulations

Agency 102

Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Article 4.—Master's Level Psychologists

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102-4-6a. Academically supervised practicum. In order to satisfy K.S.A. 74-5363(b)(4), and amendments thereto, by means of completing 750 clock-hours of an academically supervised practicum in the applicant's psychology master's degree program, the applicant shall meet the requirements in this regulation.
(a) Practicum requirements. The applicant's practicum experience shall meet all of the following minimal requirements. The practicum shall meet these provisions:
(1) Have been completed by the applicant in fulfillment of the requirements for the applicant's master's degree in psychology or clinical psychology that was conferred by an academic institution that satisfies the college or university requirements provided in K.A.R. 102-4-3a;
(2) have constituted a formal and integrated component of an academic psychology training program that satisfies the program and coursework requirements as provided in K.A.R. 102-4-3a;
(3) have consisted of at least 750 clock-hours of academically supervised experience acceptable to the board;
(4) have occurred after the applicant satisfactorily completed the practicum prerequisite psychology coursework;
(5) have been supervised as provided in subsection (b); and
(6) have consisted of a formal, academically supervised placement in a cooperating agency that meets these requirements:
(A) Identified students, interns, or residents as being in training and not as staff; and
(B) by its nature and function, provided the applicant with the opportunity to participate in the practice of psychology through a broad range of supervised experiences that included the following practice activities and experiences:
(i) Diagnosis;
(ii) measuring and testing personality, intelligence, aptitudes, attitudes, and skills;
(iii) interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation; and
(iv) treatment interventions with a client or patient population presenting a diverse set of problems and backgrounds.
(b) Practicum supervision requirements. In order for the applicant's academic practicum to be approved by the board, the practicum supervisor or supervisors at the time of the practicum supervision shall have satisfied all of the following requirements.
(1) The supervisor was licensed, registered, or certified to practice psychology or qualified as an alternate psychology supervisor as defined in K.A.R. 102-4-1a.
(2) The supervisor had at least partial professional responsibility for the applicant's supervised practice of psychology.
(3) The supervisor had no familial or other dual relationship with the applicant.
(4) The supervisor had a supervisory relationship that was clearly differentiated from that of consultant.
(5) The supervisor was available at the points of decision making regarding the diagnosis and treatment of clients.
(6) The supervisor provided the applicant with on-site supervision that included a minimum of one hour of face-to-face, individual supervision for each 10 hours of the applicant's direct patient or client contact.
(c) During the time of supervision, the practicum supervisor shall not have been subject to disciplinary action by the licensing, registering, or certifying authority, unless this provision is waived by the board upon prior application by the proposed supervisor.
(d) Credit toward the 750 clock-hours of practicum shall not be approved by the board for any of the following experiences or activities:
(1) Practicum experiences completed in fulfillment of the requirements established by training programs, institutes, colleges, or universities that do not qualify under the program requirements and the college or university requirements provided in K.A.R. 102-4-3a;
(2) academic practicum hours taken after the completion of the master's degree in psychology or clinical psychology;
(3) practicum experiences that do not qualify under the practicum requirements and the practicum supervision requirements as provided in subsections (a) and (b);
(4) postgraduate supervised work experience;
(5) postgraduate job orientation or on-the-job training;
(6) research or thesis activities or experience;
(7) teaching activities or experience;
(8) didactic coursework;
(9) simulated classroom activities or exercises;
(10) simulated laboratory experiences;
(11) field activities that are strictly observational rather than experiential in nature; or
(12) any supervised practicum hours during which the applicant's performance as evaluated by the practicum supervisor is determined by the board to be unacceptable. (Authorized by K.S.A. 2007 Supp. 74-7507; implementing K.S.A. 74-5363 and K.S.A. 2007 Supp. 74-5367; effective Dec. 19, 1997; amended Jan. 9, 2004; amended Dec. 19, 2008.)
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