Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

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The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) is the state agency authorized by state law to regulate the practice of psychology in the state of Texas.

The Board was established by the Texas Legislature in 1969. The authorizing statute is Occupations Code, Title 3, Chapter 501, the Psychologists’ Licensing Act. The Psychologists’ Licensing Act is both a title and a practice act. The Board is also authorized to establish rules to implement and enforce the Act.

The text of the Act may be accessed at the following site at Chapter 501:

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/OC/htm/OC.501.htm

The text of the current rules of the Board may be accessed at the following site:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac

When accessing this rules site:
(1) click on TAC Viewer,
(2) scroll down and click on Title 22, Examining Boards,
(3) scroll down and click on Part 21, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists is to protect the public by ensuring that psychological services are provided to the people of Texas by qualified and competent practitioners who adhere to established professional standards.

Practice of Psychology: Defined

The practice of psychology:

  1. includes providing or offering to provide services to an individual or group, including providing computerized procedures, that include the application of established principles, methods, and procedures of describing, explaining, and ameliorating behavior;
  2. addresses normal behavior and involves evaluating, preventing, and remediating psychological, emotional, mental, interpersonal, learning, and behavioral disorders of individuals or groups, as well as the psychological disorders that accompany medical problems, organizational structures, stress, and health;
  3. includes:
    a. using projective techniques, neuropsychological testing, counseling, career counseling, psychotherapy, hypnosis for health care purposes, hypnotherapy, and biofeedback; and
    b. evaluating and treating mental or emotional disorders and disabilities by psychological techniques and procedures; and
  4. is based on:
    a. a systematic body of knowledge and principles acquired in an organized program of graduate study; and
    b. the standards of ethics established by the profession.