"Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists": Public comments now being accepted

The draft revision now available for public comment incorporates comprehensive changes

by Practice Research & Policy Staff

March 26, 2009 — The Task Force on the Revision of the Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists seeks comments on the revision of the "Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists" document. Comments are being accepted through June 5, 2009.

The current version of the APA Model Act was approved by the APA Council of Representatives in 1987. In the summer of 2007, the task force released its first draft revision of the 1987 Model Act. The task force received numerous comments, which led the group to incorporate comprehensive changes reflected in the new draft revision now available for comment.

This revision was undertaken to:

  • Update the Model Act to account for developments in professional practice during the 20 years since the last revision; 

  • Include APA's recommendations for incorporating prescriptive authority for psychologists into state licensing laws; 

  • Reflect significant developments in the practice of industrial-organizational (I-O) and consulting psychology such that many psychologists who do not provide health services may be required or wish to be licensed; and 

  • Incorporate changes in the recommended sequence of education and training leading to licensure in psychology that were approved by the Council of Representatives at their February, 2006 meeting.

If you have questions or comments regarding the comment process or are having technical difficulties in accessing the forms, please contact Practice Directorate staff member Omar Rehman in the Practice Research & Policy Department at orehman@apa.org or (202) 336-5897.