Kenneth Drude, Ph.D.
The Ohio Board of Psychology at its July 18, 2019 meeting approved changes to some of the current psychology law rules that that have been submitted for governmental review and final approval before going into effect. Proposed rule changes can be downloaded at https://www.psychology.ohio.gov/Portals/0/RULE%20TEXT%20FOR%20PROPOSED%20AMENDMENTS%202019.pdf .
Some of the rule changes include:
- Requiring that client informed consents be documented in writing and signed by clients
- Clarifying language regarding “conflict of interest”
- Reorganizing and clarifying rules about multiple relationships
- Revising rule ORC 4732-17-01(D)(1)(c) to read “A license holder shall not exploit a client or responsible payer financially or enter into an exploitative bartering arrangement in lieu of a fee.”
- Changing the telepsychology rule ORC 4732-17-1(H)(3) by replacing “clients domiciled” to “individuals located”
- The board will no longer provide an option for requesting board approval for CE credits for mandatory CE credit. Licensees will only be able obtain mandatory CE credit by registering with the Ohio Psychological Association or the Ohio School Psychological Association.
The board elected Denise Rabold as board president and Douglas Cole as secretary, both for a one-year term beginning in October 2019. The nine-member board (6 psychologists/school psychologists and 3 patient advocates) appointed by the governor currently has a vacancy for a patient advocate.
Number of licenses/certifications issued July 2018-June 2019:
- Psychologists 157
- School Psychologists 8
- COBA 165
- Temporary 30-day licenses 53