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APA Council of Representatives Votes to Retain School Psychologist Title

February 20, 2010 Update


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The American Psychological Association (APA) has adopted a revised Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists (MLA). The MLA recommends to state legislatures and psychology licensing boards guidance on the training, practice and titling of psychologists.  State licensing of psychologists is restricted to doctoral level degrees. Every MLA for over 40 years has included an exemption for the title and practice of both specialist and doctoral level school psychologists credentialed by their State Education Agencies to use the title “School Psychologist.”  

After a three year revision process in which APA considered a revised MLA that would remove or restrict this exemption, the APA Council of Representatives voted on February 20, 2010 to retain the right of both specialist and doctoral level school psychologists credentialed by State Education Agencies to use the title “school psychologist.”

Bonnie Nastasi, President of APA Division 16 (APA's School Psychology Division), provided the specific language in an e-mail sent after the vote.

NASP appreciates the APA Council's serious attention to this issue, the efforts of Division 16, the outreach of NASP members, and the strong support of so many members of the education and mental health communities.

We look forward to a continued, shared commitment to ensuring effective mental health services for children and families.

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