New LPA Supervision Rules Effective January 1, 2021

Effective January 1, 2021, new supervision rules for Licensed Psychological Associates (LPAs) go into effect.  The primary changes from the previous supervision rules are: (i) LPAs receiving Level 3 reduced supervision will now be required to receive a minimum of one hour of supervision per quarter, instead of per month and (ii) LPAs receiving Level 2 reduced supervision will now be required to only receive a minimum of one hour of supervision per month, regardless of the number of practice.

For LPAs currently receiving Level 3 reduced supervision, you will not need to submit a new supervision contract to reflect the lower amount of minimum supervision.  The Board will be releasing an online process in January to record the lower amount of minimum supervision and will provide additional information at that time.

For LPAs currently receiving Level 2 reduced supervision and plan to remain at Level 2, you will not need to submit a new supervision contract to reflect the lower amount of supervision.  The Board will be releasing an online process in January to record the lower amount of minimum supervision and will provide additional information at that time.

Under the new rules, LPAs receiving Level 2 reduced supervision who passed the EPPP exam at or above the doctorate-level passing score when the exam was taken (a score of at least 500 since April 1, 2001) or have received at least five years of supervised experienced, automatically qualify for the new Level 3 reduced supervision.  For these LPAs, you will not need to submit a new supervision contract to reflect the transfer to Level 3 reduced supervision.  The Board will be releasing an online process in January to record the change supervision and will provide additional information at that time.

The new rules also changed the requirements for qualifying for Level 3 reduced supervision.  LPAs who have received a minimum of three years consisting of at least 4,500 hours of post-licensure supervised practice and who passed the EPPP exam at or above the doctorate-level passing score when the exam was taken can apply for Level 3 reduced supervision.   LPAs who have not passed the EPPP at the doctorate-level, who have received at least five years consisting of at least 4,500 hours of post-licensure supervised practice, can also apply for Level 3 reduced supervision.  The Board will be releasing a new application process in January for those who want to apply for reduced supervision and will provide additional information at that time.  Do not apply for reduced supervision at this time as your application will not be processed and will be returnedThe Board will provide additional information once the new application process is launched.

For further information about the changes in the LPA supervision rules, please review Board Rules  21 NCAC 54 .2001, .2005, .2006, and .2008, all effective January 1, 2021, which can be found on the Board’s website under NC Rules at: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/nc-rules-title-21-chapter-54/

 

 

 

 

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