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49 Pa. Code § 41.33. Supervisors.

§ 41.33. Supervisors.

 (a)  Primary and delegated supervisors are required to:

   (1)  Be currently licensed while providing supervision.

   (2)  Be qualified by training and experience to practice in the psychology resident’s areas of supervised practice.

   (3)  Own, be an employee of, or be in contract status with the entity employing the psychology resident.

   (4)  Review issues of practice and ethics with the psychology resident.

   (5)  Meet individually face-to-face with the psychology resident for an average supervisory total of at least 2 hours per week.

   (6)  Maintain notes or records of scheduled supervisory sessions until the psychology resident obtains a license or for at least 10 years, whichever is greater.

   (7)  Ensure that the psychology resident’s status is made known to client/patients and to third-party payors.

   (8)  Prepare written evaluations/progress reports at least quarterly delineating the psychology resident’s strengths and weaknesses. These evaluations/reports must be included with the applicant’s application for licensure.

 (b)  Primary and delegated supervisors may not:

   (1)  Be subject to the psychology resident’s control or influence.

   (2)  Be related to the psychology resident by blood or marriage.

   (3)  Be involved in a dual relationship, as defined in Principle 6(b) of the Code of Ethics (§  41.61, Principle (B)), with the psychology resident.

   (4)  Treat or have treated the psychology resident.

   (5)  Be the subject of an active suspension or revocation by a licensing board. In the event that disciplinary action is taken against the supervisor during the supervisory period, the supervisor shall immediately notify the psychology resident and assist the psychology resident in immediately obtaining a new supervisor.

   (6)  Accept fees, honoraria, favors or gifts from the psychology resident.

 (c)  In addition to the responsibilities for primary and delegated supervisors in subsection (a), primary supervisors shall:

   (1)  Beginning December 1, 2015, complete either a course in supervision from a psychology doctoral degree program or 3 hours of continuing education in supervision.

   (2)  Develop with the psychology resident objectives to be achieved during supervision.

   (3)  Be accessible to the psychology resident for consultation and to clients/patients of the psychology resident to answer questions and respond to concerns.

   (4)  Be responsible to each client/patient for psychology services provided by the psychology resident.

   (5)  Be authorized to interrupt or terminate the services being provided by the psychology resident to a client/patient and, if necessary, to terminate the supervisory relationship.

   (6)  Observe client/patient sessions of the psychology resident or review verbatim recordings of these sessions on a quarterly basis.

   (7)  At least quarterly, in supervisory meetings, evaluate and apprise the psychology resident about areas of progress and needed improvement, recommend applicable professional literature and assist the resident in gaining a level of skill necessary for independent practice.

   (8)  Assist the psychology resident in working with professionals in other disciplines as indicated by the needs of each client/patient and periodically observe these cooperative encounters.

   (9)  Ensure that the psychology resident has access to multidisciplinary consultation, as necessary.

   (10)  Monitor the supervision provided by any delegated supervisor.

   (11)  At the conclusion of the period of supervision, evaluate the psychology resident’s level of professional competence and theoretical knowledge in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, effective interventions, consultation, evaluation of programs, supervision of others, strategies of scholarly inquiry, cultural/individual diversity and professional conduct. This evaluation must be signed and included as part of the verification of post doctoral experience submitted to the Board with the applicant’s application for licensure.


   The provisions of this §  41.33 issued under sections 3.2(1), 6(a) and 8(a)(6) of the Professional Psychologists Practice Act (63 P.S. § §  1203.2(1), 1206(a)(2) and 1208(a)(6)).


   The provisions of this §  41.33 adopted June 4, 2010, effective June 5, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 2947.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  41.1 (relating to definitions).

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