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BOP Summary Proposed CE Changes - March 2015



The following information is a summary and clarification of the BOP Proposed Changes to Continuing Education.  This information will be updated as new information or clarification is received from the BOP.

Members are encouraged to read detailed information from the BOP which can be found at  http://www.psychology.ca.gov/laws_regs/ce_proplang.pdf

 The Agenda of the February 26 and 27, 2015 Board meeting is on the BOP website, on the right side of the page, go to Board Meetings: http://www.psychology.ca.gov/

Timeline for Proposed Changes

 The current system using 36 CE units of formally sponsored education remains in effect until December 31, 2015, then there is a transition period into 2017: "For a license that expires between January 1, 2016, and November 30, 2017, the licensee may accrue some or all CE consistent with this section as it existed prior to January 1, 2016", p.13 This means that the new CPD requirements will be in effect for licensees renewing December 2017 and beyond.

Meeting the Proposed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements:

Following the BOP meeting on February 27, the proposed regulations were modified, so that a licensee may earn 27 credits via sponsored CE courses, which may be attended in person or via distance learning. That would leave 9 additional credit hours to earn in a two year period, which must be earned in at least one of the other areas outlined in the proposed regulations.

 Requirements may be meet in a variety of categories which are listed on the Verification Logs found in the proposed regulations. Some of these are teaching, publications, conference attendance, and professional activities such as serving on a Board or Committee of a professional association. Peer consultation can be used to meet up to 18 hours of the CPD requirement.  As defined in the statute:  "Peer Consultation means structured and organized interaction with colleague(s) designed to broaden professional knowledge and expertise and reduce professional isolation. Training pursuant to this section may be obtained through case consultation or reading or research groups with other professionals." 


On February 27, at the BOP Meeting the following clarification was made: Peer consultation can be "case consultation” with a colleague or group and may be conducted face to face or distance. Peer consultation may also involve reading articles or books of interest. It could be met by attending a Special Interest Group. It would require maintaining a record of attendance, including names and dates.


Also, it is useful to note that Peer Consultation and Supervision are two separate sections, and supervision is defined as:   (m) "Supervision” means overseeing the professional experience of a pre-licensed trainee who is accruing hours toward licensure pursuant to Section 1387.”



 Proposed Law & Ethics and Social Justice Requirements


 The Detailed Verification Log found in the proposed regulations indicates that these requirements may be met in any of the categories, such as traditional CE, conferences and meetings (such as those held quarterly by the Diversity Committee), as well what might be covered in relevant topics discussed during Peer Consultation.  This could include case material and/or articles related to these topics.

 Summary of the Proposed Changes:


In the BOP Journal (FALL)  (sent to 15,000 individuals by the BOP), Dr. Miguel Gallardo wrote an article summarizing the Board’s perspective on CE and the broader concept of CPD, and discussed the proposed changes.  http://www.psychology.ca.gov/forms_pubs/fall2014.pdf

What happens next?

On February 27, following public comment and concerns provided to the BOP, members voted to change the proposed regulations so that licensees may earn up to 27 credits through traditional CE coursework, up from 18 credits.  As soon as the modified text is ready, with the change from 18 to 27 credits for CE, the BOP will make the document available for public comment. When this information is received it will be forwarded to the LACPA listserv several times so that members know how to send comments to the BOP on the proposed changes. It will also be posted on the LACPA website.

On February 27, the BOP also requested that the concerns and questions about the CPD categories raised in the public comment statements, emails and the survey information provided by Dr. Gale be reviewed by the Licensing Committee, and requested that this committee report back in the May 14-15, 2015 Board meeting to be held in Riverside, California.  Further information about the meeting, including location and agenda will be posted to the BOP Website http://www.psychology.ca.gov/ (go to the link on the right hand side of the page "Board Meetings”). 

LACPA encourages members to sign up to receive information directly from the BOP by going to the right side of the BOP home page to "Sign up for Our E-mail List”. Here’s the direct link:  https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/psychboard/subscribe.php



ASPPB Guidelines

The proposed changes to the CE regulations stem from a set of guidelines issued by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) http://www.asppb.net/ .  An appointed task force worked on these guidelines for about two years.  You may review this information at http://www.asppb.net/?page=Guidelines. Go to the link for "Continuing Professional Development Guidelines" and "Maintenance of Competence for Licensure (MOCL) White Paper."  

For a full understanding of this issue, you can read through those guidelines, as the rational and research base for the proposed changes. 

These guidelines were distributed to all licensing jurisdictions by ASPPB, but each state has the option of whether to move to this new model or not.  The BOP started discussing this at least two years ago and decided to move forward with this new model of continuing professional development. In 2012 these guidelines were presented at the CPA Convention and subsequently sent to LACPA members via listserv with the Call for Public Comment.


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