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Renewal Information for Maine Psychologists

Psychologists in Maine have an upcoming license renewal deadline of April 30, 2012.

  • 40 hours of continuing education are required to renew (in even-numbered years)
  • 3 hours must be in ethics
  • 20 hours must be in the area of practice

Courses offered by APA-approved providers are accepted by the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

 

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor online continuing education for psychologists. Maine psychologists can earn all 40 hours through online courses offered at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Psychology/Online/CourseID/1/

Maine Psychologists license renewal April 30 continuing education

Click to view approved online courses

Summary: This chapter requires licensees to update and advance their skills through continuing professional education so that the public may benefit from the most current and effective standards of professional practice.

General Requirements

40 Hours Over Two Years Required for License Renewal

On license renewal applications for even-numbered years, each psychologist and psychological examiner shall attest to the completion of 40 hours of face-to-face or indirect approved continuing professional education directly related to the practice of psychology during the preceding two years of licensure in conformance with the requirements of this chapter. This requirement becomes effective upon the licensee’s second renewal application for an even-numbered year.

Subject-Matter Requirements

Of the 40 hours of continuing professional education required for renewal —

  • A minimum of 3 hours must be earned in the area of ethics;
  • A minimum of 20 hours must be earned in the licensee’s current areas of practice or anticipated areas of future practice; and
  • If the psychologist performs any of the supervisory functions described in Chapter 7, Section 1 of the board’s rules, a minimum of 3 hours must be earned in the skills and principles of supervision.

Continuing Professional Education Activities

Permissible Activities

Continuing professional education is a systematic learning experience directly related to the practice of psychology. Permissible continuing professional education activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Seminar, lecture, conference and workshop;
  • Televised or interactive instruction and established distance learning procedures;
  • Commercially-prepared self-study; published writing and editing of published works;
  • Successful completion of graduate level courses offered by a college or university that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or in candidacy for accreditation;
  • Literature review resulting in a published work, annotated bibliography or other tangible work product;
  • Documented advanced training under supervision; and
  • Instructional development as described in Section 2(2)(C) and (D) of this chapter.

Limitation of Permissible Activities

  • Continuing professional education credit may not be claimed for elective office or service in professional associations or societies, or for membership on governmental regulatory boards.
  • Continuing professional educational credit may not be claimed for non-instructional time such as lunch, breaks and registration.
  • A licensee may claim no more than 10 hours of continuing professional education credit for development of seminars, workshops, conference presentations, lectures or similar activities. No credit may be claimed for development of an activity that is the same or substantially the same as one for which credit has previously been claimed. No credit may be claimed for actual teaching, presentation or lecture time.
  • A licensee may claim no more than 10 hours of continuing professional education credit for development of academic courses. No credit may be claimed for development of a course that is the same or substantially the same as one for which credit has previously been claimed. No credit may be claimed for actual teaching time.
  • A licensee may claim no more than 10 hours of continuing professional education credit for literature review described in Section 3(1)(E) of this chapter.

Criteria for Approval of Continuing Professional Education Activities

  • The activity must be at least one hour in length;
  • The activity must include specified learning objectives;
  • The instructor must be a psychologist or other professional who has recognized expertise in the specific subject area of the activity;
  • Where appropriate, the announcement materials for the activity must clearly state the name of the sponsor and provider, the name of the individual(s) delivering instruction, the number of contact hours for which the activity has been approved by the board, and the learning objectives of the activity;
  • The activity must distribute its articulated learning goals to participants at the beginning of the activity; and
  • Participants (including licensees who complete commercially-prepared self-study) must be given a certificate of participation or other documentation of completion of the activity stating the hours of continuing professional education credit earned.

Pre-Approved Continuing Professional Education Activities

  • APA or any of its approved sponsors approved through the APA Sponsor Approval System

Hardship Deferment

A licensee may request from the board in writing a deferment of continuing education due to health reasons, military service or other unforeseeable circumstances of genuine hardship. A licensee who receives a deferment shall make up the deferred continuing education according to a schedule determined by the board in consultation with the licensee.

Audit

The licensee’s attestation of completion of continuing professional education is subject to audit. The licensee shall retain, for purposes of audit:

  • The certificate of participation or other documentation
  • The official or unofficial transcript of graduate level courses
  • Evidence of board approval of activities for which specific approval is required
  • Any corroborating or descriptive material that explains the nature and scope of a continuing education activity for which specific board approval is not required

Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists: http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/psychologists/index.htm

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Maine SLPs

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologists in Maine renew licenses biennially on February 28 (even years). Required continuing education must be reported by October 31, of odd years.

Continuing Professional Education Requirements for Licensure Renewal

Maine SLPs can earn up to 10 hours online!

Maine SLPs can earn up to 10 hours online!

License renewal requires twenty five (25) hours of CPE activities earned within the current two-year license period (35 hours if dual licensed), which may include up to ten (10) hours of ASHA-approved self-study. Activities are credited on an hour-to-hour basis, rounded off to the nearest whole hour.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology.

License Renewal Process

Six months prior to license expiration (August 31), the Board sends out a call for CPE packages.

Individuals holding current licenses in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology submit CPE packages on a reporting form provided by the Board. CPE packages must be postmarked no later than October 31.

[NOTE: The Board encourages renewal applicants to submit CPE packages as early as possible to facilitate review by the Board. Upon written request, the Board may make an appointment to review the CPE with the licensee.]

The Board may approve the accumulation of CPE hours during the extension period upon written request submitted to the Board by the October 31 reporting deadline.

Any licensee who has satisfied the minimum CPE requirements prior to the reporting deadline may accumulate credit hours during the extension period to be applied toward satisfying the requirement in the next license period.

The Board reviews the CPE package of each licensee. (The Board performs a random audit of 10% of completed continuing education applications biennially. In the event of an audit, the Board may request official documents, such as transcripts, certificates, or affidavits signed by instructors.)

The Board notifies the licensee of the outcome of the review.

The Board sends license renewal application forms to current licensees at least two months prior to expiration of license.

The licensee completes the renewal application form and returns it to the Board accompanied by the applicable fee. To avoid a lapse in licensure, the completed application forms and biennial renewal fee must be returned to the Board prior to expiration of the existing license.

The Board reviews each renewal application form and issues the license renewal.

Continuing Professional Education – Approved Activities

It is the responsibility of the licensee to verify that an activity is acceptable for CPE hours. If there are questions, the licensee should contact the Board.

In order to be accepted for credit, CPE activities must be:

Clinically relevant or professionally relevant to the practice of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. It is the responsibility of the licensee to demonstrate to the Board the relevancy and applicability of the activity, if and when such clarification is requested by the Board. No more than twelve (12) of the required twenty five (25) hours required in each two-year period may be earned in professionally relevant CPE activities.

Part of a planned program in which there are stated goals and objectives.

Approved by the Board and assigned a BESPA activity number. The Board may delegate the approval function to a Board member. If the licensee is dissatisfied with the individual member’s response, the licensee may request review by the full Board.

All applications for a BESPA activity number in a reporting period must be received by the Board on or before October 1 of odd-numbered calendar years, except for CPE units earned during an approved extension period.

NOTE: Failure to file a timely request for a BESPA activity number will result in your not receiving credit for the course in question!

Board of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting: http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/speech_audiology_hearing_aid/index.htm

 

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in General

 

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