Gordner Bill to Modernize the State Psychological Practice Act Passes Senate

(HARRISBURG) – – Legislation authored by Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) that represents the first modernization of the Pennsylvania Psychological Practice Act since 1986 unanimously passed the Senate today.

“While none of the proposed changes to the act expand the scope of practice or alter qualifications to practice psychology, this legislation modernizes several licensing processes and improves the ability of the State Board of Psychology to enforce disciplinary actions,” said Senator Gordner.

Among its provisions, Senate Bill 772 would:

  • Clarify that diagnosis is within the scope of practice for licensed psychologists.
  • Give the State Board the power to deny temporary licenses to those who have had disciplinary actions against them in other states.
  • Strengthen the powers of the State Board in disciplinary proceedings.
  • Provide that licensed psychologists disclose other professional licenses held, and any disciplinary actions occurring under those licenses.
  • Provide options to doctoral students when completing required clinical supervisions.

The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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