Florida Laws & Rules for Psychologists Flashcards

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Why does the practice of psychology and school psychology by unqualified persons present a danger to public health, safety, and welfare?a) because as society becomes increasingly complex, emotional survival is equal in importance to physical
Answer: All of these answers are applicable to the intent of the Psychological Services Act.
True or False: Effective July 1, 1999, although the Board continues to recognize "doctoral-level psychological education" and "doctoral degree in psychology" as a Psy.D., an Ed.D. in psychology, or a Ph.D. in psychology from an educat
Answer: TruePrior to July 1, 1999, the Board would also recognize a program that was considered comprabable to programs approved by the United States Department of Education.
True or False:The "practice of psychology" as defined by the Board is as follows:"observations, descriptions, evaluation, interpretation, and modification of human behavior by the use of scientific and applied psych
Answer: Believe it or not, this is true.
Which of the following is NOT included in the ethical practice of psychology (as defined by the Board):a) psychological testing and the evaluation or assessment of personal characteristics b) counselingc) psychoanalysi
Answer: All are included.
Psychological testing and evaluation or assessment of personal characteristics may include:a) intelligence and personalityb) abilities, interests and aptitudesc) neuropsychological functioningd) all of the
Answer: "d" all of the above.
The ethical practice of psychology includes all BUT one of the following statements:a) psychoeducational evaluation, therapy, remediation, and consultationb) use of psychological methods to diagnose and treat mental, nervous, psyc
Answer: "d"; the incorrect statement is found in this answer because the field of psychology indeed includes not only disorders of habit or conduct but also the treatment of psychological aspects of physical illness, accident, injury, or disability (neurological or otherwise).
True or False: Psychological services may be rendered to individuals, couples, families, groups, and the public without regard to place of service.
Answer: True
True or False: The use of specific modalities within the practice of psychology is restricted to psychologists appropriately trained in the use of such modalities.
Answer: True
Yes or No: A client finishes one psychotherapy session with you on a bro bono basis (no fee is collected or offered). He never returns for a second visit and he never sends you payment, should you consider the one session as practicing psychology?
Answer: Yes; practice of psychology shall be construed within the meaning of its definition (as defined by the Board) without regard to whether payment is requested or received for services rendered.
The practice of school psychology includes:a) assessmentb) counselingc) consultationd) development of programse) all of the above
Answer: "e" all of the above.
True or False: A "Provisional psychologist licensee" is a person who may practice independently as long as s/he has an active license from another state.
False: "Provisional psychologist licensee" means a person provisionally licensed to provide psychological services under supervision. Only persons with the title "Psychologist" or "School psychologist" may practice independently.
The Board of psychology is composed of _____ number of licensed psychologists:a) 2b) 7c) 5d) 6e) none of the above
Answer: "c"; this is a trick question. There are actually a total of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate; however, only five of these members must be psychologists licensed and in good standing. The remaining two members must be citizens of the state who are not and have never been licensed psychologists or who are in no way connected to the practice of psychology.
True or False: At least one member of the board must be 60 years of age or older.
Answer: True
Members of the Board are appointed for _____ years:a) 1b) 2c) 3d) 4e) none of these
Answer: "d"; Members shall be appointed for terms of 4 years and shall serve until their successors are appointed.
The Board maintains its headquarters in:a) Tallahasseeb) Miamic) Boca Ratond) Ft. Lauderdalee) all of these cities
Answer: "a"; The board shall maintain its official headquarters in the City of Tallahassee.
Licensure by examination requires all of the following, EXCEPT:a)non-refundable application fee and non-refundable examination feeb)proof of doctoral-level psychological educationc) proof of 2 years or 4,000 hours of e
Answer: "e" none of the above; all are required.
Licensure by examination for school psychologists include all but the following requirements:a) received a doctorate, specialist, or equivalent degree primarily in psychological in nature that includes 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of
Answer: "b"; to receive licensure as a school psychologist, a minimum of 3 years of experience in school psychology are required, 2 years of which must be supervised by an individual who is a licensed school psychologist or otherwise qualified (this includes the doctoral internship).
All of the following statements are true about provisional licensure EXCEPT one:a) must submit an application fee and have earned a doctoral degree in psychologyb) must work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist
Answer: "e" all are true; the provisional licensee must work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist until the provisional licensee is in receipt of a license or letter from the department stating that he or she is licensed as a psychologist
Definition: “Board” means…a) Board of Psychologyb) Board of Psychological Examinersc) Board of Licensed Psychological Examiners
Answer: a) "Board" means the Board of Psychology
Provide the correct definition for the word “Department”:a)Florida Department of Psychologyb)Department of Healthc)Psychology Departmentd)Department of Florida Licensed Psychologists
Answer: b)Department of Health
The application processing fee for licensure as a psychologist in the State of Florida is not to exceed:a)$1105b)$250c)$500d)None of the above
Answer: c) $500a) $1105; this is the total amount that must be submitted with your application, but it includes (in addition to the $500 application processing fee) $200 for the Florida laws & rules exam fee, $400 initial licensure fee, and a $5 unlicensed activity fee. WHAT A RIP-OFF!b) This is the application processing fee for school psychologists
The Department shall license a person as a psychologist or school psychologist who demonstrates all of the following, EXCEPT:a) Holds a valid license to practice psychology in another state (the requirements of such were equivalent to or more
Answer: f) Has at least 15 years of experience as a licensed psychologist within 20 years preceding the date of application.Applicants by endorsement must have at least 20 years of experience as a licensed psychologist in any jurisdiction or territory of the United States within 25 years preceding the date of application.
True or False: Violation of any of the disciplinary policies is grounds for denial of licensure or disciplinary action.
Answer: True
Attempting to obtain, obtaining, or renewing a license by bribery or fraudulent misrepresentation or through an error of the board or department __________.a) is not subject to disciplinary action since it is the board or department’s fault
Answer: b) is grounds for denial of license or disciplinary actionNote: Answers c) and d) while may be true are not addressed in the code.
Pick the best answer in relation to the following statement: The board or department may deny you a Florida license to practice as a psychologist or take disciplinary action upon you if your license to practice a comparable profession is revoked, suspend
Answer: b)
True or False: Being convicted, found guilty, or entering a plea of nolo contendere of a crime constitute grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.
Answer: False; this is a trick question due to two aspects. First, a plea of nolo contendere (neither admitting nor disputing the charge) creates a rebuttable presumption of guilt in which the board shall allow the person who is the subject of the disciplinary proceeding to present any evidence relevant to the underlying charges and circumstances surrounding the plea. Second, the alleged crime must directly relate to the practice of psychology or the ability to practice psychology in order for the board to consider denial or revocation.
True or False: It is okay to advertise in a manner that communicates to your potential client or patient that your treatment will result in beneficial results or that paying more for psychotherapy is a guarantee that you will be cured (e.g., “You get w
Answer: FalseFalse, deceptive, or misleading advertising or obtaining a fee or other thing of value on the representation that beneficial results from any treatment will be guaranteed constitutes grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.
True or False: It is acceptable to advertise or practice under a name other than one’s own as long as this name matches the one that is listed on your Florida license.
Answer: FalseAdvertising, practicing, or attempting to practice under a name other than one’s own constitutes grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.
Pick the best answer in relation to the following statement: You have created a professional association with another psychologist (e.g., you are in private practice with this person) with whom you know to be involved in an unethical practice
Answer: b) You must dissolve your professional association or possibly be subject to disciplinary action.Maintaining a professional association with any person who the applicant or licensee knows, or has reason to believe, is in violation of the department or board rules ,may constitute grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.
Pick the best answer in relation to the following scenario: You are a licensed psychologist who is supervising a psychology intern who has only one month left in her internship. She has already passed the EPPP examination and will have fulfil
Answer: a) You have committed an unethical practice since you are making it seem as if your supervisee is already licensed and your actions constitute grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.Knowingly aiding, assisting, procuring, or advising any non-licensed person to hold himself or herself out as licensed constitutes grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.
True or False: Failing to perform any statutory or legal obligation placed upon a person licensed constitutes grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.
Answer: True
Pick the best answer in relation to the following scenario: A fellow psychologist comes to you for a consultation on an issue that he believes requires him to file a report to the Board. You and he talk about it at length and it appears to yo
Answer: b) you have committed an unethical act which may constitute grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action since you have willfully impeded or obstructed the filing of a report. Willfully making or filing a false report or record; failing to file a report or record required by state or federal law; willfully impeding or obstructing the filing of a report or record; or inducing another person to make or file a false report or record or to impede or obstruct the filing of a report or record constitute grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action.
Pick the best answer in relation to the following scenario: You are a newly licensed psychologist who is badly in need of referrals for clients in your new private practice. As such, you make several arrangements with local licensed psycholog
Answer:d) Both you and the psychologist receiving the 10% portion of your client’s fee have acted unethically. This scenario depicts paying and receiving of a “kickback” - a return of a part of a sum received often because of confidential agreement or coercion.Paying a kickback, rebate, bonus, or other remuneration for receiving a patient or client, or receiving a kickback, rebate, bonus, or other remuneration for referring a patient or client to another provider of mental health care services or to a provider of health care services or goods; referring a patient or client to oneself for services on a fee-paid basis when those services are already being paid for by some other public or private entity; or entering into a reciprocal referral agreement.
True or False: Failing to respond within 15 days to a written communication from the department concerning any investigation by the department or to make available any relevant records with respect to any investigation by the department or to make availa
Answer: False; you have 30 days to respond.
True or False: Being unable to practice psychology with reasonable skill or competence is grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action if this incompetence is due to substance abuse or mental illness, but may not occur if your incompetence is d
Answer: False; You may be denied a license or subjected to discipinary action if you are incompetent to practice due to: any mental or physical condition or by reason of illness; drunkenness; or excessive use of drugs, narcotics, chemicals, or any other substance.
Pick the best answer in relation to the following scenario:The Board has reason to suspect that you are incompetent to practice psychology:a) The board has the right to compel a licensee to submit to a mental or physical examinati
Answer: a) The board has the right to compel a licensee to submit to a mental or physical examination by psychologists or physician's designated by them.
Pick the best answer:If a licensee refuses to submit to a competency examination:a) the Board may automatically revoke the licensee's license to practice psychologyb) the Board may file a petition for enforcement in th
Answer: b) the Board may file a petition for enforcement in the circuit court of the circuit in which the licensee resides or does business
Pick the best answer:A licensee who has been stopped from practicing psychology due to incompentency:a) will be afforded the opportunity to demonstrate that he or she can resume competent practice once yearlyb) has los
Answer: c) will be afforded the opportunity at reasonable intervalsto to demonstrate that he or she can resume competent practice
True or False: You may perform any treatment or prescribe any therapy considered to be experimentation on human subjects as long as you obtain full, informed, and written consent.
Answer: True
True or False: Your performace as a psychologist is not measured as long as you are physically able to work.
Answer: False; You may be subject to disciplinary action if you fail to meet the minimum standards of performance in professional activities when measured against generally prevailing peer performance.
Pick the best answer: Delegating professional responsibilitites to a person who is not qualified by training or experience:a) may result in disciplinary action by the Boardb) will not result in disciplinary action beca
Answer: a) may result in disciplinary action by the Board
True or False:You may be subject to disciplinary action if you violate a rule or lawful order relating to the Board or the profession.
Answer: True
There are three circumstances under which you may fail to maintain in confidence a communication made by a patient or client in the context of services. Name the three.
Answer:1) court order2) patient provides waiver in writing3) duty to warn
When there is a clear and immediate probability of physical harm to the patient or client, to other individuals, or to society the psychologist must complete a duty to warn with includes informing:a)the potential victim onlyb)law
Answer: c) information to the potential victim, appropriate family member, or law enforcement (or other appropriate authorities.
True or False: Failing to maintain in confidence a communication made by a patient or a client may result in disciplinary action by the Board
Answer: True; however, confidentiality may be broken in three circumstances: court order, signed waiver by the patient or client, and duty to warn.
True or False: a psychologist may not make public statements which are derived from test data, client contacts, or behavioral research and which identify or damage research subjects or clients.
Answer: True.
With regard to the title "psychologist":a)anyone may use the title "psychologist" as it is not protectedb)it is protected and no person may describe himself as a "psychologist" unless he holds a valid
Answer: b)it is protected and no person may describe himself as a "psychologist" unless he holds a valid, active license as a psychologist
True or False: The terms "psychology," "psychological," and "psychodiagnostic" are all protected. No person shall how herself or himself out by title or description incorporating such words or permutations of them unless he
Answer: True
True or False: No test or report shall be described as a "psychological" unless done so by an individual with an active valid license.
Answer: True
True or False: Although the term "psychologist" is protected under the code, the term "psychotherapy" is not --anyone can claim to conduct psychotherapy.
Answer: False; No person shall hold herself or himself out by any title or description incorporating the word, or a permutation of the word, "psychotherapy" unless such person holds a valid, active license.
No person shall hold herself or himself out by any title or description incorporating the word, or a permutation of the word, "psychotherapy" unless such person holds a valid, active license. The previous statement is false because:
Answer: d; both b and c statements are correct. The word psychotherapy is protected against use by unlicensed persons and advanced registered nurse practitioners who have been determined by the Board of Nursing as a specialist in psychiatric mental health may also practice psychotherapy.
True or False: A licensed psychologist shall conspicuously display the valid, active license to practice psychology at his or her location of practice. If there is more than one location of practice then only one license need be displayed.
Answer: False; A licensed psychologist shall conspicuously display the valid, active license issued by the department or a true copy thereof at EACH location at which the licensee practices his or her profession.
True or False: A licensed psychologist must include the words "licesed clinical psychologist" on all professional advertisements.
Answer: False; the words "licensed psychologist" must be included.
True or False: You may receive credit for graduate level courses as long as they are provided by sponsors by the APA.
Answer: True
True or False: No more than 15 hours of ceu credit may be obtained by completion of graduate level courses.
Answer: False; no more than ten (10) hours of continuing psychological education credit.
True or False: CEU credit may be obtained by attendance in a program offered by an doctoral program or internship as long as they are APA approved.
Answer: True
Regarding CEUs for simple attendance at a state, regional or national psychology convention or conference, the following is true:a) one may not obtain CEUs from these eventsb) CEUs may be obtained but only 8 credits per biennium
Answer: c) CEUs may be otained but only 4 credits per biennium
Obtaining ABPP status:a) automatically satisfis the 40 CEU credits required per bienniumb) is not credited toward the earning of CEUsc) automatically satisfies 37 CEU credits, not including 1 CEU for domestic violence
Answer: c) automatically satisfies 37 CEU credits, not including 1 CEU for domestic violence and 2 CEUs for prevention of medical errors
True or False: CEUs may be earned by presenting or moderating a CEU course, but this may be done only twice per biennium.
Answer: False; CEUs may be earned for the first time only that one presents or moderates a CEU course.
CEUs may be earned by presenting or moderating a CEU course:a) the course must be APA approvedb) the course does not have to be APA approved, but sponsored by a provider approved by the boardc) you may not earn CEUs as
Answer: b
True or False: CEUs may be earned by presenting or moderating a CEU course, but the credit will be limited to the number of credits allowed by the program.
Answer: True
True or False: Up to 15 credit hours per biennium may be earned hour-per-hour by attendance at a Board meeting or Board committee meeting.
Answer: False; although CEUs may be obtained for each hour of attendance, only ten (10) credits will b allowed each biennium regardless of how many hours are attended during the biennium.
True or False: attendance at Board meetings may be used to satisfy ethics and legal issues CEU requirements
Answer: True
True or False: Up to 4 credit hours per biennium may be earned by providing volunteer witness expert opinions (two hours of credit each case - thus you may review 2 cases).
Answer: False; Up to 10 hours per biennium may be completed with 2 credits being awarded each case; thus, up to five cases may be reviewed
True or False: Home study is not an approved manner of obtaining CEUs for psychological education credit.
Answer: False; Home study may be used as a means of obtaining CEUs if the home study course is provided by APA approved providers or their affiliates.
____ number of CEUs must be completed as a condition of biennial licensure renewal.
Answer: Forty (40)
Of the total number of CEUs earned for general psychological continuing education credits, the Board requires that you also satisfy three areas of study in ______, _____, and _____.
Answer: domestic violence or an end of life and palliative health care, professional ethics and Florida Statues and rules affecting the practice of psychology, and prevention of medical errors.
As a condition of biennial licensure renewal, each licensee must complete _____ number of hours in domestic violence or palliative health care.
Answer: One (1)
As a condition of biennial licensure renewal, each licensee must complete _____ number of hours in professional ethics and Florida Statutes and rules affecting the practice of psychology.
Answer: Three (3)
As a condition of biennial licensure renewal, each licensee must complete _____ number of hours in the prevention of medical errors.
Answer: Two (two)
True or False: Passage of the laws and rules examination satisfies the requirements for 1 credit of domestic violence, 2 hours of prevention of medical error, and 3 hours of professional ethics and Florida Statutes.
Answer: False; it does not satisfy the requirement for 1 credit on domestic violence or the requirement for 2 hours relating to medical errors prevention --it only satisfies the 3 hours of ethics and Florida statutes.
The licensee shall retain documentation to substantiate continuing psychological education credit for _____ years following the renewal period for which the CEU was earned.
Answer: Two (2) years
True or False: In order to hold one's self out as a "Qualified Practitioner" in the area of sexual offender treatment, one must complete 20 of the 40 renewal CEUs in the evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders and related legal and ethical
Answer: True
If your license is revoked by the Board, you must wait _____ number of years before you may reapply for licensure:a) 2 yearsb) 7 yearsc) 10 yearsd) 1 year
Answer: b) 7 years; Applicants whose licenses have been revoked by the Board may not reapply for licensure until at least seven (7) years have elapsed since the latter of the Board's final order of revocation or the issuance of the final mandate from an appellate court affirming the revocation of licensure by the Board.
True or False: The Board will not entertain any applicatin for relicensure until and unless the applicant whose license has been revoked has complied with any order which imposed a fine or set conditions to be met by the applicant.
Answer: True
A person's license was revoked in 1995 and she reapplied for licensure in 2000; however, the requirements for licensure changed. May the reapplicant recieve a new license based on having met the requirements at her initial licensure?
Answer: No; Applicants whose licenses have been revoked by the Board must meet all the requirements for licensure that exist at the time of reappliaction, including examination.
Yes or no; are applicant's whose licenses have been revoked required to appear before the Board?
Answer: Yes
True or False: At the time that an applicant is reapplying for licensure after revocation, the Board may iimpose additional conditions (other than those already satisfied) on the applicant to satisfy the Board that the applicant has been rehabilitated an
Answer: True
When the Board finds that an applicant has attempted to obtain a license by bribery or fraudulent misrepresentation:a) his application is denied until such time that he is able to appropriately secure oneb) his application is deni
Answer: c) his application is permanently denied
When the Board finds that an applicant has been disciplined by any regulatory body in any jurisdiction for sexual misconduct or for any action involving the trespass of sexual boundaries:a) his application is denied until such time that he is
Answer: c) his application is permanently denied
If the Board finds that an applicant has been disciplined by any regulatory board (for reasons other than those that require immediate revocation of licensure) or been found guilty of any crime, the Board:a) may deny licensure application per
Answer: d
True or False: Psychologists practicing with a limited license may only provide services to indigent, underserved, or critical need populations.
Answer: True
In order to recieve a limited licensure, the applicant:a) must already be retiredb) must either be retired or retire within 6 months of receiving licensurec) may not be retired at the time of application, but must reti
Answer: b
True or False: In order to receive limited licensure, the applicant must have been licensed to practice in any jurisdiction in the United States for at least 10 years in the profession for which the applicant seeks a limited license
Answer: True
True or False: The application fees and all licensure fees shall be waived if the applicant for limited licensure will not receive monetary compensation for any services provided.
Answer: True
For the purpose of limited licensure, underserved populations include all but one of the following:a. indigent people with developmental disabilitiesb. indigent immigrants from other countriesc. indigent American Indians living on
Answer: d; the provision is made for indigent adults over the age of fifty-nine (59) years of age
The recipient of a limited license may practice:a) only in the employ of public agencies or institutions or nonprofit agencies or institutionsb) may not work for non profit agencies or institutions, but may work for public agencie
Answer: a
True or False: Psychologists practicing under limited licensure do not have to carry liability insurance.
Answer: False
To renew an active license, the licensee must complete _____ hours of approved CEUs per biennium.
Answer: Forty (40)
Each licensee shall provide either written or electronic notification to the Department of the licensee's current mailing address and place of practice within _____ days if changing.
Answer: Forty-five (45)
A psychologist has _____ number of days to provide copies of psychological records.
Answer: thirty (30); once the psychologist agrees to provide copies of psychological records, s/he is accorded a reasonable time, not to exceed thirty (30) days to make final entries and copy the psychological records.
True or False: A psychologist may hold back the release of psychological records if the receiving party fails to make payment for the costs of reproducing the records.
Answer: True; The psychologist may condition release of the copies upon payment by the requesting party of the reasonable costs of reproducing the records.
True or False: Rather than providing a service user with copies of psychological records, the psychologist may opt to issue a report.
Answer: True
If a service user requests a copy of their psychological record, the psychologist's notes pertaining to psychological services:a) must be included in the copies as these notes are considered pertinent materials to the service user's treatment
Answer: b) may be considered raw data and may be released only to a licensed psychologist or school psychologist or when required by law
True or False: a psychologist's communications with a client or patient do not have to remain confidential if someone other than the client or patient paid for the sessions and/or consultations.
Answer: False; The individual's communications with the psychologist shall remain confidential regardless of who pays for the services.
Entries into the patient's records should be made within _____ days.
Answer: ten (10)
The psychologist shall retain client's records for a minimum of _____ years after the completion of planned services or the date of last contact with the user, whichever event occurs later in time.
Answer: three (3)
Either the complete psychological records or a summary of those psychological records shall be retained for 7 years since the completion of planned services or the date of last contact. This is an additional ____ number of years from when the total recor
Answer: four (4)
True or False: A licensed psychologist is not required to retain psychological records if the psychologist's patients were assigned to the psychologist by a business entity which agrees to maintain and retain the confidentiality of the psychological reco
Answer: True
True or False: The psychologist is responsible for and in control of all psychological records rendered by any person under the supervision of the licensed psychologist.
Answer: True; The licensed psychologist shall maintain full and total responsibility for and control of all psychological records relating to users of the licensee's psychological sercies and of the users of the psychological services rendered by any person under the supervision of the licensed psychologist.
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