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FOR RELEASE: December 12, 2000
CONTACT: Dick Gunn

New Criteria Established for Licensed Behavioral Practitioners

The Oklahoma State Board of Health recently established a set of licensing rules for persons wishing to practice as Licensed Behavioral Practitioners in Oklahoma.

The rules specify the qualifying degree, standards for current professional practice and prior professional practice, continuing education, and examinations required for licensure.

To be licensed as a Licensed Behavioral Practitioner, an individual must have at least a master's degree from a program in psychology from a regionally accredited college or university. The program must be clearly identified as a psychology program and have faculty who hold graduate degrees in psychology or closely related fields.

In addition, the applicant must be practicing behavioral health services at least 20 hours per week during the time of application for licensure. Behavioral health services include facilitating human development and adjustment through the life span; preventing, treating or diagnosing mental, emotional or behavioral disorders or associated distress; conducting assessments or diagnoses to establish treatment goals and objectives; and planning and implementing treatment plans.

Prior professional practice requires that the applicant must have practiced behavioral health services for 20 hours per week for at least two years. The applicant must also have completed 10 hours of continuing education.

Finally, the applicant must complete two examinations: the Practice Examination of Psychological Knowledge and the Oklahoma State Standards Test.

Applications for the new Licensed Behavioral Practitioner license will be available in early January 2001. Persons who wish to apply for the license may request an application from the Professional Counselors Licensing Division, Oklahoma State Department of Health, at the addresses below:

  • Professional Counselor Licensing – 0504
    Oklahoma State Department of Health
    1000 N.E. 10th Street
    Oklahoma City, OK 73117-01299
  • E-mail: Erica@health.state.ok.us


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