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|Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
PSYCHOLOGICAL TECHNICIANS’ ACTIVITIES
THEIR REPRESENTATION TO THE PUBLIC
PURPOSE OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN:
The Psychological Technician is a “technician” for the psychologist rather than a “clinician”. The difference between the two is with regard to the level of allowed decision making: procedural versus discretional. Discretional decision making is reserved for the psychologist (i.e., clinician) and non-discretional decision making (i.e., procedural) is appropriate for the psychological technician. The psychological technician ASSISTS the psychologist and is NOT independent in the provision of services. Discretional decision making involves independence and is not appropriate for the psychological technician. (See Psychologists Licensing Act and Rules of the Board for further information.)
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES:
When applications to hire a psychological technician are reviewed by the Board, the activities and services to be provided are carefully studied to ensure they are NOT discretional in nature. The Board also reviews whether the individual has had training related to those activities and services.
Activities and services consistently rejected by the Board involve discretional decision making. The following are non-inclusive examples:
The Board frequently asks for clarification of activities and services when the psychologist’s intent is not clear regarding the type of decision making level assigned. Greater specificity on the application usually would not have resulted in a delay. Non-inclusive examples of questioned activities follow:
 Question: Does this include projective techniques, mental status interviews, and/or tests requiring extensive training in qualitative techniques?
 Question: Is the technician simply reporting results or recommendations prepared by the psychologist? Are consumers informed of how to access the psychologist for clarification?
Activities and services frequently approved by the Board, assuming the individual has received training in the area, include:
REPRESENTATION TO THE PUBLIC:
Psychological technicians must NOT represent themselves, in any manner, as an independent practitioner and it is the employing psychologist’s responsibility to ensure it does not occur. Additionally, the psychologist has a duty to inform consumers of the psychological technician’s qualifications and functions.
The psychological technician’s name must NOT appear in the following:
The psychological technician’s name MAY appear in the following:
For further clarification or questions, you may contact the Board office.