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Psychologist License in Counseling Psychology

Programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) are recognized as meeting the definition of a professional psychology program. The criteria for accreditation serve as a model for professional psychology training. The UO Counseling Psychology program in the College of Education has been APA accredited since 1955 (Commission on Accreditation, 750 1st St. NE, Washington DC 20002-4242, 202.336.5979).

Graduates of the UO College of Education Counseling Psychology program have been eligible to take the examination to become a licensed psychologist in the state of Oregon and most other states. Please see our C-20 Disclosure Data for licensure success rates of Counseling Psychology graduates.

Our UO Counseling Psychology program training meets licensing requirements for the state of Oregon, and we also attend to licensure requirements in the state of California. The program offers courses, when possible, to assist students in being eligible for licensure in that state. The Counseling Psychology program makes every attempt to advise students on the requirements for licensure in other states. Nevertheless, it remains the student's responsibility to learn the licensure requirements for any other state in which they wish to be licensed. The Association of State and Provincial Licensing Boards (ASPPB) provide detailed requirements for professional licensing and contact information for 62 psychology licensing boards in the U.S. and Canada.

The Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners (OBPE) was created for the purpose of examining and licensing all persons in Oregon who engage in the practice of psychology. The Board is also charged with safeguarding "the people of the State of Oregon from the dangers of unqualified and improper practice of psychology."

Practicing psychology means rendering or offering to render supervision, consultation, evaluation or therapy services to individuals, groups or organizations for the purpose of diagnosing or treating behavioral, emotional or mental disorders. It is unlawful to practice psychology or represent oneself as a psychologist without first being properly licensed by the OBPE.

Through the examination of applicants, the Oregon State Board of Psychologist Examiners accomplishes its legislative mandate to establish standards of service and training and educational qualifications for the rendering of ethical psychological services in Oregon. Because the board believes that regular continuing education ensures the highest quality of professional services to the public, the board requires that all licensed psychologists and psychologist associates complete continuing education, and report compliance with this requirement on a biannual basis.