21 NCAC 54 .2803             EMPLOYMENT AND SUPERVISION OF UNLICENSED INDIVIDUALS

(a)  Any psychologist who employs or supervises unlicensed individuals who provide ancillary services as specified in Rule .2801 of this Section shall maintain documentation of the relationship between the psychologist and the unlicensed individual beginning with the date upon which the relationship is initiated.  Written documentation that includes the responsibilities of both parties shall be maintained by the licensee.  Except when prevented from doing so by circumstances beyond the psychologist's control, the psychologist shall maintain documentation of the relationship with the unlicensed individual for a minimum of seven years after the termination of the relationship and shall present the documentation to the Board upon written request.  If the unlicensed individual is supervised by more than one psychologist, there shall be a psychologist appointed to have primary responsibility for the coordination of and provision of ancillary services by the unlicensed individual.  The appointed psychologist shall have responsibility for clinical record keeping with regard to the ancillary services provided by the unlicensed individual.  Any psychologist supervising or employing persons who provide ancillary services shall not submit records regarding ancillary services personnel to the Board unless ordered to do so pursuant to G.S. 90-270.9.

(b)  The psychologist shall be competent to render all ancillary services specified in Rule .2801 of this Section that the employee or supervisee shall render.  However, supervision may be delegated to other psychologists affiliated with the employment setting whose competence in the delegated areas has been demonstrated by previous education, training, and experience.

(c)  Any psychologist who employs or supervises individuals to provide ancillary services shall be accessible at all times, either on-site or through electronic communication, and shall be available to render assistance when needed to the unlicensed individual and patient or client, or shall have arranged for another psychologist to be accessible and available in the absence of the supervising psychologist.  Psychologists shall meet with all unlicensed individuals whom they supervise to the extent necessary to provide supervision for the activities in which the unlicensed individual is engaged.  The psychologist shall maintain documentation of supervisory sessions, including dates, appointment times, and length of time of each supervision session, for a period of at least seven years following the termination of ancillary services by ancillary services personnel.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-270.9; 90-270.21;

Eff. April 1, 2003.