Are you facing a license investigation, accusation, or statement of issues by the California Board of Psychology? Our law firm’s experienced legal team of license defense attorneys, paralegals, lawyers, and professionals can help you protect your psychologist license.
You are observers, interpreters, theorists, and relationship gurus. As psychologists, you delve into the processes of the human mind as you watch and assess individuals’ behavior and interactions with the environment and the people around them.
To do this, you look for patterns that help you predict behavior outcomes using scientific methods, principles, or procedures to test your ideas – all designed to aid you in gaining insight into individuals, groups, and cultures. Gathering information, evaluating behavior by using controlled laboratory experiments, you may also use hypnosis, biofeedback, psychoanalysis, and administer personality, performance, aptitude, and intelligence tests. Interviewing techniques are finely tuned skills you look for cause-and-effect relationships between events and behavior patterns.
Some psychologists focus on addictive behaviors (drug or alcohol abuse), some provide mental health care services at clinics or hospitals, and others are in private practice, helping families, couples or children find ways to get through traumas and dysfunction and establish healthier patterns of behavior. If you are a clinical psychologist, you and your professional brethren make up the largest segment of specialists as you deal in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders, some as severe as schizophrenia, depression, and paranoia.
The developmental psychologist studies cognitive and social development that can begin as early as infancy, when unmet needs may lead to issues during childhood and adolescence. But with the “graying of America,” much study in recent decades have also focused on changes that occur during older age, helping senior citizens maintain their independence or dealing with the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Other specialities include social psychology (people’s interaction with others as well as the world around them) and experimental psychology, where universities, businesses, non-profits and even government agencies study behavior in both humans and animals. The forensic psychologist assists judges, attorneys, and other legal professionals gain insight into the psychological findings of a particular case.
We know the competition to enter this field is formidable. To obtain a license to practice this type of work, the California Board of Psychology requires many years of education, training and practice. If you are a licensed psychologist in the state of California, it’s vital that you protect your license with all the resources at your disposal should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to defend it. Even if you believe yourself capable of handling some legal aspects, it’s wise to have a competent license attorney on board with the breadth of knowledge necessary to help avoid revocation, suspension or disciplinary actions against your hard-earned license. For more information, call us at (800) 456-3767.
Disciplinary guidelines and information can be found on the board’s website by following these links:
- Disciplinary Guidelines
- Spectrum of Administrative Actions
- Stipulated Settlements
- Citation & Fine Order
Laws and regulations governing the practice of psychology can be found on the California Board of Psychology website by following these links:
- California Board of Psychology Laws and Regulations
- Continuing Education Requirements
- Delegation of Functions and Unprofessional Conduct
- Renewal of License – Disclosure of Discipline & Criminal Convictions
If you need legal help and consultation to defend your license by a Board of Psychology attorney, call 1-800-456-3767 to speak to a lawyer.