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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
Petition 51
Petition Information
Petition Title Residency program in psychology
Date Filed 12/4/2007   
Petitioner Michael Kohn 
Petitioner's Request

To amend regulations to require the doctoral psychology program to involve at least 12 months of continuous physical residency at the degree-granting institution.

Agency's Plan

To consider comment on the petition to determine whether to recommend amendments to the requirements for education and training for clinical psychologists at its meeting on April 15, 2008.

Comment Period Ended 1/24/2008
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date 4/15/2008
Agency Decision Summary Although the Board declined to initiate rulemaking in response to the petition, it has a continuing interest in the issue and has referred it to the Regulatory Committee to be considered as part of its current review of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral requirements. Board regulations require that an applicant for licensure in clinical psychology hold a doctoral degree from an educational program accredited by the American Psychological Association. It is the Board's understanding that there are currently a few programs accredited by APA that do not have a 12-month continuous residency for their students, so such a requirement would be more stringent than APA accreditation standards.