Moore Mental Health & Behavioral Services, PLLC has clinicians at all levels of experience and training. Our Licensed Psychologists are seasoned professionals with a wide array of expertise, training, and experiences that are used to provide quality services to clients and direct supervision to pre-licensed clinicians as well as those that are licensed at the master-level, who are often referred to as Licensed Psychological Associates. Below is a link from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists discussing in detail the differences in training and education of Licensed Psychological Associates vs. Licensed Psychologists.
Licensed Psychologist (LP) are clinicians with doctoral degrees (typically PhD or PsyD) in psychology and have passed a series of exams and completed a minimum of 3,500 hours of supervised experience, with at least 1,750 hours having been received in a formal internship within a doctoral program and at least 1,750 hours received following conferral of a doctoral degree. Licensed Psychologists can practice independently.
Licensed Psychological Associates (LPA) are clinicians with master degrees in psychology and have passed a series of exams, completed six (6) semester credit hours of practicum, internship, or other structured experience within the graduate degree program, while under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. It should be noted that there are some LPA’s who can function “independently,” meaning without the supervision of a psychologist. Those who can do so will have the wording “independent practice” will be indicated and will have supporting documentation. A minimum of 3,000 hours of post-graduate degree supervised experience is required for “independent practice.”
Pre-Doctoral Interns are clinicians who have finished all the of their doctoral course work and are completing their first of two years (typically 2000 hours each year) of full-time supervised experience. They are supervised by a Licensed Psychologist.
Post-Doctoral Residents are clinicians with doctoral degrees (typically PhD or PsyD) in psychology and are in the process of passing a series of exams and received one year (typically 2000 hours) of full-time supervised experienced during their doctoral program. They are supervised by Licensed Psychologists.
Provisionally Licensed Psychologists (PLP) are clinicians with doctoral degrees (typically PhD or PsyD) in psychology and who have completed their doctoral program and have already passed their state licensure exam. They are usually awaiting to receive their full licensure (once applied for) or may be in the process of completing their post-doctoral residency.
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) is a licensed professional who is able to provide school psychological services in Texas public schools. The requirements for the LSSP credential includes the completion of a graduate degree in school psychology or closely related field and a passing score on the national exam for school psychology. In Texas, the title of School Psychologist is limited to those licensed psychologists with a doctorate in school psychology.