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225 ILCS 15/10
(225 ILCS 15/10)
(from Ch. 111, par. 5360)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Qualifications of applicants; examination.
except as provided in Section 11 of this Act,
shall issue a license as a clinical psychologist to any person who pays an
application fee and who:
(1) is at least 21 years of age;
(3) is a graduate of a doctoral program from a
college, university or school accredited by the regional accrediting body which is recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and is in the jurisdiction in which it is located for purposes of granting the doctoral degree and either:
(a) is a graduate of a doctoral program in
clinical, school or counseling psychology either accredited by the American Psychological Association or the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System or approved by the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology or other national board recognized by the Board, and has completed 2 years of satisfactory supervised experience in clinical, school or counseling psychology at least one of which is an internship and one of which is postdoctoral; or
(b) holds a doctoral degree from a recognized
college, university or school which the Department, through its rules, establishes as being equivalent to a clinical, school or counseling psychology program and has completed at least one course in each of the following 7 content areas, in actual attendance at a recognized university, college or school whose graduates would be eligible for licensure under this Act: scientific and professional ethics, biological basis of behavior, cognitive-affective basis of behavior, social basis of behavior, individual differences, assessment, and treatment modalities; and has completed 2 years of satisfactory supervised experience in clinical, school or counseling psychology, at least one of which is an internship and one of which is postdoctoral; or
(c) holds a doctorate in psychology or in a
program whose content is psychological in nature from an accredited college, university or school not meeting the standards of paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection (3) and provides evidence of the completion of at least one course in each of the 7 content areas specified in paragraph (b) in actual attendance at a recognized university, school or college whose graduate would be eligible for licensure under this Act; and has completed an appropriate practicum, an internship or equivalent supervised clinical experience in an organized mental health care setting and 2 years of satisfactory supervised experience in clinical or counseling psychology, at least one of which is postdoctoral; and
(4) has passed an examination authorized by the
Department to determine his or her fitness to receive a license.
Applicants for licensure under subsection (3)(a) and
this Section shall complete 2 years of satisfactory supervised
least one of which shall be an internship and one of which shall be
postdoctoral. A year of supervised experience is defined as not less than
1,750 hours obtained in not less than 50 weeks based on 35 hours per week
for full-time work experience. Full-time supervised experience will be
counted only if it is obtained in a single setting for a minimum of 6 months.
Part-time and internship experience will be counted only if it
is 18 hours or more a week for a minimum of 9 months and is in a
single setting. The internship experience required under
(3)(a) and (3)(b) of this Section shall be a
minimum of 1,750 hours completed within 24 months.
Programs leading to a doctoral degree require minimally the equivalent
of 3 full-time academic years of graduate study, at least 2 years of
which are at the institution from which the degree is granted, and of which
at least one year or its equivalent is in residence at the institution from
which the degree is granted. Course work for which credit is given for life
experience will not be accepted by the Department as fulfilling the
educational requirements for licensure. Residence requires interaction
with psychology faculty and other matriculated psychology students; one
year's residence or its equivalent is defined as follows:
(a) 30 semester hours taken on a full-time or
part-time basis at the institution accumulated within 24 months, or
(b) a minimum of 350 hours of student-faculty contact
involving face-to-face individual or group courses or seminars accumulated within 18 months. Such educational meetings must include both faculty-student and student-student interaction, be conducted by the psychology faculty of the institution at least 90% of the time, be fully documented by the institution, and relate substantially to the program and course content. The institution must clearly document how the applicant's performance is assessed and evaluated.
To meet the requirement for satisfactory supervised experience, under
this Act the supervision must be performed pursuant to the order, control
and full professional responsibility of a licensed clinical psychologist.
The clients shall be the clients of the agency or supervisor rather than
the supervisee. Supervised experience in which the supervisor receives
monetary payment or other consideration from the supervisee or in which the
supervisor is hired by or otherwise employed by the supervisee shall not be
accepted by the Department as fulfilling the practicum, internship or 2
years of satisfactory supervised experience requirements for licensure.
Examinations for applicants under this Act shall be held at the direction
of the Department from time to time but not less than once each year. The
scope and form of the examination shall be determined by the Department.
Each applicant for a license who possesses the necessary qualifications
therefor shall be examined by the Department, and shall pay to the
Department, or its designated testing service, the required examination
fee, which fee shall not be refunded by the Department.
Applicants have 3 years from the date of application to complete the
application process. If the process has not been completed in 3 years, the
application shall be denied, the fee shall be forfeited, and the applicant must
reapply and meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
An applicant has one year from the date of notification of
successful completion of the examination to apply to the Department for a
license. If an applicant fails to apply within one year, the applicant shall
be required to take and pass the examination again unless licensed in
another jurisdiction of the United States within one year of passing the
(Source: P.A. 98-849, eff. 1-1-15; 99-572, eff. 7-15-16.)