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A08376 Summary:

Amd 7607, Ed L
Requires coursework in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion as part of continuing education requirements for the profession of psychology.
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A08376 Actions:

10/20/2021referred to higher education
01/05/2022referred to higher education
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A08376 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    October 20, 2021
        Introduced  by  M. of A. FAHY -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Higher Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to  continuing  education
          requirements for the profession of psychology
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 7607  of  the  education  law,  as
     2  added by chapter 436 of the laws of 2018, is amended to read as follows:
     3    2.  During each triennial registration period, an applicant for regis-
     4  tration as a psychologist shall complete a minimum of  thirty-six  hours
     5  of  acceptable  learning  activities,  a minimum of three hours of which
     6  shall be course work in the area of professional ethics,  including  the
     7  laws,  rules  and regulations for practice in New York, and a minimum of
     8  three hours of which shall be in course work in the area  of  diversity,
     9  equity,  and inclusion.   Any psychologist whose first registration date
    10  following the effective date of this  section  occurs  less  than  three
    11  years from such effective date, but on or after January first, two thou-
    12  sand twenty-one, shall complete continuing education hours on a prorated
    13  basis at the rate of one hour per month for the period beginning January
    14  first,  two thousand twenty-one up to the first registration date there-
    15  after. A psychologist who has not  satisfied  the  mandatory  continuing
    16  education  requirement  shall  not  be  issued  a triennial registration
    17  certificate by the department and shall not practice unless and until  a
    18  conditional  registration is issued as provided for in subdivision three
    19  of this section. Continuing education hours taken during  one  triennium
    20  may not be transferred to the subsequent triennium.
    21    §  2.  Subparagraph  (ii) of paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section
    22  7607 of the education law, as added by chapter 436 of the laws of  2018,
    23  is amended to read as follows:
    24    (ii)  "formal  courses  of learning" shall include, but not be limited
    25  to, collegiate level credit and non-credit courses, professional  devel-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  opment  programs  and technical sessions offered by national, state, and
     2  local professional associations and other  organizations  acceptable  to
     3  the  department,  and  any  other  organized  educational  and technical
     4  programs acceptable to the department. Formal courses must be taken from
     5  [a]  the  American  Psychological Association, its divisions, its affil-
     6  iates, or any sponsor approved by the department, based upon a  applica-
     7  tion and fee, pursuant to the regulations of the commissioner.
     8    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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