Code of Ethics
As the stakeholder representing Licensed Educational Psychologists before the Board of Behavioral Sciences, CASP has developed a Code of Ethics for LEPs. Approved by the CASP Board of Directors during its October 2015 meeting, the LEP Ethics Code goes beyond the CASP Code of Ethics by expanding on issues facing school psychologists in private practice.
LEPs and Tele (mental) Health
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has taken steps to set new regulations regarding online mental health counseling. The proposed regulations reflect what a therapist would do if the client was being counseled in the same room, and were considered noncontroversial by the stakeholder groups.
Background: the Business and Professions Code speaks to “telehealth” but does not address the nature of mental health services. The BBS is proposing the following:
- When starting the telehealth services, LEPs, LPCCs, LMFTs and LCSWs would be mandated to do the following:
- Obtain informed consent from the client. Written consent is preferred.
- Inform the client of the potential risks and limitations of receiving treatment via telehealth.
- Provide the client with his or her license or registration number and the type of license or registration.
- Provide the client with written procedures to follow an emergency situation. This shall include contact information for emergency services near the client’s location.
- Each time a licensee or registrant provides services via telehealth, he or she shall do the following:
- Verbally obtain from the client and document the client’s full name and address of present location, at the beginning of each telehealth session.
- Assess whether the client is appropriate for telehealth, including, but not limited to, consideration of the client’s psychosocial situation.
- Utilize industry best practices for telehealth to ensure both client confidentiality and the security of the communication medium.
The BBS also clarified that its licensees cannot provide services to a client who is physically out of state unless that licensee is licensed in the state in which the client is located. California currently has no reciprocity with any other states when it comes to telehealth regulations. The BBS plans to publish a “best practices” guide on telehealth sometime in the future.
The proposed regulations were sent onto the Department of Consumer Affairs, which begins the process of state approval. Sometime within the next year, the public will be invited to comment on the regulations.
Board of Behavioral Sciences
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has made recent changes in who can grant continuing education credits to Licensed Educational Psychologists, as well as other licensed therapists. Don’t worry. CASP is still your place to go to get CEUs in topics that will best suit Educational Psychology. However, there are some changes, such as gaining credits by working with the BBS on new licensee examinations and getting all 36 CEUs from webinars.
- LEP Experts Wanted by the BBS
- Renew Your LEP License Online
- LEP Exam Handbook
- Retired License Information – California Board of Behavioral Sciences
LEP Continuing Education and License Renewal Information
This brochure, from the Board of Behavioral Sciences, further explains continuing education requirements for LEPs.
LEP Scope of Practice
You Asked. We got. CASP members who are LEPs (and non LEPs) that work independently of schools can now purchase liability insurance at a deep discount through American Professional Agency, Inc.