In Oregon, the Board of Psychologist Examiners (OBPE) has long claimed a legally dubious authority over exempt practitioners. This is odd, because these exemptions are not for psychologists, but for counselors and marriage and family therapists! So the OBPE has long been poaching on other Boards’ turf.
After looking into the matter on my own, I concluded that their claim to authority was not only of questionable propriety, it’s of questionable legality.
No Authority Over Unlicensed Practitioners
But after consulting with several lawyers, it turns out I was wrong. Their authority isn’t questionable, it’s nonexistent.
The Psychology Board Knows This, Sort of
The Board itself is starting to consider the possibility of changing course … eventually. At the March 20, 2015 board meeting, they announced the semi-existence of an Exempt Practitioner Workgroup, a group that has never met, whose membership has not been disclosed, and which has no deadlines. In the meantime, their unlicensed practitioner prosecutions are proceeding full speed ahead. I’m hearing from more and more of them (and if you’re one of them, feel free to get in touch.)