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74-5362. Practice of licensed master's level psychologist; direction of certain persons; use of title. (a) Any person who is licensed under the provisions of this act as a licensed master's level psychologist shall have the right to practice psychology so long as such practice is under the direction of a licensed clinical psychotherapist, a licensed psychologist, a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery or a person licensed to provide mental health services as an independent practitioner and whose licensure allows for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. When a client has symptoms of a mental disorder, a licensee under the licensure of master's level psychologists act shall consult with the client's primary care physician or psychiatrist to determine if there may be a medical condition or medication that may be causing or contributing to the client's symptoms of a mental disorder. A client may request in writing that such consultation be waived and such request shall be made a part of the client's record. A licensed master's level psychologist may continue to evaluate and treat the client until such time that the medical consultation is obtained or waived.

(b) A licensed master's level psychologist may use the title licensed master's level psychologist and the abbreviation LMLP but may not use the title licensed psychologist or psychologist. A licensed clinical psychotherapist may use the title licensed clinical psychotherapist and the abbreviation LCP but may not use the title licensed psychologist or psychologist.

History: L. 1987, ch. 306, § 2; L. 1988, ch. 304, § 6; L. 1996, ch. 153, § 32; L. 1997, ch. 142, § 1; L. 1999, ch. 117, § 30; L. 2016, ch. 92, § 71; July 1.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Psychologists—licensure; practice; exempt settings. 88-172.

Persons deemed engaged in practice of medicine and surgery; diagnosis of psychological disorders. 92-114.

Regulation of psychologists; violations; representing oneself as psychologist without a license. 94-46.

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