How the State of Michigan Defines Psychologists

A psychologist in the state of Michigan is defined as a licensed individual that engages in the practice of psychology by offering services to other individuals or groups, by applying approved methods, techniques, and principles in order to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders. All Michigan psychologists must abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the Michigan Board of Psychology. This board served as the governing body from 1959 to 1978 when the governing authority was transferred to the Michigan Public Health Code.

The Psychology Governing Body

The Michigan Board of Psychology consists of 9 voting members: 5 doctoral psychologists, 1 non-doctoral psychologist, and 4 public members. Once appointed, individual office terms are 4 years. The responsibilities of the board is to promote and protect the public health and welfare. This is accomplished by making sure that educational and professional competency is met by all therapists who practice in the state of Michigan. The board also has the authority to take action against those who they feel adversely affect their responsibility to the public.

Most importantly, a person can’t engage in the practice of psychology unless they’re approved and licensed.

There are four different psychology licenses that the board has the authority to issue and all four come with a different set of requirements for eligibility.

State of Michigan Psychology Licensing Guide

Full Psychology License Eligibility Requirements (LP)

Education – The applicant must graduate with a doctoral degree in psychology or closely related field from a regionally accredited school. If the applicant’s education wasn’t in English, they must obtain an 80 or above on the TOEFL iBT exam.

Training – Eligible applicants must complete an internship that both meets the requirements set by the board as well as be part of their school’s doctoral degree program. A 2,000 hour internship must be completed during the doctoral degree.

Experience – After education requirements are set, applicants must also complete postdoctoral work consisting of no less than 2,000 supervised clocked hours within 2 years’ time. This experience must be accumulated at a minimum of 16 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours per week. The supervision must be completed by a fully licensed professional. However, the rules for postdoctoral experience are not unchangeable; meaning that, the board has the ability to extend the post-doctoral time on a case by case basis. If the experience is completed in the state of Michigan, the applicant first must hold a Doctoral Limited License. After the hour requirements are met, the applicant’s supervisor must submit the evaluation form to the State of Michigan for review.

Examination – All eligible professionals must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) with a scaled score of 500. If you require study assistance for this very important exam there are plenty of test prep options available. Additionally, private tutoring is also a viable option. Please visit (EPPPSTUDYGUIDE.COM) for study help.

Cost – $151.50 Select the Psychologist By Examination method on the following form. The license is initially valid until the next license expiration date periods ranging from 4 – 12 months. Licenses cannot be renewed early, but a notice will be provided 45-60 days prior to the expiration date. After your first renewal, your license will be valid for 2 years. Following this time period the license will have to be renewed again.

Background Check– After the state receives your license, they will send you detailed instructions on the fingerprint requirements to be sent back for further processing.

Continuing Education Requirements– For license renewal, you must accumulate a minimum of 30 credits of Continuing Education during the 2-year license period described above. You do not need to submit proof during re-licensure. However, in an event of an audit, you do need to keep all your completion certificates showing your name, number of CE hours earned, and the organization that approved the activity. To obtain proof, you must attend and participate in approved programs related to the practice of psychology. For a complete list of acceptable activities, please visit the MI Admin Code Psychology General Rules on our Tools and Resources Page.

Doctoral Limited License Eligibility Requirements (DLLP)

Education – The requirement of graduating with a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited school is the same for a DLLP as it is for full licensure. Similarly to the Full Licensure requirement, if the education was not taught in English, a minimum score of 80 must be met on the TOEFL iBT.

Training – A supervision confirmation form must be submitted to verify 2000 internship hours were completed during the doctoral degree.

Requirement– this license is required if any post-doctoral experience will be completed in the state of Michigan.

Cost – $90.90 Select the Doctoral Ed Ltd option on the Michigan License Application Form.

Background Check – This process is the same as it is for full licensure. You’ll receive detailed instructions for fingerprints after your application and fee is received.

Master’s Limited License Requirements (LLP)

Education – Applicants must hold a master’s degree in psychology from a regionally accredited school.

Training – the school’s program must include at least one course in assessment, treatment, ethics, and 500 hours of psychological work at an approved practicum site.

Experience – In an organized health care setting, all applicants must complete a minimum of 2,000 supervised hours of post-degree work. The supervised hours must be overseen by a fully licensed psychologist. Please note that if the experience is to be completed in Michigan, then you must obtain a TLLP licensure first. Details for the TLLP can be found below.

Examination – The EPPP examination must be completed with a minimum scaled scored of 450.

Cost – $121.20 Select the Master’s Ltd Psychologist option on the Applications.

Background Check – This is similar in the previously explained sections. Once the state receives your application and funds, they will reply with details for required fingerprints.

Temporary Limited License Eligibility (TLLP)

Education – Must meet all the educational standards for the LLP license above. This means that graduating from an accredited Master’s program is a requirement.

Training – A minimum of 500 hours at an approved practicum, supervised by either a fully licensed professional or someone who’s eligible for full licensure in the state of Michigan.

Requirement– this license is required if post master’s degree work is to be completed in the state of Michigan.

Cost – $95.95 Select the first option on the licensure application form.

Background Check – The state will supply with fingerprint instructions after receiving the funds and application.

Michigan Supervision Requirements

The rules on supervision for limited licensed professionals and those required to be supervised are outlined in Section 338.2571 of the administration code. It states that those who have less than 10 years of experience must meet with their supervisor in person for a minimum of 2 hours per month. For those who have more than 10 years of experience, the in-person meeting time is cut in half down to only 1 hour per month.

It is recommended that all supervisors have on file: the name, address, and all contact info of the supervisee. This can all be set up in a password protected excel file to protect any sensitive information. In addition to contact info, supervisors should record all dates and times of in person meetings.

Charging for supervision services is perfectly OK. However, any and all fees should be properly disclosed prior to any supervision sessions. More than likely, the fee structure will vary. If the supervisee is a contract employee of the supervisor, fees can be rolled into the compensation package or charged on a flat fee basis.

Prohibited Conduct

The Michigan Psychology Rules contain a list of all prohibited conduct by licensed professionals. These prohibitions include, but are not limited to:

Engaging in harassment or unfair discrimination, solicitation and engagement of a sexual relationship with a current patient, supervisee or student, or a member of the patient’s immediate family.

For a complete list of prohibited behaviors please visit state’s administrative rules website. All related sources and forms can be found on our therapist’s resource page.