GA - GAC
Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Terms and Conditions of Agreement for Access to Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Website

(Note: certain features of this site have been disabled for the general public to prevent digital piracy. If you are an entitled government entity pursuant the Georgia Administrative Procedures Act, O.C.G.A.§ 50-13-7(d) contact the State of Georgia's Administrative Procedures Division at 678-364-3785 to enable these features for your location.)

To access this website, you must agree to the following:

These terms of use are a contract between you and/or your employer (if any), and Lawriter, LLC.

You agree not to use any web crawler, scraper, or other robot or automated program or device to obtain data from the website.

You agree that you will not sell or license anything that you download, print, or copy from this website.

THIS WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND LAWRITER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AND ARE NOT LIABLE TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY ERRORS IN INACCURACIES CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE.

By accessing and/or using this website, you agree to the terms and conditions above. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions above, you must cease accessing and/or using this website and destroy all material obtained from this website without your agreement.

If you accept these terms enter the information below and click “I AGREE”.

Chapter 510-10 UNLICENSED PRACTICE

Rule 510-10-.01 Individuals

An individual who does not hold a current license issued by the Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and does not fall within one of the exemptions set forth in O.C.G.A. Section 43-39-7:

(a) May not render or order to render to individuals, groups, organizations, or the public for a fee or any remuneration, monetary or otherwise, any service involving the application of recognized principles, methods, and procedures of the science and profession of psychology, such as, but not limited to, diagnosing and treating mental and nervous disorders and illnesses, rendering opinions concerning diagnoses of mental disorders, including organic brain disorders and brain damage, engaging in neuropsychology, engaging in psychotherapy, interviewing, administering, and interpreting tests of mental abilities, aptitudes, interests, and personality characteristics for such purposes as psychological classification or evaluation, or for education or vocational placement, or for such purposes as psychological counseling, guidance, or readjustment.
(b) May not offer direct psychological services or supervise psychological services, including for training purposes, regardless of fee or remuneration, monetary or otherwise.
(c) May not advertise that he or she is licensed by the Board;
(d) May not use any words, letters, titles, or figures indicating or implying that he or she is licensed by the Board.
(e) May not use any words, letters, titles, or figures indicating or otherwise implying that he or she is a psychologist or is in any way practicing psychology.

Rule 510-10-.02 Business Entities

A business entity may not use in its name any words, letters, titles, or figures that indicate or imply the practice of psychology unless at least one employee or officer of that entity holds a current psychology license issued by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Rule 510-10-.03 Psychological Assessment

(1) Definitions:
(a) Psychological Testing is defined as the use of assessment instruments that measure mental abilities, personality characteristics, or neuropsychological functioning in order to diagnose, render opinions, treat, classify or evaluate mental and nervous disorders and illnesses including organic brain disorders and brain damage.
(b) Mental Abilities are defined as abilities that are psychological in nature, as opposed to physical in nature. Mental abilities include, but are not limited to, intelligence, cognition, attention, concentration, memory, language, abstraction, creativity and problem solving.
(c) Personality Characteristics are defined as personality states, traits, attitudes, emotional conditions, self-image, motivation and interpersonal behaviors. Personality assessment includes objective and projective personality tests.
(d) Neuropsychological Functioning is defined as the psychological manifestations of brain functioning. Neuropsychological testing is the use of psychological tests and assessment techniques to assess brain functioning and to diagnose brain pathology, organic brain disorders, and brain damage. Neuropsychological functioning includes, but is not limited to, sensory-motor functioning, attention, concentration, memory language, abstraction, problem solving, visual spatial ability, executive functioning and personality.
(2) The administration and interpretation of tests for psychological purposes constitutes the practice of psychology, and, accordingly, requires that the individual administering and interpreting such psychological tests be currently licensed by the State of Georgia as a psychologist. Students, trainees or assistants who satisfy the requisite statutory and rule requirements may administer and interpret psychological tests under the direct supervision of a currently licensed psychologist.
(b) Psychologists also administer and interpret other tests, including but not limited to educational and vocational tests, interest inventories, academic achievement tests, test that evaluate marital and family functioning, and test that assess alcohol and substance abuse and dependence, however these other tests are not entirely within the domain of the profession of psychology alone.

Rule 510-10-.04 Exceptions

Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit a person with a license issued by another professional board from engaging in any activity for which that person is currently authorized to by state law to practice. Persons practicing acts exempted under O.C.G.A. Section 43-39-7 shall not be considered to be unlawfully practicing psychology.