Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 337
Psychologists--Professional Counselors--Social Workers
Section 337.045

August 28, 2013


Exempted professions and occupations--temporary practice authorized.

337.045. Nothing in sections 337.010 to 337.090 shall in any way limit:

(1) Qualified members of other professional groups such as teachers, clergy, practitioners of medicine, practitioners of chiropractic, practitioners of optometry, licensed professional counselors, attorneys, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, vocational counselors, vocational rehabilitation counselors, nurses, or duly accredited Christian Science practitioners from doing work of a psychological nature consistent with their training and consistent with any code of ethics of their respective professions; or

(2) The activities, services, or use of official title on the part of any person in the employ of a governmental agency, or of a duly chartered educational institution, or of a corporation primarily engaged in research, insofar as such activities or services are part of the duties of his or her employment, except that any person hired after August 28, 1996, shall be in the process of either meeting the requirements to become licensed, including pursuant to a doctoral degree in psychology or the supervised professional experience requirements or shall be a licensed psychologist; or

(3) Other persons from engaging in activities defined as the practice of psychology, provided that such persons shall not represent themselves by the title "psychologist". Such persons may use the terms "psychological trainee", "psychological intern", "psychological resident", and "psychological assistant" and provided further that such persons perform their activities under the supervision and responsibility of a licensed psychologist in accordance with regulations promulgated by the committee. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to apply to any person other than:

(a) A matriculated graduate student in psychology whose activities constitute a part of the course of study for a graduate degree in psychology at a recognized educational institution;

(b) An individual pursuing postdoctoral training or experience in psychology, including persons seeking to fulfill the requirements for licensure pursuant to the provisions of sections 337.010 to 337.090;

(c) A qualified assistant, including but not limited to, other licensed professionals employed by, or otherwise directly accountable to, a licensed psychologist; or

(4) The use of psychological techniques by government institutions, commercial organizations or individuals for employment, evaluation, promotion or job adjustment of their own employees or employee-applicants, or by employment agencies for evaluation of their own clients prior to recommendation for employment; provided that no government institution, commercial organization or individual shall sell or offer these services to the public or to other firms, organizations or individuals for remuneration, unless the services are performed or supervised by a person licensed and registered pursuant to sections 337.010 to 337.090; or

(5) The practice of psychology in the state of Missouri for a temporary period by a person who resides outside the state of Missouri, and who is licensed or certified to practice psychology in another state and conducts the major part of his or her practice outside the state. The temporary period shall not exceed ten consecutive business days in any period of ninety days, nor in the aggregate exceed fifteen business days in any nine-month period; or

(6) The provision of expert testimony by psychologists or other persons who are otherwise exempted by sections 337.010 to 337.090; or

(7) The teaching of psychology, the conduct of psychological research, or the provision of psychological services or consultations to organizations or institutions, provided that such teaching, research, or service does not involve the delivery or supervision of direct psychological services to individuals or groups of individuals; or

(8) School psychologists certified under the program standards of the National Association of School Psychologists who are employed in a duly accredited school so long as the individual is performing services within the scope of his or her employment for such school and within the scope of his or her education, training and experience; or

(9) Psychotherapy activities or services performed by an individual with a doctoral decree in anthropology; provided that such degree was received on or prior to December 31, 1989, and which was from an educational institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations approved by the council on postsecondary accreditation; and provided further that such individual has completed at least twenty-four months of supervised clinical experience in psychotherapy under the supervision of a physician.

(L. 1977 H.B. 255 8, A.L. 1981 S.B. 16, A.L. 1989 H.B. 738 & 720, A.L. 1996 S.B. 604, et al., A.L. 1998 H.B. 1601, et al. merged with S.B. 732)


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