Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Psychologists

The Board of Psychologists makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of psychologists in Montana.

 

 

Consumer Notice Regarding Psychological Assessments

Psychologists licensed by the Montana Board of Psychologists may wish to educate or inform the public with respect to what makes the psychologist competent to conduct, interpret, and analyze a psychological assessment.  This may be especially true in light of legislative changes that allow certain licensees of other professions to hold themselves out as being qualified to engage in similar conduct.  While licensed psychologists are not prohibited from providing the public any consumer notice that is accurate and appropriate, the following statement, when taken in its entirety, has been expressly approved by the Montana Board of Psychologists:

The Psychological Assessment you are about to review was prepared by a psychologist duly licensed in Montana whose qualifications were established by meeting all of the following requirements:

  1. a doctorate degree in psychology from an accredited institution with curriculum standards that meet the approval of the American Psychological Association or similar curriculum guidelines established by the Montana Board of Psychologists;
  2. two years of supervised experience in the field of psychology under the direction of qualified professionals (including a year of residency training at the educational institution where the doctoral degree was awarded);
  3. examples of psychological work for analytical review by the Montana Board of Psychologists;
  4. a detailed and comprehensive application that must meet the approval of the Montana Board of Psychologists;
  5. a nationally standardized and administered written examination specific to competency in psychological assessments; and
  6. a rigorous oral examination administered by the Montana Board of Psychologists, also focusing on the applicant’s competency in psychological assessments.

Consumer Note:  In Montana, only licensed psychologists are required in this way to demonstrate their competence to conduct, interpret, and analyze psychological assessments.  Other professionals describing their work as “psychological assessments” are not subject to similar requirements to establish their qualifications.

Contact Information

Board Management:
L’Joy Griebenow, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2258
Email:

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
Rita Reichert, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2319
Email:

For information on continuing education:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes contact:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

For information on applications and licensing contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5773
Email:

Board Events

Board meetings are usually held several times a year.
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation. A member may serve two consecutive 5-year terms.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdpsy@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/.

James Murphey- PH.D, Chairperson, Psychologist in Private Practice
Paul Silverman- PH.D, Psychologist Engaged in Teaching
Linda Holden, Public Member
Loretta Bolyard- PH.D, Psychologist in Public Health
James English- PSY.D, Secretary, Psychologist in Private Practice
Becky Bird, Public Member

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Psychologist and Senior Psychologist

The following outlines general license information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fee:

Psychologist and Psychologist Licensed by Experience (SENIOR)

  • Application Fee $175
  • Oral Exam $100
  • Postdoctoral Supervision Application Fee $25

B. Education Requirements:

Psychologist:
Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from an accredited college or university approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) or
Doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited college or university not approved by APA and has completed a formal graduate retraining program in clinical psychology approved by the APA or
Doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited college or university and has completed a course of study meeting minimum standards specified in the Board's rules ARM 24.189.604. To determine whether a course of study meets the minimum standards in Board rule ARM 24.189.604, applicants shall have their educational credentials evaluated by the Association of State and Provincial Psychological Boards (ASPPB) www.asppb.org and approved by the Board.  The fee required for this service shall be paid by the applicant to ASPPB. The current ASPPB fee is $200.00.

Psychologist Licensed by Experience (Senior): Doctoral Degree.

C. Experience Requirements:

Psychologist:
2 years of supervised experience, 1 of which must be postdoctoral but may not include more than 6 months of supervised research or teaching.

Psychologist Licensed by Experience (Senior):
Licensed to practice psychology in a United States or Canadian jurisdiction for 20 years or longer; at least 10 years of clinical experience in the last 15 years prior to filing the application.

D. Examination Information:
Psychologist: National written exam and pass oral exam given by the Board.

Psychologist Licensed by Experience (Senior): Pass oral exam given by the Board

E. Renewal Period: Nov 1 - Dec 31
Late Renew Online for 45 days until Feb. 14

F. Renewal Fee: 
Active Renewal Fee is $600. 
Late Renewal Fee is an additional $600 for a total of $1200 to renew.  No exceptions!

G. Continuing Education Requirements:40 hours reported every 2 years

H. Other Special License Requirements:

Psychologist:
Postdoctoral supervision obtained in Montana must be approved by the Board.
Montana postdoctoral supervises must keep a supervision log per ARM 24.189.607.

Psychologist Licensed by Experience (Senior):
Applicant has not been subject to any disciplinary action during the entire period of licensure.

Exam Schedule

Oral Examinations – November 16 & 17, 2017
Application Deadline: August 18, 2017
Applications not completed by the deadline date will be held over to the next exam
Location: Helena, MT
(406) 841-2258

Oral Examinations – April 19 & 20, 2018
Application Deadline: January 19, 2018
Applications not completed by the deadline date will be held over to the next exam
Location: Helena, MT
(406) 841-2258

 

 

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Statute/Rule Information

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to psychologists are written and adopted by the Board of Psychologists. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Psychologists continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Statutes

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-189-37

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.189.301, 2.189.401, 24.189.601, 24.189.633, and 24.189.2104 and the adoption of NEW RULES I through XII pertaining to behavior analysts and assistant behavior analaysts licensure, continuing education, and unprofessional conduct

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-189-36

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.189.601 application procedures, 24.189.602 exemptions, 24.189.604 minimum standards, 24.189.625 licensure of foreign-trained psychologists, 24.189.810 competency, 24.189.813 limits of confidentiality, 24.189.2104 continuing education program options, 24.189.2107 continuing education implementation, and 24.189.2305 practice of psychology

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT

--posted July 7, 2017--

 

 

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-189-35

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.189.401 fee schedule, 24.189.601 application procedures, 24.189.604 minimum standards, 24.189.610 work samples-examination, and 24.189.633 temporary permit, and the repeal of ARM 24.189.404 license preparation, 24.189.407 renewals, and 24.189.2401 complaint procedure

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-189-34

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.189.401 fee schedule, 24.189.601 application procedures, 24.189.604 minimum standards, 24.189.607 required supervised experience, 24.189.620 licensees from other states or Canadian jurisdictions, 24.189.630 licensure as a psychologist by experience, 24.189.633 temporary permit, 24.189.2101 continuing education, 24.189.2104 continuing education program options, 24.189.2107 continuing education implementation, and the adoption of NEW RULE I exemptions and NEW RULE II military training or experience

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-189-33

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.189.401 fee schedule, 24.189.414 nonresident psychological services, 24.189.601 application procedures, 24.189.607 required supervised experience, 24.189.610 work samples - examination, 24.189.2309 professional responsibility, and the adoption of NEW RULE I temporary permit

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-259

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted November 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted January 27, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-189-32

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.189.301 definitions, 24.189.607 supervisory experience, and 24.189.2104 and 24.189.2107 pertaining to continuing education

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted February 9, 2010

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted June 18, 2010

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-203

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to licensee lookup database

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted July 10, 2009

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Psychologists is to protect the health, safety and well-being of Montana citizens through the licensing of competent psychologists and by the regulation of the practice to promote the delivery of quality health care.

In meeting its mission, the Board takes appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. 

 

Complaint Contact

Rita Reichert, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2319
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov   

 

Complaint Forms  

Download Complaint Form

Complaint Process Brochure (trifold)

Complaint Process FAQs

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Important: When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual the Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Meetings

  • Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.
  • Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage. (Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

Screening Panel

  • Screening Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

Dismissal

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

  • Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

Investigation

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

Reasonable Cause

  • Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

  • Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.
  • Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel.

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrative Hearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

  • Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

Adjudication Panel

  • Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

Complaint Process Flow

Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against a licensee can be accessed online at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300