PSYCHOLOGY LICENSE DEFENSE
Texas Psychology License Defense Attorneys
As a psychologist, you have dedicated your professional life to helping people who are struggling with ailments of the psyche. As such, it can be incredibly painful to find yourself facing charges which may result in the loss of your license and your inability to practice your profession. You may be wondering what to do to protect yourself, your practice, and your family from the ramifications of a board review.
At the Leichter Law Firm, our committed Texas psychology license defense attorneys are dedicated to helping people like you protect their livelihood. We have a wealth of experience handling all forms of license defense, and we may be able to put this experience to work for you. Contact us today by calling 512-495-9995.
Psychology License Defense
In accordance with the Psychologists’ Licensing Act (Texas Occupations Code § 501.001 et. al.), the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychology issues licenses and regulates the practice of Psychology in the State of Texas. The Psychology Board has authority to adopt its own rules, investigate possible violations of the Psychology Licensing Act, adjudicate alleged violations, and discipline psychologists. Under Texas Occupations Code § 501.401, the most commonly pursued grounds for discipline include:
- Entering into a dual relationship with a client, student, or supervisor which may impair the psychologist’s objectivity or interfere with his or her ability to effectively and competently provide psychological services, including sexual relationships;
- Engaging in fraud or deceit in connection with providing psychological services;
- Using drugs or alcohol to the extent it affects professional competency;
- Being convicted of a felony offense or a crime involving moral turpitude; and
- Failing to provide competent quality of care to a patient in accordance with the Psychologists Licensing Act or the Psychology Board’s Rules of Practice.
The Psychology Board may probate, suspend, or revoke a psychologist’s license for any one of these violations. The disciplinary process begins with an initial investigation (Psychologists’ Licensing Act Subchapter E), followed by an informal settlement conference (Texas Occupations Code § 501.410 and 22 Texas Administrative Code § 470.8) with the possibility of a full administrative hearing (Texas Occupations Code § 501.403 and 22 Texas Administrative Code § 470.12).
Evaluating Complaints Against Psychologists
Psychologists strive to promote their client’s mental health and well-being. In this endeavor psychologists work very closely with people, evaluating their mental functioning and processes, making the relationship between a psychologist and their clients, or patients, a very sensitive one. While almost all psychologists work extremely hard to protect that relationship, the unfortunate reality is that a client or someone else may not see it that way. In this case, a complaint may be filed against a psychologist, endangering their livelihood.
If you have been accused of unprofessional conduct, or if you have had a complaint filed against you and stand to lose your license, contact the extremely motivated and aggressive Texas psychology license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm by calling 512-495-9995 today.
Processing the Complaint
Once a complaint has been filed against you, there are several steps that the complaint must go through before it reaches a Disciplinary Review Panel and becomes a case. When a complaint is filed, it must go through the following process:
- The complaint must first be reviewed to ensure that it qualifies as a legitimate complaint.
- If the complaint is determined to be legally sufficient, steps are taken to investigate the complaint. The complainant must be notified of the complaint and then respond within 30 days before the investigation can move forward.
- Once the investigation is complete, one of two things will happen. If probable cause cannot be determined, the complaint is sent to the Dismissal Committee who decides to either refer it for dismissal or to Enforcement. If, on the other hand, probable cause can be determined, it is sent to the Disciplinary Review Panel. No matter which action is taken, the complainant is notified of the decision in writing.
If you have been charged with conduct that could ultimately cost you your license to practice psychology in Texas, the Leichter Law Firm may be able to help defend you. To discuss your needs with one of our experienced Texas psychology license defense attorneys, please contact us today by calling 512-495-9995.