South Carolina Psychological Association

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education

The South Carolina Psychological Association strives to meet the needs of its members to assure that there is a variety of quality APA approved continuing education offered throughout the year. SCPA makes every effort to offer education in various formats, topics, locations and concentrations. We also want to provide members with opportunities to present topics of which they maintain expertise.

In order to maintain these high standards we need constant feedback from members. We will listen and respond to suggestions, criticism and kudos. Check out the links for the annual activities and always feel free to email your comments to tpa_dwhite@att.net

You can be assured that SCPA will make every effort to maintain their credentials with APA and with the SC Board of Psychology as outlined below.

Continuing Education
  • Number of credits: Each licensed psychologist shall earn a minimum of 24 approved continuing education credits during each 2 year licensure period.
  • Types of credit:  A minimum of 12 continuing education credits must be accumulated from Category A offerings and a maximum of 12 continuing education credits can be accumulated from Category B offerings. Psychologists can elect to earn all of their continuing education credits from Category A offerings.
    • Category A experiences generally include formal activities wherein direct contact hours can be exchanged for continuing education credits on a one to one basis. Each offering under Category A should have a mechanism by which to measure the exchange of information, and, with respect to item (e) below, these offerings must be relevant to psychologist's specialty area(s) of licensure. It is the responsibility of the licensed psychologist to confirm completion of each educational experience completed under item (e) below. Category A generally includes, but is not limited to:
      • Successful completion of a 3 hour graduate course in psychology at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning content of the course must be relevant to specialty area(s) in which the psychologist is licensed
      • Offerings by regionally accredited institutions of higher learning
      • Offerings by the American Psychological Association approved internship training programs
      • Offerings by the American Psychological Association, by American Psychological Association approved sponsors, and/or by state or regional psychological associations
      • Teaching a graduate course designed for the education of psychologists the first time it is taught
      • Offerings by sponsors approved by other national professional organizations that are relevant to specialty area of licensure
      • Publishing a scholarly work of a psychological nature in a refereed publication.
    • For offerings (a) and (g) under Category A, a maximum of 24 continuing education credits can be earned per biennial renewal period.
    • Category B usually involves more informal offerings than Category A and includes, but is not limited to:
      • Peer review or supervision by another licensed psychologist or another mental health professional
      • Consultation with another licensed psychologist or another mental health professional
      • Publishing a scholarly work of a psychological nature in a non referred publication
      • Attendance or presentation at professional, educational, or scientific meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. of local, state, regional, or national professional organizations or agencies
      • Reading of professional journals and listening to/viewing self study tapes and courses of a psychological nature.
  • No carryover of continuing education credits Under no circumstances will a licensed psychologist who earns more than the minimum number of continuing education credits in the biennial renewal period be permitted to carry over the excess credits to the following licensure period.
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