Texas Association of Psychological Associates
Representing All Masters-Degreed Psychology Professionals in Texas
T.A.P.A.
P.O. Box 601374
Dallas, TX 75360
txapa@att.net​
The TSBEP 
no longer prints a
Rule Book. 
The current rules may be found here.
   The Texas Association of Psychological Associates represents psychology practitioners licensed at the master's level.  Licensed Psychological Associates provide a full range of psychological services, including assessment, consultation, and therapy. 
    Psychological Associates have existed in Texas since the first law regulating psychology was passed over thirty years ago.

Our mission:
• To provide professional development and representation of Psychological Associates in Texas.
• To provide information to all members on interesting new research and innovative practices.
• To promote the provision of high quality, culturally sensitive mental health services to all segments of the population without regard to socio-economic status and in diverse and non-traditional settings.
• To encourage communication and cooperation among all members of the mental health community.
• To recognize the skills and expertise of all mental health practitioners.

TAPA
• Advocates for your profession
• Keeps you informed on issues important to you
• Encourages communication among practitioners
• Promotes employment for masters-degreed psychological practitioners
• Approves Continuing Education opportunities

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The 2019 Legislature is over.  LPAs are better off than we were before.  LPAs remain UN-supervised.​  We were successful in advocating for the Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC), which will ensure fairness and will help to prevent the passage of anti-competitive rules detrimental to LPAs.  The BHEC will consist of one professional member and one public member from the four mental health boards (Psychology, Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers). Each of these boards will draft their own rules, but the BHEC must approve the proposed rule as not being anticompetitive before it can be passed. The BHEC will also consolidate the staff and many of the administrative functions of the boards to increase efficiency and improve consistency in areas like fees, continuing education, etc.
Most "Qualified" LPAs have received new Licenses from the TSBEP.  However, there are many Questions remaining as we work to take our place along with the LPCs, LMFTs and SWs.  A Frequently Asked Questions page is here.​​
Click here for a printable copy.
Many of you who meet the qualifications for Independent Practice will receive a NEW license from the TSBEP giving your Independent status.  Please READ the letter that was enclosed.

It outlines a few warnings as we move into this new phase of practice:

  • You must use the title licensed psychological associate or psychological associate when practicing under this license.You may NOT call yourself a licensed psychologist or psychologist.
  • You remain subject to all of the Board's rules, including Board rule 463.8(f) pertaining to the required notification of patients and Board rule 465.9 relating to competency.
  • You must exercise great care to ensure you continue practicing only within your area(s) of competency.
  • You may NOT conduct child custody or adoption evaluations, competency or insanity evaluations, or fitness-for-duty evaluations for law enforcement personnel. According to the relevant statutes and regulations governing these evaluations, licensed psychologists are the only providers licensed by this agency who are permitted to conduct these evaluations. [These are not rules passed by the TSBEP, but are rules or regulations specific to these evaluations.]
You are encouraged to review Title 22, Part 21, Chapter 465 of the Texas Administrative Code (i.e. the Board rules governing the rules of practice) to ensure you have a thorough understanding of those rules before engaging in independent practice.
The Governor has made available this video prepared by the Attorney General's Office on human trafficking.
www.texasattorneygeneral
.gov/human-trafficking

The video is approximately 52 minutes long, but is wo
rth watching.
Office of the Governor and Attorney General Training Video to Combat Human Trafficking:
Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have joined forces to put together a training video teaching state employees how to recognize and report suspected human trafficking. The TSBEP would like to take this opportunity to provide its licensees, applicants, and members of the public with a link to this video and training as well. The training video entitled Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, along with other related training information, can be found by clicking here.
Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs and Practices
The CDC is 
providing
 this free download here:
Available through the CDC website, this technical package is a compilation of a core set of strategies to achieve and sustain substantial reductions in a specific risk factor or outcome. Developed to help communities and states prioritize prevention activities based on the best available evidence, it has three components:
The Strategy or the preventive direction or actions to achieve the goal of preventing suicide.
The Approach—including the specific ways to advance the strategy.
The Evidence for each of the approaches in preventing suicide or its associated risk factors.​
Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs and Practices
The CDC is providing this free download here:
Available through the CDC website, this technical package is a compilation of a core set of strategies to achieve and sustain substantial reductions in a specific risk factor or outcome. Developed to help communities and states prioritize prevention activities based on the best available evidence, it has three components:
The Strategy or the preventive direction or actions to achieve the goal of preventing suicide.
The Approach—including the specific ways to advance the strategy.
The Evidence for each of the approaches in preventing suicide or its associated risk factors.​
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