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Psychologist Licensure Procedures in Louisiana

How to become a Psychologist in Louisiana

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Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in Louisiana. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the Louisiana Board of Examiners of Psychologists at (225) 763-3935 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your Louisiana psychologist license.

I'm a High School Graduate...

Unfortunately, Louisiana psychologist licensure requires you to have completed a doctoral program in psychology. However, there are many different career avenues you could go down as a psychologist in Louisiana. Having time to acquire education and research different career options will likely give you invaluable insight into which career direction will ultimately give you the most satisfaction.

The following are steps that will help you take the next step toward a higher education and learn more about psychology career environments.

Step One:

The most important step for you to take currently is to learn how you can enroll in either an associate or bachelor degree program. No matter what field of psychology you wish to enter, an undergraduate education is a prerequisite for any career in psychology.

Click on the links below to browse schools offering psychology programs!

Step Two:

The next step is to look deeper into career environments. You will want to immerse yourself in organizations' cultures that provide similar experiences to careers in psychology. One great way to learn more about what it is like to help others emotionally is to volunteer.

Below are a few links to volunteering organizations in Louisiana:

If volunteering is out of the question, look to find paid work or speak with professors about career options as soon as possible in your academic career.

I've already received my Bachelor's or Master's degree...

Once you have your undergraduate or Master's degree you will need to continue on and earn your doctorate degree in psychology, educational psychology or an education degree that specializes in counseling psychology or educational psychology from an accredited college or university.

Step One:

Contact schools offering Master's, PhD or PsyD programs you are interested in.

Step Two:

When choosing a Master's or Doctoral program, you will be narrowing your career focus. Since there are a large variety of areas where you can go within the field of psychology, it would be wise to speak with the career services personnel at your school to learn more about various opportunities you may participate in to boost yourself higher on the list of possible applicants for school and/or for a professional position once you have completed your schooling.

Step Three:

Once you have completed your PhD or PsyD program, you may continue down to:

I have finished my PhD or PsyD...

Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Psychologist license in Louisiana.

Step One:

To practice as a licensed psychologist in the state of Louisiana, you will need to be at least 21 years old and have earned your doctorate degree from an accredited school.

Step Two:

In addition to completing your degree, two years of supervised experience or 3000 hours is also needed. One year of this (1500 hours) can be an internship completed while earning the degree and the remaining hours done post-doctorally. All of the required experience needs to be completed under an approved supervisor. Before beginning any post-doctoral experience, you will need to submit a supervised practice plan to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists beforehand.

For more information about Louisiana psychologist licensure required work experience and supervisors requirements, click on the following links: Supervised Practice Leading to Licensure and Training and Credential requirements for licensure.

The supervised practice plan form is available on the following Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists webpage.

Step Three:

Between completing the internship and beginning the post-doctoral supervision, you will need to download the Louisiana psychologist licensure application and submit it to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists including all other forms and fees that are required.

Download the application and other forms off the following Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists webpage.

Step Four:

The Board will then review your application and supporting documents. If you licensure application packet satisfies the requirements, you will be notified by the Louisiana Board that you are of candidate status for licensure and can then take the Examination of Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).

Find more information about the exam for Louisiana psychologist licensure here.

Step Five:

Once you have passed the exam, the Louisiana Board will review your post-doctoral experience and notify you of your eligibility to take the state administered oral and jurisprudence examinations. After passing those you will be a licensed psychologist in Louisiana.

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