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How Can a Psychologist Lose His or Her License?

 Posted on February 09,2018 in Psychologist/ Social Worker License Defense

Illinois license attorneyEarning a psychology license takes a lot of work. The licensee has to take many classes on different aspects of psychology, depending on his or her chosen field. As there are many different career paths for an aspiring psychologist, the educational requirements are relatively similar. The licensee must obtain his or her Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Master’s, depending on the type of career he or she chooses to pursue. However, maintaining the psychologist license is not necessarily permanent, as there are ways for the licensee to lose his or her psychologist license.

Examples of Psychologist License Misconduct

There are many reasons why a licensee may lose his or her psychologist license. If there is any finding of unethical, unauthorized, and unprofessional conduct, then the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Division of Professional Regulation has the right to suspend or revoke a psychologist license, refuse to issue or renew a license, or take other forms of disciplinary action if necessary

Some examples of such misconduct may include, but certainly not limited to:

  • A licensee offering services or practicing techniques that he or she is unqualified to do;
  • Revealing confidential information, including facts or data about a client to a third party;
  • Deliberately misrepresenting or making misleading claims per professional qualifications;
  • Failing to inform a prospective research subject of serious side effects of the research;
  • Failing to admit to the Division of Professional Regulation his or her professional techniques or procedures;
  • Using another person’s name who may hold a psychology license;
  • Any dishonest or fraudulent act related to the psychologist’s duties and responsibilities;
  • Any sexual misconduct, abuse, or relations with a client, patient, supervisee, or former client within 24 months after the end of treatment; or
  • Any type of fraudulent claims for services to a health insurance company, health service plan, or third-party payor.

Any of these unethical behaviors could be grounds for disciplinary action against the psychologist’s license.

Call a DuPage County License Defense Attorney

If you or someone you know has been accused of misconduct in the psychology field with the potential of losing your psychologist license, you will want seasoned legal representation. Our Lisle IL license defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, Inc. have over 17 years of experience in representing DuPage County area clients in licensing matters and are ready to assist you with your case. To schedule a free consultation, please call 630-310-1267 for effective legal assistance.



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