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The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 055 : Psychologists

Subchapter 001 : General Provisions [Effective July 1, 2024]

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 3016)
  • § 3016. Unprofessional conduct

    Unprofessional conduct means the conduct listed in this section and in 3 V.S.A. § 129a:

    (1) Failing to make available, upon written request of a person using psychological services to succeeding health care professionals or institutions, copies of that person’s records in the possession or under the control of the licensee.

    (2) Failing to use a complete title in professional activity.

    (3) Conduct that evidences moral unfitness to practice psychology.

    (4) Engaging in any sexual conduct with a client, or with the immediate family member of a client, with whom the licensee has had a professional relationship within the previous two years.

    (5) Harassing, intimidating, or abusing a client or patient.

    (6) Entering into an additional relationship with a client, supervisee, research participant, or student that might impair the psychologist’s objectivity or otherwise interfere with the psychologist’s professional obligations.

    (7) Practicing outside or beyond a psychologist’s area of training or competence without appropriate supervision.

    (8) In the course of practice, failure to use and exercise that degree of care, skill, and proficiency that is commonly exercised by the ordinary skillful, careful, and prudent psychologist engaged in similar practice under the same or similar conditions, whether or not actual injury to a client or patient has occurred.

    (9) Conduct that violates the “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” of the American Psychological Association, effective December 1, 1992, or its successor principles and code.

    (10) Conduct that violates the “ASPPB Code of Conduct-1990” of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, or its successor code.

    (11) Use of conversion therapy as defined in 18 V.S.A. § 8351 on a client younger than 18 years of age. (Added 1975, No. 228 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 1981, No. 241 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1993, No. 98, § 7; 1993, No. 222 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1997, No. 145 (Adj. Sess.), § 50; 1999, No. 52, § 26; 1999, No. 133 (Adj. Sess.), § 24; 2013, No. 27, § 34; 2015, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 5.)