Understanding Professional Standards

Professional Resources and Standards for Psychologists

Explore these comprehensive resources to ensure you meet all professional requirements and uphold the highest ethical standards in your practice.

Licensing Requirements

How to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Vermont

To practice as a licensed psychologist in Vermont, you must meet specific educational and professional criteria. This includes obtaining a doctoral or master’s degree in psychology that meets specific curriculum criteria, including supervised practicums or internships, and passing the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Additionally, candidates must fulfill post-degree supervised practice requirements and adhere to continuing education mandates to maintain licensure.

Vermont has joined PSYPACT as of July 1, 2024.

Ethical Standards

Principles & Guidelines for Ethical Practice

Psychologists in Vermont are expected to adhere to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

In addition to the APA ethics code, Vermont psychologists are also bound by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board’s Code of Conduct, which may be interpreted in conjunction with the APA ethics code.

In addition to the APA guidelines, Vermont psychologists must comply with state-specific rules that govern professional behavior, including explicit unprofessional conduct definitions.

Continuous professional development is crucial for ethical practice. Psychologists are encouraged to engage in ongoing education to stay updated with the latest advancements in the field, ensuring they provide the best possible care to their clients while maintaining ethical integrity.

Beyond Ethics

Vermont's Professional Conduct Rules

The practice of psychology in Vermont is governed by an additional, comprehensive set of legal standards and regulations designed to ensure the highest level of professional conduct and public safety. Psychologists must adhere to the Vermont Statutes Annotated, which specifies the professional obligations, scope of practice, and recordkeeping requirements.

 

Insurance Information

Reimbursement for Professional Services

Medicare

Looking to enroll as a Medicare provider?  National Government Services (NGS) is the Medicare contractor for Vermont.  Recent federal legislation allows master’s level clinicians, such as psychologist-masters, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists to enroll as Medicare providers, but psychologist-masters may need to show that post-degree supervised practice conforms with the relevant regulations.  NGS provides several online manuals to assist providers, which you can see here.

Medicaid

Medicaid in the State of Vermont is administered by the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA, commonly pronounced “diva”).  DVHA includes an array of resources for providers on its website, which you can find here.  The DVHA Medicaid Portal also includes instructions for enrolling as a provider and news about changes and updates to its rules and regulations.

 

Commercial Insurance

In Vermont, the private insurance market is dominated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and Cigna, according to a 2020 report by the Green Mountain Care Board.  MVP also has a visible share of the commercial insurance market.  For those providers who have never enrolled as a provider in the commercial insurance market, you must first be credentialed through the CAQH before enrolling with the commercial insurer.

Get Involved with the Vermont Psychological Association

If you are a psychologist or mental health professional in Vermont, we invite you to join the Vermont Psychological Association. Our organization offers valuable resources, networking opportunities, and support to help you navigate the complexities of professional practice. Whether you are seeking guidance on licensure, ethical standards, or legal regulations, our community is here to assist you. Connect with us today to enhance your professional journey and contribute to the advancement of psychology in Vermont.