Become a Psychologist in New Hampshire - NH

The State of New Hampshire requires licensing for all practicing Psychologists, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network, http://online.onetcenter.org. Example field-of-psychology specialties that require state licensing include Clinical Psychologist, Child Psychologist, School Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist. Basically, licensure is required for any Psychologist dealing directly with the treatment / care of patients.

Detailed information on license procedures, required documents and application forms can be obtained from the New Hampshire’s Board of Mental Health Practice website at www.nh.gov/mhpb and from the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Bureau website’s information page, www.nh.gov/nhes/elmi/licertreg.htm.

Important to note for individuals interested in how to become a psychologist in New Hampshire is that each license candidate must:

  • Be of good professional character
  • Have a Doctorate Degree related to the psychological sciences
  • Complete two years of supervised clinical work (at least 1,500 hours per year), participating in a formal internship in the first year and working under post-doctoral supervision in year two
  • Pass the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP)
  • Provide written answers to a list of essay questions that are now included as part of state’s the license application package
  • Submit completed Psychology License application form and all required documents to the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice, 117 Pleasant Street - Dolloff Building, Concord, NH 03301

To apply for and receive your New Hampshire Psychologist License, you need not be a citizen of the United States, nor are you required to reside in the State of New Hampshire.

Once you’ve obtained your New Hampshire Psychologist License, reciprocity agreements will allow you to practice in Canada and in the U.S. states of Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Texas. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with the appropriate regulatory agency for the state in which you plan to work to make sure your license meets their most current certification and licensing requirements. A helpful reference for the latest information is: www.allpsychologycareers.com/psychologist-license.html.

Worthy of noting for those interested in how to become a psychologist in New Hampshire is the fact that this state treats licensing of School Psychologists a bit differently from other fields of psychology. Over and above a national certification earned (for example, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, or NCSP), New Hampshire requires that School Psychologists obtain an additional certification issued by the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Bureau of Credentialing. Currently, there are two categories for this certification:  School Psychologist and Associate School Psychologist. Application forms for this credential can be obtained from the New Hampshire Department of Education’s website (www.ed.state.nh.us/education). More details about special training, test examination and other requirements for obtaining this certification are available from the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Information Bureau’s related information page on their website, www.nh.gov/nhes/elmi/licertoccs/schpsych.htm.

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