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Subpart 1.

Prohibition against false or misleading information.

Public statements by providers shall not include false or misleading information. False or misleading information means any public statement that contains a material misrepresentation or omission of fact. The provider shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that public statements by others on behalf of the provider are truthful and shall make reasonable remedial efforts to bring a public statement into compliance with this part when the provider becomes aware of a violation.

Subp. 2.


The provider shall not misrepresent directly or by implication professional qualifications including education, training, experience, competence, credentials, certification by a specialty board, or areas of specialization. The provider shall not misrepresent, directly or by implication, professional affiliations or the purposes and characteristics of institutions and organizations with which the provider is professionally associated.

Subp. 3.

Limit on use of degree.

An applicant for licensure or a provider licensed by virtue of a master's degree who has a doctorate from an institution that is not accredited by a regional accrediting association or whose doctoral major does not meet the education requirements for licensure shall not use the term "Doctor," "Ph.D.," "Psy.D.," or "Ed.D." with the provider's name in any situation or circumstance involving the practice of psychology.

Subp. 4.


Providers shall not solicit or use testimonials by quotation or implication from current clients or from former clients who are vulnerable to undue influence.

Subp. 5.

Use of specialty board designations.

Providers may represent themselves as having an area of specialization from a specialty board, such as a designation as diplomate or fellow, if the specialty board used at minimum the following criteria to award the designation and the provider minimally meets the following four criteria:


specified educational requirements defined by the specialty board;


specified experience requirements defined by the specialty board;


a work product evaluated by other specialty board members; and


an in-person examination by a committee of specialty board members or a comprehensive written examination in the area of specialization.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 148.90; 148.905; 148.98; 214.06


14 SR 74; 17 SR 2285; 37 SR 1085

Published Electronically:

January 31, 2013