(a) If any person holds himself or herself out to the public as being engaged in practice as a psychologist or psychological technician, such as clinical, counseling, school, or combined professional-scientific psychology, and does not then possess in full force and virtue a valid license to practice as a psychologist or psychological technician under this chapter, he or she shall be deemed guilty of a Class B misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars ($500) per occurrence nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) per occurrence plus court costs. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit the professional pursuits of teachers in recognized public and private schools, clergymen, practitioners of medicine, social workers, licensed professional counselors, school psychometrists, school psychologists, school counselors, and guidance counselors from full performance of their professional duties. However, in such performance any title shall be in accord with this chapter. Students of psychology, psychological interns, or other persons preparing for the profession of psychology may perform as a part of their training the functions specified in this chapter, but only under qualified supervision. Use of psychological techniques by business and industrial organizations for employment placement, evaluation, promotion, or job adjustment of their own officers or employees or by employment agencies for the evaluation of their own clients prior to recommendations for employment is also specifically allowed. However, no industrial or business firm or corporation may sell or offer to the public or to other firms or corporations for remuneration any psychological services as specified in this chapter unless the services are performed or supervised by individuals duly and appropriately licensed under this chapter.
(b) When the board has evidence that any person has engaged in any act or practice constituting a violation of this chapter, or any rule or order promulgated pursuant to this chapter, the board may bring an action in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County to enjoin the act or practice and to enforce compliance with this chapter or any rule or order promulgated pursuant to this chapter, regardless of whether criminal proceedings have been or may be initiated. Upon a proper showing, the court may order a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, or a writ of mandamus.
Last modified: May 3, 2021