The board may refuse to issue any registration or license, or may issue a registration or license with terms and conditions, or may suspend or revoke the registration or license of any registrant or licensee if the applicant, registrant, or licensee has been guilty of unprofessional conduct. Unprofessional conduct shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) Conviction of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions or duties of a psychologist or psychological assistant.
(b) Use of any controlled substance as defined in Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) of the Health and Safety Code, or dangerous drug, or any alcoholic beverage to an extent or in a manner dangerous to himself or herself, any other person, or the public, or to an extent that this use impairs his or her ability to perform the work of a psychologist with safety to the public.
(c) Fraudulently or neglectfully misrepresenting the type or status of license or registration actually held.
(d) Impersonating another person holding a psychology license or allowing another person to use his or her license or registration.
(e) Using fraud or deception in applying for a license or registration or in passing the examination provided for in this chapter.
(f) Paying, or offering to pay, accepting, or soliciting any consideration, compensation, or remuneration, whether monetary or otherwise, for the referral of clients.
(g) Violating Section 17500.
(h) Willful, unauthorized communication of information received in professional confidence.
(i) Violating any rule of professional conduct promulgated by the board and set forth in regulations duly adopted under this chapter.
(j) Being grossly negligent in the practice of his or her profession.
(k) Violating any of the provisions of this chapter or regulations duly adopted thereunder.
(l) The aiding or abetting of any person to engage in the unlawful practice of psychology.
(m) The suspension, revocation or imposition of probationary conditions by another state or country of a license or certificate to practice psychology or as a psychological assistant issued by that state or country to a person also holding a license or registration issued under this chapter if the act for which the disciplinary action was taken constitutes a violation of this section.
(n) The commission of any dishonest, corrupt, or fraudulent act.
(o) Commencing January 1, 1999, until January 1, 2001, any act of sexual abuse, or sexual relations with a patient or former patient within two years following termination of therapy, or sexual misconduct that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions or duties of a psychologist or psychological assistant or registered psychologist.
On and after January 1, 2001, any act of sexual abuse, or sexual relations with a patient, or sexual misconduct that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a psychologist, psychological assistant, or registered psychologist.
(p) Functioning outside of his or her particular field or fields of competence as established by his or her education, training, and experience.
(q) Willful failure to submit, on behalf of an applicant for licensure, verification of supervised experience to the board.
(r) Repeated acts of negligence.
The board shall study and report to the Legislature on or before July 1, 2000, concerning the efficacy of the prohibition contained in subdivision (o).
(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 655, Sec. 43.)