Serafine featured on Newseum Institute Podcast

Mary Lou Serafine provided a primer on Serafine v Branaman, occupational licensing, and First Amendment issues to the First Five podcast series produced by the Washington, D.C. Newseum Institute. From their website:

In this episode of The First Five, lawyer and psychologist Mary Louise Serafine discusses her fight against Texas state laws that forbade her from identifying herself as a psychologist because she didn’t have a Texas license…. Mary Lou herself takes issue with the concept of putting speech into different categories, and discusses how difficult it can be to determine whether something is “professional speech”–especially a profession like psychology, where there’s no universal definition of what the practice is (by some standards, running a Weight Watchers meeting or writing an advice column could qualify as “practicing psychology”).

American Psychological Association publishes story on conflict between free speech and regulation of psychology

The implications of Serafine v Branaman on state laws regarding the licensing of psychologists is becoming more widely known among psychologists.

The American Psychological Association published this story in its May issue of Monitor on Psychology noting how the decision “significantly disrupted the regulation of the practice of psychology in Texas, and it has serious implications for states with similar statutes.”
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While there are many professional associations in psychology, the American Psychological Association, with over 100,000 members, is by far the largest and most politically active.

The APA advocates a “model act” for licensing psychologists that purports to prohibit the defined “practice of psychology” and use of the word “psychologist,” except by government license. It is these two prohibitions in the Texas version of the act which Serafine succeeded in getting struck down as violating the freedom of speech.

Serafine advocates that states should certify psychologists as an option which would not infringe on First Amendment civil rights.

Media covers Mary Louise Serafine for Senate hearings on new definitions for “practice of psychology”

On April 5, Mary Lou Serafine offered the Texas Committee on Health and Human Services testimony on the constitutionality of Senate Bill 2001 which attempts to rewrite the definition of the practice of psychology. Please see the following links to media coverage of the event.

Texas Tribune: Texas Senators to debate bill that would narrow definition of “psychology”

KXAN: Who can practice psychology? Psychologists want a narrow definition

Reason.com’s Hit&Run blog: Texas contemplates rewriting psychologist licensing law to get around court declaring previous one unconstitutional