(225 ILCS 15/3)
(from Ch. 111, par. 5353)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Necessity of license; corporations, professional limited liability companies, partnerships, and
associations; display of license.
(a) No individual
shall, without a valid license as a clinical psychologist issued by the
Department, in any manner hold himself or herself out to the public as a
psychologist or clinical psychologist under the provisions of this Act or
render or offer to render clinical psychological services as defined in
paragraph 7 of Section 2 of this Act; or attach the title "clinical
or any other name or
designation which would in any way imply that he or she is able to practice
psychologist; or offer to render or render clinical psychological services as defined in paragraph 7 of
Section 2 of this Act.
No person may engage in the practice of clinical psychology, as defined in
paragraph (5) of Section 2 of this Act, without a license granted under this
Act, except as
otherwise provided in this Act.
(b) No business organization shall provide, attempt to provide, or offer to provide clinical psychological services unless every
member, shareholder, director, officer, holder of any other ownership interest, agent, and employee who
renders clinical psychological services holds
a currently valid license issued under this Act.
No corporation or limited liability company shall be created that (i)
has a stated purpose that includes clinical psychology, or (ii) practices or holds
itself out as available
to practice clinical psychology, unless it is organized under the
Professional Service Corporation Act or the Professional Limited Liability Company Act.
(c) Individuals, corporations, professional limited liability companies, partnerships, and associations may employ
students, interns or postdoctoral candidates seeking to fulfill
educational requirements or the professional experience
requirements needed to qualify for a license as a
to assist in the rendering of services, provided that such employees
function under the direct supervision, order, control and full professional
responsibility of a licensed clinical psychologist in the corporation, professional limited liability company,
partnership, or association. Nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a
corporation, professional limited liability company, partnership, or association from contracting with a licensed
health care professional to provide services.
(c-5) Nothing in this Act shall preclude individuals licensed under this Act from practicing directly or indirectly for a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 or for any legal entity as provided under subsection (c) of Section 22.2 of the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
Nothing in this Act shall preclude individuals licensed under this Act from practicing directly or indirectly for any hospital licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act or any hospital affiliate as defined in Section 10.8 of the Hospital Licensing Act and any hospital authorized under the University of Illinois Hospital Act.
(d) Nothing in this Act shall prevent the employment, by a clinical
association, partnership, professional limited liability company, or corporation furnishing clinical psychological services
for remuneration, of persons not licensed as clinical psychologists under
the provisions of this Act to perform services in various capacities as
needed, provided that such persons are not in any manner held out to the
public as rendering clinical psychological services as defined in paragraph
7 of Section 2 of this Act. Nothing contained in this Act shall require any
hospital, clinic, home
health agency, hospice, or other entity that provides health care services to
employ or to contract with a clinical psychologist licensed under this Act to
perform any of the activities under paragraph (5) of Section 2 of this Act.
(e) Nothing in this Act shall
be construed to limit the services and use of official title on the part
of a person, not licensed under the
provisions of this Act, in the employ of a State, county or municipal
agency or other political subdivision insofar that such services are a part of
duties in his or her salaried position, and insofar that such services are
performed solely on behalf of his or her employer.
Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed as permitting such
person to offer their services as psychologists to any other persons and to
accept remuneration for such psychological services other than as
specifically excepted herein, unless they have been licensed under the
provisions of this Act.
(f) Duly recognized members of any bonafide religious denomination shall
not be restricted from functioning in their ministerial capacity provided
they do not represent themselves as being clinical psychologists or
providing clinical psychological services.
(g) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit individuals not licensed under
the provisions of this Act who work in self-help groups or programs or
not-for-profit organizations from providing services
in those groups, programs, or organizations, provided that such persons
are not in any manner held out to the public as rendering clinical
psychological services as defined in paragraph 7 of Section 2 of this Act.
(h) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent a person from
practicing hypnosis without a license issued under this Act provided that
the person (1) does not otherwise engage in the practice of clinical
including, but not limited to, the independent evaluation, classification, and
treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral, or nervous disorders or conditions,
developmental disabilities, alcoholism and substance abuse, disorders of habit
or conduct, and the psychological aspects of physical illness, (2) does not
otherwise engage in the practice of medicine including, but not limited to, the
diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental ailments or conditions, and (3)
hold himself or herself out to the public by a title or description stating or
that the individual is a clinical psychologist or is licensed to practice
(i) Every licensee under this Act shall prominently display the license at the licensee's principal office, place of business, or place of employment and, whenever requested by any representative of the Department, must exhibit the license.
(Source: P.A. 99-227, eff. 8-3-15; 99-572, eff. 7-15-16.)