New Jersey is now one step closer to becoming a state where parents and guardians are required to undergo professional development before obtaining a license to practice psychology.
The state House passed House Bill 1130 on Thursday, the first bill to allow a child psychologist to obtain a license and conduct clinical practice.
The legislation, sponsored by Republican Representative Bill Johnson, will now head to the state Senate for approval.
Child psychologists in New Jersey are required by law to undergo a licensed psychologist training program before obtaining their license.
The state already has an annual training requirement for psychologists.
The new law requires that the training be completed within the first four years of the child psychologist’s license.
Currently, psychologists in the state must complete two years of intensive psychology training before obtaining an adult psychologist license.
However, a law passed in November requires psychologists in all 50 states to complete a minimum of six years of training before they are able to obtain an adult license.
Under the new law, psychologists must complete the four-year training within the fourth year of obtaining their adult license, according to NJ.com.
In the meantime, New Jersey has been the only state in the nation where parents or guardians must undergo the required training before gaining a license, despite recent advances in the field.
In April, a New Jersey court ruled that parents must undergo at least six years worth of training to obtain their child psychologist license, even if they have not yet applied for one.
The ruling came after a mother who was a registered nurse was denied a license because she did not meet the required six-year residency requirement.
The ruling has been appealed by the New Jersey State Bar Association, which has filed a petition for an injunction to stop the denial.
Currently in the US, more than half of adults over the age of 18 do not have a license.
According to a 2017 study, just 0.8% of adults who have been licensed by the state do so for a total of three years.