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Oregon Bulletin

February 1, 2014

Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, Chapter 833

Rule Caption: LMFT minimum experience requirements and graduate degree standards

Adm. Order No.: BLPCT 1-2014

Filed with Sec. of State: 1-8-2014

Certified to be Effective: 1-8-14

Notice Publication Date: 12-1-2013

Rules Amended: 833-020-0051, 833-040-0021, 833-060-0012

Subject: Clarifies that to meet the education requirements for licensure one must have graduated from a graduate program that was accredited by a national program accreditation body or a regional accrediting body.

   Implements language in HB 2768 (2013) that provides authority for the Board to set equivalent experience requirements for those applying for licenses as marriage and family therapists.

Rules Coordinator: Becky Eklund—(503) 378-5499, ext. 3

833-020-0051

Reciprocity Method

(1) The reciprocity method is for applicants who seek acceptance of education and supervised clinical experience previously used to obtain a comparable license in another jurisdiction. The reciprocity method requires the applicant to document that the education and experience requirements under which the applicant obtained a comparable license held in another state are equivalent to the standards required for Oregon licensure as a professional counselor or as a marriage and family therapist.

(2) The Board will review each application designating the reciprocity method to determine if licensing is appropriate. The Board will compare the minimum standards in effect in the other jurisdiction when it granted a license with the current education, clinical experience, and examination standards required for Oregon licensure.

(3) Application for licensure must be submitted to the Board office in accordance with OAR 833-020-0011.

(4) The application must also include verification of from the sending state that applicant:

(a) Has a current, active license in that state;

(b) The license is comparable to the Oregon license requested;

(c) Applicant’s license from other state is not temporary, probationary, expired, revoked, or suspended;

(d) The applicant has not been disciplined, including a reprimand or letter of concern; and

(e) Documentation of the education, clinical experience, and examination requirements for licensure in that state at the time licensure was granted.

(5) The applicant’s license in the other state must have:

(a) Required at least a graduate degree in counseling, a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy, or a related degree. A related degree must have systemic coursework for a license as a marriage and family therapist;

(b) Been issued to an applicant whose qualifying degree meets Majority Standards for Graduate Degrees specified in OAR 833 Division 60;

(c) Required passage of a state or national competency exam; and

(d) Been obtained by a method of application that involved state review of documentation of education and clinical experience under adopted standards, and not obtained through reciprocity; act of portability; mutual recognition; recognition of non-governmental, professional certification or membership; waiver of any of the education, experience, or examination requirements; or “grandparenting”.

(6) Five years or more of licensed clinical experience in another state may substitute for a maximum of 15 semester or 20 quarter credits of academic education required for licensure. Clinical experience may not substitute for diagnosis training.

(7) Completed supervised clinical experience performing direct client counseling or marriage and family therapy, which must have included no less than:

(a) At least 2,000 hours in at least two years or the equivalent for licensed professional counselor;

(A) A minimum of 1,000 hours of the required 2,000 must be direct client contact;

(B) A maximum of 1,000 hours of the required 2,000 may be from supervision, consulting, reporting.

(b) At least 2,000 hours earned in at least 3 years must be in the presence of a client for licensed marriage and family therapist.

(c) For those who apply on or after January 2, 2014, at least 2,000 hours earned in at least two years or the equivalent must be in the presence of a client for licensed marriage and family therapist.

(8) Five or more years of post license clinical experience may substitute for 1,000 hours of the required, supervised direct client contact hours required for Oregon licensure.

(9) The applicant must meet the examination requirements specified in:

(a) 833-020-0081 and 833-030-0041 for licensure as a professional counselor; or

(b) 833-020-0081 and 833-040-0041 for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

(10) Documentation of acceptance on the national credentials registry for professional counselors may substitute for education and experience requirements for licensure as a professional counselor.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835

Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 1-2011, f. 1-13-11, cert. ef. 2-1-11; BLPCT 1-2013, f. 1-11-13, cert. ef. 2-1-13; BLPCT 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-14

833-040-0021

Experience Requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist

(1) To qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist under ORS 675.715(4) and 675.720, an applicant must have completed at least three years of full-time supervised clinical experience that consisted of no less than 2,000 supervised client contact hours of therapy with at least 1,000 of those hours working with couples and families.

(2) Those who apply to become a licensed marriage and family therapist on or after January 2, 2014, must have completed the equivalent of three years of full-time supervised clinical experience that consisted of no less than 2,000 supervised client contact hours of therapy with at least 1,000 of those hours working with couples and families.

(3) Direct client contact hours must have been:

(a) Obtained after receipt of the qualifying graduate degree; and

(b) Face to face with a client or clients including through electronic communication.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835

Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 6-2010, f. 12-13-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLPCT 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-14

833-060-0012

Comparable Full Standards

The Board shall determine which graduate degrees are comparable in content and quality to degrees from CACREP, COAMFTE, or CORE approved programs and consistent with the Board’s Code of Ethics. Degrees must meet the following standards. The degree was from an institution that:

(1) Was a fully accredited member of one of the regional institutional accreditation bodies at the time the degree was granted;

(2) Offered a minimum of a master’s degree;

(3) Was at least two years’ duration and at least:

(a) 48 semester credit hours or 72 quarter hours for graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014; or

(b) 60 semester credit hours or 90 quarter credit hours for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014.

(4) Included all coursework requirements set forth in OAR 833-060-0042 or 833-060-0052.

(5) Included a required supervised clinical experience for all students of no less than:

(a) 600 total clock hours to include 240 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014; or

(b) 700 total clock hours to include 280 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014.

(6) Facilitated a practicum and/or internship experience that:

(a) Had supervisory staff with a minimum of a master’s degree in the program emphasis and with pertinent professional experience;

(b) Made provision for faculty monitoring of operations;

(c) Kept records of student-client contact hours including summary of student progress by the supervisor;

(d) Had a written agreement with the program and student specifying learning objectives; and

(e) Had a mechanism for program evaluation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835

Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 6-2010, f. 12-13-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLPCT 2-2012, f. 9-5-12, cert. ef. 10-1-12; BLPCT 3-2013(Temp), f. 10-7-13, cert. ef. 10-8-13 thru 3-31-14; BLPCT 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-14

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