Oregon Bulletin

November 1, 2013

Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, Chapter 833

Rule Caption: Graduate degree standards correction.

Adm. Order No.: BLPCT 3-2013(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 10-7-2013

Certified to be Effective: 10-8-13 thru 3-31-14

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 833-060-0012

Subject: Revises the requirements for graduate programs, correcting the current language to reflect that programs must be at least regionally accredited and be consistent with CACREP standards for degrees, program duration, academic credits, coursework, clinical experience.

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


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

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