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BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

 

DIVISION 30

REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

833-030-0011

Educational Requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor

To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor under ORS 675.715(2), an applicant must hold one of the following:

(1) A graduate degree in counseling received from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP);

(2) A graduate degree in counseling received from a program approved by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE);

(3) A graduate degree determined by the Board to be comparable in both content and quality by meeting the academic and training program standards for graduate degrees set out in OAR 833 division 60; or

(4) A graduate degree determined by the Board to meet a majority of the graduate degree standards defined in OAR 833 division 60 and the degree coursework standards set forth in OAR 833, division 60, including additional graduate training as set forth in OAR 833, division 60 that together meet the graduate degree standards of graduate academic coursework related to a degree in counseling.

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

833-030-0021

Experience Requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor

(1) To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor under ORS 675.715(3) and 675.720, an applicant must have completed the equivalent of three years of full-time supervised clinical counseling experience that consisted of no less than 2,400 supervised direct client contact hours of counseling. The supervised counseling experience must be:

(a) Completed in Oregon prior to June 30, 2002;

(b) Completed in another state or country prior to application;

(c) Completed while a registered intern with the Board;

(d) Up to 400 hours of supervised direct client contact completed during the clinical portion of the qualifying graduate degree program; or

(e) Any combination of hours completed as indicated in (a), (b), (c) and (d).

(2) Direct client contact hours for applicants seeking the professional counselor license, may be comprised of pre-degree hours plus post-degree hours.

(3) Direct client contact hours must have been face to face with a client or clients and/or contact via electronic communication consistent with OAR 833 division 90.

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

833-030-0031

Supervision of Direct Client Contact Hours

(1) For those applying for licensure through the direct or reciprocity methods, supervision must satisfy the following requirements:

(a) Taken place within the same calendar month as the completed direct client contact hours;

(b) Been provided by someone other than a spouse or relative by blood or marriage or a person with whom the applicant has or had a personal relationship;

(c) Been the result of a professional relationship between a qualified supervisor and a counselor. Such relationship involves discussions based on case notes, charts, records, and available audio or visual tapes. The supervisee presents assessments and treatment plans for the clients being seen. The supervisor focuses on the appropriateness of the plans and the supervisee's therapeutic skill. In contrast to consultation, the supervisor has the authority to direct treatment plans. In contrast to therapy, the supervisor will identify counter-transference issues and develop a plan for the supervisee to work through those issues independently;

(d) Total no less than two (2) hours of supervision for months where 45 or less direct client contact hours are completed; or total no less than three (3) hours of supervision for months where 46 or more direct client contact hours are completed; and

(e) Been conducted in a professional setting, face to face, one to one, except:

(A) Up to 75 percent of the individual supervision hours may have been by electronic communication; and

(B) Up to 50 percent of the supervision may have been received in a group setting, which:

(i) Included no more than ten (10) supervisees for supervision taking place before July 1, 1998 or six (6) supervisees for supervision on or after July 1, 1998;

(ii) Where the leadership did not shift from one supervisor to another; and

(iii) Was not a staff or team meeting, intensive training seminar, discussion group, consultation session, or quality assurance or review group.

(2) The supervisor, at the time of supervision must have:

(a) Three years of post-graduate clinical experience as a licensed mental health professional; and

(b) 30 clock hours of training in supervision theory and practice through post-master's workshops or post-master's graduate level academic coursework for any supervision hours provided after June 30, 1992.

(3) The supervisor at the time of supervision also must have:

(a) Been a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); or Certified Career Counselor (CCC); or

(b) Held a license as a professional counselor in the State of Oregon or held an Oregon or other state certification or licensure judged comparable by the Board, such as standard school counselors or psychologist associates or those state-licensed as clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

(4) In lieu of sections (2) and (3) the supervisor at the time of supervision may have been an approved supervisor through American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Center for Credentialing and Education, or the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

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

833-030-0041

Examination Requirement for Licensure as a Professional Counselor

(1) All applicants for licensure as a professional counselor must pass an examination consisting of two separate sections: a competency section and an Oregon law and rules section.

(2) To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor under ORS 675.715(5), an applicant must pass one of the following competency examinations within 10 years from the date of application for licensure prescribed by the Board or have passed other approved alternative exams:

(a) National Counselor Examination;

(b) Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination;

(c) Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination; or

(d) Other exams as approved by the Board.

(3) Applicants applying via the reciprocity method may meet the competency exam requirements specified in 833-020-0081.

(4) To qualify to sit for the competency examination, a LPC applicant must:

(a) Submit an application; and

(b) Meet the graduate program and coursework requirements in OAR 833 division 60.

(5) Candidates will pay exam and exam administration fees to the prescribed examination providers.

(6) Passing scores will be:

(a) Established by the National Board of Certified Counselors for applicants who plan to take the exam after applying for Oregon licensure.

(b) Established by the agency verifying passage of its examination for applicants who took a state competency exam before applying for Oregon licensure.

(7) The Board will notify examinees, in writing only, of the results of their examination.

(8) Following passage of the approved competency examination, the Board requires passage of an Oregon state law and rules examination with a passing score determined by the Board.

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 1-2013, f. 1-11-13, cert. ef. 2-1-13

833-030-0051

Documentation of Requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor

Applicants for licensure as a professional counselor must document meeting the requirements for licensure as follows:

(1) Educational requirements by official transcript, and by a completed graduate degree standards form with required attachments if supporting documentation is necessary;

(2) Experience requirements by submission of attestations from employers or supervisors regarding the setting, hours of experience and supervision received, and background and training of supervisor; and

(3) Examination requirement by submission of verification an approved examination was taken and passed by the approved testing, licensing, or certification organization, or passage of the state examination.

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

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