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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(1)(b), an applicant must hold a graduate degree from one of the following:

(1) A counseling program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as of the date the degree was conferred;

(2) A counseling program approved by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) as of the date the degree was conferred;

(3) A program at an institution of higher learning that was accredited by a regional accrediting agency as of the date the degree was conferred; or

(4) A foreign program that has been evaluated by a credentialing body recognized by the Board. Submission of foreign degree evaluation and cost of the foreign degree qualification determination are the responsibility of the applicant.

(5) A graduate degree under sections (1) or (2) must have included at least two semester credit hours or three credit quarter hours of coursework in the diagnosis of mental disorders.

(6) A graduate degree under sections (3) or (4) must have included all of the following requirements:

(a) At least two years in duration, including 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.

(b) At least two semester credit hours or three credit quarter hours in each of the following coursework:

(A) Counseling Theory;

(B) Human Growth and Development;

(C) Social and Cultural Foundations;

(D) The Helping Relationship;

(E) Group Dynamics Processing and Counseling;

(F) Lifestyle and Career Development;

(G) Diagnosis of mental disorders;

(H) Research and Evaluation; and

(I) Professional Orientation (Ethics).

(c) At least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of supporting coursework for specialty areas; and

(d) A supervised clinical practicum or internship experience that:

(A) Included at least 600 total clock hours, including 240 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014;

(B) Included at least 700 total clock hours, including 280 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014;

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

(D) Made provision for faculty monitoring of operations;

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

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

(G) Had a mechanism for program evaluation.

(e) Deficiencies in the credit hour requirements of sections (a), (b) or (c) may be remedied by completing graduate level coursework in the deficient area(s) at a regionally accredited institution.

(f) For reciprocity applicants only, 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.

(g) Deficiencies in the supervised experience requirement of section (d) may be remedied by completion of:

(A) At least 700 clock hours of supervised clinical experience, including 280 direct client contact hours; or

(B) At least five years of full-time post-degree clinical experience.

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 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-030-0021

Experience Requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor

(1) To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor under ORS 675.715(1)(c)and 675.720, an applicant must have completed at least three years, defined as 36 months, of supervised clinical counseling experience.

(2) To qualify for licensure through the internship registration method, supervised clinical experience must meet the requirements of OAR Chapter 833, Divisions 50 and 130.

(3) To qualify for licensure through direct method, supervised clinical experience must have consisted of no less than 2,400 supervised direct client contact hours of counseling. The supervised clinical counseling experience must have included any combination of the following:

(a) Post-graduate degree supervised experience completed in Oregon prior to June 30, 2002;

(b) Post-graduate degree supervised experience completed in another jurisdiction pursuant to the jurisdiction’s laws and rules;

(c) Experience completed while a registered intern with the Board; or

(d) Up to one year of full-time supervised clinical experience and 400 hours of supervised direct client contact completed during the clinical portion of the qualifying graduate degree program.

(4) To qualify for licensure through the reciprocity method, supervised clinical experience must have consisted of no less than 2,400 hours of supervised post-graduate experience:

(a) A minimum of 1,200 hours of the required 2,400 must be direct client contact;

(b) A maximum of 1,200 hours of the required 2,400 may be from supervision, consulting, reporting.

(c) Up to one year of full-time supervised clinical experience and 400 hours of supervised direct client contact may have been completed during the clinical portion of the qualifying graduate degree program;

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

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

(6) For direct and reciprocity methods, the experience must be a formal arrangement under the supervision of a person who holds a graduate-level state-issued license or registration, as a professional counselor or equivalent as determined by the Board such as a clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist.

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 4-2014, f. & cert. ef. 9-5-14; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-030-0041

Examination Requirement for Licensure as a Professional Counselor

(1) All applicants for licensure as a professional counselor must pass a competency examination and an Oregon law and rules examination pursuant to OAR 833-020-0081.

(2) To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor under ORS 675.715(1)(d), an applicant must pass, or have passed within ten years prior to the date the application was received by the Board, one of the following competency examinations:

(a) National Counselor Examination;

(b) National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination; or

(c) Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination.

(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 833-030-0011.

(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 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; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

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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