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BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

 

DIVISION 50

REGISTERED INTERNS

833-050-0011

Intern Registration Method

The intern registration method is required for applicants who seek acceptance of post-degree supervised clinical experience completed in Oregon after June 30, 2002. The intern registration method requires applicant to obtain Board approval of an internship plan for completing required supervised direct client contact.

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

833-050-0021

Application for Registration as Intern

(1) An applicant for registration must:

(a) Meet all registration requirements in effect at the time the application is submitted;

(b) Request registration on Board approved forms;

(c) Submit a professional disclosure statement for board approval as part of his or her application;

(d) Submit an application fee as specified in OAR 833-070-0011;

(e) Meet the graduate degree standards for licensure according to OAR 833, division 60;

(f) Agree to complete supervised clinical experience hours to meet the total number of hours required for licensure; and

(g) Abide by the Board’s laws and rules.

(2) Applicants for professional counselor and marriage and family therapist must pay a fee for each license.

(3) Applicants approved for registration as an intern will have five years to complete the supervised direct client contact hours necessary for licensure or for examination. The intern may petition the Board to allow extension of registration for up to one year beyond the maximum five years if he/she can show good cause for such extension.

(4) Registered interns may indicate registration or use the title "registered intern", "LPC intern", "LMFT intern" or any permutation in connection with a practice that is covered by an approved plan.

(5) Former applicants who re-apply may transfer direct client contact hours accrued under a board-approved plan to their new plan.

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

833-050-0031

Registered Intern Professional Disclosure Statement

(1) Registered interns must furnish clients with a copy of a Board-approved professional disclosure statement before providing counseling or therapy.

(2) A professional disclosure statement must include the following information about the intern:

(a) Name, business address and telephone number;

(b) Name of the intern’s supervisor(s);

(c) Philosophy and approach to counseling or marriage and family therapy;

(d) Formal education and training, title of highest relevant degree, the school that granted the degree, and major coursework;

(e) Supervision requirements;

(f) A statement indicating adherence to the Oregon Licensing Board’s Code of Ethics set forth in OAR Chapter 833, Division 100;

(g) Fee schedules;

(h) The bill of rights of clients listed in OAR 833-100-0021 the Code of Ethics;

(i) The name, address, telephone number, and email address of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists; and

(j) A statement indicating the following: “Additional information about this registered intern is available on the Board’s website: www.oregon.gov/oblpct.”

(3) The Professional Disclosure statement must be accessible to people with disabilities.

(4) Registered interns will assist their clients to understand the information in the professional disclosure statement.

(5) Whenever an intern changes the professional disclosure statement, the new statement must be provided to the board for approval.

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 2-2012, f. 9-5-12, cert. ef. 10-1-12

833-050-0041

Intern Professional Disclosure Statement Waiver

The Board may grant exemptions from requirements of professional disclosure statements. Requests for exemption must be in writing to the Board and have received written approval from the Board. The Board may grant exemptions from providing a professional disclosure statement if:

(1) Registered intern can satisfy the Board that there is good cause to be exempt from specific requirements, including but not limited to: name, practice address and telephone number; fee schedules; or other specific board required information;

(2) The intern is providing crisis response counseling or therapy; or

(3) The intern is practicing outside Oregon and is not required (by his or her employing agency) to provide disclosure statements to clients; however, the intern must inform clients that he or she is working toward licensure in the state of Oregon, the name of his or her clinical supervisor, and provide the address and telephone number of the Oregon Board upon request.

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

833-050-0051

Intern Registration Plan

(1) Applicants for intern registration must submit an intern plan in the form and manner required by the Board.

(2) The intern plan must include information to show how supervised clinical experience hours will be accrued and that the activities will meet Board requirements for professional counselor and/or marriage and family therapist. The intern plan will include:

(a) Name, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of the parties: intern, supervisor(s), and intern's employer if applicable;

(b) Description of clinical experience: where counseling/therapy will be performed, where supervision will be provided, activities or services performed by intern, content of supervision;

(c) How the intern will meet licensure requirements;

(d) Responsibilities of all parties;

(e) Agreement of the supervisor, administrator of agency or employer of the intern, and the intern; and

(f) Signatures of all parties.

(3) An approved intern plan may cover up to three separate practices, such as private practice and employment by two different, autonomous programs.

(4) To maintain registration, the intern must meet the conditions in the approved plan.

(5) The intern must carry out the registration plan as approved. Changes to the plan must be approved 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 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10

833-050-0061

Effective Dates of Intern Registration

(1) Initial registration as an intern will be effective when applicant completes the registration process that includes approval of completed request and internship plan.

(2) An intern must practice under supervision until all license requirements are met and the license is granted.

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 2-2014, f. & cert. ef. 6-11-14

833-050-0071

Direct Client Contact

(1) Registered interns must accrue 2,400 hours of supervised direct client contact to qualify for licensure.

(a) Registered interns must complete at least 1,000 of the required 2,400 hours direct client contact while in a Board-approved intern work plan.

(b) Registered interns may count direct client contact hours acquired outside a registered intern plan as follows:

(A) Up to 400 direct client contact hours accrued as part of a graduate degree internship;

(B) Post-degree supervised direct client contact hours completed in Oregon prior to June 30, 2002; and

(C) Post-degree supervised direct client contact hours completed outside of Oregon that meet Oregon requirements at the time of application for licensure.

(2) Applicants for LMFT must accrue 2,400 hours of supervised direct client contact with at least 1,000 of those hours working with couples and families to qualify for licensure.

(3) Applications for dual licensure as professional counselor and marriage and family therapist must meet the requirements for both licenses.

(4) Direct client contact must be face to face with a client or clients and/or contact via electronic communication consistent with OAR 833 division 90.

(5) Registered interns must receive and document supervision for and report all direct client contact hours at places of practice listed as part of their Board-approved plan.

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 4-2014, f. & cert. ef. 9-5-14

833-050-0081

Supervision

(1) Supervision of direct client contact must take place within the same calendar month as the completed direct client contact hours.

(2) Supervision meetings must take place at least twice per month, and in different weeks.

(3) Supervision meetings must be no less than one hour, defined as no less than 50 minutes.

(4) Supervision each month must total at least:

(a) Two (2) hours for months in which 45 or fewer hours of direct client contact are completed; or

(b) Three (3) hours for months in which 46 or more hours of direct client contact are completed.

(5) In addition to all other reporting requirements, during the first three months of supervision:

(a) At least 25% of the reported monthly supervision hours must be conducted in a professional setting, and in person.

(b) Up to 75% of the reported monthly supervision hours may be conducted through confidential electronic communications.

(6) For the remaining required supervision hours:

(a) At least 25% of the remaining reported supervision hours must be conducted in a professional setting and in person;

(b) Up to 75% of the remaining reported supervision hours may be conducted through confidential electronic communications.

(7) At least 50% of the required number of monthly supervision hours must be individual supervision 1-to-1.

(8) Group supervision must meet the following requirements at each meeting.

(a) Include no more than six (6) supervisees;

(b) Have leadership that does not shift from one supervisor to another; and

(c) Not be a staff or team meeting, intensive training seminar, discussion group, consultation session, or quality assurance or review group.

(9) If in any month an intern does not receive the minimum supervision hours required, no client contact hours would be credited for that month.

(10) Interns must take steps to ensure consistency in supervision throughout the internship. The intern must request approval from the Board to change supervisors more than three times during the internship and provide steps taken to ensure consistency when changing supervisors.

(11) An approved plan for a single practice, such as private practice or employment by one agency offering services at one or more sites, may have no more than two supervisors at any given time.

(12) The supervisor must:

(a) Review and evaluate appropriateness of client population and caseload, individual charts, case records, and methodologies for keeping client confidentiality; and

(b) Recommend that the intern to refer clients to other therapists when client needs are outside the intern’s scope of practice; and

(13) The supervisor of interns, at the time of supervision must:

(a) Be someone other than a spouse or relative by blood or marriage or a person with whom the intern has or had a personal relationship; and

(b) Meet registered intern supervisor qualifications as required in OAR chapter 833, division 130.

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 5-2010, f. 6-15-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; BLPCT 6-2010, f. 12-13-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLPCT 2-2013, f. 8-7-13, cert. ef. 8-15-13

833-050-0091

Supervisor Reporting

(1) The supervisor must submit a written evaluation of the intern’s skills and progress every six months and at the conclusion of the plan. The report must include progress toward completion of the intern’s plan. Supervisors may report to the Board at any time deemed necessary. Reports must be submitted on forms provided by the Board.

(2) If a supervisor has concerns about a supervisee being licensed, the supervisor must notify the Board and provide the following information:

(a) Specific concerns;

(b) Steps taken to address the concerns;

(c) A remedial action plan with measureable outcomes to address the concerns; and

(d) The intern’s progress to address the concerns expressed by the supervisor.

(3) The Board may take any or all of the following actions to address concerns about registered interns:

(a) Identify a new supervisor to work with the intern;

(b) Require an assessment of the intern’s mental and/or physical health;

(c) Require the intern to seek personal therapy;

(d) Extend the internship;

(e) Require additional training for the intern;

(f) Place internship on hold; or

(g) Deny the intern a license.

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

833-050-0111

Intern Reporting

(1) The intern must submit to the Board reports that include the hours of direct client contact accrued by month for the six-month period.

(2) Reports of direct client contact hours and supervisor evaluation are due in the month following each six-month reporting period.

(3) If the Board receives the report after the due date, all hours submitted in the report will be denied.

(4) The Board may consider exceptions to this rule with documentation of extraordinary circumstances.

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

833-050-0121

Changes to Intern Registration Plan

(1) The intern must report any interruptions or proposed termination of supervision.

(2) The intern must submit a written request on a board approved form to the Board in order to change the intern plan. Approval of the following changes to the plan are required:

(a) Supervision;

(b) Employment;

(c) Practice locations; and

(d) Supervisor(s).

(3) A registered intern who files a request to change the internship plan must meet Board requirements in place at the time of the change request.

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

833-050-0131

Intern Registration Renewal

(1) Intern must renew registration annually within 30 days of the intern’s annual renewal date. Annual renewal date is the first day of the month of initial registration.

(2) Registration renewal requires the intern to provide to the Board a renewal fee as established in OAR 833-070-0011, renewal forms, and updated Professional Disclosure Statement.

(3) If the intern does not provide the required fee and documents within 30 days of renewal, the internship will be expired.

(4) Renewal may be denied if any of the conditions of the plan are not being met.

(5) Interns must renew registration annually until being granted a license or the expiration of intern registration.

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 2-2014, f. & cert. ef. 6-11-14

833-050-0141

Placing Internship on Hold

(1) Intern may request to place internship on hold for up to 90 days by submitting a written request to the board with explanation of need for being on hold.

(2) Intern must notify the Board within 10 days, in writing, of a plan to return to practice.

(3) If after 90 days, the intern does not submit a plan to return to practice, the internship will expire.

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

833-050-0151

Termination of Intern Registration Plan

A registered intern may voluntarily resign registration. A resigned registration will constitute withdrawal of application for licensure.

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

833-050-0161

Current Information to Board

(1) All registered interns must provide current contact information to the Board, including:

(a) Residence address of location and post office box, if applicable;

(b) Electronic mail address;

(c) Telephone number; and

(d) An updated, current Professional Disclosure Statement being provided to clients as required above.

(2) Intern must inform the Board office in writing of any changes to information within 30 days of the change.

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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