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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 educational requirements for licensure according to OAR 833-030-0011 (LPC Intern) and/or 833-040-0011 (LMFT Intern);

(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) Internship status is a transitional step toward licensure and is not intended as a means to avoid licensure. 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. Failure to meet the experience requirements for licensure within five years will result in expiration of registration and closure of the application file. 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) 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; BLPCT 2-2015, f. & cert. ef. 10-2-15; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

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, including reference to any codes of standards or ethics to which the intern subscribes;

(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) The standard fee for service, including discounted rates or sliding scale and a statement that no fees will be charged and no additional fee will be added to another set fee such as a hospital room daily charge;

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

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; or

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

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

833-050-0051

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(s) 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

(f) Signatures of all parties; and

(g) The fee for supervision, if any. If the supervisor is to be paid for supervision, then payment must be in the form of a per-hour fee.

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

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 issued.

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

833-050-0071

Direct Client Contact

(1) Registered interns must complete at least three years, defined as 36 months, of supervised clinical experience which must include no less than 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 one year of full-time supervised clinical experience and 400 direct client contact hours accrued as part of a graduate degree internship;

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

(C) Post-graduate degree supervised direct client contact hours completed in another jurisdiction pursuant to the jurisdiction’s laws and rules that meet the direct application method experience requirements.

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

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.

(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) 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.

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

833-050-0091

Supervisor’s Responsibilities

(1) The supervisor must:

(a) Review and evaluate appropriateness of client population and caseload, individual charts, case records and management, diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning, and methodologies for keeping client confidentiality.

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

(c) Ensure that letterhead, business cards, advertisements and directory listings, brochures, and any other representation includes the appropriate title as described in OAR 833-050-0111(1)(a) and the supervisor’s name and designation as “supervisor.”

(d) Assist the intern in developing a plan to prepare for and complete the competency exam in a timely manner.

(e) Notify the Board within 14 days and explain any significant interruption to supervision or expected termination of the supervisory relationship.

(f) Create and maintain for at least three years a record of hours of supervision and notes for each supervision session contemporaneously as supervision occurs, and provide it to the Board within fourteen days of request.

(g) 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.

(h) Meet registered intern supervisor qualifications as required in OAR Chapter 833, Division 130.

(i) 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 professional or ethical concerns about a supervisee being licensed, the supervisor must promptly notify the Board and provide the following information:

(a) Specific concerns regarding conduct or performance;

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

833-050-0111

Intern’s Responsibilities

(1) The intern must:

(a) Indicate registration and use the title "registered intern", "LPC intern", or "LMFT intern" in connection with a practice that is covered by an approved plan. All signed materials, letterhead, business cards, advertisements and directory listings, brochures, and any other representation must include the intern’s appropriate title and the supervisor’s name and designation as “supervisor”.

(b) Take steps to ensure consistency in supervision throughout the internship.

(c) Provide the supervisor with a periodic evaluation of all cases and counseling or therapy activities in which the intern is engaged.

(d) 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.

(e) Submit to the Board reports that include the hours of direct client contact accrued by month for the six-month period.

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

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

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

(f) Notify the Board within 14 days and explain any interruptions or proposed termination of supervision or employment.

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

833-050-0131

Intern Registration Renewal

(1) An intern must renew registration annually each year following initial registration. Annual renewal is due by the first day of the month of initial registration to be considered timely.

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

(3) Late Renewal. An intern may renew a registration after the first day of the month but within the renewal month by, in addition to completing the requirement in section (2) above, submitting to the Board the required delinquent fee. If these are not timely submitted, then the internship will be expired. Expired interns must reapply pursuant to OAR 833-020-0071 in order to practice as an intern or be considered for licensure.

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

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) Physical residence address and post office box, if applicable;

(b) Electronic mail address;

(c) Home and work telephone numbers; 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.

(3) Interns must submit a change of name form provided by the Board, accompanied by a copy of the legal document showing the name change, 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; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

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