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BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

 

DIVISION 80

CONTINUING EDUCATION

833-080-0011

Continuing Education

Licensees must complete approved continuing education and report the hours to the Board on even numbered years as a condition of license renewal.

(1) Licensees who receive their initial license less than 12 months before the continuing education reporting date will not be required to report continuing education.

(2) Licensees who receive their initial licenses between 12 and 23 months before the continuing education reporting date must report 20 hours of continuing education.

(3) Licensees who receive their initial licenses 24 or more months before the continuing education reporting date must report 40 hours of continuing education.

(4) A "clock hour" for continuing education means one hour spent in a program meeting the requirements for continuing education. Clock hours exclude refreshment breaks, receptions and other social gatherings, and meals that do not include an approved program.

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

833-080-0021

Continuing Education Waiver

(1) Licensees may request a waiver for meeting the continuing education requirements by submitting a written request on forms provided by the Board.

(2) The Board may approve requests for waivers from licensees who cannot attend the required hours of training because of a medical condition. The licensee must include the following information as part of the request.

(a) The rationale for a waiver;

(b) The nature of the illness or disability;

(c) The time period the waiver would cover;

(d) A statement as to how the condition prevents participation in continuing education;

(e) Signature by the licensee or legal representative; and

(f) Signed statement from a recognized medical practitioner.

(3) The Board may approve requests for waivers from licensees who do not plan to practice for an extended period of time. The licensee must include the following information as part of the request.

(a) The rationale for a waiver;

(b) The time period the waiver would cover; and

(c) Signature by the licensee or legal representative.

(3) The Board will notify the licensee requesting a waiver whether the request is approved.

(4) Following a contractual agreement with the Board that the licensee will not be practicing counseling or marriage and family therapy for an extended period of time because the licensee is retired; on maternity leave; or voluntarily not working; and that the licensee will not resume practice without a Board-approved plan for participating in 20 clock hours of continuing education or clinical supervision.

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

833-080-0031

Continuing Education Content

(1) Continuing education content must focus on increasing knowledge and/or skills in the following areas relevant to the field:

(a) Counseling or marriage and family therapy theory & techniques;

(b) Human development and family studies;

(c) Social and cultural foundations in counseling or marriage and family therapy;

(d) The helping relationship;

(e) Group dynamics;

(f) Life style and career development;

(g) DSM diagnosis assessment;

(h) Research and evaluation;

(i) Professional orientation and ethics;

(j) Professional supervision training;

(k) Disability and life transitions;

(l) Substance abuse;

(m) Psychopharmacology;

(n) Diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.

(2) Six clock hours of continuing education in ethics is required each reporting period.

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

833-080-0041

Methods of Obtaining Hours

(1) Approvable continuing education credits may be obtained in the following ways:

(a) Continuing education activities with no limits on continuing education units:

(A) Attending college or university courses -- 15 clock hours per semester credit and 10 clock hours per quarter credit.

(B) Seminars, workshops, conferences and/or trainings may be “live” or offered through distance learning technology. Distance learning trainings must be offered or approved by a provider acceptable to the Board e.g., NBCC.

(C) Home study from approved providers must be offered or approved by a provider acceptable to the Board e.g., NBCC.

(b) Continuing education activities for which you can obtain a maximum of 20 continuing education units within a two year period:

(A) Publication activities include:

(i) Five credits per article or review in a refereed journal that is directly related to counseling;

(ii) Five credits per chapter in edited books, 20 credits for authorship of an entire book;

(iii) Five credits per 30 minutes of initial video production directly related to counseling;

(iv) Five credits for reviewing a book proposal; and

(v) Five credits for each year of service on an editorial board of a professional counseling journal.

(B) Professional presentations. Credit is given for the initial research and development of a professional presentation. The number of credits given is twice the number of hours spent making the presentation;

(C) Leadership in the profession -- 10 credits a year for the following:

(i) Serving as an officer of a state or national counseling organization;

(ii) Serving as a member of a state counseling/therapy licensing board or national certification board; or

(iii) Chairing a national counseling conference or convention.

(2) Receiving supervision. One credit/one clock hour for supervision received from a supervisor who meets the Board’s standards on supervision, for a maximum of 10 continuing education activities within a two year period.

(3) An approvable continuing education program is one designed and offered by an agency or institution that is recognized as an approved provider of continuing education units e.g., NBCC-approved programs include:

(a) Academic courses offered in accredited degree counseling or marriage and family therapy programs;

(b) Presentations sponsored by counseling related departments of accredited educational institutions; national, regional, state, or local professional organizations or associations; public or private human services agencies or organizations; or individuals that meet all of the following approved provider guidelines:

(A) Program is presented by competent individuals as documented by appropriate academic training, professional licensure or certification, or professionally recognized experience. Presenters should have an identifiable involvement with human services;

(B) Program meets the professional needs of the licensee’s intended clientele;

(C) Program has a minimum duration of one clock hour;

(D) Except for non-classroom distance learning, program is offered in a place which is accessible to persons with disabilities;

(E) Distance learning program includes mechanism for evaluation, measurement, or confirmation of exchange of information; and

(F) Programs approved by organizations such as: National Association of Social Workers, National Board for Certified Counselors, Oregon Psychological Association, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Art Therapy Credentials Board, American Art Therapy Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and American Counseling Association.

(c) Content of programs are consistent with OAR 833-080-0031.

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

833-080-0051

Documentation and Submission of Continuing Education

(1) Licensees must certify to the Board, at the time of annual renewal on even-numbered years, that the continuing education requirements were met by providing a summary list of continuing education activities/courses as described in OAR 833-080-0041.

(2) Licensees must maintain documentation as proof that the licensee has satisfied the continuing professional education requirements and, if requested by the Board, will make them available for inspection. Documentation must include proof of actual attendance, participation, certification, or completion as well as content, duration, and if relevant, provider such as:

(a) Academic transcripts;

(b) Dated certificates (originals or copies) of completion of training;

(c) Program/activity descriptions, including (but not limited to) written verification of professional services, copies of published works or other proof of publication, letter from president/director of organization in which professional activity was conducted; and

(d) Signed statement of professional supervision by the individual providing the supervision.

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

833-080-0061

Continuing Education Audit and Penalties

(1) The Board will conduct an audit of the records of randomly selected licensees to verify actual participation, completion, and compliance with standards for content and providers of approved continuing professional education. Failure to maintain or document actual completion of continuing professional education activities claimed, failure to make such records available to the Board for inspection, or falsification of reports may result in disciplinary action by the Board.

(2) Licensees participating in the continuing education audit that are unable to satisfactorily document that they completed training meeting the standards set forth in OAR 833-080-0041 will be assessed a civil penalty as follows:

(a) Persons successfully documenting 31-39 hours -- $250;

(b) Persons successfully documenting 21-30 hours -- $500;

(c) Persons successfully documenting 11-20 hours -- $750;

(d) Persons successfully documenting 10 or fewer hours -- $1,000.

(3) The civil penalty may not be paid in lieu of training.

(4) Failure to document required hours, or certifying programs or supervision not meeting approval requirements will result in non-renewal or, in the case of discovery after renewal, possible suspension of 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

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