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BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

 

DIVISION 90

DISTANCE COUNSELING

833-090-0010

Technology-Assisted Services

(1) When providing technology-assisted distance counseling services, licensees must:

(a) Use secure web sites and e-mail communications to help ensure confidentiality;

(b) Determine that technology-assisted services are appropriate, available, and meets the needs of the particular client; and

(c) Have a working knowledge of the particular technology used to meet the needs of clients.

(d) Conduct due diligence in confirming the identity of potential clients.

(2) When the use of encryption is not possible, limit electronic transmissions to general communications that are not client specific.

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

833-090-0020

Inappropriate Services

When technology-assisted distance counseling services are deemed inappropriate for any reason by the counselor or client, counselors must ensure that a professional and clinically sound referral is made to counseling resources in the client’s geographic area.

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

833-090-0030

Laws and Statutes

Licensees providing Distance Services must ensure that the use of technology is consistent with the Board’s laws and rules.

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

833-090-0040

Technology and Informed Consent

(1) Licensees must give all potential clients access to the licensee’s Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS) prior to service delivery with a means of confirming receipt and acknowledgement of the PDS.

(2) Licensees must inform clients of the benefits and limitations of distance service delivery, including:

(a) Issues related to the difficulty of maintaining the confidentiality of electronically transmitted communications;

(b) Names of colleagues, supervisors, and employees, such as Informational Technology (IT) administrators, who may have authorized or unauthorized access to electronic transmissions;

(c) The risks of all authorized or unauthorized people who have access to any technology clients may use in the counseling process. This includes family members, friends, acquaintances, and fellow employees;

(d) Limitations governing the practice of the LPC or LMFT profession in the State of Oregon, including that the laws and statutes regarding the practice of professional counseling and marriage and family therapy differ from state-to-state;

(e) Contact information and alternate methods of contact in case of technology failure; and

(f) Emergency procedures for situations when the counselor is not available.

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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