201 KAR 32:020. Equivalent course of study

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      201 KAR 32:020. Equivalent course of study.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 335.330(1), (2)

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 335.320(9),

335.330(1), (2)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS

335.330(1) provides that the board shall define a course of study equivalent to

a master's degree in marriage and family therapy and promulgate the equivalency

standard by administrative regulations. This administrative regulation

establishes the criteria for the equivalent course of study.

 

      Section 1. Definition. "Related

field" means psychology, community mental health, social work, or

professional counseling.

 

      Section 2. An applicant for licensure as

a marriage and family therapist shall:

      (1) Comply with the requirements of KRS

335.330; and

      (2) Submit an application on the Application

for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist or Marriage and Family

Therapist Associate form, incorporated by reference in 201 KAR 32:025.

      (3) An applicant completing a

postgraduate degree program, masters degree program, or doctoral degree program

accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Education

who also has completed a masters or doctoral degree program in a related field

may count clinical contact hours and clinical supervision hours earned in a

Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Education postgraduate

degree program, masters degree program, or doctoral degree program towards the

clinical supervision requirements for licensure.

 

      Section 3. The basic core areas that are

necessary in order to qualify as an equivalent course of study, shall include

the following:

      (1) Marriage and family studies. This

area shall include a minimum of three (3) courses (nine (9) semester hours,

twelve (12) quarter hours, or 135 didactic contact hours). Courses in this area

shall be theoretical in nature and have a major focus of system theory orientation,

and may include:

      (a) Systems theory;

      (b) Family development;

      (c) Blended families;

      (d) Cultural issues in families;

      (e) Family subsystems;

      (f) Major models of family systems

theory; or

      (g) Gender issues in families;

      (2) Marriage and family therapy. This

area shall include a minimum of three (3) courses (nine (9) semester hours,

twelve (12) quarter hours, or 135 didactic contact hours). Courses in this area

shall have a major focus on family systems theory and systemic therapeutic

interventions. Courses shall relate to major theories of family systems change

and therapeutic practices evolving from each theoretical model. Examples

include:

      (a) Structural communications family

therapy;

      (b) Strategic object relations family

therapy;

      (c) Behavioral family therapy;

      (d) Intergenerational family therapy;

      (e) Solution oriented family therapy;

      (f) Narrative family therapy; and

      (g) Systemic sex therapy;

      (3) Human development. This area shall

include a minimum of three (3) courses (nine (9) semester hours, twelve (12)

quarter hours, or 135 didactic contact hours). Courses in this area shall provide

knowledge of individual human personality development in both normal and abnormal

manifestations. Topic areas include, for example:

      (a) Human development;

      (b) Personality theory;

      (c) Human sexuality; and

      (d) Effects of gender and cultural issues

on human development;

      (4) Psychopathology and Diagnostic and

Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This area shall include a one (1)

course minimum (three (3) semester hours, four (4) quarter hours, or forty-five

(45) didactic contact hours). Courses in this area shall include psychopathology,

diagnosis through use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental

Disorders, or applications of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental

Disorders to marriage and family therapy;

      (5) Professional studies. This area shall

include a minimum of one (1) course minimum (three (3) semester hours, four (4)

quarter hours, or forty-five (45) didactic contact hours). Courses include, for

example:

      (a) Professional ethics in marriage and

family therapy;

      (b) Legal responsibilities of the

therapist;

      (c) Professional socialization and the role

of the professional organization;

      (d) Licensure or certification

legislation; and

      (e) Independent practice issues;

      (6) Research. This area shall include a

minimum of one (1) course minimum (three (3) semester hours, four (4) quarter

hours, or forty-five (45) didactic contact hours). Courses may include:

      (a) Statistics;

      (b) Research methods;

      (c) Quantitative methodology; or

      (d) Other courses designed to assist the

student to understand and perform research; or

      (7) Practicum or internship. The practicum

or internship shall include a minimum of one (1) year or 300 hours of supervised

direct client contact with individuals, couples, and families for family therapy.

      (a) An applicant who did not complete a

clinical practicum in graduate school may satisfy the practicum requirement

with his or her first 300 post masters' client contact hours.

      (b) These hours shall not be counted

toward the two (2) years of required post master's experience or the 200 hours

of clinical supervision.

 

      Section 4. A course used to fulfill one

(1) of the requirements established in Section 2 of this administrative

regulation shall not be used to fulfill more than one (1) of the basic core

area requirements.

 

      Section 5. (1) An applicant who completed

a qualifying graduate degree in a mental health field prior to 1985 may

substitute conferences, workshops, seminars, or in-service training related to

marriage and family therapy attended or presented as a substitute for college

coursework required in Section 3 of this administrative regulation.

      (2) Forty-five (45) contact hours of

relevant content shall equal three (3) semester hours of credit.

      (3) A list of equivalencies the applicant

wishes to have considered shall be organized by core area as established in Section

3 of this administrative regulation.

      (4) Appropriate documentation shall

include:

      (a) Date;

      (b) Title;

      (c) Course description;

      (d) Sponsoring organization;

      (e) Presenter, including presenter's

qualifications;

      (f) Number of contact hours attended or

presented; and

      (g) Certificates of attendance.

 

      Section 6. Other acceptable equivalencies

shall be considered as follows:

      (1) One (1) graduate level course taught

on a subject relevant to marriage and family therapy after 1985 shall be

considered equivalent to three (3) semester hours of credit.

      (2) Publication on a subject relevant to

marriage and family therapy dated after 1985 may be submitted as equivalencies

as acceptable to the board. Credit shall be granted as follows:

      (a)1. A chapter in a book is equivalent

to three (3) semester hours of credit.

      2. An applicant who authors or edits a

book shall be given credit equivalent to six (6) semester hours of credit.

      3. An applicant shall submit a copy of

the title page, table of contents, and bibliography.

      (b)1. Publication in a professional

refereed journal shall be equivalent to three (3) semester hours of credit.

      2. An applicant shall submit the journal

table of contents and a copy of the article as it appeared in the journal

including bibliography. (22 Ky.R. 420; Am.

903; eff. 10-19-95; 26 Ky.R. 425; 723; eff. 10-20-99; 35 Ky.R. 1861; 2412; eff.

6-5-2009; 38 Ky.R. 1368; 1553; eff. 3-21-2012.)
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