Graduate Degree Standards

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Published: 2015

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BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

 

DIVISION 60
GRADUATE DEGREE STANDARDS

833-060-0012
Comparable
Full Standards
The Board shall determine which graduate
degrees are comparable in content and quality to degrees from CACREP, COAMFTE, or
CORE approved programs and consistent with the Board’s Code of Ethics. Degrees
must meet the following standards. The degree was from an institution that:
(1) Was a fully accredited
member of one of the regional institutional accreditation bodies at the time the
degree was granted;
(2) Offered a minimum of
a master's degree;
(3) Was at least two years'
duration and at least:
(a) 48 semester credit hours
or 72 quarter hours for graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014; or
(b) 60 semester credit hours
or 90 quarter credit hours for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014.
(4) Included all coursework
requirements set forth in OAR 833-060-0042 or 833-060-0052.
(5) Included a required supervised
clinical experience for all students of no less than:
(a) 600 total clock hours
to include 240 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted before
October 1, 2014; or
(b) 700 total clock hours
to include 280 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted on or after
October 1, 2014.
(6) Facilitated a practicum
and/or internship experience that:
(a) Had supervisory staff
with a minimum of a master's degree in the program emphasis and with pertinent professional
experience;
(b) Made provision for faculty
monitoring of operations;
(c) Kept records of student-client
contact hours including summary of student progress by the supervisor;
(d) Had a written agreement
with the program and student specifying learning objectives; and
(e) Had a mechanism for program
evaluation.
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 6-2010, f. 12-13-10,
cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLPCT 2-2012, f. 9-5-12, cert. ef. 10-1-12; BLPCT 3-2013(Temp),
f. 10-7-13, cert. ef. 10-8-13 thru 3-31-14; BLPCT 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-14
833-060-0022
Majority Standards for Graduate Degrees
Pursuant to ORS 675.715(1)(d), a graduate degree will meet a majority of the Board's standards if issued by a degree granting program that:
(1) Was from a regionally accredited institution that provided training in counseling or marriage and family therapy;
(2) Offered a minimum of a master's degree;
(3) Was at least two years in duration:
(4) Included coursework requirements for the degree as set forth in OAR 833-060-0042 or 833-060-0052; and
(5) Included a degree-required practicum/clinical experience with on-site supervisors having competence in counseling or marriage and family therapy and field 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; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10
833-060-0032
Additional Graduate Training to Supplement Degree Program
(1) Training used to supplement a degree program pursuant to OAR 833-060-0022 must be taken and successfully completed for graduate credit at an accredited college or university.
(2) To fulfill the requirements for the clinical/applied experience, the applicant must complete a supervised clinical experience of no less than 700 clock hours.
(3) The requirement for a graduate program clinical experience may be waived if:
(a) The applicant has at least five years of full-time post-degree experience; and
(b) For marriage and family therapy degrees, the majority of clinical experience consisted of work in relationship issues.
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
833-060-0042
Standards for LPC Coursework
(1) For counseling degrees leading to a professional counselor license, based on a minimum of 72 quarter or 48 semester hours:
(a) Counseling Theory, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(b) Human Growth and Development, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(c) Social and Cultural Foundations, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(d) The Helping Relationship, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(e) Group Dynamics Processing and Counseling, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(f) Lifestyle and Career Development, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(g) Diagnosis and Appraisal of Individuals, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(h) Research and Evaluation, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(i) Professional Orientation, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(j) Clinical/Applied Experience of at least 600 clock hours; and
(k) Supporting Coursework for Specialty Areas, 24–33 quarter hours/16–22 semester hours.
(2) The curriculum standards for counseling degrees leading to a professional counselor license, based on a minimum of 90 quarter or 60 semester hours:
(a) Counseling Theory, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(b) Human Growth and Development, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(c) Social and Cultural Diversity Studies, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(d) The Helping Relationship, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(e) Group Dynamics Processing and Counseling, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(f) Lifestyle and Career Development, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(g) Diagnosis and Assessment of Individuals, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(h) Research and Evaluation, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(i) Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice studies including roles and responsibilities within the profession and in the community, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(j) Clinical/Applied Experience, of at least:
(A) 600 total clock hours to include 240 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014; or
(B) 700 total clock hours to include 280 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014; and
(k) Supporting Coursework for Specialty Areas, 24 quarter hours/16 semester hours.
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
833-060-0052
Standards for LMFT Coursework
(1) An applicant with a qualifying graduate degree granted before October 1, 2014, must have completed at least 48 semester or 72 quarter hours.
(2) An applicant with a qualifying graduate degree granted on or after October 1, 2014, must have completed at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours.
(3) For marriage and family therapy degrees leading to a marriage and family therapist license, based on 72 quarter or 48 semester hours:
(a) Human Development, six quarter hours/four semester hours;
(b) Marital and Family Theoretical Foundation Studies, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(c) Marital and Family Therapy Diagnosis and Assessment, Treatment, Principles and Techniques Studies, 12 quarter hours/8 semester hours;
(d) Professional Studies, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(e) Research Methods or Statistics, three quarter hours/two semester hours;
(f) Clinical/Applied Experience of at least 600 clock hours; and
(g) Supporting Coursework Focusing on the Systems Paradigm for Specialty Areas, 24-33 quarter hours/16-22 semester hours.
(4) The curriculum standards for degrees meeting requirements for a marriage and family therapist license, based on 90 quarter or 60 semester hours:
(a) Individual and Family Development -- 6 quarter hours/4 semester hours;
(b) Couple and Family Theoretical Foundation Studies -- 9 quarter hours/6 semester hours;
(c) Couple and Family Therapy, Treatment, and Techniques Studies -- 9 quarter hours/6 semester hours;
(d) Diagnosis of mental disorders -- 3 quarter/2 semester hours;
(e) Diversity studies that include issues related to diversity, power and privilege -- 3 quarter/2 semester credit hours
(f) Ethical and Professional Studies -- 3 quarter hours/2 semester hours;
(g) Research Methods or Statistics -- 3 quarter hours/2 semester hours;
(h) Clinical/applied experience, including practicum, of at least 700 clock hours with 280 hours of direct client contact; and
(j) Supporting coursework focusing on counseling and/or systems approaches -- 54 quarter/36 semester hours.
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
833-060-0062
Foreign Degrees
Applicants with degrees from universities outside the United States must submit a degree equivalency analysis conducted by an organization accepted by the board. The applicant will pay the cost of the analysis.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.150 - 676.405

Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.150 - 676.405

Hist.: BLPCT 6-2010, f. 12-13-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

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