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The practice is further defined in O.C.G.A. 43-10A-3(10).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Direction"</B> means the ongoing administrative overseeing by an employer or superior of a Professional Counselor's work in the practice of professional counseling as defined by <a title="135-5-.01" href="135-5-.01">135-5-.01</a> (a)(1) by a director. The director shall be responsible for assuring the quality of the services rendered by that practitioner and shall ensure that qualified supervision or intervention occurs in situations, which require expertise beyond that of the practitioner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Director"</B> means the person who provides direction and who is either the employer of the person who receives direction or is the superior in the administrative chain of command to the person who receives direction.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Supervision"</B> means the direct clinical review, for the purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of a Professional Counselor's interaction with their client(s). The purpose of supervision is to promote the development of the practitioner's clinical skills. Supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentations, audiotapes, videotapes, and direct observation of the practitioner's clinical skills. Supervision does not require the supervisor to be present at the work site with the supervisee. Supervision may be provided pro bono or for a fee. Both supervisors and supervisees are required to maintain a contemporaneous record of the date, duration, type (individual, paired, or group), and a brief summary of the pertinent activity for each supervision session to be submitted to the Board upon request. If there are any discrepancies in hours, contemporaneous documentation of supervision will be requested. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Individual Supervision</B> means one supervisor meeting with a maximum of two supervisees.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Group Supervision</B> means one supervisor meeting with a maximum of six supervisees.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Supervisor"</B> means a licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist who complies with the ethical standards of practice of their profession with particular attention being paid to prohibited dual relationships. In addition, <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)5.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a supervisor who holds a master's degree must have three (3) years of post-licensure experience; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)5.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a supervisor who holds a specialist degree must have two (2) years of post-licensure experience; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)5.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a supervisor who holds a doctoral degree must have one (1) year of post-licensure experience; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)5.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> for supervision entered into after <B>September 30, 2018</B>, a supervisor who is a Licensed Professional Counselor must hold either a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Clinical Supervisor credential or a Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGA) Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor credential.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)5.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> however, the Board in its discretion may approve a supervisor whose experience is substantially similar to those stated herein.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)5.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> in a supervised practicum or internship which is part of the graduate degree program, either the course instructor of record or the on-site clinical instructor must be a qualified supervisor OR, in the education of rehabilitation counselors, may be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Directed Experience"</B> means time spent under direction engaging in the practice of Professional Counseling as defined in <a title="135-5-.01" href="135-5-.01">135-5-.01</a> (a)(1). <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)6.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> all work sites must include a formal structure related to the practice of professional counseling as defined in Rule <a title="135-5-.01(a) (1)" href="135-5-.01#135-5-.01(a) (1)">135-5-.01(a) (1)</a> . Valid work sites should have measurable detailed documentation for every candidate, to include a signed contractual agreement that outlines the job description, office hours, performance review procedures and dismissal policies.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)6.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> non-compensated experiences or services will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine acceptability in defining the working relationship for the purposes of obtainment of the required post-master's directed work experience only if they meet these requirements. The agreement between the work site and the candidate should be akin to employment.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)6.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> applicants may, at the discretion of the Board, be required to submit documentation substantiating (a) the nature of the working relationship with the directed experience site, (b) the formal structure of the organization, and (c) whether any licensed or associate licensed individuals work there to ensure compliance and understanding of these requirements.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Directed Experience Under Supervision Contract"</B> is a document, obtained from the Board, that defines the working relationship for the purposes of obtaining the required post-masters directed experience under supervision. Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.01(a) (6)" href="135-5-.01#135-5-.01(a) (6)">135-5-.01(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Program Primarily Counseling in Content" and "Program in Applied Psychology"</B> means a course of study at an accredited educational institution consisting of a master's degree which includes either as part of the degree program or as additional course work completed prior to, during or after the degree program, the following graduate level courses. After <B>September 30, 2018</B> the degree program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a regionally accredited program recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program. An individual course may not be used to fulfill the requirement in more than one content area. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Counseling/Psychotherapy Theory</B>, which includes the principles, concepts, and practice of counseling/psychotherapy and the major models of counseling/psychotherapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> A Counseling or Applied Psychology Practicum or Internship</B> as part of the graduate degree program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Courses in six (6) of the following nine (9) content areas, after September 30, 2018, all 9 content areas of the following course work are required:</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Human Growth and Development</B>, which includes an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, personality theory, and learning theory, and which may provide a comprehensive overview of the factors, determinants, and stages that pertain to physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development and adaptation from infantile to geriatric stages.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Multicultural Counseling or Diversity Training</B>, which includes an understanding of societal changes and trends, human roles, societal subgroups, diversity, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles; and competency in counseling a diverse clientele.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Counseling Techniques or Skills</B>, which includes an understanding of the philosophic bases of helping processes, helper self-understanding and self-development, and the facilitation of client change; OR Advanced Psychotherapy/Intervention Theory, which includes the in-depth study of the major theories, principles, methods and techniques of psychotherapy with individuals, groups or families, focusing on the treatment or prevention of behavior disorders, adjustment problems, psychopathology, or other psychological disturbance.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Group Dynamics and Group Counseling/Psychotherapy</B>, which includes an understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling/psychotherapy theories; group leadership styles; group counseling/psychotherapy methods and skills; and other groupapproaches.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Lifestyle and Career Development</B>, which includes an understanding of career development theories; occupational educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance and education; lifestyle and career decision making; and career development program planning, resources, and evaluation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(VI)">(VI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Appraisal/Assessment of Individuals</B>, which includes an understanding of psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal/ assessment; validity and reliability; psychometric statistics; the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of various assessment instruments; and the use of appraisal/assessment results in the counseling/psychotherapy process.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(VII)">(VII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Research Methods and Evaluation</B>, which includes an understanding of types of research, statistics, research report development, research implementation, program evaluation, needs assessment, and ethical and legal considerations in research; OR Research Statistics, which includes an understanding of the theory, analysis and interpretation of manual or computer generated statistical measures.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(VIII)">(VIII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Professional Orientation and Ethics</B>, which includes an understanding of ethical and legal standards, professional roles, responsibilities, and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(a)8.(iii)(IX)">(IX)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Psychopathology</B>, which includes theories, research, descriptive characteristics, categories, dynamics, and etiology of mental, behavioral, cognitive and personality disorders with a focus on utilization of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM) and/or International Classification of Diseases (ICD).</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Requirements for Licensure.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Education. The applicant must have earned a master's degree in a program primarily counseling in content or in a program of applied psychology, which degree includes a supervised practicum or internship of at least 300 hours which was part of the degree program, from an institution which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. <B>After September 30, 2018, 600 practicum or internship hours will be required. After September 30, 2018</B> the degree program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a regionally accredited program recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program. The applicant must document graduate level coursework from such an accredited institution in order to demonstrate that the degree program is either primarily counseling in content or a program of applied psychology.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Registration of a contract for obtaining postmaster's directed experience under supervision</B>. The applicant shall register with the Board an acceptable contract, the Directed Experience Under Supervision Contract, for obtaining the post-master's experience required for licensure as a Professional Counselor. The applicant is responsible for notifying the Board of any changes in the contract, by submitting a new contract within fourteen (14) days of the change. Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.01(a) (6)" href="135-5-.01#135-5-.01(a) (6)">135-5-.01(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Examination.</B> To qualify for licensure as an associate professional counselor, applicant must pass the required competency examination for licensure prescribed by the Board in rule <a title="135-3-.03(2)(a)(2)" href="135-3-.03#135-3-.03(2)(a)(2)">135-3-.03(2)(a)(2)</a> .</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Restrictions on Practice.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person who holds a license as an Associate Professional Counselor may only use the title "Associate Professional Counselor."</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.01(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person who holds a license as an Associate Professional Counselor may engage in the practice of Professional Counseling, but only under direction and supervision, and only for a period not to exceed five years while obtaining the post-master's experience and supervision required for licensure as a Professional Counselor. Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.01(a) (6)" href="135-5-.01#135-5-.01(a) (6)">135-5-.01(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/135-5-.02" name="135-5-.02" title="135-5-.02">Rule 135-5-.02 Professional Counselors</a></h2> <P>Pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated 43-10A-11 an applicant for a license in Professional Counseling must meet the following requirements.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Definitions.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"The Practice of Professional Counseling"</B> means practice in that specialty which utilizes counseling and psychotherapy to evaluate and treat emotional and mental problems and conditions, whether cognitive, behavioral, or affective. The practice is further defined in O.C.G.A. 43-10A-3(10).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Direction"</B> means the ongoing administrative overseeing by an employer or superior of a Professional Counselor's work in the practice of professional counseling as defined by <a title="135-5-.02" href="135-5-.02">135-5-.02</a> (a)(1) by a director. The director shall be responsible for assuring the quality of the services rendered by that practitioner and shall ensure that qualified supervision or intervention occurs in situations which require expertise beyond that of the practitioner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Director"</B> means the person who provides direction and who is either the employer of the person who receives direction or is the supervisor in the administrative chain of command to the person who receives direction.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Supervision"</B> means the direct clinical review, for the purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of a Professional Counselor's interaction with their client(s). The purpose of supervision is to promote the development of the practitioner's clinical skills. Supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentations, audiotapes, videotapes, and direct observation of the practitioner's clinical skills. Supervision does not require the supervisor to be present at the work site with the supervisee. Supervision may be provided pro bono or for a fee. Both supervisors and supervisees are required to maintain a contemporaneous record of the date, duration, type (individual, paired, or group), and a brief summary of the pertinent activity for each supervision session to be submitted to the Board upon request. If there are any discrepancies in hours, contemporaneous documentation of supervision will be requested. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Individual Supervision</B> means one supervisor meeting with a maximum of two supervisees.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Group Supervision</B> means one supervisor meeting with a maximum of six supervisees.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Supervisor"</B> means a licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist, who complies with the ethical standards of practice of their profession with particular attention being paid to prohibited dual relationships. In addition, <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)5.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a supervisor who holds a master's degree must have three (3) years of post-licensure experience; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)5.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a supervisor who holds a specialist degree must have two (2) years of post-licensure experience; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)5.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a supervisor who holds a doctoral degree must have one (1) year of post-licensure experience; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)5.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> for supervision entered into <B>after September 30, 2018</B>, a supervisor who is a Licensed Professional Counselor must hold either a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Clinical Supervisor credential or a Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGA) Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor credential.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)5.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> however, the Board in its discretion may approve a supervisor whose experience is substantially similar to those stated herein.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)5.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> in a supervised practicum or internship which is part of the graduate degree program, either the course instructor of record or the on-site clinical instructor must be a qualified supervisor OR, in the education of rehabilitation counselors, may be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Directed Experience"</B> means time spent under direction engaging in the practice of Professional Counseling as defined in <a title="135-5-.02" href="135-5-.02">135-5-.02</a> (a)(1). <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)6.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> all work sites must include a formal structure related to the practice of professional counseling as defined in Rule <a title="135-5-.01(a) (1)" href="135-5-.01#135-5-.01(a) (1)">135-5-.01(a) (1)</a> . Valid work sites should have measurable detailed documentation for every candidate, to include a signed contractual agreement that outlines the job description, office hours, performance review procedures and dismissal policies.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)6.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> non-compensated experiences or services will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine acceptability in defining the working relationship for the purposes of obtainment of the required post-master's directed work experience only if they meet these requirements. The agreement between the work site and the candidate should be akin to employment.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)6.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> applicants may, at the discretion of the Board, be required to submit documentation substantiating (a) the nature of the working relationship with the directed experience site, (b) the formal structure of the organization, and (c) whether any licensed or associate licensed individuals work there to ensure compliance and understanding of these requirements.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Years of Directed Experience"</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)7.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "One year of Directed Experience" means a minimum of 600 hours of directed experience acquired within a period of not less than twelve months and not more than twenty months.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)7.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Two years of Directed Experience" means a minimum of 1200 hours of directed experience under supervision acquired within a period of not less than twenty-four months and not more than 60 months.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)7.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Three years of Directed Experience" means a minimum of 1800 hours of directed experience under supervision acquired within a period of not less than thirty-six months and not more than 60 months.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)7.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Four years of Directed Experience" means a minimum of 2400 hours of directed experience under supervision acquired within a period of not less than forty-eight months and not more than 60 months.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)7.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>After September 30, 2018</B> "One year of Directed Experience" means a minimum of 1000 hours of directed experience acquired in not less than a twelve (12) month period. The number of required years of Directed Experience is based on the applicant's educational credentials as defined in Rule <a title="135-5-.02" href="135-5-.02">135-5-.02</a> (b, c, d, e and f).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)7.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>After September 30, 2018</B>, all Directed Experience must be obtained within the sixty (60) months prior to the date of application. Endorsement applications will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Years of Supervision"</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)8.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "One year of Supervision" means a minimum of 30 hours of supervision obtained during one year of Directed Experience as defined in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(7)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(7)">135-5-.02(7)</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)8.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Two years of Supervision" means a minimum of 60 hours of supervision obtained during two years of Directed Experience as defined in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(7)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(7)">135-5-.02(7)</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)8.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Three years of Supervision" means a minimum of 90 hours of s supervision obtained during three years of Directed Experience as defined in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(7)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(7)">135-5-.02(7)</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)8.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Four years of Supervision" means a minimum of 120 hours of supervision obtained during four years of Directed Experience as defined in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(7)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(7)">135-5-.02(7)</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)8.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>After September 30, 2018</B>, "One year of Supervision" means a minimum of thirty five (35) hours of supervision obtained during one twelve (12) month period of Directed Experience as defined in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(7)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(7)">135-5-.02(7)</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)8.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>After September 30, 2018</B>, all Supervision must be obtained within the sixty (60) months prior to the date of application. Endorsement applications will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Work settings acceptable to the Board"</B> means a directed work settings in which the practice of Professional Counseling takes place and may include, but is not limited to, education, rehabilitation, career development, mental health, community, or industrial organizations. Practice without direction is not a work setting acceptable to the Board. Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) (6)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) (6)">135-5-.02(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Certified Rehabilitation Counselor"</B> means a person who is certified as a rehabilitation counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Program Primarily Counseling in Content"</B> and <B>"Program in Applied Psychology"</B> means a course of study at an accredited educational institution consisting of a master's, specialist or doctoral degree which includes either as part of the degree program or as additional course work completed prior to, during or after the degree program, the following graduate level courses. <B>After September 30, 2018</B> the degree program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a regionally accredited program recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program. An individual course may not be used to fulfill the requirement in more than one content area. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Counseling/Psychotherapy Theory</B>, which includes the principles, concepts, and practice of counseling/psychotherapy and the major models of counseling/psychotherapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>A Counseling or Applied Psychology Practicum or Internship</B> as part of the graduate degree program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Courses in six (6) of the following nine (9) content areas: After September 30, 2018</B>, all 9 content areas of the following course work are required: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Human Growth and Development</B>, which includes an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, personality theory, and learning theory, and which may provide a comprehensive overview of the factors, determinants, and stages that pertain to physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development and adaptation from infantile to geriatric stages.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Multicultural Counseling or Diversity Training</B>, which includes an understanding of societal changes and trends, human roles, societal subgroups, diversity, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles and competency in counseling a diverse clientele.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Counseling Techniques or Skills</B>, which includes an understanding of the philosophic bases of helping processes, helper self-understanding and self-development, and the facilitation of client change; OR <B>Advanced Psychotherapy/Intervention Theory</B>, which includes the in- depth study of the major theories, principles, methods and techniques of psychotherapy with individuals, groups or families, focusing on the treatment or prevention of behavior disorders, adjustment problems, psychopathology, or other psychological disturbance.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Group Dynamics and Group Counseling/Psychotherapy</B>, which includes an understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling/psychotherapy theories; group leadership styles; group counseling/psychotherapy methods and skills; and other group approaches.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Lifestyle and Career Development</B>, which includes an understanding of career development theories; occupational educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance and education; lifestyle and career decision making; and career development program planning, resources, and evaluation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(VI)">(VI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Appraisal/Assessment of Individuals</B>, which includes an understanding of psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal/assessment; validity and reliability; psychometric statistics; the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of various assessment instruments; and the use of appraisal/assessment results in the counseling/psychotherapy process.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(VII)">(VII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Research Methods and Evaluation</B>, which includes an understanding of types of research, statistics, research report development, research implementation, program evaluation, needs assessment, and ethical and legal considerations in research; OR Research Statistics, which includes an understanding of the theory, analysis and interpretation of manual or computer generated statistical measures.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(VIII)">(VIII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Professional Orientation and Ethics</B>, which includes an understanding of ethical and legal standards, professional roles, responsibilities, and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(a)11.(iii)(IX)">(IX)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Psychopathology</B>, which includes theories, research, descriptive characteristics, categories, dynamics, and etiology of mental, behavioral, cognitive and personality disorders, with a focus on utilization of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM) and/or International Classification of Diseases (ICD).</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>An applicant who holds a master's degree from a program primarily counseling in content must meet the following requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Education. The applicant must have earned a master's degree from an institution which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). <B>After September 30, 2018</B> the degree program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a regionally accredited program recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program. The applicant must document graduate level coursework from such an accredited institution in order to demonstrate that the degree program is primarily counseling in content and meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 11" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 11">135-5-.02(a) 11</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A "Masters" degree must be so designated by the educational institution awarding the master's degree and indicated on the official transcript.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Directed Experience under Supervision</B>. The applicant must present evidence of four (4) years of post-master's directed experience under supervision [see definitions in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a)">135-5-.02(a)</a> ] in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board OR three (3) years of post-master's directed experience under supervision in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board and a supervised counseling practicum or internship of at least 300 hours which was part of the graduate degree program. <B>After September 30, 2018, 600 practicum or internship hours will be required.</B> A minimum of two (2) years of the supervision must be provided by a supervisor who is a licensed Professional Counselor and meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 5" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 5">135-5-.02(a) 5</a> , except that if the supervision was acquired prior to September 23, 1993, such supervision may have been provided by any qualified supervisor. Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) (6)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) (6)">135-5-.02(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Examination.</B> To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor, applicant must pass the required competency examination for licensure prescribed by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>An applicant who holds a specialist degree from a program primarily counseling in content must meet the following requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(c) 1."> 1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Education.</B> The applicant must have earned a specialist degree from an institution, which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. <B>After September 30, 2018</B> the degree program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a regionally accredited program recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program. The applicant must document graduate level coursework from such an accredited institution in order to demonstrate that the degree program is primarily counseling in content and meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 11" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 11">135-5-.02(a) 11</a> . </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A "Specialist" degree must be so designated by the educational institution awarding the specialist degree and indicated on the official transcript.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Directed Experience under Supervision.</B> The applicant must present evidence of two (2) years of post-master's directed experience under supervision [see definitions at <a title="135-5-.02" href="135-5-.02">135-5-.02</a> (a) ] in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board and a supervised counseling practicum or internship of at least 300 hours which was part of the graduate degree program OR three (3) years of post-master's directed experience under supervision in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board. <B>After September 30, 2018, 600 practicum or internship hours will be required</B>. A minimum of one (1) year of the supervision must be provided by a supervisor who is a licensed Professional Counselor and meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 5" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 5">135-5-.02(a) 5</a> , except that if the supervision was acquired prior to September 23, 1993, such supervision may have been provided by any qualified supervisor. Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) (6)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) (6)">135-5-.02(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Examination.</B> To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor, applicant must pass the required competency examination for licensure prescribed by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>An applicant who holds a doctoral degree from a program primarily counseling in content must meet the following requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Education.</B> The applicant must have earned a doctoral degree from an institution which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. <B>After September 30, 2018</B> the degree program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a regionally accredited program recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program. The applicant must document graduate level coursework from such an accredited institution in order to demonstrate that the degree program is primarily counseling in content and meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 11" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 11">135-5-.02(a) 11</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A "Doctoral" degree must be so designated by the educational institution awarding the doctoral degree and indicated on the official transcript.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Directed Experience under Supervision.</B> The applicant must present evidence of one (1) year of supervised counseling internship of at least seven hundred fifty (750) hours during the doctorate degree program in a work setting acceptable to the Board OR one (1) year of post master's directed experience under supervision [see definitions in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a)">135-5-.02(a)</a> ] in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board. A minimum of half of the one year of supervision must be provided by a supervisor who is a licensed Professional Counselor and meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 5" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 5">135-5-.02(a) 5</a> , except that if the supervision was acquired prior to September 23, 1993, such supervision may have been provided by any qualified supervisor. Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) (6)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) (6)">135-5-.02(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Examination.</B> To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor, applicant must pass the required competency examination for licensure prescribed by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>An applicant who is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor must meet the following requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Education.</B> The applicant must have earned a master's degree from a rehabilitation counseling program which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education OR a master's degree from an institution which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation with documented graduate level coursework demonstrating that the degree program is primarily counseling in content and meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 11" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 11">135-5-.02(a) 11</a> . <B>After September 30, 2018</B> the degree program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a regionally accredited program recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A "masters" degree must be so designated by the educational institution awarding the master's degree and indicated on the official transcript.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Directed Experience under Supervision.</B> The applicant must present evidence of three (3) years of post-master's directed experience providing rehabilitation services in a rehabilitation setting acceptable to the Board under the supervision [see definitions in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a)">135-5-.02(a)</a> ] of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor or other qualified supervisor OR two (2) years of post- master's directed experience providing rehabilitation services in a rehabilitation setting acceptable to the Board under the supervision [see definitions in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a)">135-5-.02(a)</a> ] of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor or other qualified supervisor and a supervised counseling practicum or internship of at least 300 hours which was part of the graduate degree program. <B>After September 30, 2018, 600 practicum or internship hours will be required.</B> A minimum of one (1) year of the supervision must be provided by a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor or a supervisor who is a licensed Professional Counselor and meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 5" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 5">135-5-.02(a) 5</a> . Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) (6)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) (6)">135-5-.02(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(e)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Certification.</B> The applicant must hold the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor designation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(e)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Examination.</B> To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor, applicant must pass the required competency examination for licensure prescribed by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>An applicant who holds a master's degree in psychology must meet the following requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Education.</B> The applicant must have earned a master's degree in a program of applied psychology from an institution, which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. <B>After September 30, 2018</B> the degree program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) or a regionally accredited program recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program. The applicant must document graduate level coursework from such an accredited institution in order to demonstrate that the degree program is a program of applied psychology. The degree program must meet the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 11" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 11">135-5-.02(a) 11</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A "Masters" degree must be so designated by the educational institution awarding the master's degree and indicated on the official transcript.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Directed Experience under Supervision.</B> The applicant must present evidence of four (4) years of post-master's directed experience under supervision [see definitions in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a)">135-5-.02(a)</a> ] in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board OR three (3) years of post-master's directed experience under supervision in the practice of Professional Counseling in a work setting acceptable to the Board and a supervised counseling or applied psychology practicum or internship of at least 300 hours which was part of the graduate degree program. A minimum of two (2) years of the supervision must be provided by a supervisor who is a licensed Professional Counselor who meets the requirements in Rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) 5" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) 5">135-5-.02(a) 5</a> , or a licensed Psychologist, except that if the supervision was acquired prior to January 1, 2004, such supervision may have been provided by a person with a master's degree from an accredited educational institution in a program of applied psychology. Directed experience sites in the contract must meet the requirements of rule <a title="135-5-.02(a) (6)" href="135-5-.02#135-5-.02(a) (6)">135-5-.02(a) (6)</a> above, the definition of "Directed Experience".</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.02(f)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Examination.</B> To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor, applicant must pass the required competency examination for licensure prescribed by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/135-5-.03" name="135-5-.03" title="135-5-.03">Rule 135-5-.03 Master's Social Workers</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> The Practice of Licensed Master's Social Workers.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>The Practice of Licensed Master's Social Work. </B>A licensed Master's Social Worker may render or offer to render to individuals, marriages, couples, families, groups, organizations, governmental units, or the general public, service which is guided by knowledge of social resources, social systems, and human behavior. The licensee may provide evaluation, prevention and intervention services which include but are not restricted to community organization, counseling techniques, and supportive services such as administration, direction, supervision of bachelor's level social workers, consultation, research or education.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>First Two Years of Practice. </B>The first two years of practice after the issuance of the Master of Social Work license shall be under direction and supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Practice After Two Years of Experience. </B>After two years of Social Work practice under direction and supervision, <B>the licensee </B>may engage in private practice however, a master's licensee whose practice includes counseling or psychotherapeutic techniques may only engage in such practice under supervision and only for such period of time as is prescribed for qualification to take the clinical social work licensing examination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Private Practice by a Licensed Master Social Worker After Qualifying for Clinical Social Work Licensure. </B>In order to continue in the private practice of social work that includes counseling or psychotherapy, a licensed master's social worker must apply for a Clinical Social Work license within 60 days of meeting the experience and supervision requirements for that license. The licensee must then take the first scheduled examination for which he/she qualifies, unless good cause is shown for postponement, in which case the licensee shall take the next scheduled examination. Upon receipt of notification that the licensee has passed the Clinical Social Work licensing examination and after meeting all requirements as prescribed in O.C.G.A. 43-10A-8 and 43-10A-72, the Board will issue a Clinical Social Work license. If the Licensee fails the examination, the Board shall require that the licensee's work remain supervised until the applicant has taken and passed the examination. The exam must be taken at the next scheduled exam date unless the Board, in its sole discretion, approves the postponement for good cause. The exam may be taken a total of three times. If the licensee fails the examination three times the licensee shall not engage in the private practice of counseling or psychotherapy in the State of Georgia until such time as he/she has taken and passed the examination, absent a statutory exemption. </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.032)">2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Licensure Process-</B>(Please refer to the section entitled "Definitions" for clarification of terms). <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.032)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Education. </B>An applicant for licensure as a Master's Social Worker must have earned a master's degree in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Candidacy, conditional or accreditation status must have been in effect at the school when the degree was awarded.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.032)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Practice while Preparing to Take the Licensing Examination. </B>Persons who have obtained a master's degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and who are practicing social work under direction and supervision while preparing to take the master's social work licensing examination, may practice for a period of up to one year following the granting of such degree.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.032)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Examination. </B>Within one year of graduating from a social work graduate program the individual practicing social work in the State of Georgia must apply to take the licensing examination. If the applicant fails the exam the first time it is taken, then the applicant is required to take the examination at the next scheduled exam date, unless good cause is shown for postponement. The applicant mays it for the examination a total of three times. An applicant who fails the examination three times, shall not continue to engage in the practice of social work in the state of Georgia, until such time as the applicant has taken and passed the exam absent of statutory exemption. [Certain exemptions may apply, these are designated in O.C.G.A. 43-10A-7(b)].</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Definitions.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Direction </B>means the ongoing administrative oversight by a director of the work of a Social Worker. The person providing direction shall be responsible for assuring the quality of the services rendered by the practitioner and shall ensure that qualified supervision or intervention occurs in situations which require expertise beyond that of the practitioner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Director </B>means the person who provides direction and who is either the employer of the person who receives direction or is the superior in the employment chain of command to the person who receives direction.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Supervision </B>means the direct clinical review, for the purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of a Social Worker's interaction with clients. The purpose of supervision shall be to promote the development of the practitioner's clinical skills. Supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentations, audiotapes, videotapes and direct observation. For supervision to enable the applicant to qualify for Clinical Social Work licensure, it must comply with requirements specified in Rule <a title="135-5-.04" href="135-5-.04">135-5-.04</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Supervisor </B>means an individual who promotes the development of the Social Worker's clinical skills and who is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist or Psychiatrist and has met the requirements to be considered a supervisor in their particular discipline. Supervision provided for an individual seeking licensure as a clinical social worker must be in compliance with Rule 135-5-04. A supervisor of a bachelor level social worker must meet the requirements specified in O.C.G.A. 43-10A-7(b)(14).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(3)(e)">(e) </a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For Experience acquired prior to 7/1/96, one year means 800 hours acquired in no less than 12 months and no more than 36 months.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.03(3)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For Experience acquired on or after 7/1/96, one year means 1000 hours acquired in no less than 12 months and no more than 36 months.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/135-5-.04" name="135-5-.04" title="135-5-.04">Rule 135-5-.04 Clinical Social Workers</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>The Practice of Clinical Social Work. </B>A Licensed Clinical Social Worker may practice all authorized services of licensed master's social workers and may provide: supervision; direction; psychosocial evaluation through data collection and analyses to determine the nature of an individual's mental, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal problems or conditions; counseling, and psychotherapy to individuals, marriages, couples, families and groups; interpretation of the psychosocial dynamics of a situation and recommend and implement a course of action to individuals, marriages, couples, families, or groups. This practice may occur in such settings as private practice, family service and counseling agencies, health care facilities and schools and may provide direct evaluation, casework, social work advocacy, education, training, prevention and intervention services in situations threatened or affected by social, intrapersonal stress, interpersonal stress or health impairment.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Licensure Process </B>(Please refer to the section entitled "Definitions" for clarification of terms). <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Education </B>The applicant must have earned a master's degree in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in which candidacy, conditional or accreditation status was in effect when the degree was awarded.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Experience - Masters Degree in Social Work. </B>The applicant with a master's degree must have completed three years' full-time supervised experience in the practice of social work following granting of the master's degree. Of the three years of supervised experience, only the first two must be under direction. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(2)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The applicant must present evidence of having practiced clinical social work for a minimum of 3000 hours post social work master's degree supervised experience acquired over a period of no less than 36 months or more than 108 months, the first 2000 hours of experience must be under supervision and direction in the practice of clinical social work. Applicant must submit documentation of having acquired 120 hours of supervision during this time, no more than 50% of which may be group supervision and at least 50% must be provided by a licensed clinical social worker who meets requirements to be a duly qualified supervisor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(2)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Both supervisors and supervisees are required to maintain a contemporaneous record of the date, duration, type (individual, paired, or group), and a brief summary of the pertinent activity for each supervision session to be submitted to the Board upon request. If there are any discrepancies in hours, contemporaneous documentation of supervision will be requested.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Experience - Masters Degree in Social Work and a Doctoral Degree. </B>An applicant who holds a master's degree in social work and holds a doctoral degree in Professional Counseling; Social Work; Marriage and Family Therapy; Medicine; Psychiatric Nursing; Applied Psychology; Pastoral Counseling; or Applied Child and Family Development and whose degree program included a supervised clinical internship may substitute this for one year of experience. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(2)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An individual who holds a master's degree in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and holds a doctoral degree in Professional Counseling; Social Work; Marriage and Family Therapy; Medicine, Psychiatric Nursing; Applied Psychology; Pastoral Counseling; or Applied Child and Family Development must also present evidence of two years full time supervised post master's degree experience (defined as 2000 hours) under direction in the practice of Clinical Social Work obtained in no less than 24 months or no more than 72 months. Such applicant must also submit evidence of 80 hours of supervision provided by a duly qualified supervisor, 50% of which may be group supervision. Fifty percent of the supervision must be provided by a licensed Clinical Social Worker.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(2)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Both supervisors and supervisees are required to maintain a contemporaneous record of the date, duration, type (individual, paired, or group), and a brief summary of the pertinent activity for each supervision session to be submitted to the Board upon request. If there are any discrepancies in hours, contemporaneous documentation of supervision will be requested.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Extension. </B>The Board, in its sole discretion, may extend the period of time in which the applicant must have acquired supervision and/or experience with adequate showing of hardship or good cause.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Examination. </B>After having completed the above experience requirements the applicant must submit an application to the board for licensure and upon approval the applicant must take the first scheduled examination for which he/she qualifies, unless good cause is shown for postponement, in which case the applicant shall take the next scheduled examination. [Upon receipt of notification that the applicant has passed the Clinical Social Work licensing examination, the Board will issue a Clinical Social Work license.] If the applicant fails the examination, the Board shall require that the applicant's work remain supervised until the applicant has taken and passed the examination. The exam must be taken at the next scheduled exam date unless good cause is shown for postponement. The exam may be taken a total of three times. An applicant who fails the examination three times, applicant shall not engage in the private practice of counseling or psychotherapy in the State of Georgia until such time as he/she has taken and passed the examination, absent a statutory exemption.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Definitions.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Direction </B>means the ongoing administrative oversight by an employer or superior of a Social Worker. The person providing direction shall be responsible for assuring the quality of the services rendered by the practitioner and shall ensure that qualified supervision or intervention occurs in situations which require expertise beyond that of the practitioner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Director </B>means the person who provides direction and who is either the employer of the person who receives direction or is the superior in the employment chain of command to the person who receives direction.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Directed Experience </B>in the practice of Clinical Social Work means time spent under direction engaging in the activities defined as Clinical Social Work in Rule <a title="135-5-.04(1)" href="135-5-.04#135-5-.04(1)">135-5-.04(1)</a> .</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Supervision </B>means the direct clinical review, for the purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of a Social Worker's interaction with clients. The purpose of supervision shall be to promote the development of the practitioner's clinical skills. Supervision may include without being limited to, the review of case presentations, audiotapes, videotapes and direct observation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(5)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Individual Supervision </B>means one supervisor meeting with a maximum of two supervisees.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(5)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Group Supervision </B>means one supervisor meeting with a maximum of six supervisees.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.04(5)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Supervisor </B>means a person who is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist and must have practiced in their specialty for at least 2000 clock hours over a minimum of 2 years following licensure.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/135-5-.05" name="135-5-.05" title="135-5-.05">Rule 135-5-.05 Associate Marriage and Family Therapists</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Definitions:</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Board Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor means a person who is licensed as a marriage and family therapist and who has been approved by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists to provide supervision of the practice of marriage and family therapy. To obtain such approval the person shall submit documentation of the following: five years of full-time post-licensure experience in the practice of marriage and family therapy; 180 hours of experience providing marriage and family therapy supervision for at least two supervisees during a period of no less than two years and no more than five years; 36 hours of supervision received from an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor or a Georgia Board Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor, specifically in the skill of providing marriage and family therapy supervision, a minimum of 24 hours of which shall have been individual supervision-of-supervision and a recommendation from each of the supervisors who provided supervision-of supervision attesting to the applicant's competence as a supervisor. In addition, the Board may, at its discretion, accept a supervisor who is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in another jurisdiction and who has been designated an Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor by the Board that licenses Marriage and Family Therapists in that jurisdiction.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Contract for Post-Graduate Experience and Supervision means a statement, on forms provided by the Board, made by a person who has completed one of the degree programs required for licensure as either an associate marriage and family therapist or a marriage and family therapist, specifying that person's plan for obtaining the remaining experience and supervision required for licensure as a marriage and family therapist. Such a statement, once reviewed and approved by the Board, shall be considered a registered contract. A registered contract may be amended, so long as any changes have been approved by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Human Development means a graduate level course in any aspect of human development across the life span, including but not limited to theories of individual development, theories of learning, theories of personality, theories of normal and abnormal behavior, gender, human sexuality and psychopathology.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Marriage and Family Studies means a graduate level course in the principles, concepts or history of marriage and family life, family systems, family relations and family development.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Marriage and Family Therapy means a graduate level course in the theory and practice of various treatment modalities in marriage and family therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics means a graduate level course in professional ethics, legal responsibilities and liabilities, standards of practice, licensure regulation, and professional socialization relevant to the practice of marriage and family therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Research means a graduate level course in research design, methods and statistics.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(h)">(h) </a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Direct Clinical Experience means time spent in client contact as therapist or cotherapist, in supervision, in case staffing, or in case consultation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Direction means ongoing oversight by an employer or superior of the work of a person practicing professional counseling, social work, or marriage and family therapy. The director shall be responsible for assuring the quality of services rendered by that practitioner, and shall ensure that qualified supervision or intervention occurs in situations which require expertise beyond that of the practitioner. In order to be acceptable to the Marriage and Family Therapy Standards Committee of the Board, a director must attest to having performed the functions specified in this paragraph, and when not an employer must have entered into a contractual agreement with the practitioner to perform these functions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> One Year Practicum means twelve months of supervised experience obtained while enrolled in graduate level courses designated as a practicum at an educational institution which, at the time, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy means evaluating and treating emotional and mental problems and conditions, whether cognitive, affective or behavioral, resolving intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts, and changing perception, attitudes and behavior; all within the context of marital and family systems. Marriage and family therapy includes, without being limited to, individual, group, couple, sexual, family and divorce therapy. Marriage and family therapy involves an applied understanding of the dynamics of marital and family therapy systems, including individual psychodynamics, the use of assessment instruments that evaluate marital and family functioning, designing and recommending a course of treatment, and the use of psychotherapy and counseling. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Program Equivalent to a Marriage and Family Therapy Degree Program means an organized course of study at an accredited educational institution consisting of a master's degree and additional post-master's degree coursework which includes three courses in marriage and family studies, three courses in marriage and family therapy, three courses in human development, one course in marriage and family therapy ethics, and one course in research.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Program in Marriage and Family Therapy means a master's degree program at an accredited educational institution which includes three courses in marriage and family studies, three courses in marriage and family therapy, three courses in human development, one course in marriage and family therapy ethics, and one course in research.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(1)(n)">(n)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Supervision means the direct clinical review, for the purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of the interactions with clients of a person practicing professional counseling, social work or marriage and family therapy. Supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentations, audio tapes, video tapes, and direct observation in order to promote the development of the practitioner's clinical skills. Both supervisors and supervisees are required to maintain a contemporaneous record of the date, duration, type (individual, paired, or group), and a brief summary of the pertinent activity for each supervision session to be submitted to the Board upon request. If there are any discrepancies in hours, contemporaneous documentation of supervision will be requested.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Requirements for Licensure:</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Education. The applicant must have earned a master's degree from a program in marriage and family therapy, from a program equivalent to a marriage and family therapy degree program, or from any program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Such program shall be in an educational institution which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Practicum. The applicant must have completed a one year practicum in the practice of marriage and family therapy before or after the granting of the master's degree. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such practicum shall include a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical experience.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such practicum shall include 100 hours of supervision provided by a licensed marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, clinical social worker, psychiatrist or psychologist, who was also an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor, a Georgia Board Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor, or a person who was receiving supervision-of-supervision in order to qualify for either designation.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Contract. The applicant must register an acceptable contract for post-graduate experience and supervision with the Board. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Applicants who have not yet secured employment or begun supervision at the time of their application for licensure may indicate on the contract form that their plan for obtaining experience or supervision is not complete, provided that they submit a completed contract to the Board upon securing employment or beginning supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Once registered, any proposed change in the contract must be submitted to the Board for approval.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(2)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board, at its discretion, may request an update of the contract.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Restrictions on Practice:</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person who holds a license as an associate marriage and family therapist may only use the title "associate marriage and family therapist."</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.05(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person who holds a license as an associate marriage and family therapist may engage in the practice of marriage and family therapy, but only while under direction and supervision, and only for a period not to exceed five years while obtaining the post-master's experience and supervision required for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/135-5-.06" name="135-5-.06" title="135-5-.06">Rule 135-5-.06 Marriage and Family Therapists</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Definitions:</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Approved Practicum or Internship Program means supervised experience obtained while enrolled in graduate level courses designated as a practicum or internship at an educational institution which, at the time, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Board Approved Graduate Level Course means a course in Marriage and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics which is offered by a training institute, is comparable to a graduate level course offered by an accredited educational institution, and has received prior approval by the Board. To obtain such approval, the training institute shall submit a course outline, a reading list, a bibliography, a curriculum vita for each instructor, and the required fee to the Board. Applications must include evidence that: the course content is organized around at least one major accepted comprehensive book and additional ancillary readings; the readings represent the current state of thinking in the field of marriage and family therapy and are of a depth comparable to a graduate level course; the course includes a minimum of 45 hours of classroom instruction; the course includes at least one comprehensive examination on which students must achieve a score of 80% or better in order to receive credit; and the instructor is licensed as either a marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, clinical social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist, demonstrates specific training in the field of marriage and family therapy, and has at least five years post licensure experience in the practice of marriage and family therapy. Such approval shall be for a period of three years, and shall expire unless renewed prior to the end of that period.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Board Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor means a person who is licensed as a marriage and family therapist and who has been approved by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists to provide supervision of the practice of marriage and family therapy. To obtain such approval the person shall submit documentation of the following: five years of full-time post-licensure experience in the practice of marriage and family therapy; 180 hours of experience providing marriage and family therapy supervision for at least two supervisees during a period of no less than two years and no more than five years; 36 hours of supervision received from an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor or a Georgia Board Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor, specifically in the skill of providing marriage and family therapy supervision, a minimum of 24 hours of which shall have been individual supervision-of-supervision; and a recommendation from each of the supervisors who provided supervision-of-supervision attesting to the applicant's competence as a supervisor. In addition, the Board may, at its discretion, accept a supervisor who is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in another jurisdiction and who has been designated an Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor by the Board that licenses Marriage and Family Therapists in that jurisdiction.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Contract for Post-Graduate Experience and Supervision means a statement on forms provided by the Board, made by a person who has completed one of the degree programs required for licensure as either an associate marriage and family therapist or a marriage and family therapist, specifying that person's plan for obtaining the remaining experience and supervision required for licensure as a marriage and family therapist. Such a statement, once reviewed and approved by the Board, shall be considered a registered contract. A registered contract may be amended, so long as any changes have been approved by the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Clinical Content Area means a graduate level course in the etiology, dynamics, evaluation, assessment, or treatment of emotional or behavioral problems and conditions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Marriage and Family Studies means a graduate level course in the principles, concepts or history of marriage and family life, family systems, family relations and family development.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Marriage and Family Therapy means a graduate level course in the theory and practice of various treatment modalities in marriage and family therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Course in Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics means a graduate level course in professional ethics, legal responsibilities and liabilities, standards of practice, licensure regulation, and professional socialization relevant to the practice of marriage and family therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Direct Clinical Experience means time spent in client contact as therapist or cotherapist, in supervision, in case staffing, or in case consultation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Direction means ongoing oversight by an employer or superior of the work of a person practicing professional counseling, social work or marriage and family therapy. The director shall be responsible for assuring the quality of services rendered by that practitioner, and shall ensure that qualified supervision or intervention occurs in situations which require expertise beyond that of the practitioner. In order to be acceptable to the Marriage and Family Therapy Standards Committee of the Board, a director must attest to having performed the functions specified in this paragraph, and when not an employer must have entered into a contractual agreement with the practitioner to perform these functions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Full-time Experience means a minimum of 20 hours per week spent in direct clinical experience.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Group Supervision means a maximum of six supervisees meeting with one supervisor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Individual Supervision means a maximum of two supervisees meeting with one supervisor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(n)">(n)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> One Year means twelve months, or any periods of time which sum to twelve months.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(o)">(o)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy means evaluating and treating emotional and mental problems and conditions, whether cognitive, affective or behavioral, resolving intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts, and changing perception, attitudes and behavior; all within the context of marital and family systems. Marriage and family therapy includes, without being limited to, individual, group, couple, sexual, family and divorce therapy. Marriage and family therapy involves an applied understanding of the dynamics of marital and family therapy systems, including individual psychodynamics, the use of assessment instruments that evaluate marital and family functioning, designing and recommending a course of treatment, and the use of psychotherapy and counseling.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(1)(p)">(p)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Supervision means the direct clinical review for the purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of the interactions with clients of a person practicing professional counseling, social work or marriage and family therapy. Supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentations, audio tapes, video tapes, and direct observation in order to promote the development of the practitioner's clinical skills. Both supervisors and supervisees are required to maintain a contemporaneous record of the date, duration, type (individual, paired, or group), and a brief summary of the pertinent activity for each supervision session to be submitted to the Board upon request. If there are any discrepancies in hours, contemporaneous documentation of supervision will be requested. </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An applicant who holds a current license as an <B>Associate Marriage and Family Therapist </B>must meet the following requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist<B>:</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Experience. The applicant must document two years of fulltime post-master experience or its equivalent, under direction and supervision<B>:</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(2)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such experience shall have been in the practice of marriage and family therapy and shall include a minimum of 2,000 hours of direct clinical experience.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(2)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For applicants who have worked less than full-time, equivalent experience may be accrued over a total of not less than two years and not more than five years.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Supervision. The applicant must have obtained 100 hours of supervision; concurrent with his/her documented experience. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(2)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such supervision shall have been provided by a licensed marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, clinical social worker, psychiatrist or psychologist; and,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(2)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A minimum of 50 of these 100 hours must have been in individual supervision and a maximum of 50 of these 100 hours may have been in group supervision.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Examination Waived. The applicant is not required to re-take the Examination in Marriage and Family Therapy following Board approval of his/her application for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An applicant who holds a <B>Master's Degree </B>and does not have an active Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) license must meet the following requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist<B>:</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Education. The applicant must have earned a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, counseling, social work, medicine, applied psychology, psychiatric nursing, pastoral counseling, applied child and family development, applied sociology, or from any program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Such degree shall be from an educational institution which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For the purpose of licensure under this rule, a degree in psychology, child and family development or sociology shall be considered an applied degree and a degree in divinity or in theology shall be considered a degree in pastoral counseling, if the applicant has completed, as part of the degree program or as additional post-master's coursework, either of the following two options: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(a)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> three courses in clinical content areas; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(a)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> two courses in clinical content areas, plus an approved practicum or internship, which shall include a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical experience in the practice of professional counseling, clinical social work or marriage and family therapy. The coursework required under this section shall be in addition to the five courses required in 2 below.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The applicant shall have completed, as part of the degree program or as additional postmaster's coursework, at least two courses in Marriage and Family Therapy, two courses in Marriage and Family Studies, and one course in Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics. These courses shall have been obtained from an educational institution accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or from a training institute which offers Board approved graduate level courses.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person who has completed one of the required master's degrees with the intention of pursuing licensure as a marriage and family therapist may, but is not required to, register a contract for post-graduate experience and supervision with the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Experience. The applicant must document three years of fulltime post-master's experience or its equivalent, under direction and supervision, which shall include a minimum of 2,500 hours of direct clinical experience. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> One year of such experience may have been in an approved practicum before or after the granting of the master's degree, which shall include a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical experience in the practice of professional counseling, clinical social work or marriage and family therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least two years of such experience shall have been in the practice of marriage and family therapy, which shall include a minimum of 2,000 hours of direct clinical experience.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For applicants who have worked less than full-time, equivalent experience may be accrued over a total of not less than three years and not more than five years.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Supervision. The applicant must have obtained 200 hours of supervision, concurrent with his/her documented experience. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such supervision shall have been provided by a licensed marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, clinical social worker, psychiatrist or psychologist.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least 100 hours of such supervision shall have been provided by an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor, a Georgia Board Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor, or a person who was receiving supervision-of supervision in order to qualify for either designation. A minimum of 50 of these 100 hours must have been in individual supervision and a maximum of 50 of these 100 hours may have been in group supervision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(3)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Up to 100 hours of such supervision may have been obtained during an approved practicum before or after the granting of the master's degree.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An applicant who holds a <B>Doctoral Degree </B>must meet the following requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Education. The applicant must have earned a doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy, counseling, social work, medicine, applied psychology, psychiatric nursing, pastoral counseling, applied child and family development, applied sociology, or from any program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Such degree shall be from an educational institution which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For the purpose of licensure under this rule, a degree in psychology, child and family development or sociology shall be considered an applied degree and a degree in divinity or in theology shall be considered a degree in pastoral counseling, if the applicant has completed, as part of the degree program or as additional post-doctoral coursework, either of the following two options: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(a)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> three courses in clinical content areas; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(a)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> two courses in clinical content areas, plus an approved practicum or internship, which shall include a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical experience in the practice of professional counseling, clinical social work or marriage and family therapy. The coursework required under this section shall be in addition to the five courses required in 2 below.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The applicant shall have completed, as part of a master's or doctoral degree program, or as additional post-graduate degree coursework, at least two courses in Marriage and Family Therapy, two courses in Marriage and Family Studies, and one course in Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics. These courses shall have been obtained from an educational institution accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or from a training institute which offers Board approved graduate level courses.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person who has completed one of the required doctoral degrees with the intention of pursuing licensure as a marriage and family therapist may, but is not required to, register a contract for post-graduate experience and supervision with the Board.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Experience. The applicant must document two years of fulltime post-master's or post doctorate experience in the practice of marriage and family therapy, under direction and supervision, which shall include a minimum of 1,500 hours of direct clinical experience. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> One year of such experience may have been in an approved internship program before or after the granting of the doctoral degree, which shall include a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical experience.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least one year of such experience shall have been full-time post-master's or post doctorate experience, which shall include a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct clinical experience.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Supervision. The applicant must have obtained 100 hours of supervision, concurrent with their documented experience. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such supervision shall have been provided by a licensed marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, clinical social worker, psychiatrist or psychologist, who was also an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor, a Georgia Board Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor, or a person who was receiving supervision-of-supervision in order to qualify for either designation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A maximum of 50 of these 100 hours may have been obtained during the applicant's doctoral degree or internship program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="135-5-.06(4)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A minimum of 50 of these 100 hours must have been in individual supervision and a maximum of 50 of these 100 hours may have been in group supervision.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/135-5-.01" name="135-5-.01" title="135-5-.01">Rule 135-5-.01 Associate Professional Counselors</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/135-5-.02" name="135-5-.02" title="135-5-.02">Rule 135-5-.02 Professional Counselors</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/135-5-.03" name="135-5-.03" title="135-5-.03">Rule 135-5-.03 Master's Social Workers</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/135-5-.04" name="135-5-.04" title="135-5-.04">Rule 135-5-.04 Clinical Social Workers</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/135-5-.05" name="135-5-.05" title="135-5-.05">Rule 135-5-.05 Associate Marriage and Family Therapists</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/135-5-.06" name="135-5-.06" title="135-5-.06">Rule 135-5-.06 Marriage and Family Therapists</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2016 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>