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1 RULES OF GEORGIA COMPOSITE BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS AND MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 135-1: ORGANIZATION Chapter 135-2: FEES Chapter 135-3: APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE Chapter 135-4: PROCEDURAL RULES Chapter 135-5: REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE Chapter 135-6: REGULATION OF LICENSES Chapter 135-7: CODE OF ETHICS Chapter 135-8: DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND PROCEDURES Chapter 135-9: CONTINUING EDUCATION Chapter : ADVERTISING

2 CHAPTER ORGANIZATION TABLE OF CONTENTS Organization of Board Officers Meetings Restrictions on Board Members' Activities Public Information All Rules and Regulations pertaining to the administration of the State Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists, hereafter referred to as the Board, shall be administered by the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, through the Division Director of the Professional Licensing Boards Division. The office of the Division Director is located at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia Authority O.C.G.A. Sec A Organization of Board. The Board is composed of ten (10) members who are appointed by the Governor. The ten (10) members shall be constituted as follows: three (3) members licensed as Professional Counselors, three (3) members licensed as Social Workers, three (3) members licensed as Marriage and Family Therapists and one (1) member representing the public at large. The three (3) members of the Board from each specialty shall constitute a separate Standards Committee for their respective specialty. Authority O.C.G.A. Sec. 43-7A-4. History. Original Rule entitled Organization of Board adopted. F. Jan. 14, 1986; eff. Feb. 3, Officers. The Board shall elect from its members a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson in January of odd numbered years. Each shall serve a term of two years, or until their successor has been elected. Neither the Chairperson nor the Vice-Chairperson may succeed themselves in that office. Authority O.C.G.A. Sec. 43-7A-4. History. Original Rule entitled Officers adopted F. Jan. 14, 1986; eff. Feb. 3, Meetings. Each year the full Board shall hold at least two meetings. Additional meetings may be called by the Chairperson or may be held upon the written request of any four members of the Board. A majority shall constitute a quorum, so long as at least one (1) member of each specialty is present, provided that no decision of the Board regarding a particular specialty shall become effective without the approval of at least two (2) of the members of the Standards Committee for that specialty. A majority of the members of a Standards Committee shall constitute a quorum for a Standards Committee meeting.

3 Authority O.C.G.A. Sec. 43-7A-4. History. Original Rule entitled Meetings adopted. F. Jan. 14, 1986; eff. Feb. 3, Restrictions on Board Members' Activities. Amended. (1) After a person has submitted a completed application for licensure to the Board, no member of the Board may supervise or direct such applicant for a fee until such time as that applicant becomes licensed by the Board. (2) No Board member shall participate in the deliberation or the vote on licensure of any applicant who was previously supervised or directed by that Board member. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-7A-5(f), 43-7A-4. History. Original Rule entitled "Public Information" was filed on January 14, 1986; effective February 3, Amended: Rule renumbered aa Rule and a new Rule entitled "Restrictions on Board Members' Activities" adopted. Filed November 7, 1986; effective November 27, Repealed: New Rule, same title, adopted. F. Apr. 22, 1994; eff. May 12, Public Information. The Public may obtain information from the Board by contacting the Board office at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-7A-4, 43-10A-5. History. Original Rule entitled Public Information adopted. F. Nov. 7, 1986; eff. Nov 27, Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 16, 2001; eff. Sept. 5, 2001.

4 Fees CHAPTER FEES TABLE OF CONTENTS Fees. Refer to fee schedule for appropriate fees payable to the Board. Fees may be reviewed and changed at the discretion of the Board. Any request for refund must be submitted in writing. An indebtedness to the Board caused by a returned check will be dealt with in accordance with Code Section of the Criminal Code of Georgia. Authority O.C.G.A. 43-7A-14. Administrative History. Original Rule entitled "Fees" was filed on January 14, 1986; effective February 3, 1986.

5 CHAPTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE TABLE OF CONTENTS General Procedure Americans With Disabilities Act Licensure by Examination Licensure by Endorsement General Procedure. Amended. (1) A person who seeks licensure as a Professional Counselor, Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist shall submit the appropriate application to the Board on forms which will be furnished upon request. (2) A person who seeks more than one license shall submit a separate application and separate non-refundable application fee for each license. (3) The Board will only review complete applications. (a) All documents must be received at least fourteen (14) days prior to presentation to the Board. (b) An application must be complete within one year of the date the first document was received by the Board. (c) Any application not completed within this period will be closed, unless the Board determines that valid extenuating circumstances exist. However, the applicant may submit a new application, new documents, and the appropriate fee. (4) If the request for licensure is approved, the applicant will be notified in writing and assigned a license number. (5) If the request for licensure is denied, the applicant will be notified in writing. Within 60 days of the date of the letter of denial, the applicant may petition the Board to reconsider its decision. This request for review must be in writing and should include supporting documents. (a) The applicant may request a meeting with the appropriate Standards Committee as part of this review. (b) If, after this review, the Board denies the application, that application will be closed. However, the applicant may submit a new application, new documents, and the appropriate fee. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs , 43-7A-5, 43-7A-9, 43-7A-10, 43-10A-5, 43-10A-9, 43-10A-10. History. Original Rule entitled General Procedure adopted. F. Feb. 26, 1986; eff. Mar. 18, Amended: F. Nov. 7, 1986; eff. Nov. 27, Amended: F. Nov. 18, 1987; eff. Dec. 8, Amended: F. Dec. 20, 1988; eff. Jan. 9, Amended: F. Feb. 21, 1990; eff. Mar. 13, Amended: F. Nov. 2, 1992; eff. Nov. 22, Americans With Disabilities Act. The Board will provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The request for an

6 accommodation by an individual with a disability must be made in writing on a form provided by the Board and received in the Board office by the application deadline along with appropriate documentation, as indicated in the Request for Disability Accommodation Guidelines. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs , 43-7A-5, 43-7A-9, 43-7A-10, 43-10A-5, 43-10A-9. History. Original Rule entitled Licensure by Examination adopted. F. Feb. 26, 1986; eff. Mar. 18, Amended: F. Nov. 7, 1986; eff. Nov. 27, Amended: F. Nov. 18, 1987; eff. Dec. 8, Amended: F. Dec. 20, 1988; eff. Jan. 9, Amended: F. Oct. 28, 1991; eff. Nov. 17, Amended: F. Sept. 1, 1992; eff. Sept. 21, Repealed: New Rule entitled Americans With Disabilities Act adopted. F. Mar. 29, 1993; eff. Apr. 18, Licensure by Examination. Amended. (1) General Provisions. All Applicants. (a) An applicant who has met the education and training requirements for licensure must file an application for licensure by examination for approval by the Board. An application is active for one year after which a new application and fee are required. Once approved by the Board, the applicant may take the examination required for that specialty. 1. The applicant shall request the educational institution to submit an official transcript directly to the Board which bears the institution s stamp/seal, the date of graduation and the degree conferred. 2. The applicant shall submit at least two personal references from supervisors, teachers, or any combination thereof on forms furnished by the Board. 3. The applicant shall submit the appropriate application fee. Fees are delineated on a separate fee schedule. The application fee is non-refundable. 4. Applicants who have previously taken the required examination shall instruct the testing authority to report their score to the Board. 5. The applicant shall treat the contents of the examination as confidential. No portion of the examination may be disclosed, reused, copied or reproduced. 6. The applicant may not review the examination, or any portion of the examination, after it has been completed and submitted to the testing authority. (2) Provisions Applicable to License Type. (a) Associate Professional Counselor 1. Applicants for licensure as an Associate Professional Counselor shall submit a proposed contract for obtaining the postmaster s experience and supervision required for licensure as a Professional Counselor, on forms furnished by the Board. 2. Applicants for licensure as an Associate Professional Counselor shall apply to the Board to take the examination, submit the appropriate examination fee, and may take the examination following approval by the Board. A request for a refund of an examination fee must be in writing. (b) Professional Counselor 1. Applicants for licensure as a Professional Counselor shall apply to the Board to take the examination, shall submit the appropriate examination fee to the Board, and may take the examination following approval by the Board. A request for a refund of an examination fee must be in writing. 2. Applicants who hold a current license as an Associate Professional Counselor are not required to re-take the examination in Professional Counseling when applying for licensure as a Professional Counselor. (c) Master s Social Worker

7 1. Applicants for licensure as a Master s Social Worker must pass the required licensure examination prior to applying for licensure. The applicant shall instruct the testing authority to report scores to the Board. Instructions will be furnished upon request. (d) Clinical Social Worker 1. Applicants for licensure as a Clinical Social Worker shall apply, and upon approval by the Board schedule themselves to take the examination directly with the testing authority, and submit the appropriate examination fee to the testing authority. (e) Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 1. Applicants for licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist shall submit a proposed contract for obtaining the postmaster s experience and supervision required for licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, on forms furnished by the Board. 2. Applicants for licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist shall apply, and upon approval by the Board schedule themselves to take the examination directly with the testing authority, and submit the appropriate examination fee to the testing authority. (f) Marriage and Family Therapist 1. Applicants for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, shall apply, and upon approval by the Board schedule themselves to take the examination directly with the testing authority, and submit the appropriate examination fee to the testing authority. 2. Applicants who hold a current license as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist are not required to re-take the examination in Marital and Family Therapy when applying for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs , 43-7A-8, 43-10A-5, 43-10A-8, 43-10A-10. History. Original Rule entitled Licensure Without Examination (Grandparenting) adopted. F. Feb. 26, 1986; eff. Mar. 18, Amended: F. Nov. 7, 1986; eff. Nov. 27, Repealed: New Rule entitled Licensure by Endorsement adopted. F. Aug. 21, 1990; eff. Sept. 10, 1990.Repealed: New rule entitled Licensure by Examination adopted. F. Mar. 29, 1993; eff. Apr. 18, Amended: F. May 2, 2002; eff. May 22, Licensure by Endorsement. (1) The Board may license without examination any Professional Counselor, Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist currently licensed in another jurisdiction, so long as that jurisdiction s requirements for the license in question are substantially equal to those in Georgia. (2) The applicant must file a written application for licensure by endorsement on forms which will be furnished upon request. (a) The applicant shall direct the Board of Examiners of that jurisdiction in which the license is held to send an official statement which indicates that such license is in effect and in good standing. (b) The applicant shall submit the appropriate application fee. See separate Fee Schedule. The application fee is non-refundable. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs , 43-7A-5, 43-7A-9, 43-7A-10. History. Original Rule entitled Licensure by Exam Waiver (Reciprocity) adopted. F. Feb. 26, 1986; eff. Mar. 18, Amended: F. Dec. 20, 1988; eff. Jan. 9, Repealed: F. Aug. 21, 1990; eff. Sept. 10, Amended: New Rule entitled Licensure by Endorsement adopted. F. Mar. 29, 1993; eff. Apr. 18, 1993.

8 Procedural Rules CHAPTER PROCEDURAL RULES TABLE OF CONTENTS Procedural Rules. The Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists hereby adopts by reference as its permanent rules Chapters through and any future amendments thereto, of the Rules and Regulations of the Office of the Division Director, Professional Licensing Boards Division. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-7A-5, 43-10A-5. History. Original Rule entitled Procedural Rules adopted. F. Jan. 14, 1986; eff. Feb. 3, Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 16, 2001; eff. Sept. 5, 2001.

9 CHAPTER REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE TABLE OF CONTENTS Associate Professional Counselors Professional Counselors Master's Social Workers Clinical Social Workers Associate Marriage and Family Therapists Marriage and Family Therapists Associate Professional Counselors. Amended. Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 43-10A-11, the requirements for licensure and the restrictions on practice for Associate Professional Counselors are as follows: (a) Definitions. 1. "The Practice of Professional Counseling" 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 A-3(10). 2. "Direction" means the ongoing administrative overseeing by an employer or superior of a Professional Counselor's work 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. 3. Director means the person who provides direction and who is either the employer of the person who receives direction or is the supervisor in the employment chain of command to the person who receives direction. The Director must be located at the same site where the experience is being acquired. 4. "Supervision" means the 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 on-site with the supervisee. Supervision may be provided pro bono or for a fee.

10 (i) Individual Supervision means one supervisor meeting with a maximum of two supervisees. (ii) Group Supervision means one supervisor meeting with a maximum of six supervisees. 5. Supervisor 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, (i) a supervisor who holds a masters degree must have three (3) years of post-licensure experience; and (ii) a supervisor who holds a specialist degree must have two (2) years of post-licensure experience; and (iii) a supervisor who holds a doctoral degree must have one (1) year of post-licensure experience. (iv) however, the Board in its discretion may approve a supervisor whose experience is substantially similar to those stated herein. (v) 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 OR, in an applied psychology program before January 1, 2004, may be a person with a master s degree from an accredited educational institution in a program of applied psychology. 6. "Directed Experience" means time spent under direction engaging in the practice of Professional Counseling as defined in (a). 7. "Directed Experience Under Supervision Contract " is a document, obtained from the Board, that defines the employment relationship for the purposes of obtaining the required post-masters directed experience under supervision. 8. Program Primarily Counseling in Content" and Program in Applied Psychology 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. An individual course may not be used to fulfill the requirement in more than one content area. (i) Counseling/ Psychotherapy Theory, which includes the principles, concepts, and practice of counseling/psychotherapy and the major models of counseling/psychotherapy.

11 (ii) A Counseling or Applied Psychology Practicum or Internship as part of the graduate degree program. (iii) Courses in six (6) of the following nine (9) content areas: (I) Human Growth and Development, 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. (II) Social and Cultural Foundations, which includes an understanding of societal changes and trends, human roles, societal subgroups, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles; OR Core Foundations, a course in one of the following categories: Social, Motivational and Personality Psychology; Learning and Cognition; History of Psychology; Biological Psychology; Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Cultural Diversity; or Humanistic/Phenomenological Psychology. (III) The Helping Relationship, 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. (IV) Group Dynamics and Group Counseling/Psychotherapy, 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. (V) Lifestyle and Career Development, 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. (VI) Appraisal/ Assessment of Individuals, 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. (VII) Research Methods and Evaluation, 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

12 Research Statistics, which includes an understanding of the theory, analysis and interpretation of manual or computer generated statistical measures. (VIII) Professional Orientation, which includes an understanding of professional roles, responsibilities, and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; ethical and legal standards; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing. (IX) Psychopathology, which includes theories, research, descriptive characteristics, categories, dynamics, and etiology of mental, behavioral, cognitive and personality disorders. (b) Requirements for Licensure. 1. 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. 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. 2. Registration of a contract for obtaining post-master's directed experience under supervision. 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. (c) Restrictions on Practice. 1. A person who holds a license as an Associate Professional Counselor may only use the title Associate Professional Counselor. 2. 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. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs , , 43-7A-3, 43-7A-5, 43-7A-11, 43-7A-13, , 43-10A-3, 43-10A-5, 43-10A-11, 43-10A-13, 43-10A-17.History. Original Rule entitled "Marriage and Family Therapists" was filed on March 10, 1986; effective March 30, Amended: Filed November 7, 1986; effective November 27, Amended: Filed December 18, 1986; effective January 7, Amended: Filed September 8, 1987; effective September 28, Amended: Filed February 16, 1988; effective March 7, Amended: Filed October 26, 1988; effective November 15, Amended: F. May 12, 1994; eff. Jun. 1, Amended: F. Nov. 2, 1994; eff. Nov.22, Amended: F. Jan. 30, 1996; eff.

13 Feb. 19, Repealed: F. Jan. 13, 1997; eff. Feb. 2, Amended: New Rule entitled "Associate Professional Counselors" adopted. F. Feb. 28, 2000; eff. Mar. 19, Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 13, 2003; eff. Sept. 2, Amended: F. Mar. 21, 2006; eff. Apr. 10, Amended: F. Mar. 14, 2007; eff Apr. 3, Professional Counselors. Amended. Pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated 43-10A-11 an applicant for a license in Professional Counseling must meet the following requirements. (a) Definitions. 1. "The Practice of Professional Counseling" 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 A "Direction" means the ongoing administrative overseeing by an employer or superior of a Professional Counselor's work 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. 3. "Director" means the person who provides direction and who is either the employer of the person who receives direction or is the supervisor in the employment chain of command to the person who receives direction. The Director must be located at the same site where the experience is being acquired. 4. "Supervision" means the 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 on-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. 5. Supervisor 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, (i) a supervisor who holds a master s degree must have three (3) years of post-licensure experience; and

14 (ii) a supervisor who holds a specialist degree must have two (2) years of post-licensure experience; and (iii) a supervisor who holds a doctoral degree must have one (1) year of post-licensure experience. (iv) However, the Board in its discretion may approve a supervisor whose experience is substantially similar to those stated herein. (v) 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 OR, in an applied psychology program before January 1, 2004, may be a person with a master s degree from an accredited educational institution in a program of applied psychology. 6. "Directed Experience" means time spent under direction engaging in the practice of professional counseling as defined in (a). 7. Years of Directed Experience (i) "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. (ii) 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 that 60 months. (iii) 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. (iv) 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. 8. Years of Supervision (i) "One year of Supervision" means a minimum of 30 hours of supervision obtained during one year of Directed Experience as defined in Rule (7). (ii) Two years of Supervision means a minimum of 60 hours of supervision obtained during two years of Directed Experience as defined in Rule (7). (iii) Three years of Supervision means a minimum of 90 hours of supervision obtained during three years of Directed Experience as defined in Rule (7). (iv) Four years of Supervision means a minimum of 120 hours of supervision obtained during four years of Directed Experience as defined in Rule (7).

15 9. "Work settings acceptable to the Board" 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. 10. Certified Rehabilitation Counselor means a person who is certified as a rehabilitation counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. 11. Program Primarily Counseling in Content" and Program in Applied Psychology 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. An individual course may not be used to fulfill the requirement in more than one content area. (i) Counseling/ Psychotherapy Theory, which includes the principles, concepts, and practice of counseling/psychotherapy and the major models of counseling/psychotherapy. (ii) A Counseling or Applied Psychology Practicum or Internship as part of the graduate degree program. (iii) Courses in six (6) of the following nine (9) content areas: (I) Human Growth and Development, 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. (II) Social and Cultural Foundations, which includes an understanding of societal changes and trends, human roles, societal subgroups, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles; OR Core Foundations, a course in one of the following categories: Social, Motivational and Personality Psychology; Learning and Cognition; History of Psychology; Biological Psychology; Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Cultural Diversity; or Humanistic/Phenomenological Psychology. (III) The Helping Relationship, 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. (IV) Group Dynamics and Group Counseling/Psychotherapy, 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.

16 (V) Lifestyle and Career Development, 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. (VI) Appraisal/ Assessment of Individuals, 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. (VII) Research Methods and Evaluation, 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. (VIII) Professional Orientation, which includes an understanding of professional roles, responsibilities, and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; ethical and legal standards; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing. (IX) Psychopathology, which includes theories, research, descriptive characteristics, categories, dynamics, and etiology of mental, behavioral, cognitive and personality disorders. (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. 1. 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. 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. 2. Directed Experience under Supervision. The applicant must present evidence of four (4) years of post-master s directed experience under supervision (see definitions at (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. A minimum of two (2) years of the supervision must be provided by a supervisor who is a licensed Professional Counselor, except that if the supervision was acquired prior to September 23, 1993, such supervision may have been provided by any qualified supervisor.

17 (c) 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. 1. Education. 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. 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. 2. Directed Experience under Supervision. The applicant must present evidence of two (2) years of post-master s directed experience under supervision (see definitions at (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. A minimum of one (1) year of the supervision must be provided by a supervisor who is a licensed Professional Counselor, except that if the supervision was acquired prior to September 23, 1993, such supervision may have been provided by any qualified supervisor. (d) 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. 1. Education. 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. 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. 2. Directed Experience under Supervision. The applicant must present evidence of one (1) year of supervised counseling internship in a work setting acceptable to the Board OR one (1) year of post master s directed experience under supervision (see definitions at (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, except that if the supervision was acquired prior to September 23, 1993, such supervision may have been provided by any qualified supervisor. (e) An applicant who is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor must meet the following requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor. 1. Education. 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.

18 2. Directed Experience under Supervision. 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 at (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 at (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. 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. 3. Certification. The applicant must hold the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor designation. (f) An applicant who holds a master s degree in psychology must meet the following requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor. 1. Education. 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. 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. 2. Directed Experience under Supervision. The applicant must present evidence of four (4) years of post-master s directed experience under supervision (see definitions at (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 or 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. (g) An applicant who holds a current license as an Associate Professional Counselor shall not be required to re-take the written examination following Board approval of their application for licensure as a Professional Counselor. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs , , 43-7A-3, 43-7A-5, 43-7A-11, 43-7A-13, 43-10A-3, 43-10A-5, 43-10A-11, 43-10A-13, 43-10A-17.History. Original Rule entitled Professional Counselors adopted. F. May 23, 1986; eff. June 12, Amended: F. Mar. 18, 1987; eff. Apr. 7, Amended: F. July 24, 1987; eff. Aug. 13, Amended: F. Feb. 16, 1988; eff. Mar. 7, Amended: F. June 27, 1991; eff. July 17, Amended: F. May 10, 1993; eff. May 30, Amended: ER adopted. F. Oct. 4, 1993; eff. Sept. 27, 1993, as specified by the Agency. Amended: ER adopted. F. Feb. 2, 1994; eff. Jan. 28, 1994, as specified by the Agency.Amended: Permanent Rule adopted. F. May 27, 1994; eff. June 16, Amended: F. Nov. 21, 1996; eff. Dec. 11, Amended: F. Apr. 20, 2001; eff. May 10, Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 13, 2003; eff. Sept. 2, 2003.

19 Amended: F. Mar. 21, 2006; eff. Apr. 10, Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. July 24, 2006; eff. Aug. 13, Amended: F. Mar. 16, 2007; eff. Apr. 5, Master's Social Workers. Amended. (1) The Practice of Licensed Master's Social Workers. (a) The Practice of Licensed Master's Social Work. 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. (b) First Two Years of Practice. The first two years of practice after the issuance of the Master of Social Work license shall be under direction and supervision. (c) Practice After Two Years of Experience. After two years of Social Work practice under direction and supervision, the licensee 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. (d) Private Practice by a Licensed Master Social Worker After Qualifying for Clinical Social Work Licensure. 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 A-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.

20 2) Licensure Process-(Please refer to the section entitled "Definitions" for clarification of terms). (a) Education. 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. (b) Practice while Preparing to Take the Licensing Examination. 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. (c) Examination. 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 may sit 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 A-7(b)]. (3) Definitions. (a) Direction 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. (b) Director 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. (c) Supervision 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 (d) Supervisor means an individual who promotes the development of the Social Worker's clinical skills and who is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Professional

21 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 A supervisor of a bachelor level social worker must meet the requirements specified in O.C.G.A A-7(b)(14). (e) 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. (f) 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. Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-7A-12(a)(1), 43-10A-12, (a)(1), 43-10A-12(a)(1); 43-10A-12b, S.B. 137, p. 14. History. Original Rule entitled "Master's Social Workers" was filed on May 23, 1986; effective June 12, Amended: Filed November 7, 1986; effective November 27, Amended: Rule repealed and a new Rule of same title adopted. Filed June 26, 1987; effective July 16, Repealed: New Rule, same title, adopted. F. Dec. 3, 1991; eff. Dec. 23, Amended: F. Jul. 17, 1992; eff. Aug. 6, Amended: F. Jun. 27, 1995; eff. Jul. 17, Clinical Social Workers. Amended. (1) Practice of Clinical Social Work. (a) The Practice of Clinical Social Work. 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. (2) Licensure Process (Please refer to the section entitled "Definitions" for clarification of terms). (a) Education. 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. (b) Experience. 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.

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