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SENATE BILL NO. 1537
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S1537aaH.............................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
PASTORAL COUNSELORS - Amends existing law to revise the licensure
requirements for licensed pastoral counselors.
03/05 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/06 Rpt prt - to Health/Wel
03/11 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/12 Rls susp - PASSED - 30-4-1
AYES--Andreason, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Danielson,
Darrington, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes, Hansen, Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen,
Keough, King, Lee, McLaughlin, Parry, Richardson, Riggs, Risch,
Sandy, Sorensen, Stennett, Sweeney, Thorne, Twiggs, Wheeler,
NAYS--Boatright, Deide, Noh, Schroeder
Absent and excused--Crow
Floor Sponsor - Sweeney
Title apvd - to House
03/13 House intro - 1st rdg - to Health/Wel
03/17 Rpt out - to Gen Ord
03/18 Rpt out amen - to 1st rdg as amen
03/19 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg as amen
03/20 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg as amen
03/20 Rls susp - PASSED - 61-5-4
AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bell, Bieter, Bivens,
Black(23), Boe, Bruneel, Callister, Chase, Clark, Crane, Crow, Cuddy,
Deal, Denney, Ellsworth, Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Geddes, Gould,
Henbest, Jaquet, Jones(9), Jones(20), Judd, Kellogg, Kempton,
Kjellander, Kunz, Lake, Linford, Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague,
Meyer, Mortensen, Newcomb, Pischner, Pomeroy, Reynolds, Richman,
Ridinger, Robison, Sali, Schaefer, Stevenson, Stoicheff, Stone,
Stubbs, Tilman, Tippets, Trail, Watson, Wheeler, Wood, Zimmermann,
NAYS -- Campbell, Hadley, Hansen, Hornbeck, Kendell
Absent and excused -- Black(15), Jones(22), Miller, Taylor
Floor Sponsors - Sali, Black(23)
Title apvd - to Senate
03/20 Senate NOT concur in House amens
Returned to Health/Wel
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1537
BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS OF LICENSURE FOR LICENSED PASTORAL COUNSELORS;
3 AMENDING SECTION 54-3405A, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICEN-
4 SURE AS A LICENSED PASTORAL COUNSELOR; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 54-3405A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 54-3405A. QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICENSURE FOR LICENSED PASTORAL COUNSELORS.
9 Licensure as a "licensed pastoral counselor" (L.Pas.C.) shall be
10 restricted to persons who have successfully completed the following
11 requirements : who have applied for licensed pastoral coun-
12 selors (L.Pas.C.) and:
13 (1) Holds a master of divinity (M.Div.) degree or doctoral degree
14 with a major in pastoral counseling from an accredited university or religious
15 institution with a requirement of sixty (60) semester credit hours of counsel-
16 ing related courses in a minimum of eight (8) of the following eleven (11)
17 areas with the areas of study being specified by the American association of
18 pastoral counselors (AAPC):
19 (a) Theories of personality and personality development;
20 (b) Theories of counseling and psychotherapy;
21 (c) Marriage and family dynamics and counseling;
22 (d) Group dynamics and counseling;
23 (e) Personality, culture and ethics;
24 (f) Psychology of religious experience;
25 (g) Pastoral assessment and treatment;
26 (h) Psychopathology;
27 (i) Theories of pastoral care;
28 (j) Research methods;
29 (k) Orientation to the helping professions A planned gradu-
30 ate program with a major in pastoral counseling with a requirement of sixty
31 (60) semester credit hours of counseling related courses including a minimum
32 of six (6) semester credit hours which are earned in a practicum of supervised
33 counseling experience and including a graduate degree from an accredited uni-
34 versity, college or religious institution offering a graduate program in
35 pastoral counseling .
36 (2) Completion of a practicum of supervised counseling experience
37 of four hundred (400) contact hours, supervised at a ratio of one (1) hour of
38 supervision for each ten (10) contact hours two thousand (2,000)
39 contact hours of postgraduate supervised counseling experience acceptable to
40 the board .
41 (3) Successful completion of the national counselor examination if
42 required by the board. Graduate studies shall have been at a uni-
43 versity or institution which has been accredited by one (1) of the following:
1 The middle states association of colleges and secondary schools, the New
2 England state association of colleges and secondary schools, the north central
3 association of colleges and secondary schools, the northwest association of
4 colleges and secondary schools, the southern association of colleges and sec-
5 ondary schools or the western colleges association. The pastoral counselor
6 program may also be accredited by the association of theological schools
8 (4) Completion of two thousand (2,000) contact hours of postgraduate
9 supervised counseling experience, with an approved supervisor. Approved super-
10 visors include an American association of pastoral counselors approved super-
11 visor, a licensed pastoral counselor, a licensed psychiatrist, a licensed psy-
12 chologist, or a licensed professional counselor. The ratio of supervision to
13 contact hours shall be one (1) to twenty (20).
14 (5) Successful completion of the national counselor examination as
15 required by the board.
16 (6) Each licensed pastoral counselor must obtain twenty (20) contact
17 hours of continuing education in an area that is approved by the board per
19 (7) Each licensed pastoral counselor shall adhere to the code of ethics
20 of the American counseling association.
21 (8) The board shall have the option of employing a consultant to assist
22 in the review of applications and in disciplinary actions. The cost of the
23 consultation shall be included in the fee for the pastoral counselor license.
24 (9) The board may issue licenses to those persons meeting the qualifica-
25 tions for licensure as a licensed pastoral counselor (L.Pas.C) and the
26 licensed pastoral counselor license shall be a separate and distinct license
27 from the licensed professional counselor license.
28 (10) For the purposes of this chapter, fees and disciplinary actions, the
29 terms "licensed pastoral counselor" and "licensed professional counselor"
30 shall have the same meaning. The board may promulgate rules to implement the
31 provisions of this section in compliance with chapter 52, title 67, Idaho
33 SECTION 2. An emergency existing therefor, which emergency is hereby
34 declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its
35 passage and approval.
Moved by Sali
Seconded by Black
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE AMENDMENTS TO S.B. NO. 1537
36 AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL
37 On page 1 of the printed bill, delete lines 6 through 43; and on page 2,
38 delete lines 1 through 32, and insert:
39 "SECTION 1. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is legislative intent that, in imple-
40 menting the provisions of this act, the Idaho counselor licensing board recog-
41 nize all graduate programs granting M.Div. and higher degrees which, irrespec-
42 tive of religious doctrine and belief, grant degrees based upon substantial
43 academic qualifications.
44 SECTION 2. That Section 54-3405A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
1 SECTION 3. That Section 54-3405, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
2 amended to read as follows:
3 54-3405. QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICENSURE. Licensure as a "licensed profes-
4 sional counselor" shall be restricted to persons who have successfully com-
5 pleted each of the following requirements:
6 (1) (a) A planned graduate program of sixty (60) semester
7 hours which is primarily counseling in nature, six (6) semester hours of
8 which are earned in an advanced counseling practicum, and including a
9 graduate degree in a counseling field from an accredited university or
10 college offering a graduate program in counseling.
11 ( 2 b ) An examination if required by the board's
12 regulations rules .
13 ( 3 c ) One thousand (1,000) hours of supervised
14 experience in counseling acceptable to the board . or;
16 Within the period from the effective date of this chapter until July
17 1, 1983, an applicant shall be exempt from the provisions of this section:
18 (1) Who holds at least a master's degree in counseling or a related field
19 from an accredited college or university.
20 (2) Who, if required by the board, passes an examination in counseling
21 skills and/or knowledge.
22 (3) Who has supervised counseling experience acceptable to the board.
24 (2) From the effective date of this act until July 1, 2000:
25 (a) A planned graduate program with a major in counseling with a require-
26 ment of sixty (60) semester credit hours of counseling related courses
27 including a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours which are earned in a
28 practicum of supervised counseling experience and including a graduate
29 degree from an accredited university, college or religious institution
30 offering a graduate program in counseling.
31 (b) Completion of two thousand (2,000) contact hours of postgraduate
32 supervised counseling experience acceptable to the board.
33 (c) Successful completion of the national counselor examination if
34 required by the board.
35 SECTION 4. An emergency existing therefor, which emergency is hereby
36 declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its
37 passage and approval.".
38 CORRECTION TO TITLE
39 On page 1, delete lines 3 and 4, and insert: "PROVIDING LEGISLATIVE
40 INTENT; REPEALING SECTION 54-3405A, IDAHO CODE; AMENDING SECTION 54-3405,
41 IDAHO CODE, TO DELETE OUTDATED LANGUAGE, TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL CURRICULUM,
42 SUPERVISED COUNSELING EXPERIENCE, AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE NATIONAL
43 COUNSELOR EXAMINATION, IF REQUIRED, THAT WOULD RESULT IN LICENSURE UNTIL JULY
44 1, 2000 AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.".
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this bill is to change Idaho Code 54-3405A to answer
the objections of an Attorney General's Opinion questioning the
constitutionality of part of that Code section. This change removes
that objection and removes unnecessary language which should be in
the rules and regulations.
No Fiscal Impact.
CONTACT: Sen. Bruce L. Sweeney 332-1351
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE