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S1181.................................................by HEALTH AND WELFARE
LICENSED PASTORAL COUNSELORS - Amends existing law to revise qualifications
for licensure of licensed pastoral counselors; and to provide a code of
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AYES--Andreason, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Crow,
Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes, Ipsen,
Keough, King, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh, Parry, Richardson, Riggs, Risch,
Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett, Thorne, Twiggs,
NAYS--Boatright, Hawkins, Ingram
Absent and excused--None
Floor Sponsor - Ipsen
Title apvd - to House
03/02 House intro - 1st rdg - to Health/Wel
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1181
BY HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICENSURE FOR LICENSED PASTORAL COUNSELORS;
3 AMENDING SECTION 54-3405A, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICEN-
4 SURE OF LICENSED PASTORAL COUNSELORS AND TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY CODE OF
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Section 54-3405A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
8 amended to read as follows:
9 54-3405A. QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICENSURE FOR LICENSED PASTORAL COUNSELORS.
10 Licensure as a "licensed pastoral counselor" shall be restricted to persons
11 who have successfully completed the following requirements who have applied
12 for licensed pastoral counselors (L.Pas.C.) and:
13 (1) Holds a master of divinity (M.Div.) degree or doctoral degree with a
14 major in pastoral counseling from an accredited university or religious
15 institution seminary with a requirement of sixty (60)
16 semester credit hours of counseling related courses in a minimum of eight (8)
17 of the following eleven (11) areas with the areas of study being
18 specified : by the American association of pastoral counsel-
19 ors (AAPC):
20 (a) Theories of personality and personality development;
21 (b) Theories of counseling and psychotherapy;
22 (c) Marriage and family dynamics and counseling;
23 (d) Group dynamics and counseling;
24 (e) Personality, culture and ethics;
25 (f) Psychology of religious experience;
26 (g) Pastoral assessment and treatment;
27 (h) Psychopathology;
28 (i) Theories of pastoral care;
29 (j) Research methods;
30 (k) Orientation to the helping professions.
31 (2) Completion of a practicum of supervised counseling experience
32 of four hundred (400) contact hours, supervised at a ratio of one (1) hour of
33 supervision for each ten (10) contact hours two thousand (2,000)
34 contact hours of postgraduate supervised counseling experience provided by a
35 licensed pastoral counselor (L.Pas.C.) or a licensed professional counselor
36 with private practice specialty (L.P.C.-P) acceptable to the board .
37 (3) Graduate studies shall have been at a university or institution
38 which has been accredited by one (1) of the following: The middle states asso-
39 ciation of colleges and secondary schools, the New England state association
40 of colleges and secondary schools, the north central association of colleges
41 and secondary schools, the northwest association of colleges and secondary
42 schools, the southern association of colleges and secondary schools or the
43 western colleges association. The pastoral counselor program may also be
1 accredited by the association of theological schools (ATS).
2 (4) Completion of two thousand (2,000) contact hours of postgraduate
3 supervised counseling experience, with an approved supervisor. Approved super-
4 visors include an American association of pastoral counselors approved super-
5 visor, a licensed pastoral counselor, a licensed psychiatrist, a licensed psy-
6 chologist, or a licensed professional counselor. The ratio of supervision to
7 contact hours shall be one (1) to twenty (20).
8 (5) Successful completion of the national counselor examination as
9 required by the board.
10 ( 6 4 ) Each licensed pastoral counselor must
11 obtain twenty (20) contact hours of continuing education in an area that is
12 approved by the board per year.
13 ( 7 5 ) Each licensed pastoral counselor shall
14 adhere to the following code of ethics : of the
15 American counseling association
16 (a) To maintain responsible association with the faith group in
17 which the pastoral counselor has ecclesiastical standing.
18 (b) To diagnose or provide treatment only for those problems or issues
19 that are within the reasonable boundaries of the pastoral counselor's com-
21 (c) To establish and maintain appropriate professional relationship
23 (d) To use the pastoral counselor's knowledge for the benefit of the peo-
24 ple served and not to secure unfair personal advantage.
25 (e) To clearly represent the level of training and limit the practice to
26 that level.
27 (f) To conduct the pastoral counseling practice with due regard to recog-
28 nized business and accounting procedures.
29 (g) To represent facts truthfully to clients, referral sources and third
30 party payors regarding credentials and services rendered and to correct
31 any misrepresentation of the licensed pastoral counselor's professional
32 qualifications or affiliations.
33 (h) To not abandon or neglect clients and if the licensed pastoral coun-
34 selor is unable or unwilling for appropriate reasons to provide profes-
35 sional help or continue a professional relationship every reasonable
36 effort is made to arrange for continuation of treatment with another pro-
38 (i) To make only realistic statements regarding the pastoral counseling
39 process and its outcome.
40 (j) To show sensitive regard for the moral, social and religious stan-
41 dards of clients and communities and avoid imposing the licensed pastoral
42 counselor's beliefs on others, although these beliefs may be expressed
43 when appropriate in the pastoral counseling process.
44 (k) To continue counseling relationships only as long as it is reasonably
45 clear that the clients are benefitting from the relationship.
46 (l) To recognize the trust placed in and unique power of the therapeutic
47 relationship and to acknowledge the complexity of some pastoral relation-
48 ships, to avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of clients and to
49 avoid dual relationships with clients which could impair the licensed
50 pastoral counselor's professional judgment, compromise the integrity of
51 the treatment or use the relationship for the licensed pastoral counselor.
52 (m) To avoid all forms of sexual behavior or harassment with clients even
53 when a client invites or consents to the behavior or involvement. "Sexual
54 behavior" shall be defined as, but not limited to, all forms of overt and
55 covert seductive speech, gestures and behavior as well as physical contact
1 of a sexual nature; and "harassment" is defined as, but is not limited to,
2 repeated comments, gestures or physical contacts of a sexual nature.
3 (n) To recognize that the therapist/client relationship involves a power
4 imbalance, the residual effects of which are operative following the ter-
5 mination of the therapy relationship.
6 (o) To keep, store or dispose of all records of a client in a manner
7 that assures security and confidentiality.
8 (p) To not disclose client confidences to anyone, except as mandated by
9 law to prevent a clear and immediate danger to someone in the course of a
10 civil, criminal or disciplinary action arising from the counseling where
11 the pastoral counselor is a defendant, for the purposes of supervision or
12 consultation or previously obtained written permission. In cases involving
13 more than one (1) person as a client, written permission shall be obtained
14 from all legally accountable persons who have been present during the
15 counseling before any disclosure can be made.
16 (q) To not offer ongoing clinical services to persons currently receiving
17 treatment from another professional without prior knowledge of and in con-
18 sultation with the other professional, with the clients' informed consent
19 and to not solicit such clients.
20 (r) To not misrepresent the licensed pastoral counselor's professional
21 qualifications, affiliations and functions, or falsely imply sponsorship
22 or certification by any organization .
23 ( 8 6 ) The board shall have the option of employ-
24 ing a consultant to assist in the review of applications and in disciplinary
25 actions. The cost of the consultation shall be included in the fee for the
26 pastoral counselor license.
27 ( 9 7 ) The board may issue licenses to those per-
28 sons meeting the qualifications for licensure as a licensed pastoral counselor
29 (L.Pas.C) and the licensed pastoral counselor license shall be a separate and
30 distinct license from the licensed professional counselor license.
31 ( 10 8 ) For the purposes of this chapter, fees and
32 disciplinary actions, the terms "licensed pastoral counselor" and "licensed
33 professional counselor" shall have the same meaning. The board may promulgate
34 rules to implement the provisions of this section in compliance with chapter
35 52, title 67, Idaho Code.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation will designate qualifications necessary to
be pastoral counselor, with the inclusion of a code of
ethics to be followed.
No fiscal impact.
CONTACT: Senator Ipsen
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE S1181