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49 Pa. Code § 49.1. Definitions.

GENERAL PROVISIONS


§ 49.1. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Accredited educational institution—A graduate school which is recognized as an institution of higher education or which is accredited by a regional accrediting association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

   Act—The Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P. S. § §  1901—1922).

   Board—The State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

   Client/patient—An individual, group or family for whom a licensed professional counselor provides professional counseling services. In the case of an individual with a legal guardian such as a minor or legally incapacitated adult, the individual is the client/patient.

   Doctoral degree in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling—Includes one of the following:

     (i)   Doctoral degrees in social work, psychiatry, psychology, art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, human services, counseling education and child development and family studies.

     (ii)   Another doctoral degree in any applied behavioral science which is awarded after successful completion of a master’s degree in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling and that includes advanced (beyond the master’s level) clinical instruction and advanced (beyond the master’s level) coursework in any five of the educational requirements in §  49.2(1)—(8) (relating to educational requirements).

   Doctoral degree in professional counseling—A doctoral degree which is awarded upon successful completion of a program which includes coursework that meets and builds upon the educational requirements in §  49.2.

   Immediate family member—A parent/guardian, child, sibling, spouse or other family member with whom the client/patient resides.

   Institution of higher education—An independent institution of higher education, a community college, a State-related institution or a member institution of the State System. See 22 Pa. Code §  33.102 (relating to definitions).

   Master’s degree in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling—Includes one of the following:

     (i)   Degrees in social work, psychology, art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, human services, counseling education and child development and family studies.

     (ii)   A degree in any applied behavioral science that includes a practicum or internship and meets any five of the educational requirements in §  49.2(1)—(8).

   Planned program of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of graduate coursework in counseling or a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling—A program which includes coursework that meets the criteria in §  49.2.

   Professional relationship—A therapeutic relationship which is deemed to exist for the period of time beginning with the first professional contact or consultation between a licensed professional counselor and a client/patient and continuing thereafter until the last date of a professional service. If a licensed professional counselor sees a client/patient on an intermittent basis, the professional relationship is deemed to start anew on each date that the licensed professional counselor provides a professional service to the client/patient.

   Related field—Includes the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, human services and counseling education.

   Sexual intimacies—Romantic, sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning or erotic behavior. Examples of this behavior include the following:

     (i)   Sexual intercourse, or any touching of the sexual or intimate parts of the person for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire in either person.

     (ii)   Nontherapeutic verbal communication or inappropriate nonverbal communication of a sexual or romantic nature.

     (iii)   Sexual invitations.

     (iv)   Soliciting or accepting a date from a client/patient.

     (v)   Masturbating in the presence of a client/patient or encouraging a client/patient to masturbate in the presence of the licensed professional counselor.

     (vi)   Indecent exposure, kissing, hugging, touching, physical contact or self-disclosure of a sexual or erotic nature.

   Supervisee—An individual who is fulfilling the supervised experience requirement for licensure.

   Supervision—The act of overseeing, directing or instructing the activity or course of action of another.

   Supervisor—An individual providing supervision to a supervisee who meets the criteria in §  49.3 (relating to qualifications for supervisors).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  49.1 amended under section 6(2) of the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P. S. §  1906(2)) and section 812.1 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  279.3(a)).

Source

   The provisions of this §  49.1 amended August 11, 2006, effective August 12, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 4469; amended January 25, 2008, effective January 26, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 484. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (325244) to (325246).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  49.13 (relating to licensed professional counselor).



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