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Register June 2009 No. 642
Chapter MPSW 14
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND EQUIVALENCY Of PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
MPSW 14.01 Academic program equivalent to a master's degree in professional counseling.
MPSW 14.02 Academic program equivalent to a doctorate in professional counseling.
MPSW 14.03 Continuing education requirements for license renewal.
MPSW 14.04 Approved continuing education programs.
Ch. MPSW 14 Note Note: Chapter SFC 14 was created as an emergency rule effective April 26, 1993.
Ch. MPSW 14 Note Note: Chapter SFC 14 was renumbered ch. MPSW 14 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register October 2002 No. 562.
MPSW 14.01 MPSW 14.01 Academic program equivalent to a master's degree in professional counseling. An academic program is the equivalent of a master's degree in professional counseling from an approved institution if the completed program meets the following criteria:
MPSW 14.01(1) (1) The course work was completed at an institution which was accredited by its regional accrediting association at the time the applicant graduated from the program, and was part of a program of studies leading to a master's degree or doctoral degree in a field closely related to professional counseling.
MPSW 14.01(2) (2) The course work included successful completion of at least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours academic credit in a supervised counseling practicum; at least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours academic credit in a single counseling theory course; and at least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours academic credit in at least 6 of the following 8 topic areas; and the course work included a total of at least 42 semester hours or 63 quarter hours of academic credit in counseling related courses distributed among at least 6 of the following 8 topic areas:
MPSW 14.01(2)(a) (a) Human growth and development — studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, normal and abnormal human behavior, personality theory, and learning theory within appropriate cultural contexts.
MPSW 14.01(2)(b) (b) Social and cultural foundations — studies that provide a broad understanding of societal changes and trends, human roles, societal subgroups, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles.
MPSW 14.01(2)(c) (c) The helping relationship — studies that provide a broad understanding of philosophic bases of helping processes, counseling theories and their applications, basic and advanced helping skills, consultation theories and their applications, client and helper self-understanding and self-development, and facilitation of client or consultee changes.
MPSW 14.01(2)(d) (d) Group dynamics processing and counseling — studies that provide a broad understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling theories, group leadership styles, basic and advanced group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
MPSW 14.01(2)(e) (e) Lifestyle and career development — studies that provide a broad understanding of career development theories; occupational and educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance and education; lifestyle and career decision making; career development program planning and resources; and effectiveness evaluation.
MPSW 14.01(2)(f) (f) Appraisal of individuals — studies that provide a broad understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal, data and information gathering methods, validity and reliability, psychometric statistics, factors influencing appraisals, and use of appraisals results in helping processes.
MPSW 14.01(2)(g) (g) Research and evaluation — studies that provide a broad understanding of types of research, basic statistics, research report development, research implementation, program evaluation, needs assessment, publication of research information, and ethical and legal considerations.
MPSW 14.01(2)(h) (h) Professional counseling orientation — studies that provide a broad understanding of professional roles and functions, professional goals and objectives, professional organizations and associations, professional history and trends, ethical and legal standards, professional preparation standards, and professional credentialing.
MPSW 14.01(3) (3) For purposes of this section, one academic quarter credit is equivalent to two-thirds of one academic semester credit.
MPSW 14.01(4) (4) To reach course equivalency, an applicant may take up to 12 credit hours of courses, which may include a supervised counseling practicum, outside of his or her master's program.
MPSW 14.01 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1993, No. 455, eff. 12-1-93; am. (2) (intro.), Register, October, 1998, No. 514, eff. 11-1-98; am. (2) (intro.), Register, November, 1999, No. 527, eff. 12-1-99; CR 01-026: cr. (4), Register December 2001 No. 552, eff. 1-1-02; CR 08-088: am. (2) (intro.) Register June 2009 No. 642, eff. 7-1-09.
MPSW 14.02 MPSW 14.02 Academic program equivalent to a doctorate in professional counseling. An academic program is the equivalent of a doctoral degree in professional counseling from an approved institution if the completed program meets the following criteria:
MPSW 14.02(1) (1) The course work was completed at an institution which was accredited by its regional accrediting association at the time the applicant graduated from the program, and was part of a program of studies leading to a doctoral degree in a field closely related to professional counseling.
MPSW 14.02(2) (2) The course work included successful completion of at least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours academic credit in a supervised counseling practicum; at least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours academic credit in a counseling theory course; and at least one course of at least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours academic credit in each of the 8 topic areas defined in s. MPSW 14.01 (2); and the course work included at least 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours of academic credit distributed among those 8 counseling related topic areas.
MPSW 14.02(3) (3) For purposes of this section, one academic quarter credit is equivalent to two-thirds of one academic semester credit.
MPSW 14.02 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1993, No. 455, eff. 12-1-93; am. (2), Register, October, 1998, No. 514, eff. 11-1-98; am. (2), Register, November, 1999, No. 527, eff. 12-1-99.
MPSW 14.03 MPSW 14.03 Continuing education requirements for license renewal.
MPSW 14.03(1)(1) Unless granted a postponement or waiver of the continuing education requirement, every licensed professional counselor is required to complete at least 30 continuing education credit hours in approved continuing education programs during each 2 year licensure period. This requirement will apply for the first time to the 2 year period beginning July 1, 2003.
MPSW 14.03(2) (2) Unless granted a postponement or waiver of the continuing education requirement, a licensee who fails to meet continuing education requirements by the renewal deadline must discontinue the use of the title "professional counselor" and must cease the practice of professional counseling until he or she completes the continuing education requirement.
MPSW 14.03(3) (3) During the time between initial licensure and commencement of a full 2 year certification period, a new license holder is not required to meet continuing education requirements for the first renewal of his or her license.
MPSW 14.03(4) (4) Applicants for licensure by reciprocity shall submit proof of completion of at least 30 continuing education hours substantially meeting the requirements of this chapter within the 2 year period prior to application.
MPSW 14.03(4m) (4m) Licensees shall have a minimum of 15 credits in approved continuing education programs and other educational activities as recognized under s. MPSW 14.04 (1) to (5). Four of the 15 credits shall be in the subject area of professional counseling ethics and boundaries.
MPSW 14.03(5) (5) Continuing education hours may apply only to the 2 year license period in which the credit hours are acquired, unless either of the following applies:
MPSW 14.03(5)(a) (a) Continuing education hours required as a consequence of a disciplinary proceeding may not be counted towards the fulfillment of generally applicable continuing education requirements.
MPSW 14.03(5)(b) (b) If the licensee fails to meet the continuing education require the renewal date to satisfy the requirement of the preceding period will not apply to the period in which they are earned.
MPSW 14.03(5)(c) (c) In this chapter "continuing education hour" or "CEH" means a period of continuing education consisting of not less than 50 minutes.
MPSW 14.03(6) (6) To obtain credit for completion of continuing education programs, a professional counselor shall certify on his or her application for renewal of license that he or she has completed all continuing education credits as required in this section for the previous 2 year license period. A licensee shall retain for a minimum period of 4 years, and shall make available to the board or its agent upon request, certificates of attendance issued by the program sponsor for all continuing education programs for which he or she claims credit for purposes of renewal of his or her license.
MPSW 14.03(7) (7) A licensee may apply to the section for a postponement or waiver of the requirements of this chapter on grounds of prolonged illness, disability, or other grounds constituting extreme hardship. The section shall consider each application individually on its merits, and the section may grant a postponement, partial waiver or total waiver as deemed appropriate in the circumstances.
MPSW 14.03(8) (8) The section may grant an exemption from the requirements of this chapter to a licensee who certifies to the section that he or she has permanently retired and no longer uses the title "professional counselor" and no longer practices professional counseling. A licensee who has been granted an exemption from the requirements of this chapter based on retirement may not return to the active practice of professional counseling or use the title "professional counselor" without submitting evidence satisfactory to the section that he or she completed at least 30 continuing education hours for each of the biennia during which the licensee was granted an exemption.
MPSW 14.03(9) (9) The section may conduct audits or investigations, including random audits, to determine compliance by licensees with this chapter.
MPSW 14.03 History History: CR 02-105: cr. Register October 2002 No. 562, eff. 11-1-02; CR 05-119: cr. (4m) and (5) (c) Register September 2006 No. 609, eff. 10-1-06.
MPSW 14.04 MPSW 14.04 Approved continuing education programs. The following continuing education programs and other educational activities are approved as continuing education programs under this chapter:
MPSW 14.04(1) (1) Any continuing education program approved, sponsored or provided by the national rehabilitation counselor association (NRCA), the American rehabilitation counselor association (ARCA), or the Wisconsin rehabilitation counselor association (WRCA).
MPSW 14.04(2) (2) Any continuing education program sponsored by the national board for certified counselors (NBCC) or by a provider approved by NBCC.
MPSW 14.04(3) (3) Any continuing education program approved, sponsored or provided by the American counselor association (ACA) or the Wisconsin counselor association (WCA).
MPSW 14.04(4) (4) Any continuing education program approved by the commission on rehabilitation counselor certification (CBCC).
MPSW 14.04(5) (5) Any continuing education program offered by a college or university accredited by the commission for accreditation of counseling and related educational programs (CACREP).
MPSW 14.04(6) (6) Any continuing education program approved, sponsored or co-sponsored by a presenter approved by the Committee for the Approval of Continuing Education Sponsors of the American Psychological Association.
MPSW 14.04(7) (7) Any educational programs recognized as approved at the time of attendance as "Category I" continuing medical education programs by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association or the American Osteopathic Association.
MPSW 14.04(8) (8) Any educational programs recognized under s. MPSW 8.03 (1m) or 19.02.
MPSW 14.04(9) (9) If approved or recognized by one of the entities in subs. (1) to (8), credit shall also be granted for the following:
MPSW 14.04(9)(a) (a) Formal presentations of relevant professional material at seminars, workshops, programs or institutes, which may include formal presentation and directed discussion of videotaped material: 2 CEHs per hour of continuing education for presenters, but no additional CEHs will be granted for subsequent presentations of the same material.
MPSW 14.04(9)(b) (b) University, college or vocational technical adult education courses, which may include formal presentation and directed discussion of videotaped instruction: 20 CEHs per semester hour or 13.2 CEHs per quarter hour for instructors, but no additional CEHs will be granted for subsequent presentations of the same material.
MPSW 14.04(9)(c) (c) Educational sessions at state and national conferences: 2 CEHs per hour of continuing education for presenters, but no additional CEHs will be granted for subsequent presentations of the same material.
MPSW 14.04(9)(d) (d) Educational telephone network (ETN) courses: 2 CEHs per hour of continuing education for presenters, but no additional CEHs will be granted for subsequent presentations of the same material.
MPSW 14.04(9)(e) (e) Interactive internet courses: 2 CEHs per hour of continuing education for instructors, but no additional CEHs will be granted for subsequent presentations of the same material.
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