Register November 2011 No. 671
Chapter SPS 161
REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION
SPS 161.01   Applicability.
SPS 161.02   Translation required.
SPS 161.03   General requirements for certification.
SPS 161.04   Counselor applications.
SPS 161.05   Supervisor applications.
SPS 161.06   Prevention applications.
SPS 161.07   Educational equivalencies — substance abuse counselor and intermediate clinical supervisor.
SPS 161.08   Educational equivalencies — clinical substance abuse counselor and independent clinical supervisor.
SPS 161.09   Work experience restrictions.
SPS 161.10   Display of credential.
SPS 161.11   Certification by reciprocity.
Ch. SPS 161 Note Note: Chapter RL 161 was created as an emergency rule effective 9-10-07. Chapter RL 161 was renumbered chapter SPS 161 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
SPS 161.01 SPS 161.01Applicability.
SPS 161.01(1) (1) A person credentialed by the department who treats alcohol or substance dependency or abuse in a clinic certified under ch. DHS 75, shall be a substance abuse counselor-in-training, a substance abuse counselor or a clinical substance abuse counselor, or possess the specialty certification under s. MPSW 1.09.
SPS 161.01(2) (2) All persons employed in positions providing substance use disorder treatment shall be certified under this chapter or under s. MPSW 1.09.
SPS 161.01(3) (3)Chapters SPS 160 to 168 do not apply to any of the following:
SPS 161.01(3)(a) (a) A physician, as defined in s. 448.01 (5), Stats., who practices as a substance abuse clinical supervisor, or provides substance use disorder counseling, treatment, or prevention services within the scope of his or her license.
SPS 161.01(3)(b) (b) A licensed clinical social worker, as defined in s. 457.01 (1r), Stats., a licensed professional counselor as defined in s. 457.01 (7), Stats., or a licensed marriage and family therapist as defined in s. 457.01 (3), Stats., who provides substance use disorder counseling, treatment, or prevention services within the scope of his or her credential.
SPS 161.01(3)(c) (c) A licensed psychologist, as defined in s. 455.01 (4), Stats., who practices as a substance abuse clinical supervisor, or provides substance use disorder counseling, treatment, or prevention services within the scope of his or her license.
SPS 161.01(4) (4) Until January 1, 2011, a licensed clinical social worker as defined in s. 457.01 (1r), Stats., who worked as a clinical supervisor as defined in s. DHS 75.02 (11) (a), in a ch. DHS 75 clinic prior to December 1, 2007, may act as a clinical supervisor and provide clinical supervision under chs. SPS 160 to 168.
SPS 161.01 History History: CR 07-031: cr. Register November 2007 No. 623, eff. 12-1-07; corrections in (1) and (4) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register April 2009 No. 640; correction in (3) (intro.), (4) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
SPS 161.02 SPS 161.02Translation required. An application for certification is incomplete until all materials requested are received by the department, in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.
SPS 161.02 History History: CR 07-031: cr. Register November 2007 No. 623, eff. 12-1-07.
SPS 161.03 SPS 161.03General requirements for certification. The department shall not grant any certificate under this chapter unless the applicant does all of the following:
SPS 161.03(1) (1) Submits an application for the certificate to the department on a form provided by the department.
SPS 161.03 Note Note: Applications are available on request from the department at 1400 East Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 8935, Madison, Wisconsin 53708, or from the department's website at: http://dsps.wi.gov.
SPS 161.03(2) (2) Pays the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1), Stats.
SPS 161.03(3) (3) Meets the qualifications established by the department for the credential sought.
SPS 161.03(4) (4) For applicants who have a pending criminal charge or have been convicted of a crime under the laws of this state or any other state or of the United States or any other country, submits all information necessary for the department to determine whether the circumstances of the pending criminal charge or conviction are substantially related to the duties of the credentialed activity.
SPS 161.03 History History: CR 07-031: cr. Register November 2007 No. 623, eff. 12-1-07.
SPS 161.04 SPS 161.04Counselor applications.
SPS 161.04(1) (1)Substance abuse counselor-in-training. An applicant for certification as a substance abuse counselor-in-training shall submit evidence satisfactory to the department that all of the following have been met:
SPS 161.04(1)(a) (a) That the applicant has a high school diploma, an HSED or GED.
SPS 161.04(1)(b) (b) Successful passage of an ethics, boundaries and jurisprudence examination developed or approved by the department.
SPS 161.04(1)(c) (c) Successful completion of 100 hours of specialized education in the transdisciplinary foundations in compliance with s. SPS 166.02. An organized educational field experience program from an accredited school fulfills this requirement.
SPS 161.04(1)(d) (d) Current employment, a written offer of employment or an agreement authorizing volunteer hours at an agency providing substance use disorder treatment. The applicant's clinical supervisor shall review the education submitted pursuant to par. (c), and attest that the education submitted by the applicant fulfills the requirements of s. SPS 166.02.
SPS 161.04(2) (2)Substance abuse counselor.
SPS 161.04(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), an applicant for certification as a substance abuse counselor shall submit evidence satisfactory to the department of all of the following:
SPS 161.04(2)(a)1. 1. Successful passage of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse written counselor examination.
SPS 161.04(2)(a)2. 2. That the applicant has a high school diploma, an HSED or GED.
SPS 161.04(2)(a)3. 3. Completion of 4,000 hours of work experience performing the practice dimensions, supervised by an individual defined in s. SPS 162.02 (1), within 5 years immediately preceding the date of application. Experience in excess of 40 hours per week or 2,000 hours per year does not count in meeting the experience requirement. The 4,000 hours shall include all of the following:
SPS 161.04(2)(a)3.a. a. Two thousand hours in performing the practice dimensions with patients who have a primary substance use disorder diagnosis.
SPS 161.04(2)(a)3.b. b. One thousand hours in substance use disorder counseling with at least 500 hours in a one-on-one individual modality setting.
SPS 161.04(2)(a)3.c. c. A minimum of 200 hours of counseling during the 12 month period immediately preceding the date of application, of which 100 hours shall have been completed using an individual modality setting.
SPS 161.04(2)(a)4. 4. Completion of the requirements of s. SPS 166.03. An applicant who previously held a certificate from the Wisconsin Certification Board, Inc., and can provide documentation of accumulation of 100 or more hours of approved specialized education as of March 1, 2007, may submit proof of completion of the balance of the 360 hours specified in s. SPS 166.03 from sources other than a comprehensive program.
SPS 161.04(2)(b) (b) An applicant for certification as a substance abuse counselor who is previously credentialed by the marriage and family therapy, professional counseling and social work examining board shall submit evidence satisfactory to the department of fulfilling the requirements of s. MPSW 1.09.
SPS 161.04(3) (3)Clinical substance abuse counselor. An applicant for certification as a clinical substance abuse counselor shall submit evidence satisfactory to the department of all of the following:
SPS 161.04(3)(a) (a) Successful passage of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse written counselor certification examination taken on or after June 1, 2008. If the written examination was taken before June 1, 2008, an applicant shall have either successfully passed the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium case presentation method interview on or before December 31, 2008, or have successfully retaken the written counselor certification examination on or after June 1, 2008.
SPS 161.04 Note Note: Prior to June 1, 2008, to receive a clinical substance abuse counselor credential, an applicant had to pass a written counselor examination and a case presentation method oral interview (oral examination) authorized by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Effective June 1, 2008, the IC&RC withdrew its authorization for the oral examination and instead requires an applicant to complete an updated written counselor examination which includes a section to replace the oral examination. Pursuant to an agreement between the department and the IC&RC, applicants who took the written examination prior to June 1, 2008, were able to complete the oral examination until December 31, 2008.
SPS 161.04(3)(b) (b) Completion of 7,000 hours of patient counseling experience performing the practice dimensions as a substance abuse counselor, supervised by an individual defined in s. SPS 162.02 (1), within 5 years immediately preceding the date of application. The 7,000 hours shall include 2,000 hours in direct, in person substance use disorder patient counseling. Experience in excess of 40 hours per week or 2,000 hours per year does not count in meeting the experience requirement.
SPS 161.04(3)(c) (c) As specified in s. SPS 166.03, attendance and completion of 360 hours of approved specialized education in substance use disorder counseling within a comprehensive program covering the transdisciplinary foundations and practice or attendance and completion of 360 hours of approved specialized education in substance use disorder counseling within a degree program approved by the department in a field with an addiction emphasis or concentration in clinical counseling.
SPS 161.04(3)(d) (d) An applicant who previously held a certificate from the Wisconsin Certification Board, Inc., and can provide documentation of accumulation of 100 or more hours of approved specialized education as of March 1, 2007, may submit proof of completion of the balance of the 360 hours from sources other than a comprehensive program.
SPS 161.04(3)(f) (f) Successful passage of an ethics, boundaries and jurisprudence examination developed or approved by the department.
SPS 161.04(3)(g) (g) Graduation from an accredited school with an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in a behavioral science field.
SPS 161.04 History History: CR 07-031: cr. Register November 2007 No. 623, eff. 12-1-07; EmR0819: emerg. renum. (3) (a) to be (3) (a) 1. and am., cr. (3) (a) 2., r. (3) (e), eff. 6-18-08; CR 08-094: am. (3) (a), r. (3) (e) Register April 2009 No. 640, eff. 5-1-09; correction in (1) (c), (d), (2) (a) 3. (intro.), 4., (3) (b), (c) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
SPS 161.05 SPS 161.05Supervisor applications.
SPS 161.05(1) (1)Clinical supervisor-in-training. An applicant for certification as a clinical supervisor-in-training shall submit evidence satisfactory to the department of all of the following:
SPS 161.05(1)(a) (a) Current employment, a written offer of employment or an agreement authorizing volunteer hours at an agency providing substance use disorder treatment service as a clinical supervisor of counselors certified under this section or under s. MPSW 1.09.
SPS 161.05(1)(b) (b) Successful passage of an ethics, boundaries and jurisprudence examination developed or approved by the department.
SPS 161.05(1)(c) (c) Current certification as one of the following:
SPS 161.05(1)(c)1. 1. A clinical substance abuse counselor.
SPS 161.05(1)(c)2. 2. A professional counselor, marriage and family therapist or social worker holding a credential under ch. 457, Stats., at the master's level or higher with the specialty authorization of s. MPSW 1.09.
SPS 161.05(1)(d) (d) Completion of 2,000 hours of patient counseling experience performing the practice dimensions as a clinical substance abuse counselor, supervised by an individual defined in s. SPS 162.02 (1), within 5 years immediately preceding the date of application. The 2,000 hours shall include 200 hours in direct, in person substance use disorder patient counseling. Experience in excess of 40 hours per week or 2,000 hours per year does not count in meeting the experience requirement.
SPS 161.05(2) (2)Intermediate clinical supervisor. An applicant for certification as an intermediate clinical supervisor shall submit evidence satisfactory to the department of all of the following:
SPS 161.05(2)(a) (a) Current certification as one of the following:
SPS 161.05(2)(a)1. 1. A clinical substance abuse counselor.
SPS 161.05(2)(a)2. 2. A professional counselor, marriage and family therapist or social worker holding a credential under ch. 457, Stats., at the master's level or higher with the specialty authorization of s. MPSW 1.09.
SPS 161.05(2)(b) (b) Verification of one year clinical supervisory experience as the supervisor of counselors certified under this section or under s. MPSW 1.09. Clinical supervisory experience obtained after December 15, 2009, shall be supervised by an intermediate clinical supervisor, an independent clinical supervisor, a physician, or a psychologist who practices as a substance abuse clinical supervisor within the scope of his or her license. This year shall include the provision of 200 contact hours of in person clinical supervision.
SPS 161.05(2)(c) (c) Verification of 30 hours of classroom training in clinical supervision. This shall include a minimum of 6 hours of training in each of the following domains:
SPS 161.05(2)(c)1. 1. Assessment or evaluation.
SPS 161.05(2)(c)2. 2. Counselor development.
SPS 161.05(2)(c)3. 3. Management or administration.
SPS 161.05(2)(c)4. 4. Professional responsibility.
SPS 161.05(2)(d) (d) Completion of 2,000 hours of patient counseling experience performing the practice dimensions as a clinical substance abuse counselor, supervised by an individual defined in s. SPS 162.02 (1), within 5 years immediately preceding the date of application.
SPS 161.05(2)(d)1. 1. Experience in excess of 40 hours per week or 2,000 hours per year does not count in meeting the experience requirement.
SPS 161.05(2)(d)2. 2. The hours referred to in this paragraph shall include 200 hours in direct, in person substance use disorder patient counseling.
SPS 161.05(2)(e) (e) Successful passage of the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium written clinical supervisor certification examination.
SPS 161.05(2)(f) (f) Successful passage of an ethics, boundaries and jurisprudence examination developed or approved by the department.
SPS 161.05(3) (3)Independent clinical supervisor. An applicant for certification as an independent clinical supervisor shall submit evidence satisfactory to the department of all of the following:
SPS 161.05(3)(a) (a) Successful passage of an ethics, boundaries and jurisprudence examination developed or approved by the department.
SPS 161.05(3)(b) (b) The applicant holds a current certificate listed in subd. 1. or 2. with verification of 10,000 hours of counseling experience within a period of no less than 5 years. This experience shall include at least completion of 2,000 hours of patient counseling experience performing the practice dimensions as a clinical substance abuse counselor, supervised by an individual defined in s. SPS 162.02 (1), within 5 years immediately preceding the date of application. The 2,000 hours shall include 200 hours in direct, in person substance use disorder patient counseling. Experience in excess of 40 hours per week or 2,000 hours per year does not count in meeting the experience requirement.
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