Professional Counseling: State Rules & Regulations.
For your initial thread, summarize 3 statutes/rules for your state that you find interesting.
DB 1 Instructions (Module 1)
Topic: State Rules & Regulations Pertaining to Professional Counseling
Question/Prompt: For this assignment, you will learn how to access your state board of counseling website and state board of education website. An important part of being a licensed professional is knowing the laws and regulations that govern what you can and cannot do in your state. All licensed professionals are responsible for knowing and abiding by all rules and regulations that pertain to professional counseling.
To complete this assignment, you will need to access your state board of counseling website and state board of education website (school counseling specialty).
You can easily do this by searching online for your state website. For example, to find the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors, you could do an online search using that phrase.
Once you are at your state’s website, look for your state’s rules and regulations related to professional counseling. Look under tabs with titles such as “rules and regulations,” “laws governing professional counseling,” or “statutes/rules.”
Open the document and read through the statutes/rules for professional counseling that relate to your state. For more instructions, see “How to Find Your State Board of Counseling’s Rules and Regulations” under Additional Materials in Module/Week
1. For your initial thread, summarize 3 statutes/rules for your state that you find interesting.
- Why are these rules interesting to you?
- Do you agree or disagree with the rules?
Provide support for your comments by including relevant information from other academic sources. Make certain to properly cite this information.
At the bottom of your thread you MUST provide a direct link to your state’s statutes and rules. Do the same for your state department of education as it relates to school counseling (e.g., you may search “Virginia School Counseling Regulations”).
Example of outline
Topic: Three Statutes/Rules From My State
Rule #1 (Heading)
Rule #2 (Heading)
Rule #3 (Heading)
Reply: Read over several of the rules and regulations from your classmates’ states.
- Compare and contrast their regulations to your own. Maybe you agree or disagree. Make certain to support your comments by including relevant information from other sources and make certain to properly cite this information.
Required components of initial and reply posts or you will lose points
1. Please use headings in your initial post
2. Identify what question or topic you are responding to at the top of the initial posts.
3. Follow APA 7th edition guidelines for professional papers
4. The use of information from other sources. You are in a graduate level course which means you should provide support for your comments and opinions. All information from other sources must be properly cited in the body of the posts as well as at the end of the post.
5. Word count – Initial posts – A minimum of 350 – 400 words
Reply posts – A minimum of 250 – 300 words.
Closing of Practice
In South Carolina, the rule about the closure of counseling services among the professionals was a rule that struck my attention. The regulation was peculiar since there were no particular statutes that were addressing the issue. Nevertheless, the segment went ahead to discuss the confines in which the contract should be terminated. Firstly, the client should be referred to other services when necessary to consider the ethical conduct of confidentiality. Further, the rule suggested that the records should be maintained or destroyed as it suits them. In particular, each practitioner must develop a procedure in disposing of the files due to medical and retirement purposes (Osborn et al., 2016). When any query arises regarding the records, then the practitioner’s Attorney must respond to them. I am convinced with the rule, and I agree with the insights highlighted since they guarantee professionalism in case of early contract termination.
Accordingly, the rules and regulations guarding the issuance of the license in the sector was a provocative statement. Notably, the particulars of the clause were intriguing since the intern was required to have interacted with clients for more than 300 hours. Ideally, half of the interactions must be related to couples seeking professional services together. The ordeal was exciting since the aspect of confidentiality was not included in the development of the rule. However, the interns applying for the license were required to have complemented a minimum of nine semester hours (Osborn et al., 2016). Also, the applicants must provide clinical assessment reports through their supervisors. The client’s cohort must range from individuals, couples, and families. Therefore I agree with the regulation since it defines the need to hire professional relational counselors who will deliver unique services to South Carolina’s.
Service delivery through Electronic Means
The clause appeared exciting and challenging to me since the aspect of confidentiality and records came into play. The practitioner must be licensed in South Carolina before attempting to deliver services through any media outlet (“SCLLR”, 2020). Thus, the second step will be to assess the locality of the client, which in most cases, is expected to be outside the local borders. Additionally, inquiries must be posted to the licensure board in the client’s locality to verify such services’ acceptance within the said jurisdiction. After verifications, the counselor can then proceed with their duty (Tait, 2016). Overall I agree with the rule since it defines computer security as a critical issue to be monitored once the practice is executed through media assisted mechanisms.
Osborn, D., Kronholz, J., Finklea, J., & Cantonis, A. (2016). Technology-Savvy Career Counselling. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 55(4), 258-265. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0038160
SCLLR. Llr.sc.gov. (2020). Retrieved 25 August 2020, from https://llr.sc.gov/cou/laws.aspx.
Tait, A. (2016). Face-to-face and at a distance: The Mediation of Guidance and Counselling through the New Technologies. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 27(1), 113-122. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069889908259719