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RULE §140.409Standards for Supervised Work Experience

(a) An LCDC applicant must be registered with the department as described in §140.404 and §140.405 of this title (relating to LCDC Licensure Application Standards and Counselor Intern Registration, and Requirements for Counselor Intern Registration) before accumulating supervised work experience.

(b) All supervised work experience obtained in Texas and all chemical dependency counseling services offered or provided by a CI must be completed at a registered CTI or under the supervision of a CCS. The department will not accept hours from an unregistered CTI or from a CCS that has not been certified by the department.

(c) Work experience must be documented on the department's supervised work experience documentation form and signed by a CTI coordinator or a CCS.

  (1) All hours included in the documented supervised work experience must be performed within the KSA dimensions and in compliance with the Professional and Ethical Standards set forth in §140.423 of this title (relating to Professional and Ethical Standards for all License Holders).

  (2) The supervised work experience form must be accompanied by the counselor intern's job description reflecting duties in the KSA dimensions.

(d) Out-of-state supervised work experience will be accepted only if the following conditions are met.

  (1) The applicant is either certified or licensed or in the process of seeking licensure or certification in the other state.

  (2) The standards for clinical supervision of work experience must meet or exceed Texas standards and be outlined in the governing agency's rules or standards. A copy of the governing rules or standards must be submitted with the other required documentation of supervised work experience.

  (3) The supervised work experience must be documented on the department's supervised work experience form or a comparable form used by the governing agency of the other state.

(e) Supervised work experience may be paid or voluntary.

(f) An individual who has completed the 4,000 hours of supervised work experience and is currently eligible to take or retake the examination is a graduate intern and may continue to provide chemical dependency services under the auspices of a registered clinical training institution or a certified clinical supervisor during the five-year registration period.

(g) It is the applicant's responsibility to verify the CTI or CCS holds a valid registration or certification issued by the department.

(h) The department may refuse to accept supervised work experience hours submitted to the department that relate to a violation of the Act or this subchapter for which final disciplinary action has been taken against the CI or the CI's registration under this subchapter.

Source Note: The provisions of this §140.409 adopted to be effective September 9, 2008, 33 TexReg 7520; amended to be effective August 9, 2012, 37 TexReg 5788

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