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RULE §681.2Definitions

The following words and terms, as used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Accredited school--An institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or the United States Department of Education.

  (2) Act--The Licensed Professional Counselor Act, Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 503.

  (3) Art therapy--A form of counseling in which clients use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.

  (4) Board--The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

  (5) Client(s)--A person(s) who requests and receives counseling services from a licensee or who has engaged in a therapeutic relationship with a licensee.

  (6) Consent for services--Process for receiving permission from the legally authorized person who agrees to services.

  (7) Consent Form--A document executed by the legally authorized person to ensure the client is aware of fees and arrangements for payment; counseling purposes, goals, and techniques; restrictions placed on the license by the Council; limits on confidentiality; intent of the licensee to use another individual to provide counseling treatment intervention to the client; supervision of the licensee by another licensed health care professional including the name, address, contact information, and qualifications of the supervisor; and the name, address, and telephone number of the Council for the purpose of reporting violations of the Act or this chapter.

  (8) Council--The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council.

  (9) Counseling-related field--A mental health discipline using human development, psychotherapeutic, and mental health principles including, but not limited to, clinical or counseling psychology, psychiatry, social work, marriage and family therapy, and counseling and guidance. Non-counseling related fields include, but are not limited to, sociology, education, administration, dance therapy and theology.

  (10) Executive Director--The executive director for the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. The executive director may delegate responsibilities to other staff members.

  (11) Direct client contact--Time spent counseling clients.

  (12) Health care professional--Any person licensed, certified, or registered by the state in a health related profession.

  (13) Independent practice--The practice of providing professional counseling services to a client without the supervision of an LPC-S.

  (14) Indirect hours--Time spent in management, administration or other aspects of counseling service ancillary to direct client contact.

  (15) Jurisprudence exam--The Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors Jurisprudence exam. An online exam based upon the statutes and rules relating to the practice of counseling.

  (16) License--An LPC license, LPC license with art therapy specialty designation, or LPC Associate license issued by the Council.

  (17) Licensee---A person who holds an LPC license, LPC license with art therapy specialty designation, or LPC Associate license.

  (18) LPC--Licensed Professional Counselor. A person holding an LPC license as a professional counselor with authority to practice in independent practice.

  (19) LPC Associate--Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. A person who holds an LPC Associate license to practice counseling only under a Council-approved supervisor and not as an independent practitioner.

  (20) Recognized religious practitioner--A rabbi, clergyman, or person of similar status who is a member in good standing of and accountable to a denomination, church, sect or religious organization legally recognized under the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(3) and other individuals participating with them in pastoral counseling if:

    (A) the counseling activities are within the scope of the performance of their regular or specialized ministerial duties and are performed under the auspices of sponsorship of the legally recognized denomination, church, sect, religious organization or an integrated auxiliary of a church as defined in Federal Tax Regulations, 26 Code of Federal Regulations, L1.6033-2(g)(i)(2012);

    (B) the individual providing the service remains accountable to the established authority of that denomination, church, sect, religious organization or integrated auxiliary; and

    (C) the person does not use the title of or hold himself or herself out as a professional counselor.

  (21) Supervisor--An LPC approved by the Council as meeting the requirements set out in §681.93 of this title (relating to Supervisor Requirements) to supervise an LPC Associate.

Source Note: The provisions of this §681.2 adopted to be effective September 1, 2003, 28 TexReg 4134; amended to be effective November 21, 2004, 29 TexReg 10512; amended to be effective September 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 4978; amended to be effective April 27, 2008, 33 TexReg 3268; amended to be effective May 20, 2012, 37 TexReg 3591; amended to be effective December 12, 2013, 38 TexReg 8889; amended to be effective January 12, 2015, 40 TexReg 233; amended to be effective July 14, 2016, 41 TexReg 5057; amended to be effective February 28, 2019, 44 TexReg 844; amended to be effective November 19, 2020, 45 TexReg 8135; amended to be effective February 27, 2022,47 TexReg 770

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