IDAHO STATE BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho 83702-5642
(208) 334-3233
FAX (208) 334-3945

Regular Board Minutes of October 3rd & 4th, 2006

 

Tuesday October 3

ROLL CALL:

Roberta Crockett, M.A., Chairman

Jerome Fischer, Ph.D.

Bobbie Birdsall Ph.D.

Brenda Freeman, Ph.D.

Kathryn T. Hill                                                                                                                      

Eric Jones, Ph.D. (absent)

 

BUREAU STAFF PRESENT:

Deborah Sexton, Technical Records Specialist 1

 

Guest:

Ken Calhoun Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA)  

 

Chairman Roberta Crockett called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

 

Ken Calhoun President-Elect of IMHCA introduced himself to the Board. 

 

Dr. Fischer moved to enter into executive session to review applications exempt from public disclosure and discuss a pending litigation. 

Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried. 

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to exit executive session.  Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

The Board recessed for lunch 12:00 p.m.

 

The Board reconvened at 1:00 p.m.

 

Dr. Freeman moved to enter into executive session to review applications exempt from public disclosure.  Seconded by Ms. Hill, motion carried.

 

Ms. Hill moved to exit executive session.  Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to license those applicants who were approved by the Board and to send letters to the applicants requiring additional information.  Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday October 4

ROLL CALL:

Roberta Crockett, M.A., Chairman

Jerome Fischer, Ph.D.

Bobbie Birdsall Ph.D.

Brenda Freeman, Ph.D.

Kathryn T. Hill

Eric Jones, Ph.D. (absent)

 

BUREAU STAFF PRESENT

Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

Karl Klein, Deputy Attorney General

Deborah Sexton, Technical Records Specialist 1

 

Guests:

Dana Hunt-Unruh, Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA)

Jill Mitchell, Idaho Association of Marriage & Family Therapy

 

Chairman Roberta Crockett called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

 

The Board reviewed the July 18th & 19th 2006 minutes and discussed corrections.  Dr. Fischer moved to approve the minutes as corrected.  Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

Ms. Jacobsen gave a brief legislative update noting that the Rules requested by the Board which includes a fee increase, had been approved, submitted and published.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to have postcards be sent out to licensees regarding the fee increase.  Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
Ms. Jacobsen presented the investigative report as outlined below:
FY2007:  To date, two (2) complaints have been received, both of which remain under investigation..
FY-2006:  Thirteen (13) complaints were received. Of those, two (2) have been closed subsequent to Board determination; and eleven (11)

remain under investigation. 
FY-2005:  Twenty-eight (28) complaints were received.  Of those twelve (12) have been closed subsequent to Board determination; five (5)

were referred for formal action; and eleven (11) remain open and under investigation. 
FY-2004:  Twenty-six (26) complaints were received.  Of those, nineteen (19) have been closed subsequent to Board determination; five (5)

were referred for formal action; and two (2) remain open and under investigation.
FY-2003:  Twenty-one (21) complaints were received.  Of those, fourteen (14) have been closed subsequent to Board determination; four (4)

were referred for formal action; and three (3) remain under investigation.
There are four (4) pending disciplinary matters.

 

Ms. Crockett asked for an update on a request the Board made previously that the Bureau meet with Mr. Welch to address concerns he had.         Ms. Jacobsen stated that Mr. Hetrick had met with Mr. Welch and believed at that time the issues had been addressed.

 

Mr. Hales reported that he had spoken with Mr. Welch and explained the disciplinary process and invited him to address the Board. 

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Ms. Jacobsen presented the financial report noting we are in the 3rd month of the 2007 fiscal year.  The beginning cash budget is $165,000

with $38,141.91 in expenses and revenue of $29,705.00 so the cash balance has decreased noting that after another quarter the Board should begin to see an increase in revenue.

 

Deputy Attorney General Karl Klein presented the Board with case # COU-2006-3.  The Board rejected the consent & stipulation order

pending further provisions.

 

The Board discussed possible future Rule changes specifically to adding language to the endorsement Rule 300.08 to state 100 hours of                  continuing education in a 5 year period and also updating the current list of regional accrediting bodies where the entities have slightly

changed their names in Rule 150.01.e.

 

Dr. Fischer moved review of Rule 150.01.a.iv at a later date, specifically to applicants showing evidence and covering all 8 areas.  Seconded

by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

Ms. Crockett noted in terms of Marriage and Family Therapy, course curriculum cannot be split across content areas.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to enter executive session to discuss potential litigation and documents that are exempt from public disclosure.  Seconded

by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a correspondence letter on Psycho-Social Rehabilitation (PSR).  The Board has previously emphasized that as long as

PSR was done within the “Scope of Practice” (i.e. counseling in nature) and meets the requirements in Statute 54-3401 it could count.  The

Board also stated the agreement needs to be reached between the supervisor and the applicant about what kinds of experiences are

appropriate for licensure. 

 

The Board noted that supervisors need to be very cognizant that any PSR hours counted meet the “counseling in nature” criteria and fit

within the Scope of Practice.  The Board suggested a Frequently Asked Question’s or FAQ’s link be added on the internet to summarize what position the Board is currently taking concerning PSR.   

 

The Board requested Ms. Crockett draft a letter to Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association reinforcing the Board’s decision concerning PSR. 

 

Dr. Fischer moved to amend the Evaluation & Verification of Supervised Experience form under section E to include another check box with

PSR (counseling in nature only).  Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

The Board discussed a retirement and/or inactive status for licensees.  The Board referred to the Chiropractors Rule 300.02. 

 

Dr. Freeman moved to keep the inactive and/or retirement issue on the agenda for further discussion.  Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried. 

 

The Board discussed continuing education and the question posed “What if I take a course which wasn’t pre approved”?  The Board determined

it is possible that if you were audited it “may” be approved however it is possible the Board could reject it.  The Board suggested that those

giving workshops and seminars on a continual basis become certified with NBCC which is an already approved provider.  The Board noted

while there is paperwork involved it is not difficult and would be less time consuming than proposing a workshop to the Board each time. 

 

Ms. Crockett reported on the Association of Marriage & Family Regulatory Board meeting that Dr. Jones and Ms. Crockett attended in Alexandria.  Portability was discussed, with a focus more on regional groups.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to implement the use of electronically generated signatures for the Board regarding wall certificates.  Seconded by Ms.

Hill, motion carried.  

 

 The Board discussed The Counselor Supervisor Requirements Rule 200.03.a and asked that it be added to the agenda for further discussion

and possible Rule change. 

 

The Board met with Mr. Welch to address concerns he had regarding ethical issues.  The Board noted they would review the information

Mr. Welch had presented and would follow up at the next board meeting. 

 

The Board discussed the process of formulating the agenda.  Mr. Hales stated in the past the chair has been responsible for formulating the agenda.  The purpose of requesting the nature of business from someone wishing to address the Board is for purposes of allotting time and allowing for any preparation that may be necessary to conduct business and not for censoring or to limit speech.  Mr. Hales noted he would

review the information and bring his findings to the Board at the next meeting.

 

The AASCB will meet in January and Dr. Freeman and Dr. Birdsall will be in attendance. 

 

The Idaho Counselor Association will meet in January with Dr. Fischer and Dr. Jones in attendance and Dr. Birdsall possibly attending.

 

The next Board meeting will be held on February 6th & 7th 2007.  With the 1st day conducting Board business and the 2nd day for review of applications.

 

Dr. Fischer moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

Meeting adjourned at 12pm