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 February 6th & 7th, 2007

 

ROLL CALL: Tuesday February 6

 

Roberta Crockett, M.A., Chairman

Bobbie Birdsall, Ph.D.

Brenda Freeman, Ph.D.

Eric Jones, Ph.D

Nina Woods, Ed.S.

Kathryn T. Hill, Public Member (absent)

 

BUREAU STAFF PRESENT

Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

Bill Schaefer, Deputy Bureau Chief

Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

Emily Mac Master, Deputy Attorney General

Deborah Sexton, Board Secretary

 

Guests:

Chantel Jones, Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA)

Jill Mitchell, Idaho Association of Marriage & Family Therapy

Mathew Heindel

Mark Welch

 

Chairman Roberta Crockett called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and welcomed Nina Woods to the Board.  Ms. Woods replaced Dr. Fischer on the Board.

 

Ms. Crockett also welcomed the new Bureau Chief Tana Cory. Ms. Cory extended the welcome and gave a brief introduction.

 

The Board reviewed the October 3rd & 4th minutes and made some corrections.  Moved by Dr. Freeman to approve the minutes as amended.  Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hales gave a brief update on the proposed Rule changes.  Noting the rules had been approved by both committees and would go into affect after the Legislature adjourns. 

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report which is available to the public on the Bureau’s website at www.ibol.idaho.gov.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report that indicated:

 

FY2007:  To date, nine (9) complaints have been received. Of those, one (1) is pending legal review; six (6) remain under investigation; and two (2) await Board determination.
FY-2006:  Thirteen (13) complaints were received. Of those, two (2) have been closed subsequent to Board determination; two (2) are pending legal review; and nine (9) remain under investigation. 
FY-2005:  Twenty-eight (28) complaints were received.  Of those twelve (12) have been closed subsequent to Board determination; two (2) were closed subsequent to disciplinary action; four (4) are pending legal review; and ten (10) remain under investigation. 
FY-2004:  Twenty-six (26) complaints were received.  Of those, nineteen (19) have been closed subsequent to Board determination; three (3) were closed subsequent to disciplinary action; two (2) are pending legal review; and two (2) remain under investigation.
FY-2003:  Twenty-one (21) complaints were received.  Of those, fourteen (14) have been closed subsequent to Board determination; three (3) were closed subsequent to disciplinary action; two (2) are pending legal review; and two (2) remain under investigation.

COMPLAINT ISSUES:

Unlicensed practice - 15
Violating Board Order - 2
Misrepresentation - 4
Professional Relationships - 3
Competency - 15
Scope of Practice - 3
Sexual Misconduct - 1
Confidentiality - 10
Consent / Solicitation - 9
Client Relationships - 9
Evaluations / Assessments - 13
Fees / Billings - 5
Records / Files - 2
False Application – 2

Conviction / Discipline - 3
Continuing Ed – 1

Dr. Birdsall moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-P4A-2-2007-2. Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Dr. Jones moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint

COU-L1C-2-2007-3. Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

The Board discussed license exemptions and will follow up at the next board meeting. 

 

Ms. Mac Master presented COU-2006-3.  Dr. Birdsall moved to accept the stipulation and consent order in the matter of Jason Munzke.  Seconded by Ms. Woods, motion carried.

 

The Board discussed their concerns over the growing number of unprofessional conduct in connection with e-mail. Dr. Freeman suggested asking the professional associations to consider adding programs at conferences that address electronic communication.

 

Mathew Heindel addressed the Board with concerns he had about his application.

 

The Board discussed clarification on graduate and post graduate supervision.  The Board reiterated that the schools are responsible to regulate and qualify their supervisors for the Practicum and Internships and are not under the provisions of the Board.  Post graduate supervision however falls under the requirements of the law and purview of the board and does affect applicants.   

 

The Board requested Ms. Crockett draft a letter to be sent out to the department chairs regarding graduate/post-graduate supervision. 

 

The Board briefly discussed distance counseling and informed consent.  A sample will be reviewed in May and then posted on the web.

 

Mr. Hales presented follow-up to Mark Welch’s concerns. Mr. Hales is continuing to do research on the First Amendment issue and will have a memo that narrows down the requirements and limitations of the First Amendment as it relates to the Board at their next meeting.

 

Mr. Hales reviewed the Continuing Education, special exemption Rule 425.05.  The Board will further discuss this Rule at their May meeting. 

 

The Board discussed the entire complaint process, from initial receipt through formal discipline.  Mr. Hetrick stated that the Board makes a final determination on all complaints. Once an investigation is conducted, a Bureau review is conducted. If that review concludes that no evidence of a violation was revealed, a blind review of the matter is presented to the Board with a recommendation for closure. Mr. Hetrick noted that any complaint investigations that reveal evidence of a violation are sent to the Office of the Attorney General for legal review.  Following their review, the Deputy Attorney General brings a blind review of the matter to the Board with a recommendation.  Once the Board determines that disciplinary action is appropriate, the Deputy Attorney General will either pursue a consent agreement which comes back to the Board for consideration, or a formal complaint is filed and a disciplinary hearing is scheduled.  The Board then receives a Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommended Order from the hearing officer for review and final determination.

 

Dr. Jones moved that Ms. Crockett draft a letter to Mark Welch acknowledging receipt and consideration of his concerns, and also directing Mr. Welch to review the complaint process that is posted on the Bureau website at www.ibol.idaho.gov.  Seconded by Ms. Woods, motion carried.

 

The Board broke for lunch.

 

The Board reconvened. 

 

The Board discussed Psycho Social Rehabilitation (PSR).  The Board has not changed their position on PSR but is trying to more clearly define “counseling in nature”.  The Board has requested the Bureau add a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ’s) page to the website that will include a section on PSR. 

 

The Board discussed retirement/inactive license status.  Dr. Birdsall will research other States rules and regulations regarding this issue and bring the information to the Board at their next meeting to possibly write a rule on retirement/inactive status.

 

The Board reviewed a correspondence requesting a waiver of continuing education.  Dr. Jones moved to grant a waiver.  Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall reported on the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCAB) conference.  The Board discussed the attendance at conferences and may decide to only send 1 member depending on the agenda and location. 

 

Ms. Woods will be attending the next Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) conference, which is being held September 5th & 6th in Atlanta, GA. 

 

The Board will discuss sending a representative to the next AASCAB conference, which is being held January 10th – 12th 2008, in New Orleans, LA. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 4 p.m.

 

 

ROLL CALL: Wednesday February 7

 

Roberta Crockett, M.A., Chairman

Bobbie Birdsall, Ph.D.

Brenda Freeman, Ph.D.

Eric Jones, Ph.D

Nina Woods, Ed.S.

Kathryn T. Hill, Lay Member (absent)

 

BUREAU STAFF PRESENT

Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

Bill Schaefer, Deputy Bureau Chief

Marcie McGinty, Investigations Coordinator

Deborah Sexton, Board Secretary

 

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

 

The Board further discussed issues presented by Mark Welch.

 

The Board is requesting an annual budget summary. Dr. Freeman will meet with Budd in regards to this matter.

 

The Board suggested the Bureau consider that disciplinary action on the web site also indicate that the licensee has complied with all stipulations set forth in the order.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to enter into executive session to review applications that are exempt from public disclosure.  Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Dr. Jones moved to enter into regular session.  Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

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

 

The next board meeting is scheduled for May 1st & 2nd, at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

 

APPROVED FOR LICENSES

 

~LPC~

 

MICHAEL S. MC CRACKEN

CORY B. WOOLSTENHULME

KARLA M. WADE

MECHE G. BROWNLOW

MEGAN LYNOTT

KENTON GRAY

AUDREY A. SWAYZE

SUSAN GREENOUGH

CORRIE CAMPA

HILLARY LOCKE

MELISSA ODEGARD

DEANNA FOFANOFF

DOUG BRECTO

MELANIE WHETSTINE BURT

ASHLEY BURCHETT

REBECCA KOLTZ

NADINE DILWORTH

LISA MCCUE-PUGRUD

MIRANDA WILLIAMS

JEREMY CLARK

HEATHER THOMPSON

DIANA DOUMAS

DE ANN CHRISTIAN

MELANIE TWITE

WENDY B. KIRKHAM

BETHENA BOETTCHER

 

~LCPC~

 

REBECCA CADY

ANGELA HOOPS

DAVID E. POTTER

JEFFREY B. COCKAYNE

RYAN S. HOSEID

DOUGLAS L. STEELE

CARRIE THOMAS SCOTT

KEVIN A. GALBRAITH

JO ANNE SHERMAN

RICARDO GAMEZ

CURTIS GARNER

HILDING OHRSTROM

LINDA SHOOK

 

~LMFT~

 

MATHEW HEINDEL

WILLIAM T. BARKER

ELLEN M. TRACY

 

~INTERNS~

 

ROBERT MORRISSETTE

MERLE BUCKLAND

JEFFREY KUKUK

NANCY ROTH