MINUTES OF AUGUST 20, 2004

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS BOARD OF EXAMINERS

APPROVED 10/19/2004

The meeting was called to order by B Roberts at 11:10 a.m. A roll call was taken and a quorum was present.

Guests: Anthony Williams, LPC, LMFT, NW Chapter of LCA, Vice Chair

Members present:                           Staff present:

B Roberts, Chair                             Eddye Boeneke

P Ceasar, VP                                  Lin Falcon

G Bockrath, Secy

C Gagnon                                         Absent:

T Moore                                          T Remley

L Pearlmutter                                   J Williams

A Cole

Agenda

C Gagnon made a motion to accept the agenda for August. Seconded by P Ceasar. Approved by the board. No abstentions.

Board Minutes

C Gagnon made a motion to approve the minutes from the June meeting. Seconded by P Ceasar. Approved by the board. No abstentions.

Financial Report

B Roberts reviewed the financial reports from the June and July meeting. C Gagnon made a motion to accept the financial report. Seconded by P Ceasar. Approved by the board. No abstentions.

AdHoc Committee on Complaints/Disciplinary Affairs

Review of Complaints/Disciplinary Affairs - T Remley/J Williams

Disciplinary report remains the same for August.

LPC 01/02-8 Unauthorized practice case. Case is being investigated.

LPC 01/02-9 Complaint against LPC for unprofessional conduct. Case is being investigated.

LPC 01/02-14 Complaint against LPC for unprofessional conduct. Case is being investigated.

LPC 02/03-1 Complaint against LPC for unprofessional conduct. Case is being investigated.

LPC 02/03-4 Unauthorized practice case. Case is being investigated.

LPC 02/03-7 Complaint against LPC for Unprofessional Conduct. Case is being investigated.

LPC 02/03-9 Unauthorized practice case. Case is being investigated.

LPC 02/03-10 Complaint against LPC for Unprofessional Conduct. Case is being investigated.

LPC 03/04-1 Unauthorized practice case. Case is being investigated.

LPC 03/04-2 Complaint against LPC for Unprofessional Conduct. Case is being investigated.

LPC 03/04-4 Unauthorized practice case. Case is being investigated.

LPC/LMFT 03/04-9 Complaint against LPC for Unprofessional Conduct. Case is being investigated.

LPC 03/04-10 Complaint against LPC for Unprofessional Conduct. Case is being investigated

LPC/LMFT 03/04-11 Complaint against LPC for Unprofessional Conduct. Case is being investigated.

Ad Hoc Committee on Licensure and Supervision - C Gagnon

It was reported that 85 folders were reviewed for LPC.

25 Approved for LPC License

2 Denied for License

48 Registered for Supervision

2 Denied for Supervision

8 Changing Supervisors

It was reported that 38 folders were reviewed for LMFT

9 Approved for LMFT

2 Denied for License

13 MFT Interns Approved

13 MFT Interns Denied for Supervision

1 Changing Supervisor

Debra Whatley, Counselor Intern - is requesting to be licensed as an LPC. Ms. Whatley applied to the board to be approved to change supervisors in August of 2003. The board did not approve her changing supervisors because she lacked a Documentation of Experience Form filled out by her current supervisor before her folder could be reviewed by the board. We wrote to Ms. Whatley advising her of what we needed for her folder to be reviewed. We never received the Documentation of Experience Form. Ms. Whatley began counseling under the supervision of a new supervisor without approval from the board. She is now applying for licensure using hours that were accrued with a new supervisor that was not approved by the board. C Gagnon made a motion to send correspondence to Ms. Whatley asking for detailed documentation (list) of direct hours, indirect hours, and supervision hours, with dates, times and place from May 02 to June 04. Seconded by T Moore. Approved by the board.

C Gagnon made a motion to accept the report on licensure/supervision for LPC/LMFT. Approved by the board. No abstentions.

AdHoc Committee on Privileging - C Gagnon, B Roberts

No one applied to be privileged.

AdHoc Committee on Correspondence - G Bockrath

Kenneth Benedik, President, LCA - forwarded a copy of the letter that was sent to Governor Blanco, or to submitting Connie Sanders name for the member-at-large slot on the board.

LSU Health Sciences Center, David Boyle, PhD, LPC, LMFT - Dr. Boyle is asking for pre-approval of his academic activities to count towards renewal of his LMFT license. The board does not pre-approve continuing education for renewal of license. He will have to read the rules Chapter 35 ß3503 of Sub-part 2 of the rules.

R. Craig Fredin, LPC, LMFT - Is asking if he attends the training provided at the AAMFT annual conference which would include the 15-hour interactional component of the course requirement for the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation, will this training meet requirements for becoming an LMFT Supervisor? The requirements are 15 hours diadactic and 15 hours of interactional. Mr. Fredin would only be half way to fulfillment of the requirements. We will let him know he would need 15 hours of diadactic.

Call for Programs for AASCB - C Gagnon reported that he filled out the paperwork to do a presentation on what we have done to facilitate getting the Professional Counselor 1,2,3, and 4 into Civil Service. B Roberts will be the program chair. All the board members have been included.

LCA Conference, Diane Austin - The board will present on Tuesday, October 5th at 10:30 AM, in Lafayette, LA at the Hilton, Salon A & B. C Gagnon asked that the board consider paying the way of board members to LCA and LAMFT. After a long discussion the board decided to approve paying for conferences on a yearly basis. C Gagnon made a motion to pay registration, milage and hotel costs at state rate for board members to attend LCA in October 2004 and LAMFT in February 2005 to be considered on a yearly basis. T Moore seconded the motion. Approved by the board. No abstentions.

Deanna Williams, CLEAR President - is writing to invite the LPC Board to attend CLEARís annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri this Fall. The AMFTRB Conference is being held in conjunction with the CLEAR conference. A Cole asked that we consider rejoining CLEAR because she discovered that if we are members of CLEAR all of the board member who want to attend this conference will pay less for registration. To join CLEAR would be $165. To register for the conference would be $450 dollars a person but if we were members of CLEAR it would only be $350. L Pearlmutter made a motion to join CLEAR in 2004 and consider joining on a yearly basis. Seconded by T Moore. Approved by the board. A Cole will attend and be the delegate and L Pearlmutter will be the alternate.

The board accepted the correspondence report.

AdHoc Committee on Rules - T Remley

None.

Report of Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee - A Cole

Report given by L Pearlmutter in the absence of A Cole.

L Pearlmutter said she had two folders she would like to discuss. One is a woman who is a recent graduate of OLHCC and had applied over a year ago to be grandfathered as an LMFT based upon the fact that she was a licensed masterís level substance abuse counselor in Texas. She tried to use this license to be grandfathered as LMFT. The Texas license only required a bachelorís degree and she was limited to substance abuse. Her masterís degree was in special education and not an acceptable degree to be grandfathered as an LMFT or MFT Intern. The MFTAC wrote to her and told her that when she finished her masterís degree at OLHCC she could apply to be grandfathered as an MFT Intern. Based on the new legislation concerning Substance Abuse Counselors having a masterís level license she is asking again to be considered for grandfathering as LMFT. The grandfathering period has now ended and the law was not final until July, therefore, the grandfathering period was over and now she must be grandfathered as an MFT Intern.

A letter was received by the board on May 25, 2004. The letter was about a man who had applied to be grandfathered as an LMFT from Oklahoma. The letter states that this applicant was being fired from his job because of billing for services the applicant did not preform. The direct accusation against the applicant is medicaid fraud. On June 23, 2004, the board sent a letter to the applicant asking him to respond to the accusations from his employer and told him we were holding his application pending his reply. The applicant responded by saying that he had the opportunity to review the documents and said he only did what was commonly practiced at all the facilities and he wanted his application to move forward. The board needs to know if there are any formal proceedings pending. L Pearlmutter does not want to proceed with the application until the matter is investigated. We will ask Steve Adams, Board Attorney, to review the case. The board gave permission for Steve to write and send a letter for more information.

Because there are so many more folders to review for MFT Interns and LMFTs L Pearlmutter said that the MFTAC plans to meet and review folders in conjunction with the September 17, 2004, meeting. It will take several months to finish up with the grandfathering folders. There are approximately 200 folders to be reviewed.

L Pearlmutter made a motion to approved the report. Approved by the board. No abstentions.

Unfinished Business

Board Vacancy

See Correspondence Report.

LPC Brochure

Lin reported that she received the brochure on disk from Bonnie. Next step is to get a price from the printer, get a mailing out to LPCs, Universities, and take some of the brochures to the LCA Conference.

Renewals

A total of 84 out of 767 LPCs did not renew their license for 2004. Certified mail was sent to all 84 people remiding them that their license is inactive and they cannot practice mental health counseling.

New Business

AASCB Conference and Presentation

The AASCB Conference will be in Savannah, GA, January 13, 14 & 15, 2005 - C Gagnon reported that he sent in a presentation to AASCB that deals with the use of LPCís in State Government. J Williams and T Remley will also be doing a presentation at the conference. At the present time B Roberts, J Williams, T Remley, C Gagnon and Eddye will be attending the AASCB conference this year. B Roberts will be the delegate and G Bockrath will be the alternate if she can attend. Gloria will let Lin know if she can attend. We will also ask A Cole if she will attend the conference. If G Bockrath cannot attend A Cole will be the alternate delegate.

MFTRB/CLEAR

Discussed in correspondence.

LCA Conference

Discussed in correspondence.

Review of ACT 803 (Addictive Disorder Practice Act) and ACT 920 (EAP)

The board reviewed and discussed ACT 803. It has a new masterís level substance abuse license. They also have a RSW, Registered Social Worker, MSW, Masterís in Social Work and CIT, Counselor in Training.

ACT 920 was distributed to give the board members a chance to review and get an understanding of how this newly formed board will operate.

September "Quarterly" Newsletter for September

The board will publish names of LPCís who are inactive as of September 1, 2004. The names will be placed on the LPC website and in the "Quarterly" newsletter.

We will place an article in the newsletter concerning the review of folders for grandfathering.

NCSCE

After an applicant passes the NCSCE they become a NCSC and an NCE. The board will need to compare this test with the NCE.

Adjourned 2:55 p.m.

Calendar: Next meeting will be Friday, September 17, 2004, 10:00 a.m. at the board office.

Respectfully submitted by

Gloria Bockrath, PhD, LPC, LMFT (signature on file)

Secretary, Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners