A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.
B. Terms Defined.
(1) “Board” means the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
(2) “Client” means the individual, couple, family, group, business, agency, school, organization, or association that the counselor or therapist provides, or has provided, with professional services.
(3) “Counselor or therapist” means an individual who is licensed or certified by the Board to practice:
(a) Certified associate alcohol and drug counseling;
(b) Certified professional counseling;
(c) Certified professional alcohol and drug counseling;
(d) Certified professional marriage and family therapy;
(e) Certified supervised alcohol and drug counseling;
(f) Clinical marriage and family therapy;
(g) Clinical professional alcohol and drug counseling;
(h) Clinical professional art therapy;
(i) Clinical professional counseling;
(j) Graduate alcohol and drug counseling;
(k) Graduate marriage and family therapy;
(l) Graduate professional art therapy; or
(m) Graduate professional counseling.
(4) “Synchronous” means simultaneously or quickly enough to allow two or more individuals to conduct a conversation.
(a) “Teletherapy” means the use of interactive audio, video, or other telecommunications or electronic media by a counselor or therapist to deliver counseling services:
(i) Within the scope of practice of the counselor or therapist; and
(ii) At a location other than the location of the client;
(b) “Teletherapy” does not include:
(i) An audio-only telephone conversation between a counselor or therapist and a client;
(ii) An electronic mail message between a counselor or therapist and a client;
(iii) A facsimile transmission between a counselor or therapist and a client; or
(iv) A text message or other type of message sent between a counselor or therapist and a client by a short message service or multimedia messaging service.