10.58.07.07

.07 Certified Supervised Counselor — Alcohol and Drug.

A. Scope of Practice. The scope of practice for a certified supervised counselor — alcohol and drug consists of the following activities, performed in accordance with §C of this regulation:

(1) Participating in the development of diagnostic impressions for SUDs and CODs, as:

(a) Confirmed by a Board-approved supervisor; and

(b) Documented by signature and credentials;

(2) Biopsychosocial evaluation, as permitted by the Board-approved supervisor;

(3) Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT);

(4) Treatment planning for SUDs and CODs, including initial, ongoing, continuity of care, discharge, and planning for relapse prevention, as confirmed by:

(a) The Board-approved supervisor; and

(b) Documentation by signature and credentials;

(5) Referral;

(6) Participating in service coordination and case management for SUDs and CODs;

(7) Counseling of individuals and groups for SUDs;

(8) Client, family, and community education for SUDs;

(9) Documentation; and

(10) Complying with the professional and ethical responsibilities set forth in COMAR 10.58.03.

B. A certified supervised counselor — alcohol and drug may not perform supervision.

C. As required by Health Occupations Article, §17-404(a)(4), Annotated Code of Maryland, a certified supervised counselor — alcohol and drug shall:

(1) Practice under the close supervision of a Board-approved alcohol and drug counselor supervisor; and

(2) Provide alcohol and drug counseling as an employee of an agency or facility that is certified or licensed by the State.

D. To qualify for certification as a supervised counselor — alcohol and drug, an applicant shall:

(1) Submit a completed Board-approved application;

(2) Pay all applicable fees set forth in COMAR 10.58.02;

(3) Hold an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited educational institution in a:

(a) Health or human services counseling field; or

(b) Program of studies determined by the Board to be substantially equivalent;

(4) Complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours or 37 quarter credit hours in alcohol and drug counselor training from a regionally accredited educational institution including:

(a) A 3 semester credit hour or 5 quarter credit hour course taken at a regionally accredited educational institution in each of the following courses:

(i) Medical aspects of chemical dependency;

(ii) Addictions treatment delivery; and

(iii) Ethics that includes alcohol and drug counseling issues; and

(b) Any three of the following 3 semester credit hour or 5 quarter credit hour courses taken at a regionally accredited educational institution:

(i) Group counseling;

(ii) Individual counseling;

(iii) Family counseling;

(iv) Theories of counseling;

(v) Human development;

(vi) Abnormal psychology;

(vii) Topics in substance-related and addictive disorders; and

(viii) Treatment of co-occurring disorders;

(5) Complete one of the following:

(a) An internship in alcohol and drug counseling that totals 6 semester credit hours or 10 quarter credit hours; or

(b) A minimum of 1,000 hours of alcohol and drug counseling work completed under and verified by a Board-approved alcohol and drug counselor supervisor;

(6) Achieve a passing score on:

(a) A national alcohol and drug counselor examination as approved by the Board; and

(b) An examination of:

(i) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(ii) COMAR 10.58.

(7) Submit to a criminal background check;

(8) Be of good moral character; and

(9) Comply with:

(a) Health Occupations Article, Title 17, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(b) The code of ethics as set forth in COMAR 10.58.03.

E. The Board shall act upon applications within a 6-month period as set forth under Regulation .03D of this chapter.

F. A certified supervised counselor — alcohol and drug:

(1) May provide alcohol and drug counseling:

(a) As an employee of an agency or facility that is certified or licensed by the State; and

(b) Under the close supervision of a Board-approved supervisor as specified in Health Occupations Article, §17–404, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(2) May not:

(a) Provide supervision; or

(b) Practice independently.

G. A certified supervised counselor — alcohol and drug shall practice alcohol and drug counseling under the close supervision of a Board-approved alcohol and drug counselor supervisor.

H. Renewal. The Board may renew the certificate of a certified supervised counselor — alcohol and drug set forth under Regulation .06F in this chapter.

I. Reinstatement. The Board may reinstate the certificate of a certified supervised counselor — alcohol and drug set forth under Regulation .03F in this chapter.

J. Inactive Status. The guidelines for inactive status are set forth under Regulation .03G of this chapter.