.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) “Applicant” means an individual applying for licensure as a clinical marriage and family therapist.

(2) "Approved licensed clinical marriage and family therapy supervisor" means:

(a) An American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor;

(b) An American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved Supervisor in Training or Supervisor Candidate;

(c) A licensed clinical marriage and family therapist; or

(d) Another health-care provider licensed under the Health Occupations Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, who:

(i) Documents 5 years or more of clinical experience working with couples and families;

(ii) Documents completion of a graduate level course in marriage and family therapy supervision; and

(iii) Has been approved by the Board.

(3) “Board” means the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.

(4) “Diagnosis” means the identification of psychological problems, emotional or mental disorders by a licensed clinician, using specified terms and criteria identified in the current editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

(5) Face-to-Face.

(a) “Face-to-face” means supervision in the physical presence of the individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision or using video conferencing that allows individuals to hear and see each other in actual points in time.

(b) “Face-to-face” does not include telephone supervision or internet communication such as email, social networking websites, or instant messaging that does not involve real time video conferencing.

(6) “Group supervision” means the provision of face-to-face supervision to more than one individual at a time.

(7) “Licensed mental health care provider” means:

(a) A licensed clinical marriage and family therapist; or

(b) A licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, licensed clinical professional art therapist, licensed certified social worker-clinical, psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychiatric nurse practitioner who is authorized by law to practice a health occupation which includes the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of psychological problems and emotional or mental conditions of individuals or groups.

(8) “Relative” means:

(a) Spouse or domestic partner;

(b) Parent, stepparent, or legal guardian;

(c) Sibling or stepsibling;

(d) Child, stepchild, foster child, or ward;

(e) Mother-in-law or father-in-law;

(f) Son-in-law or daughter-in-law;

(g) Sister-in law or brother-in-law;

(h) Grandparent or grandchild;

(i) Aunt or uncle;

(j) Niece or nephew; or

(k) Cousins.

(9) “Scope of competence” means that area within which the individual is proficient to practice, based on education, training, supervised experience, and professional credentials.

(10) “Supervised clinical experience in marriage and family therapy” means the provision of marriage and family therapy services conducted under the clinical supervision of an approved licensed clinical marriage and family therapy supervisor.

(11) “Supervisee” means a licensed graduate marriage and family therapist, who is fulfilling the experiential or course of study requirements under Health Occupations Article, §17-303, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(12) Supervision.

(a) “Supervision” means a formalized professional relationship between a supervisor and supervisee that involves directing, guiding, monitoring, instructing, and evaluating the supervisee’s clinical marriage and family therapy practice while promoting development of the supervisee’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide clinical professional marriage and family therapy services in an ethical and competent manner.

(b) “Supervision” includes an acceptance of direct responsibility for the client services rendered by the supervisee.

(13) Supervision Training.

(a) “Supervision training” means a course or program designed to provide information regarding the supervision process utilized by Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapists in a variety of settings.

(b) “Supervision training” content areas may include, but are not limited to:

(i) The role and responsibilities of the supervisor;

(ii) The needs of the supervisee, supervisor, and the clinical services setting while maintaining a clear ethical perspective;

(iii) The role of the supervisor as gatekeeper to the profession;

(iv) Methods for building effective and appropriate relationships with clients;

(v) Methods for group supervision; and

(vi) Models and modalities for practice intervention.

(14) “Under the clinical supervision of an approved licensed clinical marriage and family therapy supervisor” means engaging in a process of receiving direction from a Board-approved licensed supervisor that includes:

(a) Monitoring the performance of a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist; and

(b) Providing documented and direct consultation, guidance, and instruction with respect to clinical skill and competency.

(15) “Written contract for supervision” means an agreement between the supervisee and approved supervisor that is initiated before beginning supervision and that details the scope of supervision, and includes at a minimum the following elements:

(a) Primary purpose, goals, and objectives of the supervision process;

(b) Frequency of supervision provided;

(c) Documentation;

(d) Duties and responsibilities of supervisor and supervisee;

(e) Procedural considerations in the case of the supervisor’s absence; and

(f) Supervisor’s scope of competence.