§453D-1  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

     "Accredited educational institution" means a university or college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or a comparable regional body.

     "Clinical supervision" means supervision applied to all individuals who are gaining the experience required for a license as a mental health counselor.  "Clinical supervision" includes but is not limited to:

     (1)  Case consultation on the assessment and presenting problem;

     (2)  Development and implementation of treatment plans;

     (3)  Enhancement of the supervisee's counseling techniques and treatment evaluation skills; and

     (4)  Evaluation of the course of treatment.

     "Department" means the department of commerce and consumer affairs.

     "Director" means the director of commerce and consumer affairs.

     "Licensed mental health counselor" means a person:

     (1)  Who engages in the practice of mental health counseling and uses the title of licensed mental health counselor;

     (2)  Who has been issued a license under this chapter; and

     (3)  Whose license is in effect and not revoked or suspended.

     "Practice of mental health counseling" means the rendering of professional counseling services based on specialized education, training, and experience to individuals, families, or groups for compensation, monetary or otherwise.  These professional counseling services include applying the respective principles, methods, and theories of counseling, human development, learning theory, group and family dynamics, rehabilitation, and the etiology of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior, and defining goals and developing a treatment plan of action aimed toward the prevention, treatment, and resolution of mental and emotional dysfunction and intra or interpersonal disorders to all persons irrespective of diagnosis.  "Practice of mental health counseling" includes but is not limited to:

     (1)  The assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of, and counseling for, mental and emotional disorders;

     (2)  The assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of, and counseling for, substance abuse and conduct disorders defined in the approved diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders;

     (3)  The application of educational techniques aimed at the prevention of these disorders; and

     (4)  The provision of consultative services to individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, and communities. [L 2004, c 209, pt of §2; am L 2006, c 14, §1; am L 2008, c 206, §1]