Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

(As Amended at ARRS, November 13, 2017)


      201 KAR 36:065. Licensed professional clinical counselor supervisor.


      RELATES TO: KRS 335.500(4), 335.505(4), 335.525(1)(e), 5(a)

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 335.515(1), (3), (5)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: [KRS 335.505(4) allows a student intern or trainee in professional counseling to use the title of "professional counselor intern" or "student in training" if the activities are performed under the supervision or direction of an approved supervisor and the activities are a part of a supervised program of study.] KRS 335.525(1)(e) provides that an applicant for a professional clinical counselor license shall have acquired 4,000 hours of experience in the practice of counseling under approved supervision. KRS 335.515(3) requires the board to promulgate administrative regulations to implement KRS 335.500 to 335.599, relating to licensed professional counselors. KRS 335.525(5)(a) requires a licensed professional counselor associate to maintain ongoing supervision as approved by the board. This administrative regulation establishes the qualifications of a supervisor[This administrative regulation establishes the requirements relating to who may provide qualifying supervision].


      Section 1. Supervisor Qualifications. (1) To be a supervisor of a licensed professional clinical counselor or licensed professional counselor associate, an applicant shall:

      (a) Submit a LPCC-S Application with supporting documentation that includes one (1) of the following:

      1. A certificate or certificates from the fifteen (15) hour CEU course;

      2. Two (2) years of board-approved supervision agreements to support the five (5) years of experience as a licensed professional clinical counselor supervisor; or

      3. A copy of the syllabus as proof of completion of a supervision course;


      (a)] Be licensed by the board as a licensed professional clinical counselor;

      (c)[(b)] Not have:

      1. An unresolved citation filed against the applicant by the board that licenses or certifies that profession;

      2. A suspended or probated license or certificate; or

      3. An order from the board under which the applicant is licensed or certified prohibiting the applicant from providing supervision;

      (d)[(c)] Have been in the practice of his or her profession for at least two (2) years following licensure as a professional clinical counselor or its licensure equivalent issued by another state’s regulatory professional counseling board; and

      (e)[(d)1.] Have taught or completed a;

      1. Three (3) hour graduate level course in counseling supervision; or

      2.[A] Fifteen (15) hour board-approved supervisor training course[required by subsection (3) of this section].

      (2) Any supervisor who is a clinical counseling supervisor as a part of a board-approved supervisory agreement or a supervisor of a graduate-level counseling student who is providing services in a mental health setting with five (5) years of experience shall be deemed to satisfy the requirement of subsection (1)(e)[(d)] of this section.

      (3) A three (3) hour graduate level course exclusively on counseling supervision or the board-approved supervisor training course shall:

      (a) Cover:

      1. Assessment, evaluation, and remediation, which includes initial, formative, and summative assessment of supervisee knowledge, skills, and self-awareness; components of evaluation, e.g. evaluation criteria and expectations, supervisory procedures, methods for monitoring (both direct and indirect observation), supervisee performance, formal and informal feedback mechanisms, and evaluation processes (both summative and formative), and processes and procedures for remediation of supervisee skills, knowledge, and personal effectiveness and self-awareness;

      2. Counselor development, which includes models of supervision, learning models, stages of development and transitions in supervisee-supervisor development, knowledge and skills related to supervision intervention options, awareness of individual differences and learning styles of supervisor and supervisee, awareness and acknowledgement of cultural differences and multicultural competencies needed by supervisors, recognition of relational dynamics in the supervisory relationship, and awareness of the developmental process of the supervisory relationship itself;

      3. Management and administration, which includes organizational processes and procedures for recordkeeping, reporting, monitoring of supervisee's cases, collaboration, research and evaluation; agency or institutional policies and procedures for handling emergencies, case assignment and case management, roles and responsibilities of supervisors and supervisees, and expectations of supervisory process within the institution or agency; institutional processes for managing multiple roles of supervisors, and summative and formative evaluation processes; and

      4.[Except as established in paragraph (c) of this subsection,] Professional responsibilities, which includes ethical and legal issues in supervision including dual relationships, competence, due process in evaluation, informed consent, types of supervisor liability, privileged communication, and consultation; regulatory issues including[Kentucky laws governing the practice of counseling and] counseling supervision, professional standards and credentialing processes in counseling, reimbursement eligibility and procedures, and related institutional or agency procedures; and

      (b) The board-approved supervisor training course shall be conducted by an instructor who is a licensed professional clinical counselor and who has demonstrated proficiency in the curriculum established in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (4) Licensed professional clinical counselors engaged in training supervision shall be called a "licensed professional clinical counselor supervisor" and may use the acronym "LPCC-S".


      Section 2. A supervisor of record shall assume responsibility for the practice of the supervisee. A supervisor shall not serve as a supervisor of record for more than twelve (12) persons obtaining experience for licensure at the same time.


      Section 3. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "LPCC-S Application", September[June] 2017, is incorporated by reference.

      (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, 911 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


MARTIN C. WESLEY, Chairperson

      APPROVED BY AGENCY: July 13, 2017

      FILED WITH LRC: July 13, 2017 at 11 a.m.

      CONTACT PERSON: Kayla Mann, Board Administrator, Division of Occupations and Professions, 911 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602, phone (502) 782-8803, fax (502) 696-5836, email