Licensing & Certification




Legality of our titles
Florida Statute 491.014† Exemptions.-

(3)††No provision of this chapter shall be construed to limit the performance of activities of a rabbi, priest, minister, or member of the clergy of any religious denomination or sect, or use of the terms "Christian counselor" or "Christian clinical counselor" when the activities are within the scope of the performance of his or her regular or specialized ministerial duties and no compensation is received by him or her, or when such activities are performed, with or without compensation, by a person for or under the auspices or sponsorship, individually or in conjunction with others, of an established and legally cognizable church, denomination, or sect, and when the person rendering service remains accountable to the established authority thereof.


The US Agency for Christian Counseling Credentials and Accreditation grants the following Christian Licenses and certifications based on the interested individual meeting the qualifications as set by the US Agency for Christian Counseling Credentials and Accreditation Licensing & Certificationís Board.

A. Christian Licensed Christian Clinical Counselor
Requirements
CHRISTIAN CLINICAL COUNSELOR,--Upon verification of documentation and payment of a fee not to exceed $150, as set by board rule, plus the actual per applicant cost to the agency for the administration of the exam:
(I) Has made application there for and paid the appropriate fee.
(II) 1. Has a minimum of an earned doctorate's degree from a Christian psychology or Christian counseling accredited program. Educational Programs that consists of at least 90 semester hours or 120 quarter hours of clinical and didactic instruction, including a course in human sexuality and a course in substance abuse. If the doctorate's degree is earned from a program related to the practice of mental health counseling that is not accredited Programs, then the coursework and practicum, internship, or fieldwork must consist of at least 90 semester hours or 120 quarter hours and meet the following requirements:
a. Thirty-three semester hours or 44 quarter hours of graduate coursework, which must include a minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate-level coursework in each of the following 13 content areas: Christian counseling theories and practice; human growth and development; diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology; human sexuality; Christian group theories and practice; individual evaluation and assessment; career and lifestyle assessment; research and program evaluation; social and cultural foundations; counseling in community settings; substance abuse. Theological dimensions of Christian counseling; Christian thought and faith; Courses in research, thesis or dissertation work, practicum, internships, or fieldwork may not be applied toward this requirement.
b. A minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate-level coursework in legal, ethical, and professional standards issues in Christian clinical counseling practice, which includes goals, objectives, and practices of Christian counseling organizations, codes of ethics, legal considerations, standards of preparation, certifications and licensing, and the role identity and professional obligations of Christian clinical counselors.
c. The equivalent, as determined by the board, of at least 800 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience. This experience may not be used to satisfy the post-doctorate's clinical experience requirement.
2. If the course title which appears on the applicant's transcript does not clearly identify the content of the coursework, the applicant shall be required to provide additional documentation, including, but not limited to, a syllabus or catalog description published for the course.

Education and training in Christian counseling must have been received in an institution of higher education which at the time the applicant graduated was: fully accredited.
(III) Has had not less than 2 years of clinical experience in Christian counseling, which must be at the post-doctorate's level under the supervision of a licensed Christian Clinical counselor or the equivalent who is a qualified supervisor as determined by the board.
B. Christian Licensed Christian Counselor
Requirements
CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR,--Upon verification of documentation and payment of a fee not to exceed $150, as set by board rule, plus the actual per applicant cost to the agency for the administration of the exam:
(a) Has made application there for and paid the appropriate fee.
(b)1. Has a minimum of an earned master's degree from a Christian psychology or Christian counseling accredited program. Educational Programs that consists of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours of clinical and didactic instruction, including a course in human sexuality and a course in substance abuse.
a. Thirty-three semester hours or 44 quarter hours of graduate coursework, which must include a minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate-level coursework in each of the following 9 content areas: Christian counseling theories and practice; human growth and development; diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology; human sexuality; Christian group theories and practice; individual evaluation and assessment; Christian thought and faith, social, faith, and cultural diversity; and substance abuse. Courses in research, thesis or dissertation work, practicum, internships, or fieldwork may not be applied toward this requirement.
b. A minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate-level coursework in legal, ethical, and professional standards issues in the practice of Christian counseling, which includes goals, objectives, and practices of Christian counseling organizations, codes of ethics, legal considerations, standards of preparation, certifications and licensing, and the role identity and professional obligations of Christian counselors. Courses in research, thesis or dissertation work, practicum, internships, or fieldwork may not be applied toward this requirement.
c. The equivalent, as determined by the board, of at least 600 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience as required in the accrediting standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs for mental health counseling programs. This experience may not be used to satisfy the post-master's clinical experience requirement.
1. If the course title which appears on the applicant's transcript does not clearly identify the content of the coursework, the applicant shall be required to provide additional documentation, including, but not limited to, a syllabus or catalog description published for the course.
(d) Has had not less than 2 years of clinical experience in mental health counseling, which must be at the post-master's level under the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor or the equivalent who is a qualified supervisor as determined by the board.
(e) Has passed a theory and practice examination provided by the USACCCA for this purpose.
(5) INTERNSHIP. --An individual who is registered as an intern and has satisfied all of the educational requirements for the profession for which the applicant seeks licensure shall be certified as having met the educational requirements for licensure under this section.
C. Christian Licensed Christian Marriage and Families Counselor
D. Licensed Pastoral Counselor
Requirements
PASTORAL COUNSELOR,--Upon verification of documentation and payment of a fee not to exceed $150, as set by board rule, plus the actual per applicant cost to the agency for the administration of the exam:
(a) Has made application there for and paid the appropriate fee.
(b) Has earned at least a master's degree from a Seminary, Bible College, or University in Theology or related fields, or has earned a Bachelorís degree in Theology or related fields plus at least ten years of ministerial experiences.
(c) A minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate-level coursework in legal, ethical, and professional standards issues in the practice of Christian counseling, which includes goals, objectives, and practices of Christian counseling organizations, codes of ethics, legal considerations, standards of preparation, certifications and licensing, and the role identity and professional obligations of Christian counselors. Courses in research, thesis or dissertation work, practicum, internships, or fieldwork may not be applied toward this requirement.
E. Certified Christian Clinical Counselor
F. Certified Christian Counselor
G. Certified Christian Temperament Counselor
H. Certified Pastoral Counselor

The applicant shall pay $25.00 to the US Agency for Christian Counseling Credentials and Accreditation for the license application package and $150.00 to be submitted with the application package for the license. License is annually renewable for a fee of $150.00 upon submission of appropriate documentations as: Active Ministerial Credential, completion of 20 CEU and others requirements set by the Board.




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Important Dates

19

Julio, 2014
Legal and Ethical Issues in Christian Counseling, including diagnostic and treatment.


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23

Julio, 2014
Seminario Practicum Clinico.


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