4757.03 Counselor, social worker, and marriage and family therapist board.

There is hereby created the counselor, social worker, and marriage and family therapist board, consisting of fifteen members. The governor shall appoint the members with the advice and consent of the senate. Four of the members shall be individuals licensed under this chapter as professional clinical counselors or professional counselors. At all times, the counselor membership shall include at least two licensed professional clinical counselors, at least one individual who has received a doctoral degree in counseling from an accredited educational institution recognized by the board and holds a graduate level teaching position in a counselor education program, and at least two individuals who have received at least a master's degree in counseling from an accredited educational institution recognized by the board. Two of the members shall be individuals licensed under this chapter as independent marriage and family therapists and two shall be individuals licensed under this chapter as marriage and family therapists or, if the board has not yet licensed independent marriage and family therapists or marriage and family therapists, eligible for licensure as independent marriage and family therapists or marriage and family therapists. They shall have, during the five years preceding appointment, actively engaged in the practice of marriage and family therapy, in educating and training master's, doctoral, or postdoctoral students of marriage and family therapy, or in marriage and family therapy research and, during the two years immediately preceding appointment, shall have devoted the majority of their professional time to the activity while residing in this state. Two members shall be individuals licensed under this chapter as independent social workers. Two members shall be individuals licensed under this chapter as social workers, at least one of whom must hold a bachelor's or master's degree in social work from an accredited educational institution recognized by the board. At all times, the social worker membership shall include one educator who holds a teaching position in a baccalaureate or master's degree social work program at an accredited educational institution recognized by the board. Three members shall be representatives of the general public who have not practiced professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work and have not been involved in the delivery of professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work services. At least one of the members representing the general public shall be at least sixty years of age. During their terms the public members shall not practice professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work or be involved in the delivery of professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work services. Not more than eight members of the board may be members of the same political party or sex. At least one member of the board shall be of African, Native American, Hispanic, or Asian descent. Of the initial appointees, three shall be appointed for terms ending October 10, 1985, four shall be appointed for terms ending October 10, 1986, and four shall be appointed for terms ending October 10, 1987. Of the two initial independent marriage and family therapists appointed to the board, one shall be appointed for a term ending two years after the effective date of this amendment and one for a term ending three years after that date. Of the two initial marriage and family therapists appointed to the board, one shall be appointed for a term ending two years after the effective date of this amendment and one for a term ending three years after that date. After the initial appointments, terms of office shall be three years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term that it succeeds. A member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office after the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Members may be reappointed, except that if a person has held office for two consecutive full terms, the person shall not be reappointed to the board sooner than one year after the expiration of the second full term as a member of the board.

Effective Date: 2002 HB374 04-07-2003