2015 ORS 675.825¹
Prohibited practices
  • exceptions
  • civil penalty

(1) A person may not:

(a) Attempt to obtain or obtain a license or license renewal by bribery or fraudulent representation.

(b) Engage in or purport to the public to be engaged in the practice of professional counseling under the title "licensed professional counselor" unless the person is a licensee.

(c) Engage in or purport to the public to be engaged in the practice of marriage and family therapy under the title of "licensed marriage and family therapist" unless the person is a licensee.

(d) Engage in the practice of professional counseling or marriage and family therapy unless:

(A) The person is a licensee, registered intern or graduate student pursuing a graduate degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy; or

(B) The person is exempted from the licensing requirements of ORS 675.715 (Application) to 675.835 (Injunctive proceedings) by subsection (3) of this section.

(e) Provide counseling or therapy services of a psychotherapeutic nature if the person’s license to practice as a professional counselor or as a marriage and family therapist has been revoked by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists because the person engaged in sexual activity with a client.

(2) A licensed psychologist whose license, or a regulated social worker whose authorization to practice regulated social work, was issued prior to October 1, 1991, may use the title "marriage and family therapist."

(3) The licensing requirements of ORS 675.715 (Application) to 675.835 (Injunctive proceedings) do not apply to a person who is:

(a) Licensed, certified, registered or similarly regulated under the laws of this state and who is performing duties within the authorized scope of practice of the license, certification, registration or regulation.

(b) A recognized member of the clergy, provided that the person is acting in the person’s ministerial capacity.

(c) Employed by a local, state or federal agency or any agency licensed or certified by the state to provide mental health or health services, if the person’s activities constituting professional counseling or marriage and family therapy are performed within the scope of the person’s employment.

(d) Authorized to provide addiction treatment services under rules of the Department of Human Services.

(4) Nothing in ORS 675.715 (Application) to 675.835 (Injunctive proceedings) limits or prevents the practice of a person’s profession or restricts a person from providing counseling services or services related to marriage and family if the person:

(a) Does not meet the requirements of ORS 675.715 (Application) (1)(b); or

(b) Does not practice:

(A) Marriage and family therapy as defined in ORS 675.705 (Definitions for ORS 675.715 to 675.835) (6)(a); or

(B) Professional counseling as defined in ORS 675.705 (Definitions for ORS 675.715 to 675.835) (7)(a).

(5) Each violation of this section is a separate violation.

(6) The board may levy a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 for each separate violation of this section. [1989 c.721 §18; 1993 c.546 §113; 2009 c.442 §24; 2009 c.549 §9; 2013 c.211 §4]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 675—Psychologists; Occupational Therapists; Certified Sex Offender Therapists; Regulated Social Workers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors675.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.