NEW JERSEY REGISTER
VOLUME 33, NUMBER 14
MONDAY, JULY 16, 2001
RULE PROPOSAL
LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
STATE BOARD OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY EXAMINERS
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

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Proposed Amendment: N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3

Authorized By: Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, Dennis Gonzalez, Executive Director.

Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:8B-18.

Proposal Number: PRN 2001-293.

Submit written comments by August 15, 2001 to:

Dennis Gonzalez, Executive Director
Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
PO Box 45007
124 Halsey Street
Newark, New Jersey 07101

The agency proposal follows:

Summary

Pursuant to its general rulemaking authority, N.J.S.A. 45:8B-18, the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners (the Board) is proposing amendments to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3, Educational requirements.

The Board is proposing to amend N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3, which establishes the educational requirements a person must satisfy before being admitted to a qualifying examination. N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(a)1 requires that an applicant have a minimum of a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, a master's degree in social work or a graduate degree in a related field. The proposed amendments to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b) and (c) seek to clarify the course work required to be taken by an applicant with a graduate degree in a related field. The amendment to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b)1 requires that an applicant complete a minimum of eight courses from Areas I, II and III as specified in subsection (c) of the rule. The amendment to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b)4 requires that an applicant complete one course which is three semester hours from Area VI as specified in N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)6. The paragraph is also amended to change the time frame within which the course is to be taken from 12 months to one semester. The Board also proposes to delete N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b)5 because it refers to another provision which is no longer accurate.

N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c) outlines the areas of course work that an applicant must satisfy before being admitted to the licensure examination. The amendments proposed to subsection (c) reflect the programs of training and course work which must be taken at an institute or training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, which is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)1 specifies the course work for Area I which covers theoretical foundations. The paragraph has been amended to require a minimum of two, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, courses. The course work in this area must include topics which deal with the historical development, theoretical foundations and contemporary conceptual directions of the field of marriage and family therapy. This course work should enable students to conceptualize and distinguish the critical epistemological issues in marriage and family therapy and relate conceptually to clinical concerns.

N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)2 specifies the course work for Area II which covers clinical practice. The paragraph is amended to require an applicant to complete a minimum of four, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour courses in Area II. The course work in this Area must provide a comprehensive survey and substantive understanding of the major models of marriage and family therapy. The courses must address the marriage and family therapy practiceand be related conceptually to theory. Course work in this area must also address a wide variety of clinical problems and include assessment, marriage and family therapy methods and major mental health assessment methods and instruments.

N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)3 specifies the course work for Area III which covers individual development and family relations. The paragraph is amended to require a minimum of two, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour courses. The course work in Area III must include material on individual development, family development and family relationships and include material on issues of sexuality as they relate to marriage and family therapy theory and practice, including sexual dysfunctions and difficulties. The course work in this Area must also include issues of gender and sexual orientation as they relate to marriage and family therapy theory and practice and material on issues of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and culture.

N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)4 specifies the course work for Area IV which covers professional identity and ethics. The paragraph is amended to require that an applicant complete a minimum of one, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour course in this Area. The course work in this Area must include material on professional identity, including professional socialization, professional organizations, licensure and certification. The course work must also include material on ethical issues related to the practice and profession of marriage and family therapy and the Board specifies that a generic course in ethics shall not meet this requirement. The course work must inform applicants about the legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, ethics and the interface between therapist responsibility and the professional, social and political context of treatment.

N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)5 requires that Area V focus on research. The paragraph is amended to require an applicant to complete a minimum of one, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour course in research. Course work in this Area must include significant material on research in marriage and family therapy and must focus on research methodology, data analysis and the evaluation of research. The course work in this Area must include quantitative and qualitative research.

N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)6 is proposed for deletion since the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education does not require course work in the area of supervised clinical practice. The current text of N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)7 has been recodified, with amendments, as (c)6. This paragraph establishes that Area VI is to focus on additional learning and requires an applicant to complete a minimum of one, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour course. The course work in this Area is elective and is intended to augment an applicant's individual interest and background in marriage and family therapy by permitting a choice of courses from a variety of disciplines.

Social Impact

The proposed amendment to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3 will have a positive impact upon those individuals applying for licensure with a graduate degree in a field related to marriage and family therapy or social work. In order to be eligible to take the licensure examination, an applicant must complete the substantial equivalents to the course work set out at N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b) and (c). However, if an applicant does not provide such substantially equivalent course work, then these applicants must meet the educational requirements set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3, namely satisfactory completion of either: a post graduate degree recognized by the Board, which includes the course work at the required levels as stated in N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b); or a program of training and course work at an institute or training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. The amendment will have a positive impact upon these applicants because the proposed amendments to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b) and (c) reflect a program of training and course work at an institute or training program accredited by the marriage and family professional association, the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Thus, the amendment will be less burdensome upon applicants applying for licensure with a graduate degree in a field related to marriage and family therapy or social work because the amendment clarifies the course work such applicants need to satisfy in order to take the licensure examination and it reduces the number of courses such individuals have to complete.

Economic Impact

The proposed amendment to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3 will continue to have an economic impact upon applicants applying for licensure with a graduate degree in a field related to marriage and family therapy or social work because they will incur the cost of completing the required courses and meeting the educational requirements for admission to the licensure examination. The extent of such cost depends on where the applicant is enrolled in graduate level work and the charges for the courses taken. The costs incurred by such graduate students to qualify them as applicants for the licensure examination are greatly outweighed by the increase in their competency and proficiency to servethe public when they ultimately enter the field of marriage and family therapy. Although such applicants will incur these costs, the amendment reduces the number of required courses.

Federal Standards Statement

A Federal standards analysis is not required because the amendment is proposed pursuant to New Jersey State statute and is not subject to any Federal requirements or standards.

Jobs Impact

The Board does not anticipate that this amendment will either increase or decrease jobs in New Jersey.

Agriculture Industry Impact

The Board believes that this amendment will have no impact on the agriculture industry in New Jersey.

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (the Act), N.J.S.A. 52:14B-16 et seq., requires the Board to give a description of the types and an estimate of the number of small businesses to which the proposal will apply. Currently, the Board licenses approximately 850 marriage and family therapists. If, for the purposes of the Act, Board licensees are considered "small businesses," then the following analysis applies:

The Act requires the Board to set forth the reporting, recordkeeping and other compliance requirements of the amendment. The Act further requires the Board to estimate the initial and annual compliance costs of the amendment, to outline the manner in which it has designed the amendment to minimize any adverse economic impact upon small businesses, and to set forth whether the amendment establishes differing compliance requirements for small businesses.

The proposed amendment to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3 does not require any reporting or recordkeeping requirements but does impose compliance requirements upon those applicants who apply for licensure. More specifically, the proposed amendment at N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b) establishes the minimum basic educational requirements which an applicant, with a graduate degree in a related field, must satisfy for admission to the licensure examination. The rule provides that in order to satisfy the basic educational requirements for admission to the examination, an applicant must complete a minimum of eight courses from Areas I, II and III; one course from Area IV; one course from Area V; and one course taken in one semester from Area VI. In addition, the amendment to N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c) imposes compliance requirements upon these applicants since this rule establishes those areas of course work that an applicant must complete to satisfy the educational requirements specified at N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(b). N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)1 specifies the course work for Area I, theoretical foundations. An applicant must complete a minimum of two, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, courses in this Area which include topics that deal with the historical development, theoretical foundations and contemporary conceptual directions of the field of marriage and family therapy. The course work must enable students to conceptualize and distinguish the critical epistemological issues in marriage and family therapy and must be related to clinical concerns. N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)2 establishes the course work for Area II, clinical practice. An applicant must complete a minimum of four, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, courses in this Area which provides a comprehensive survey and substantive understanding of the major models of marriage and family therapy. The courses must address the marriage and family therapy practice, be related conceptually to theory and address a wide variety of clinical problems. Course work must include assessment, including marriage and family therapy methods and major mental health assessment methods and instruments. N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)3 establishes the course work for Area III, individual development and family relations. An applicant must complete a minimum of two, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, courses which includes material on individual development, family development and family relationships. The course work must also include material on issues of sexuality as they relate to marriage and family therapy theory and practice, including sexual dysfunctions and difficulties. The course work must also include issues of gender and sexual orientation as they relate to marriage and family therapy theory and practice and include material on issues of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and culture as they relate to marriage and family therapy theory and practice. N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)4 establishes the course work an applicant must complete in Area IV, professional identity and ethics. An applicant must complete a minimum of one, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, course in this Area which includes material on professional identity, including professional socialization, professional organizations, licensure and certification. Course work in this Area must include material on ethical issues related to the practice and profession of marriage and family therapy but generic courses in ethics will not qualify. The course work must teach applicants about the legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, ethics and the interface between therapist responsibility and the professional, social and political context of treatment. N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)5 provides the educational material an applicant must complete in Area V, research. An applicant must complete a minimum of one, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, course and include significant material on research in marriage and family therapy. Course work in this Area must focus on research methodology, data analysis and the evaluation of research and include quantitative and qualitative research. N.J.A.C. 13:34-4.3(c)6, additional learning, specifies that an applicant must complete a minimum of one, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, course in Area VI. The course work in this Area is elective, and is intended to augment an applicant's individual interest and background in marriage and family therapy. The applicant has the option of choosing courses from a variety of disciplines.

There are no additional compliance requirements and no professional services are necessary in order to comply with the amendment. No initial or ongoing costs are anticipated with regard to compliance with the proposed amendment. Since the proposed amendment furthers the welfare of consumers by ensuring that individuals who enter the marriage and family therapy profession are qualified to counsel, the amendment must be applied uniformly to all applicants for licensure.

Full text of the proposal follows:

<< NJ ADC 13:34-4.3 >>

13:34-4.3 Educational requirements

(a) (No change.)

(b) To satisfy the basic educational requirements for admission to an examination, an applicant shall complete a minimum of:

1. <<- Nine ->> <<+ Eight + >>;courses <<-(27 semester hours or 36 quarter hours) ->> from Areas I, II and III as specified in (c) below;

2. One course <<-(three semester hours or four quarter hours) ->> from Area IV <<+as specified in (c) below+ >>;

3. One course <<-(three semester hours or four quarter hours) ->> from Area V <<+as specified in (c) below; and+ >>

4. <<- Three courses ->> <<+One course+ >> <<-(nine semester hours or 12 quarter hours) ->> taken in <<-12 successive months ->> <<+one semester +>> from Area VI <<+as specified in (c) below.+ >> <<-; and ->>

5. <<-One course (three semester hours or four quarter hours) from Area VII. ->>

(c) <<-Areas of course work are as follows- >> <<+The following are the required areas of course work prior to admission to an examination+ >>:

1. Area I: Theoretical Foundations <<-of Marriage and Family Therapy- >> (a minimum of <<-one three-credit course equivalent to three semester hours or four quarter hours- >> <<+two, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, courses+ >>.) Course work <<-which qualifies- >> in this area shall include topics which deal with the historical development, theoretical foundations and <<+contemporary+ >> conceptual directions of the field of marriage and family therapy. <<+Course work in this area shall enable students to conceptualize and distinguish the critical epistemological issues in marriage and family therapy. Course work shall be related conceptually to clinical concerns.+ >>

2. Area II: <<-Assessment and Treatment in Marriage and Family Therapy->> <<+Clinical Practice+>> (a minimum of four <<-three-credit courses equivalent to 12 semester hours or 16 quarter hours->><<+, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, courses+>>.) Course work <<- which qualifies->> in this area shall provide a comprehensive survey and substantive understanding of the major models of marriage and family therapy. Courses shall <<-also->> address <<-the applied aspects of marriage and family therapy. Courses shall focus on two major interdependent components: diagnosis/assessment and treatment processes. Within the context of marital and family systems, course work topics shall include the diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctional relationship patterns and nervous and mental disorders, whether cognitive, affective or behavioral. Course work in this area shall also->> <<+marriage and family therapy practice and be related conceptually to theory. Course work in this area shall address a wide variety of presenting clinical problems and+>> include <<-major marriage and family assessment methods and instruments, the use of appropriate major mental health assessment instruments within a systemic context and topics which deal with a wide variety of presenting problems including, but not limited to, incest, intense stress, problems of life cycle transitions, sexual dysfunctions, substance abuse, suicide and violence->> <<+assessment, marriage and family therapy methods and major mental health assessment methods and instruments+>>.

3. Area III: <<-Human->> <<+Individual+>> Development and Family <<-Studies->> <<+Relations+>> (a minimum of two <<-three- credit courses equivalent to six semester hours or eight quarter hours->><<+, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, courses+>>.) <<-Courses shall address the developmental processes in the family, and shall emphasize the interface between the interpersonal and the intrapersonal as well as the patterns and dynamics of family life. Courses shall also address the life cycle of the family, the processes and modifications of family structures over time and as they relate to marriage and family practice and theory, issues of gender, sex discrimination, gender role stereotyping, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and culture. Courses shall address social, educational, economic and behavioral factors.->> <<+ Course work in this area shall include:+>>

<<+i. Material on individual development, family development and family relationships;+>>

<<+ii. Material on issues of sexuality as they relate to marriage and family therapy theory and practice, including sexual dysfunctions and difficulties;+>>

<<+iii. Issues of gender and sexual orientation as they relate to marriage and family therapy theory and practice; and+>>

<<+iv. Material on issues of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and culture as they relate to marriage and family therapy theory and practice.+>>

4. Area IV: <<-Ethics and Professional Studies->> <<+Professional Identity and Ethics+>> (a minimum of one <<-three-credit course equivalent to three semester hours or four quarter hours->><<+, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, course+>>.) <<-Course work shall deal with the development of a professional attitude and identity. It shall address professional socialization, the role of professional organizations, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, professional ethics and interprofessional cooperation.->> <<+Course work in this area shall include material on professional identity, including professional socialization, professional organizations, licensure, certification and ethical issues related to the practice and profession of marriage and family therapy. Generic courses in ethics shall not meet this requirement. Such course work shall inform applicants about legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, ethics and the interface between therapist responsibility and the professional, social and political context of treatment.+>>

5. Area V: Research (a minimum of one <<-three-credit course equivalent to three semester hours for four quarter hours->><<+, three semester hour or equivalent quarter hour, course+>>.) Course work in this area shall <<- deal with the understanding of research methodology and data analysis and the evaluation of research in marriage and family therapy. The content must include both quantitative and qualitative research models.->> <<+include significant material on quantitative and qualitative research in marriage and family therapy. Course work in this area shall focus on research methodology, data analysis and the evaluation of research.+>>

<<-6. Area VI: Supervised Clinical Practice (a minimum of one three-credit course equivalent to three semester hours or four quarter hours.) Course work shall focus on the therapist's development of a professional attitude and identity. Topics shall include professional socialization, the role of professional organizations, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, professional ethics and interprofessional cooperation.->>

<<-7. Area VII:->> <<+6. Area VI:+>> Additional <<- Courses->> <<+Learning+>> (a minimum of one<<+,+>> three<<-- credit->> <<+semester hour or equivalent quarter hour,+>> course <<- equivalent to three semester hours or four quarter hours->>.) Course work <<+in this area+>> shall be elective<<-, and this->> <<+and chosen from a variety of disciplines. This+>> area shall seek to augment an applicant's individual interest and background in marriage and family therapy. The applicant may choose courses from a variety of disciplines.

(d) (No change.)


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