RELATES TO: KRS 335.340
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 335.320(9), 335.340(7)
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 335.340(7) authorizes the board to promulgate administrative regulations requiring marriage and family therapists to complete continuing education requirements as a condition of renewal of their license. This administrative regulation delineates the requirements for continuing education and prescribes methods and standards for the accreditation of continuing education courses.
Section 1. Accrual of Continuing Education Hours; Computation of Accrual. (1) A minimum of fifteen (15) continuing education hours shall be accrued by each licensee during the one (1) year licensure period for renewal.
(2) All hours shall be in or related to the field of marriage and family therapy.
(3) Three (3) hours of the fifteen (15) hours required by subsection (1) of this section shall be accrued in the fields of professional ethics.
Section 2. Methods of Acquiring Continuing Education Hours. Continuing education hours applicable to the renewal of the license shall be directly related to the professional growth and development of marriage and family therapy practitioners. They may be earned by completing any of the following educational activities:(1) Programs not requiring board review and approval. Programs from the following sources shall be deemed to be relevant to the practice of marriage and family therapy and shall be approved without further review by the board:
(a) Programs provided by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and its state affiliates;
(b) Academic courses as defined in 201 KAR 32:010; and
(c) Continuing education programs offered by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education accredited institutions.
(2) Programs requiring board review and approval. Programs from the following sources shall be reviewed and may be determined to be relevant and therefore subsequently approved by the board:
(a) Relevant programs, including home study courses and in-service training provided by other organizations, educational institutions, or other service providers approved by the board;
(b) Relevant programs or academic courses presented by the licensee. Presenters of relevant programs or academic courses may earn full continuing education credit for each contact hour of instruction, not to exceed one-half (1/2) of the continuing education renewal requirements. Credit shall not be issued for repeated instruction of the same course;
(c) Relevant publications in a professionally recognized or juried publication. Credit shall not be granted except for those publications that were published within the one (1) year period immediately preceding the renewal date. A licensee shall earn one-half (1/2) of the continuing education hours required for a relevant publication. More than one (1) publication shall not be counted during each renewal period; and
(d) Related areas not specifically a part of the field of marriage and family therapy may be approved for up to two (2) continuing education hours out of the fifteen (15) required if the board believes the related areas may serve to enhance the licensee's ability to practice.
Section 3. Continuing Education Sponsors. (1) Any entity seeking to obtain approval of a continuing education program prior to its offering shall pay the fee as established in 201 KAR 32:030, Section 7, and submit an "Application for Continuing Education Sponsor Approval" to the Board at least sixty (60) days in advance of the program. The application shall include the:
(a) Type of learning activity;
(b) Subject matter;
(c) Names and qualifications of the instructors; and
(d) Number of continuing education hours offered.
(2) A continuing education activity shall be qualified for preapproval if the board determines the activity being presented:
(a) Is an organized program of learning;
(b) Pertains to subject matters which integrally relate to the practice of marriage and family therapy;
(c) Contributes to the professional competency of the licensee; and
(d) Is conducted by individuals who have educational training or experience acceptable to the Board.
Section 4. Responsibilities and Reporting Requirements of Licensees. A licensee shall be responsible for obtaining required continuing education hours. He shall identify his own continuing education needs, take the initiative in seeking continuing professional education activities to meet these needs, and seek ways to integrate new knowledge, skills and attitudes. Each person holding licensure shall:
(1) Select approved activities by which to earn continuing education hours;
(2) Submit to the board when applicable a request for approval for continuing education activities not approved by the board as set forth in Section 3 of this administrative regulation;
(3) Maintain records of continuing education hours. Each licensee shall maintain, for a period of one (1) year from the date of renewal, all documentation verifying successful completion of continuing education hours. During each licensure renewal period, up to fifteen (15) percent of all licensees shall be required by the board to furnish documentation of the completion of the appropriate number of continuing education hours for the current renewal period. Verification of continuing education hours shall not otherwise be reported to the board;
(4) Document attendance and participation in a continuing education activity in the form of official documents including transcripts, certificates, affidavits signed by instructors, receipts for fees paid to the sponsor, or less formal evidence including written summaries of experiences that are not otherwise formally or officially documented in any way. The type of documentation required shall vary depending on the specific activity submitted to the board for approval; and
(5) Fully comply with the provisions of this administrative regulation. Failure to comply shall constitute a violation of KRS 335.340(7) and may result in the refusal to renew, suspension, or revocation of the licensure.
Section 5. Carry-over of Continuing Education Hours, Prohibited. There shall not be a carry-over of continuing education hours earned in excess of those required under Section 1 of this administrative regulation into the immediately following licensure renewal period.
Section 6. Board to Approve Continuing Education Hours; Appeal When Approval Denied. In the event of denial, in whole or part, of any application for approval of continuing education hours, the licensee shall have the right to request reconsideration by the board of its decision. The request shall be in writing and shall be received by the board within thirty (30) days after the date of the board's decision denying approval of continuing education hours.
Section 7. Waiver or Extensions of Continuing Education. (1) The board may, in individual cases involving medical disability, illness, or undue hardship as determined by the board, grant waivers of the minimum continuing education requirements or extensions of time within which to fulfill the same or make the required reports.
(2) A request for waiver or extension shall be in writing and submitted within the ninety (90) day license renewal grace period.
(3) A written request for waiver or extension of time involving medical disability or illness shall be submitted by the licensee and shall be accompanied by a verifying document signed by a licensed physician.
(4) A waiver of the minimum continuing education requirements or an extension of time within which to fulfill the continuing education requirements may be granted by the board for a period of time not to exceed one (1) calendar year.
(5) If the medical disability or illness upon which a waiver or extension has been granted continues beyond the period of the waiver or extension, the licensee shall reapply for the waiver or extension in writing, prior to the expiration of the extension or waiver.
Section 8. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "Application for Continuing Education Program Sponsor Approval", 10/2011 Edition, Board of Marriage and Family Therapists, is incorporated by reference.
(2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained at the Division of Occupations and Professions, 911 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (23 Ky.R. 215; Am. 1584; eff. 9-18-96; 26 Ky.R. 426; 728; eff. 10-20-99; 30 Ky.R. 981; 1766; eff. 1-23-2004; 38 Ky.R. 1378; 1557; eff. 3-21-12.)