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College Counselors
GUIDELINES
FOR LICENSED COLLEGE COUNSELORS ON WHEN TO HAND OUT A PDS
 
The Board recognizes that counselors working in a college setting deal with a high volume of clients; many of the contacts are not therapeutic; many begin as non-counseling exchanges but may require the licensee to use his/her counseling expertise, e.g., practice counseling; and many of the contacts do not take place in the traditional "confidential office" setting, but in hallways, reception areas, classrooms, etc.

  
  
 The following questions may help you.
 
** Can the service or information I am providing be provided by someone without counselor training? For example, an instructor or dean may be able to explain what courses are required for what degree; an administrative staff person may be able to identify scholarship programs; a teacher may be able to quote school policy on advanced standing or waiver of classes for competence.
 
** Are these issues dealt with by a counselor? Am I doing anything spelled out in the statutory definition?
 
** Am I addressing personal matters that require a closed door, greater privacy, etc.?
 
What does a counselor do when what started out as a discussion of courses is now becoming a discussion of career goals and objectives? What might the counselor do?
 
** Indicate that a counseling session is in order and either suggest the student seek counseling or see someone else;
 
** Schedule an appointment;
 
** Explain that as a licensee you have to give them a PDS and explain where to pick one up.

 
A counseling center has a variety of personnel with different backgrounds and specialties, how can the center address the requirement that each licensee must hand out his/her own PDS?
 
** Consider asking staff to prepare their handouts using a generic format but allowing licensees to include all information required by the Board.
 
** Consider one statement for all.  

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AGENCY provides a variety of services to clients and their families. Our counselors are highly trained professionals. 

 
All counselors subscribe to the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association. Licensed professional counselors (LPCs) and licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) are bound by the Oregon Code of Ethics adopted by the licensing board. These standards and laws protect your confidentiality and rights. All professional staff have agreed to and a signed a code of ethics statement that is available to clients. 
 
Clients of counseling services offered by Oregon LPCs and LMFTs have the right
* to expect that . . . . .
(Client Bill of Rights is displayed in its entirety)
* to be free from . . . . .

We hope any concerns or problems will be brought to the attention of our . . . . (manager or director, etc.); and you may also contact the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists, 3218 Pringle Rd SE #250, Salem, OR 97302-6312, (503) 378-5499 about our LPCs and LMFTs.