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Statement about Counseling

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Chris Meyer Law Firm, PLLC may occasionally publish content that is or could be construed as counseling.

Below is an Extract from the Texas Occupations Code, which is the body of regulating the counseling profession.


OCCUPATIONS CODE

TITLE 3. HEALTH PROFESSIONS

SUBTITLE I. REGULATION OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING

CHAPTER 503. LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS


Sec. 503.001. SHORT TITLE. This chapter may be cited as the Licensed Professional Counselor


Sec. 503.003. DEFINITION: PRACTICE OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING. (a) In this chapter, "practice of professional counseling" means the application of mental health, psychotherapeutic, and human development principles to:

(1) facilitate human development and adjustment throughout life;

(2) prevent, assess, evaluate, and treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and associated distresses that interfere with mental health;

(3) conduct assessments and evaluations to establish treatment goals and objectives; and

(4) plan, implement, and evaluate treatment plans using counseling treatment interventions that include:


Sec. 503.054. COUNSELING BY OTHER LICENSED OR CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL OR BY RELIGIOUS PRACTITIONER. This chapter does not apply to an activity or service of any of the following persons performing counseling consistent with the law of this state, the person's training, and any code of ethics of the person's profession if the person does not represent the person by any title or description as described by the definition of "licensed professional counselor" in Section 503.002:

(1) a member of another profession licensed or certified by this state, including:

(A) a physician, registered nurse, psychologist, social worker, marriage and family therapist, chemical dependency counselor, physician assistant, or occupational therapist; or

(B) an optometrist engaged in the evaluation and remediation of learning or behavioral disabilities associated with or caused by a defective or abnormal condition of vision; or

(2) a recognized religious practitioner, including a Christian Science practitioner recognized by the Church of Christ Scientist as registered and published in the Christian Science Journal.


Interesting AG Opinion here.


Sec. 503.055. PERSON LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW. This chapter does not apply to an activity, service, title, or description of a person licensed to practice law.


CITATION: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/OC/htm/OC.503.htm


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OCCUPATIONS CODE

TITLE 3. HEALTH PROFESSIONS

SUBTITLE I. REGULATION OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING

CHAPTER 501. PSYCHOLOGISTS

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS


Sec. 501.001. SHORT TITLE. This chapter may be cited as the Psychologists' Licensing Act.


Sec. 501.004. APPLICABILITY. (a) This chapter does not apply to:

(1) the activity or service of a person, or the use of an official title by the person, who is employed as a psychologist or psychological associate by a regionally accredited institution of higher education if the person performs duties the person is employed by the institution to perform within the confines of the institution;

(2) the activity or service of a student, intern, or resident in psychology if:

(A) the person is pursuing a course of study to prepare for the profession of psychology under qualified supervision in a recognized training institution or facility;

(B) the activity or service is part of the person's supervised course of study; and

(C) the person is designated as a "psychological intern," as a "psychological trainee," or by another title that clearly indicates the person's training status;

(3) the activity or service of a licensed professional, other than a person licensed under this chapter, if:


(b) For purposes of Subsection (a)(3), a licensed professional includes:

(1) a physician;

(2) an attorney;


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