Title 43, Chapter 10A, Section 3
As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) "Advertise" means, but is not limited to, the issuing of or
causing to be distributed any card, sign, or other device or the
causing or permitting any sign or marking on or in any building or
structure, or in any newspaper, magazine, or directory, or on
radio or television.
(2) "Allied profession" means the practice of medicine,
psychiatric nursing, psychology, or pastoral counseling.
(3) "Board" means the Georgia Composite Board of Professional
Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists
established by this chapter.
(3.1) "Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification" means
the national certifying agency for rehabilitation counselors as
recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
(4) "Counseling" means those techniques used to help persons learn
how to solve problems and make decisions related to personal
growth, vocation, family, social, and other interpersonal
(5) "Direction" means the ongoing administrative overseeing by an
employer or superior of a specialty practitioner's work. The
person providing direction shall be responsible for assuring the
quality of the services rendered by that practitioner and shall
ensure that qualified supervision or intervention occurs in
situations which require expertise beyond that of the
practitioner. Direction may be provided by any person acceptable
to the standards committee for that specialty in which the
practitioner is working.
(6) "Division director" means the director of the professional
licensing boards division. The division director shall serve as
secretary to the board.
(7) "Fee" means money or anything of value, including but not
limited to a salary, offered or received as compensation in return
for rendering services in any specialty.
(8) "Marriage and family therapy" means that specialty which
evaluates and treats emotional and mental problems and conditions,
whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, resolves
intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts, and changes perception,
attitudes, and behavior; all within the context of marital and
family systems. Marriage and family therapy includes, without
being limited to, individual, group, couple, sexual, family, and
divorce therapy. Marriage and family therapy involves an applied
understanding of the dynamics of marital and family systems,
including individual psychodynamics, the use of assessment
instruments that evaluate marital and family functioning, and the
use of psychotherapy and counseling.
(9) "Practice a specialty" or "practice" means to offer to render
for a fee or to render for a fee any service involving the
application of principles, methods, or procedures of professional
counseling, social work, or marriage and family therapy.
(10) "Professional counseling" means that specialty which utilizes
counseling techniques based on principles, methods, and procedures
of counseling that assist people in identifying and resolving
personal, social, vocational, intrapersonal and interpersonal
concerns; utilizes counseling and psychotherapy to evaluate and
treat emotional and mental problems and conditions, whether
cognitive, behavioral, or affective; administers and interprets
educational and vocational assessment instruments and other tests
which the professional counselor is qualified to employ by virtue
of education, training, and experience; utilizes information and
community resources for personal, social, or vocational
development; utilizes individual and group techniques for
facilitating problem solving, decision making, and behavior
change; utilizes functional assessment and vocational planning and
guidance for persons requesting assistance in adjustment to a
disability or disabling condition; utilizes referral for persons
who request counseling services; and utilizes and interprets
(11) "Psychotherapeutic techniques" means those specific
techniques involving the in-depth exploration and treatment of
interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics but shall not include the
performance of those activities exclusively reserved to any other
business or profession by any other chapter of this title.
(12) "Recognized educational institution" means any educational
institution which grants a bachelor's, master's, specialist, or
doctoral degree and which is recognized by an accrediting body
acceptable to the board.
(13) "Social work" means that specialty which helps individuals,
marriages, families, couples, groups, or communities to enhance or
restore their capacity for functioning: by assisting in the
obtaining or improving of tangible social and health services; by
providing psychosocial evaluations, in-depth analyses and
determinations of the nature and status of emotional, cognitive,
mental, behavioral, and interpersonal problems or conditions; and
by counseling and psychotherapeutic techniques, casework, social
work advocacy, psychotherapy, and treatment in a variety of
settings which include but are not limited to mental and physical
health facilities, child and family service agencies, or private
(14) "Specialty" means social work, marriage and family therapy,
or professional counseling, or any combination thereof.
(15) "Supervision" means the direct clinical review, for the
purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of a specialty
practitioner's interaction with a client. It may include, without
being limited to, the review of case presentations, audio tapes,
video tapes, and direct observation in order to promote the
development of the practitioner's clinical skills.
(16) "Supervisor" means a person who meets the requirements
established by the standards committee for that specialty which is
being supervised and who is either licensed under this chapter or
is a psychiatrist or a psychologist.
(17) "The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family
Therapy Education" means the national accrediting agency for
marriage and family therapy education as recognized by the United
States Department of Education.
(18) "The Council on Social Work Education" means the national
accrediting agency for social work education as recognized by the
United States Department of Education and the Council on