(225 ILCS 107/10)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
As used in this Act:
"Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address and those changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.
"Email address of record" means the designated email address recorded by the Department in the applicant's application file or the licensee's license file, as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
"Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
"Board" means the Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary
Board as appointed by the Secretary.
"Person" means an individual, association, partnership, or
"Professional counseling" means the provision of services to
individuals, couples, groups, families, and organizations in any one or
more of the fields of professional counseling. "Professional counseling" includes the therapeutic process of: (i) conducting assessments and diagnosing for the purpose of establishing treatment goals and objectives and (ii) planning, implementing, and evaluating treatment plans using treatment interventions to facilitate human development and to identify and remediate mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and associated distresses that interfere with mental health.
Professional counseling may also include clinical professional
counseling as long as it is not conducted in independent private practice
as defined in this Act.
"Clinical professional counseling" means the provision of
professional counseling and mental health services, which includes, but is
not limited to, the application of clinical counseling theory and
techniques to prevent and alleviate mental and emotional disorders and
psychopathology and to promote optimal mental health, rehabilitation,
treatment, testing, assessment, and evaluation. "Clinical professional counseling" may include the practice of professional counseling as defined in this Act. It also includes
clinical counseling and psychotherapy in a professional relationship to
assist individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations to
alleviate emotional disorders, to understand conscious and unconscious
motivation, to resolve emotional, relationship, and attitudinal conflicts,
and to modify behaviors that interfere with effective emotional, social,
adaptive, and intellectual functioning.
"Licensed professional counselor" and "professional counselor" means
a person who holds a license authorizing the practice of professional
counseling as defined in this Act.
"Licensed clinical professional counselor" and "clinical
professional counselor" means a person who holds
a license authorizing the independent practice of clinical professional
counseling in private practice as defined in this Act.
"Independent private practice of clinical professional counseling" means the
application of clinical professional counseling knowledge and skills by a
licensed clinical professional counselor who regulates and is responsible
for her or his own practice or treatment procedures.
"Clinical supervision" or "supervision" means the experience is under the order, control, and full professional responsibility of a supervisor who reviews aspects of
counseling and case
management in a face-to-face meeting with the person under supervision. "Face-to-face" means the session is live, interactive, and visual. Video is considered face-to-face if the session is synchronous and involves verbal and visual interaction during supervision.
"Qualified supervisor" or "qualified clinical supervisor" means any
person who is a licensed clinical
professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical
psychologist, psychiatrist as defined in Section 1-121 of the Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities Code, or other supervisor as defined by
rule. A qualified supervisor may be provided at the applicant's place of work,
or may be hired by the applicant to provide supervision.
"Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
"Volunteer" means a person performing services without compensation for a nonprofit organization, a nonprofit corporation, a hospital, a governmental entity, or a private business, other than reimbursement for actual expenses incurred. "Volunteer" includes a person serving as a director, officer, trustee, or direct service volunteer.
(Source: P.A. 102-878, eff. 1-1-23