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In addition to meeting all applicable provisions of this Part, to be registered as a program recognized as leading to licensure in mental health counseling, which meets the requirements of section 79-9.1 of this Title, the program shall:

  1. be a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling;
  2. through December 31, 2009, include at least 48 semester hours, or the equivalent, of study, and effective January 1, 2010 and thereafter, include at least 60 semester hours, or the equivalent, of study;
  3. contain curricular content that includes but is not limited to each of the following content areas:
    1. human growth and development;
    2. social and cultural foundations of counseling;
    3. counseling theory and practice;
    4. psychopathology;
    5. group dynamics;
    6. lifestyle and career development;
    7. assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples, families and groups;
    8. research and program evaluation;
    9. professional orientation and ethics;
    10. foundations of mental health counseling and consultation;
    11. clinical instruction; and
  4. include a supervised internship or supervised practicum in mental health counseling of at least one-year, defined as at least 600 clock hours for purposes of this section.