Division (A) & (B) of section 4757.01 define
(A) "Practice of professional counseling"; means rendering
or offering to render to individuals, groups, organizations or
the general public a counseling service involving the application
of clinical counseling principles, methods or procedures to assist
individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational
or career development and adjustment, including the diagnosis
and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.
(B) "Clinical counseling principles, methods, or procedures"
means an approach to counseling that emphasizes the counselor's
role in systematically assisting clients through all of the following:
assessing and analyzing background and current information, diagnosing
mental and emotional disorders, exploring possible solutions and
developing and providing a treatment plan for mental and emotional
adjustment or development. "Clinical counseling principles,
methods or procedures" includes at least counseling, appraisal,
consulting and referral.
Section 4757.21 of the Revised Code states: Counselor may
diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders. A person licensed
under this chapter to practice as a professional clinical counselor
or a professional counselor may diagnose and treat mental and
emotional disorders, except that a professional counselor may
do so only under the supervision of a psychologist, psychiatrist,
professional clinical counselor, independent marriage and family
therapist, or independent social worker. A professional clinical
counselor or professional counselor may engage in the private practice
of professional counseling as an individual practitioner or as a
member of a partnership or group practice.