Monthly Archives: December 2012

MFT Interns & Trainees – supervision hours no longer required for professional enrichment activities

MFT Interns & Trainees – supervision hours no longer required for professional enrichment activities

As a result of the recent passage of SB 1575, which amended Section 4980.43 of the Business and Professions Code, MFT trainees and interns are no longer required to receive direct supervision for professional enrichment activities (workshops, seminars, training sessions, and conferences).   Continue reading

TrackYourHours Knowledge Base Update

TrackYourHours has updated the Knowledge Base in order to provide a better experience to our users.  The new Knowledge Base includes useful articles and instructional videos about using TrackYourHours as well as links to licensure regulations and resources.  We will continue to expand the Knowledge Base over the next several months.  The Knowledge Base can be accessed by clicking the “Support” link while logged into your account.   Below is an outline of the content.

News & Updates»

Updates (4) »

  • We have updated our Knowledge Base!
  • Mobile access (IN DEVELOPMENT)
  • Updates to the dashboard page (IN DEVELOPMENT)

Social Media (3) »

  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Like us on Facebook
  • TrackYourHours Blog

News (2) »

  • TrackYourHours announces partnership
  • TrackYourHours announces partnership

Licensure Resources»

State regulations (3) »

  • California BBS MFT regulations & resources
  • California BBS ASW/LCSW regulations & resources
  • California BBS LPCC regulations & resources

Licensure FAQs (4) »

  • Do I need supervision to count workshop hours? (California MFT)
  • Navigating the ASW/LCSW Licensure Process (California ASW)
  • LPCC traditional versus grandfathering (California LPCC)

Using TrackYourHours (information for all versions)»

Getting Started (6) »

  • Getting Started…3 Easy Steps
  • Creating a Site
  • Adding a supervisor

Reports & Forms (2) »

  • Generating Reports & Forms
  • Why are my valid hours higher/lower than my recorded hours?

Account Settings (2) »

  • Account & Billing tab Settings
  • Changing your week-start day (Sunday or Monday)

Account Cancellation and Expiration (2) »

  • How do I cancel my account?
  • What happens if my account expires?

Alerts (2) »

  • Alerts for Exceeding Category Maximums
  • ‘Recorded’ and ‘Valid’ hours

FAQs (5) »

  • I forgot my username or password
  • How do I edit or delete hours?
  • How do I make a supervisor inactive?

Using TrackYourHours (version specific information)»

California MFT Knowledge Base (5) »

  • Logging and Reporting Conjoint Incentive Hours: (California MFT version only)
  • Information about California BBS Weekly Summary Forms
  • Workshop Hours and Supervision: (California MFT version only)

California ASW Knowledge Base (0) »

  • No topics found – Add Article »

California LPCC Knowledge Base (0) »

  • No topics found – Add Article »

Instructional Videos»

General Videos (applicable to all ver… (3) »

  • Video: Adding a Site
  • Video: Adding a Supervisor
  • Video: Entering & Editing Hours

California MFT Videos (1) »

  • Video: Entering & Editing Personal Psych Hours (CA MFT)

Community»

Feature Ideas (1) »

  • Feature Ideas

Community Question & Answer (0) »

  • No topics found – Ask a Question »

Community Tips & Tricks (0) »

  • No topics found – Add Article »

Is TrackYourHours coming to my state? (1) »

  • Why is TrackYourHours only available in California?

BBS application processing times

We know that one of your main goals as an intern or trainee is to gain enough hours to sit for licensure with the BBS.  If you’ve already submitted your application and are wondering where you are in the process, the BBS website frequently updates what ‘week’ of submitted applications they are currently working on.  You can find the most current information here. 

 

For the week of December 10th, 2012, the BBS is working on applications received during the following weeks:

Application Date
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern Registration Application November 28, 2012
Associate Social Worker Registration Application December 3, 2012
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern Registration Application November 28, 2012
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Examination Eligibility Applications July 20, 2012
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Examination Eligibility Applications August 15, 2012
Licensed Educational Psychologist Examination Eligibility Applications December 3, 2012
Continuing Education Provider Application November 29, 2012

New Grads: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

All the hard work you put in with graduate school is coming to an end and now you’re ready to get your career started. Distinguishing yourself from other fresh grads is essential to landing that first position out in the field. Below are eight tips to help you get started today.

Join and assume leadership in a professional organization. Get involved with your local AAMFT, CAMFT or NSW chapters. By actively participating in established organizations in the mental health community, you’re demonstrating a commitment to the field and your career development.

Network and make friends in the field. Not only does networking give you a broader circle to turn to when you’re looking for jobs, it also give you people to turn to when you need advice in the field.  Building a broad network takes work and this task should be a top priority as you transition from student to clinician.

Find a mentor. We’ve discussed tips on finding a mentor before, but let me emphasize how important having a mentor can be in your career development. The right match in a mentor can help you navigate your path towards licensure, hone your skills, develop marketing techniques and provide valuable insights, especially in the early stages of your career.

Maintain affiliation with your school. Keeping in touch with your graduate school is a great way to stay current with what’s developing in the mental health community.  Take advantage of ongoing training opportunities in order to stay connected and to continue your learning.

Have a well-polished resume. Creating a solid resume that effectively showcases your experience can be key in helping you land that first job out of grad school. Now that a majority of job postings are found online, which increases the number of applicants per position, making sure that your resume shines is more important than ever. Don’t just brush up that old resume you used to apply to practicums, take this opportunity to make sure to start a fresh; highlight your qualities and strengths, include your professional goals and put the most important information first.  Have your mentor and several colleagues review your resume to ensure that you are effectively selling yourself.

Switching Careers?  Use this to your advantage. For many therapists and social workers, the path to the mental health field wasn’t a direct one.  If working as a clinician is your second career, don’t think that your prior experience is moot.  What challenges did you overcome in your previous profession?  Did you have an opportunity to build relationships with clients or vendors?  Any leadership experience? Identify and emphasize your transferable skills in your resume and cover letter and make them work for you.

Be flexible. Everyone is looking for their dream job. Make a list of things that you want in your dream job. Is it flexible hours? Working with a specific population? Do you need to make a certain salary? Rank what is really important to you in finding that first job out of grad school and what you are willing to work for later on.

Remember why you chose this field.  As you make the transition from student to clinician it is easy to get distracted .  Keep yourself grounded and focus on what matters most…your clients.  You have dedicated a lot of time and energy to become licensed in a field where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others.  Congratulations and good luck.