Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 2014 Newsletter


  • The BBS has indicated that they expect to include content from the DSM-5 beginning December 1, 2014 for LCSW candidates and January 1, 2015 for LMFT candidates.  AATBS offers DSM-V review materials.
  • As previously announced, the BBS exam restructure is delayed until January 1, 2016.
  • You can easily verify the status of your supervisor’s license here. 

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Top 10 Tips for Finding a Private Practice Internship

In 2014, the job market is tough for pre-licensed LMFT, LCSW, LPC, and Psychologists looking to find paid jobs. Many of the agency jobs, non-profit jobs, and county positions have lost funding. So, pre-licensed mental health professionals are not only struggling to gather the hours needed to apply for licensure, but they are struggling to get paid doing what they love.

Smart pre-licensed therapists are breaking away from the pack, and looking to create their own positions through landing, or creating, private practice internships. Let me be clear, these internships are few and far between! However, you might be surprised that you may be able to create the perfect opportunity for you.   Continue reading

You have completed your hours, what’s next?

It can certainly be a long road on the way from graduate school to becoming a Licensed MFT or Social Worker in California and often takes candidates 4-5 years between graduate school and accumulating the required hours of experience.  Then, candidates have to apply to the Board of Behavioral Science to have their application reviewed to become eligible to take the state licensing exams.  Unfortunately in recent years, that application process has slowed down and candidates are often waiting about 6 months before their application is reviewed.  For a process that already takes a while, this delay in processing slows things down even further.  Therefore, it is important for candidates to find ways to expedite this process as much as possible.  Here are a few tips:   Continue reading

BBS MFT Supervision Requirements

This article provides an overview of the supervision requirements and limits for California LMFT Trainees & Interns.

Weekly Supervision Requirements

As an MFT Trainee, you must meet the mandatory minimum of one unit of weekly supervision at each work setting where you are claiming experience.  In addition, you are required to receive an additional unit of supervision for every five hours of direct counseling experience claimed at each setting.   Continue reading

Logging and reporting conjoint couples and family hours

How to Log BBS MFT Conjoint Couples and Family Hours

Understanding the Conjoint Couples & Family Incentive

The BBS provides an incentive for gaining experience treating couples and families.  Both pre- and post-degree you are allowed to “double-count” up to 150 hours of treatment of couples and families.  For example, if you log 150 hours with couples and families, they will be counted as 300 hours when your hours are submitted for review (additional hours logged above 150 are not double counted).  Note:  Hours logged prior to January 1, 2010 are not eligible for double counting.  Continue reading