Monthly Archives: June 2020

Waiver to extend examination eligibility

The BBS has issued a wavier extending examination eligibility for marriage and family therapist (LMFT), clinical social worker (LCSW) and professional clinical counselor (LPCC) applicants that failed the clinical examination, and whose one-year eligibility to re-take the examination expired between March 31, 2020 and July 1, 2020.  This waiver allows 18 months instead of 12 months to retake the examination.  The 18-month starts on the date the notification of failure of the exam was issued.  Read the notice issued by the BBS.

Law & Ethics Exam Waiver for Subsequent Associate Registration

The BBS has granted a waiver for the requirement that associates (associate marriage and family therapists, associate clinical social workers, and associate professional clinical counselors) must pass the California law and ethics examination before a subsequent registration number is issued.  The waiver applies to all associates who are in their last year of renewal, if that renewal expires between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

A link to the text of the wavier can be found here.

Practicum Enrollment Waiver from BBS

Under current law MFT trainees are permitted to counsel clients outside of practicum as long as the period of lapsed enrollment in the practicum is less than 90 calendar days.  The BBS has issued a waiver that extends the lapsed enrollment period from 90 days to 180 days.  Note that the waiver only applies to trainees who were last enrolled in a practicum course between March 31, 2020 and May 1, 2020.  These trainees are permitted to counsel clients while not enrolled in practicum if the period of lapsed enrollment is less than 180 calendar days, and if that period is immediately preceded by enrollment in a practicum course and immediately followed by enrollment in a practicum course or completion of the degree program.

A link to the text of the wavier can be found here.