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Extension to waiver for face-to-face supervision

The BBS order waiving face-to-face training and supervision requirements that was originally set to expire on July 5, 2020 has been extended through September 3, 2020.  Read the BBS announcement.  What does this mean?  Regardless of the type of setting that you are working in (including private practices), you may gain your required weekly direct supervisor contact via two-way, real-time videoconferencing.

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.

Logging Telehealth Hours (California APCCs)

Given the current pandemic there are a lot of questions about logging telehealth hours.  Below is the latest information on these topics that is specific to APCCs.

How do I log telehealth hours?

The LPCC Option 1 (new) requirements, which all APCCs should use, do not require hours to be logged under the category of telehealth because there is no maximum for that category and the category is not reported separately on the Option 1 forms.  Although the hours should not be logged under the category of telehealth for purposes of tracking hours for the BBS, please note that there are some states that require a breakout between face-to-face and telehealth hours when applying for licensure.  For purposes of license portability we recommend using the Notes field in TYH to indicate which hours are telehealth in case you ever need to report these hours separately at some point in the future.

What if I want to use the Option 2 (old) requirements? Continue reading