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COVID waiver extensions

Four of the COVID-19 waivers have been extended by the BBS:

  • renewal requirements – extended to Oct 31, 2020
  • L&E Exam requirement for subsequent registrations – extended to Oct 31, 2020
  • face-to-face supervision – extended to Nov 2, 2020
  • practicum enrollment – (date has not been updated by the BBS but they have stated that the waiver has been extended)

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Logging Telehealth Hours (California ASWs)

Given the current pandemic there are a lot of questions about logging telehealth hours.  Below is the latest information specific to ASWs.

How do I log telehealth hours?

The ASW requirements do not require hours to be logged under a category of telehealth because there is no maximum for that category and the category is not reported separately on the forms.  Individual or group counseling hours whether provided face-to-face or via telehealth should be logged under the category of Individual or Group Psychotherapy.

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.