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October 19

So Can California Supervisees Work from Home or What?

During the pandemic, therapists have overwhelmingly been providing services via telehealth. In many cases, they’ve been doing so from their homes. While the transition hasn’t been easy, there is little evidence so far to suggest that it has created significant problems for client care or therapist supervision. Now, some of that working from home may … Continued

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October 14

All BBS COVID-19 Waivers set to Expire

The BBS has announced that all of the COVID-19 waivers that have been in place will NOT be extended beyond their current expiration date of October 31, 2021.  View Waivers

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October 7

BBS New Supervision-Related Regulations Jan 1, 2022

New supervision-related regulations have been approved by the BBS with an effective date of January 1, 2022. The new regulations do all of the following: •       Create consistency in supervisor requirements and responsibilities between the LMFT, LCSW and LPCC professions.•       Implement several new supervisor responsibilities.•       Require all supervisors to … Continued

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October 7

New Supervision Agreement Form

Effective January 1, 2022 supervisors and supervisees will need to complete and sign a Supervision Agreement Form. This new form will replace the Supervisor Responsibility Statement and Supervisory Plan forms and will be required for new supervisory relationships from January 1, 2022 forward. If you are currently working under supervisor or begin working under a … Continued

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October 5

Remote Supervision Waiver Set to Expire

During the pandemic the BBS has repeatedly renewed a waiver that allowed Associates in any setting (including private practice) to count supervision via two-way, real-time videoconferencing. The current waiver is set to expire on October 31, and it is highly unlikely that it will be further extended. What does this mean? If you are currently … Continued

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September 15

California Law & Ethics Requirement (proposed change)

The BBS is moving forward with a proposal to eliminate the 12-hour California law and ethics course requirement, and replace it with a requirement that all registrants complete a 3-hour California law and ethics course in each renewal cycle. Learn More

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June 25

TYH Blog Series: Evidence-based Treatment

This is the first in a series of posts that will examine evidence-based treatment approaches It is likely that you have read the study published in 2015 that identified a replication crisis in the body of work published in the field of psychology.  This study found that only 39 of the 100 replication attempts were … Continued

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June 14

Is it time to start preparing for face-to-face supervision? (California BBS)

The short answer is yes.  During the COVID-19 pandemic the Board of Behavioral Sciences issued (and extended multiple times) a waiver for the face-to-face supervision requirement.  This waiver has allowed Associates in any setting (including private practice) to count supervision via two-way, real-time videoconferencing.  In addition, it allowed Practicum students to count telehealth hours toward … Continued

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June 9

Delay in approving BBS LMFT Clinical Exam Applications

The BBS is currently reviewing LMFT Clinical Exam applications that were submitted the last week of December 2020.  As applicants wait over 5 months for a letter from the BBS many are wondering why it is taking so long. Why are AMFTs waiting over 5 months for their applications to be reviewed? In the month … Continued

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May 25

My supervisor is refusing to sign my hours. What do I do?

Ideally, as you go through your supervised experience for California licensure, you’ll have your supervisor sign your Weekly Summary of Hours of Experience each week. That way, if something happens to the supervisor, you have strong documentation of the hours of experience you had gained up to that point. But what happens when a supervisor … Continued

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