California LMFT Option 2

What if I am unable to complete my 3,000 total hours by December 31, 2020, but I want to be evaluated under Option 2 (old requirements)?

On Friday, May 15 the BBS hosted a Facebook Live event and stated that if you are unable to complete the Option 2 requirements by December 31, 2020 as a result of issues related to COVID-19 you should post-mark your application by that date (the deadline for submitting under the old requirements).  The BBS will review your application and you will receive a deficiency letter.  You will have one year from the date of the deficiency letter to submit additional hours and you will still be evaluated under the Option 2 requirements.  You must post-mark your application by December 31 or you will lose the ability to choose Option 2.

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)

View all Waivers

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.