What is the 6-year rule?
California Associates may only claim hours earned within 6 years of the date they submit their application for examination and licensure. The only exception to this rule is that AMFTs may claim up to 500 pre-degree practicum hours in the categories of counseling and supervision (other categories may not be claimed). The BBS has recently reiterated that there are no COVID waivers related to the 6-year rule and no exceptions will be made.
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.
The BBS has announced that they will be increasing their fees on January 1, 2021. Learn More by reading the FAQ released by the BBS.
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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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.