Potential Elimination of 90 Day Rule

This Friday (February 9, 2018) the BBS will vote on a proposal to eliminate the ability of MFT graduates to claim hours of experience logged between graduation and issuance of their associate registration (currently referred to as the “90-day rule”).  This change would also impact LPCC candidates.  CAMFT has submitted compromise language that may be considered by the board. We will post an update as soon as a final decision is communicated by the BBS.

UPDATE – The  BBS has voted to keep the 90-day rule for those whose employers require them to do Live Scan fingerprinting prior to gaining experience.

Reminder – Title Change for Interns

This is a reminder that that effective January 1, 2018 the Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Interns will be referred to as “Associate Marriage and Family Therapists” or “Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapists,” and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns will be referred to as “Associate Professional Clinical Counselors” or “Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselors.”  You may NOT use the new titles prior to January 1, 2018.  You can learn more by reading this FAQ from the BBS.

BBS Releases Q1 2017 CE Audit Results

Did you know that in 2016 the BBS resumed random continuing education (CE) audits?  They randomly select a number of renewing licensees and confirm whether they have met all CE requirements.  If you fail a CE audit you can receive a citation and a fine. In the most recent audit 28% of LCSWs and 25% of LMFts failed (Page 8 of Fall 2017 Newsletter).  How do you fail a CE audit?  According to the BBS the top reasons are:

  • Failure to complete the required law and ethics coursework.
  • Failure to complete the required number of CE units within the renewal period.
  • Completing CE courses from unapproved providers.

In several months we will be launching a new site, TrackYourCEUs.  Our mission is to help make your compliance with the CEU requirements as simple as possible.  We are designing the site to address the three issues listed above.  Learn More 

Title Changes for MFT Registered Interns and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns

The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) recently announced that effective January 1, 2018, Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Interns will be referred to as “Associate Marriage and Family Therapists” or “Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapists,” and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns will be referred to as “Associate Professional Clinical Counselors” or “Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselors.”

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