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California BBS Face-to-Face Supervision Waiver Extended Again
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 their required hours of counseling. … ContinuedContinue reading >
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
Why is it beneficial for a pre-licensee to complete continuing education courses? (California AMFTs, APCCs and ASWs)
Although you are not required to complete continuing education courses until you are licensed, these courses are a great way for pre-licensed clinicians to earn additional hours of experience and expand their knowledge and skills. In addition, as of January 1, 2021 there is a new Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention requirement that can be … ContinuedContinue reading >
How do I log continuing education credits when I am pre-licensed?
Until you are licensed as an LMFT, LPCC or LCSW, continuing education hours do not technically count as CEs. Continuing education hours should be logged in the category of workshops and trainings. The BBS does not require you to submit or retain any documentation of the training. As long as your supervisor approves the training … ContinuedContinue reading >
Six Year Rule
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
Practicum Enrollment Waiver from BBS
Under current law MFT trainees are permitted to counsel clients outside of practicum as long as the period of lapsed enrollment in the practicum is less than 90 calendar days. The BBS has issued a waiver that extends the lapsed enrollment period from 90 days to 180 days. Note that the waiver only applies to … ContinuedContinue reading >
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
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