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.
The BBS has issued a wavier extending examination eligibility for marriage and family therapist (LMFT), clinical social worker (LCSW) and professional clinical counselor (LPCC) applicants that failed the clinical examination, and whose one-year eligibility to re-take the examination expired between March 31, 2020 and July 1, 2020. This waiver allows 18 months instead of 12 months to retake the examination. The 18-month starts on the date the notification of failure of the exam was issued. Read the notice issued by the BBS.
The BBS has granted a waiver for the requirement that associates (associate marriage and family therapists, associate clinical social workers, and associate professional clinical counselors) must pass the California law and ethics examination before a subsequent registration number is issued. The waiver applies to all associates who are in their last year of renewal, if that renewal expires between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020.
A link to the text of the wavier can be found here.
Given the current pandemic there are a lot of questions about logging telehealth hours. Below is the latest information on these topics that is specific to APCCs.
How do I log telehealth hours?
The LPCC Option 1 (new) requirements, which all APCCs should use, do not require hours to be logged under the category of telehealth because there is no maximum for that category and the category is not reported separately on the Option 1 forms. Although the hours should not be logged under the category of telehealth for purposes of tracking hours for the BBS, please note that there are some states that require a breakout between face-to-face and telehealth hours when applying for licensure. For purposes of license portability we recommend using the Notes field in TYH to indicate which hours are telehealth in case you ever need to report these hours separately at some point in the future.
What if I want to use the Option 2 (old) requirements? Continue reading
Given the current pandemic there are a lot of questions about logging telehealth hours. Below is the latest information on these topics that is specific to MFT Trainees and AMFTs.
How do I log telehealth hours if I plan to submit my application under the Option 2 (old requirements)?
The Option 2 requirements have a category maximum for telehealth and therefore you must log telehealth hours in that category. If you provide individual counseling, group counseling or diagnosis/counseling with couples, families and children via telehealth, they should be logged in the telehealth category. Under Option 2 telehealth hours may not be logged in any other category. On Friday, May 15 the BBS hosted a Facebook Live event and confirmed that you must continue to follow the aforementioned approach to logging hours in order to remain in compliance with the regulations. Furthermore, the category maximum for telehealth (375) will continue to be enforced. If the BBS grants a waiver on either of these issues we will notify you.
What if I am unable to complete my 3,000 total hours and/or 500 CFC hours as a result of the inability to log CFC hours now that I am exclusively providing telehealth?