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Law & Ethics Exam Waiver for Subsequent Associate Registration
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
Logging Telehealth Hours (California APCCs)
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
Logging Telehealth Hours (California Trainees and AMFTs)
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
BBS allows scanned forms
The BBS has always required original forms with wet signatures to be submitted with the application for licensure. The BBS hosted a FB Live session on Friday, May 8. During this session they stated that scanned forms will be accepted during the COVID-19 pandemic. What does this mean? You can email your experience verification form … ContinuedContinue reading >
California DCA issues a waiver allowing video supervision for MFT Trainees, AMFTs, APCCs & ASWs
Update May 8, 2020 – The BBS has provided additional guidance, stating that real-time video supervision is acceptable from March 4, 2020 (the date of the Governor’s initial state of emergency declaration) forward. The California DCA has issued a waiver allowing BBS registrants (MFT Trainees, AMFTs, APCCs and ASWs) in all work settings to receive … ContinuedContinue reading >
Is face-to-face supervision still required on a weekly basis?
UPDATED May 6, 2020 The California DCA has issued a waiver allowing BBS registrants (MFT Trainees, AMFTs, APCC and ASWs) in all work settings to receive two-way, real-time video supervision as of May 6, 2020. The relevant sections of the waiver are pasted below. Prior to this waiver face-to-face supervision was required in any setting … ContinuedContinue reading >
Telehealth Waivers Related to COVID-19
Two BBS waivers are in place. They include: • Waiving examination and continuing education requirements for current health care licensees. • Waiving reinstatement requirements for inactive, retired, and canceled health care licenseesContinue reading >
Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Requirement
Per the BBS (https://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/legupdate_18.pdf) there is a new requirement regarding suicide risk assessment and intervention training starting January 1, 2021. This requirement applies to both new licensees as well as renewals… Effective January 1, 2021, applicants for licensure for each of the Board’s four license types (LMFT, LEP, LCSW, and LPCC), as well as all … ContinuedContinue reading >
The BBS has taken a formal position to support AB2943 which would make Sexual Orientation Change Efforts an unlawful business practice. California Assembly Bill 1436 would mandate six hours of suicide prevention training for master’s-level mental health professionals.Continue reading >
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 … ContinuedContinue reading >
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