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2010 BBS Forms Faqs

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FAQ’s for Weekly Summary of Hours of Experience &

MFT Experience Verification Form

When completing these forms, be sure to complete all necessary fields. The Weekly Summary of Hours of Experience and the MFT Experience Verification form are the two forms used to document supervised work experience requirements.

1.    How do I log/get credit for the conjoint couples and family incentive hours?
When completing the Weekly Summary of Hours of Experience form and the MFT Experience Verification form, you will document the total couples, families and children hours gained on or after 1/1/2010 on the form item titled “Couples, families, and children.” In the subsection below, record the amount of actual conjoint couples and families hours. This subsection is only for recording purposes and will not affect your supervision requirements or increase your weekly totals. Please only document actual hours. Do not double count the hours on your forms. Once your application is received by the Board, those hours will be evaluated, and up to the first 150 hours of conjoint couples and family hours will be double counted to a maximum of 300 hours.

For example: If Allison completed 10 couples, families and children hours, and 6 of those hours were conjoint couples and family, Allison would record 10 hours in the couples, families and children category and 6 hours below in the conjoint couples and family subsection.

2.    If I have already gained conjoint couples and family hours before 1/1/2010, can I count those prior hours towards the incentive?

No. Only the first 150 hours of conjoint couples and family hours gained on or after 1/1/2010 will be double counted.

3.    How do I know when to stop using the old forms and start using the new forms?

For any hours gained on or after 1/1/2010 the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) encourages all Trainees and Interns to start using the new Weekly Summary of Hours of Experience form and MFT Experience Verification form. Any hours gained prior to 1/1/2010 should be documented on the previous versions of the forms. The current version and prior version of the Weekly Summary of Hours of Experience and the MFT Experience Verification are available on the “Forms and Publications” section of the BBS Web site

4.    Can I combine pre-degree and post-degree work experience on the same form?

The BBS advises separating pre- and post-degree experience on separate Weekly Summary of Hours of Experience and MFT Experience Verification forms. As long as your application for Intern registration is submitted within 90 days of your degree conferral date, you may count experience gained during this time and log these as post- degree hours. If you do not submit your application within 90 days, you will not be able to count hours until your Intern registration number is issued.

5.    Now that W-2s or a letter verifying volunteer status are required for MFT Interns, do I have to locate all past employers when I was employed before 1/1/2010 to get documentation?

No. Only Interns must submit a W-2 or letter from the employer verifying voluntary status for hours gained on or after 1/1/2010. This is not required for any hours gained before this date or for Trainees.

6.    How do I fill out the forms if I have more than one supervisor in the same work setting?

If you are receiving supervision from two individuals in an employment setting, you can document this on separate forms. As long as the time periods on the two forms overlap and the employment setting is the same, the BBS will lump the experience and supervision together upon evaluation of the forms.

7.    As a Trainee, can I count administering and evaluating psychological tests of counselees, writing clinical reports and progress and process notes?

Yes. Starting 1/1/2010 Trainees can now count these hours up to the maximum of 250 hours. Any hours gained as a Trainee in this category prior to 1/1/2010 will not be able to count.

The Truth About Workshop Hours

It seems that not a week goes by that we don’t get a call or email from someone wondering why some of their hours for Workshops are not being counted by TrackYourHours.  The answer is quite simple:

You must have at least one unit of supervision in every week that you want any of your hours to be counted, even Workshops. So, if you have any Workshop hours in a particular week, please make sure you have at least one unit of supervision (1 hour of individual supervision or 2 hours of group supervision) for that week.

We have checked this out with the BBS numerous times to make sure we got it correct.

Watch Those Numbers Add Up!

Watch Those Numbers Add Up!

Do you know that people who track their hours finish their hours more quickly? Ok, so I do not actually have any proof of this :0). However, what I do know is that the people I talk to who have a “general” idea of their hours often end up waiting until well after they have hit the “mark” before submitting their hours. Sometimes, spending an extra 4 months, or more gathering hours.

What their mind tells them is happening with their hours is often quite different than the reality. In addition, because they don’t track on a regular basis, inputting hours and calculating totals becomes a chore, and easy to avoid! While taking a laid back approach to the licensing process is absolutely the right fit for some people, for others it just makes a long process take even longer!

You are here at www.trackyourhours.com, so I imagine you are the kind of person who wants to keep track, and is excited to see the number of hours you have completed grow. You know that breaking your big goal into smaller steps and keeping track of your progress helps you to reach your goal. You have already learned that www.trackyourhours.com is the best way to keep track of your hours, the most intuitive, and the easiest!

Here are some additional tips to speed along the process:

1. Have a method for daily tracking of your clinical tasks. Whether it is in a dayplanner, agency scheduling book, or a piece of paper with little hash marks, keep good track of what you are doing at work. I find that many interns underestimate the amount of time they are spending on the phone with clients and doing clinical paperwork.
2. Input your hours on a weekly basis, print them off, and get them signed. I think this is especially important at the beginning of a supervision relationship. You are building trust in one another. If there is going to be a problem with signing off hours, you want to know right away. In addition, life happens. You don’t want to be scurrying if the supervisor suddenly leaves, gets in a car accident, or dies.
3. Know the laws and have a clear idea of how they relate to your workplace. Make sure you have a clear understanding of where your cross the line between client contact and countable hours. Did you know that doing a children or teen therapy group counts towards your children, families, and couples hours? My clinical supervisor, who was wonderful, didn’t know this and gave me misinformation. While clinical supervisors are great, get in the habit of going straight to the source with your questions. BBS and CAMFT are great resources (even for ACSWs).
4. Workshops, trainings, and individual therapy are all great ways to max out your hours. Just be aware of the 1,000 maximum on professional enrichment activities: supervision, trainings, and individual therapy.
5. Keep an eye on those ratios. The ratios are important for a variety of reasons. In the next “installment” I will be talking about what to do if your ratios are off to get back on track.

Are you doing all of the above? A+!
Find an area that you need to work on? Get moving!
Did this bring up questions? Ask them!

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Remember, the process from here to the license and professional life you want does not have to be painful!

Miranda Palmer, MFT
http://mftguide.com

Miranda Palmer, MFT is a coach who helps pre-licensed individuals develop and follow their individualized path from where they are, to the license, business, and salary they want! You can learn more about her services, free online study groups for exams, and read more free articles at http://mftguide.com