April 10, 2015

1. Purpose of the Committee
The Supervision Committee was appointed in November 2013. The Committee is in the process of conducting a holistic review of the current requirements for supervised work experience and requirements for supervisors to determine if these requirements adequately prepare candidates to serve California’s diverse population. Stakeholders and interested parties will continue to be given an opportunity to provide input, feedback, and express their concerns regarding supervision.

The Committee, stakeholders, and interested parties will evaluate relevant data and information to establish standards for supervisors and supervision that ensures consumer protection and does not impede the licensure process.

The Committee, as well as stakeholders from CAMFT and AAMFT, have met on April 4, 2014, June 27, 2014, August 29, 2014, October 24, 2014, January 30, 2015, and April 10, 2015.

2. Supervised Work Experience Requirements for LMFT Legislation
The BBS has introduced SB 620 (Block) recrafting the hours of supervised experience and the associated minimums and maximums (“buckets”) in an attempt to keep standards similar between the licenses as well as expedite the evaluation system. Some of the streamlined revisions include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimum 1,750 direct counseling hours
  • Maximum 1,250 non-clinical experience hours (direct supervisor contact, administering and evaluating psychological tests, writing clinical reports, writing progress/process notes, client-centered advocacy, and workshops, training and conferences)
  • Maximum 750 hours for trainees obtaining direct counseling and direct supervisor contact
  • Removal of group-therapy maximum
  • Removal of tele-health maximum
    Removal of “conjoint treatment” and personal psychotherapy incentive hours

The BBS believes that the benefits of this overhaul include supervisors having additional flexibility when determining type of experience, less complexity facilitating a better understanding of experience and supervision requirements, applicants could better obtain and track hours of experience, the requirements would be more in-line with the other therapy professions, and the BBS could evaluate/process applications quicker.

3. Supervisory Continuing Education
The Committee discussed the make-up of continuing education for supervisors. The Committee discussed the LCSW requirement of 15 hours of training prior to commencing supervision versus the six (6) hour bi-yearly training for LMFTs. The Committee agreed that both were important aspects of supervisory training but believed that the 15 hours was more beneficial to the supervisor and supervisee.

4. Supervisor Certification
The Committee discussed the benefit of supervisory certification. Public comment indicated that mandatory supervisory certification was not desired, however, the Committee will recommend to the full Board that CAMFT and AAMFT supervisor-certification be a suitable replacement for supervisory continuing education.

5. Psychologist and Psychiatrist Training
The Committee addressed the disparity that Psychologists and Psychiatrists currently do not need any kind of supervisory training to supervise BBS regulated psychotherapists. While it was noted that there was a desire to entice Psychologists and Psychiatrists to provide supervision to pre-licensed therapists, it was noted that supervisory training benefited all involved—supervisor, supervisee, and consumer.

6. Pre-Approval of Supervisors
While the Committee, and public, concurred that pre-approval would be ideal, it was noted that the BBS did not have the resources for any such undertaking. The Committee discussed having supervisors sign some kind of document in addition to the Responsibility Statement to guarantee adherence to their responsibilities and duties, as well as possible audit capabilities.

7. Supervisor/Supervisee Survey
The Committee reviewed the survey results obtained by Supervisees/Supervisors. As of March 23, 2015 the BBS had collected 397 total responses (198 complete responses) for the Supervisee Survey and 357 total responses (342 complete responses) for the Supervisor Survey. While, this was a volunteer sampling of the population, it was noted by the Committee that nearly 20% of respondents of the Supervisees did not receive weekly feedback on their caseload.

8. Remaining Items
Still to be vetted by the Committee are issues such as Supervision Requirements including supervision definitions, amount and type of weekly supervisor contact, supervision formats, monitoring/evaluating the supervisee. Also to be discussed are issues such as Employment/Employers including registrant/trainee employment, supervisor employment, offsite supervision, temp agency employers, etc.

NOTE: CAMFT strongly recommends any pre-licensee, supervisor, or academic interested in the supervisory process, requirements or qualifications to attend these BBS Supervision Committee meetings—the Committee is very welcoming to all public comment. While CAMFT attends all meetings, and is very vocal about each issue which is discussed, this is a great way to have any personal opinions heard.

Future Meeting Dates
June 26, 2015 Southern California
August 7, 2015 Sacramento
October 23, 2015 Sacramento