January 30, 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, and January 30, 2015.

2. Supervised Work Experience Requirements for LMFT Legislation
The BBS has proposed legislation pertaining only to the hours of supervised experience and the associated minimums and maximums (“buckets”) to possibly make changes to the current system 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 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. The Committee will bring back suggested changes at the next Committee meeting.

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. The Committee decided to conduct further research into this topic to see if there were any complaints against either license in connection with supervisory roles of BBS regulated therapists.

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 directed staff to research the possibility of 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 for additional amendments to the survey which will be sent to those regulated by the BBS in the coming months.

The next Supervision meeting will be held on April 10, 2015 in Southern California.

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.