June 26, 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,
April 10, 2015, and June 26, 2015.
2. SB 620
The Committee reviewed the status of SB 620, which revamps 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
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
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. Supervisor Qualifications
The Committee discussed the increase
of initial training of LMFT supervisors to 15 hours to be consistent with the
current requirements for LCSW supervisors.
There was also discussion of an ongoing training requirement of 6 hours—still
to be determined was length of time between training (i.e. every 2 years or
every 5 years), as well as what the content of the supervision training should
entail (i.e., possible competency-based training). These items will be addressed
at an upcoming Supervision Committee meeting.
The Committee discussed the acceptance of certification in lieu of the current
requirement that supervisors must be licensed for two years before supervising.
The entities that would be acceptable certification programs were CAMFT and
The Committee also discussed whether the 60 day grace period before supervision
must be completed should be extended to 90 days given the increase to 15 hours,
recommending 90 days.
4. Supervisor Certification
The Committee discussed ways to
make supervisors more aware and accountable. Pre-approval was deemed to be
unavailable at this time due to resources. The
Committee discussed possible self-certification, under penalty of perjury,
that supervisor met all qualifications to supervise prior to the commencement
of supervision. The BBS would then perform random audits to ensure compliance.
5. Outstanding Issues for Discussion
Still outstanding to be
discussed are: the definition of supervision; consistency of terms between
licenses (i.e., “fact to face psychotherapy”; “client
contact”); supervision ratios; averaging supervision; group supervision;
supervisor sick leave; weekly logs; supervision of applicant in test cycle;
and 6 year rules.
The next Supervision meeting will be held on August 6, 2015
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. To date, there have been only 1-2 members in attendance at