October 24, 2014
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
work experience and requirements for supervisors.
The Committee is focusing on the assessment of current requirements for supervised
work experience, supervisor’s qualifications, and supervisor’s responsibilities
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
The Committee, stakeholders, and interested parties will evaluate relevant
data and information to establish standards for supervisors and supervision
consumer protection and does not impede the licensure process.
The Committee, as well as stakeholders from CAMFT and AAMFT, met to discuss
the current requirements, and possible future changes to the licensure path
on April 4, 2014, June 27, 2014, August 29, 2014, and October 24, 2014.
2. Review of Current Supervised Work Experience Requirements for LMFT and
The Committee reviewed the current breakdown of supervised experience hours
LMFTs and LPCCs must accomplish to become licensed in the state of California.
Committee staff prepared an initial draft legislative proposal pertaining
only to the hours of supervised experience and the associated minimums and
(“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
- Minimum 1,750 direct counseling hours
- Maximum 1,250 non-clinical experience hours (direct supervisor contact,
administering and evaluating psychological tests, writing clinical reports,
notes, client-centered advocacy, and workshops, training and conferences)
- Maximum 750 hours for trainees obtaining direct counseling and direct
- Removal of tele-health maximum
Removal of “conjoint treatment” and personal psychotherapy
The Committee discussed the benefits of this overhaul, which include the
following: supervisors having additional flexibility when determining type
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.
View full proposed draft for public comment.
CAMFT noted that while more discussion and review was necessary, the draft
changes overall were acceptable. AAMFT was in concurrence. CAMFT also urged
the BBS to
move forward and make the effort to introduce legislation in 2015, versus
waiting until 2016, expressing continued concerns about the backlog of
licensure. CAMFT further expressed a possible desire to have CAMFT/AAMFT
introduce the legislation if the BBS could not get Board approval by 2015.
3. Other Supervision Topics
There was discussion between the Committee and stakeholders on the current
six-year limit of hours. While the stakeholders did express concern about
being unable to count all hours towards licensure and/or losing the ability
to work in private practice, given the change to the licensure requirements
being introduced in 2015 or 2016, no change to the six-year limit was decided.
However, given the concerns CAMFT, and other stakeholders conveyed, the
Committee will recommend to the Board to considering changing the strict
to allowing for possible life event-discretion (i.e., medical life event,
serving in the military.)
The Committee discussed the change of individual supervision requirements
to a “triadic” supervision requirement. Meaning, that “individual” supervision
would include either one-on-one supervision, or two-on-one. After stakeholder
input, the Committee will recommend to the BBS to make this statutory change.
The Committee discussed whether to require some LMFT hours to be gained
under the direct supervision of an LMFT. After stakeholder input, and
the BBS breakdown of supervised hours, the decision was made to take
no action at this time.
The Committee discussed the current ratios of supervision to client hours
and client contact. No action was taken.
4. Public Comment
The Committee allowed for public comment. Observers thanked the Committee
for moving forward with this holistic review and proposed changes.