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,
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
Removal of tele-health maximum
Removal of “conjoint treatment” and personal psychotherapy incentive
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