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A new Labor Commissioner ruling offers clarity on the legality of post-degree unpaid internships. In this article, Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq. explains the six criteria governing whether a post-degree internship for AMFT's may be unpaid.

SB 620 Signed by Governor

Effective January 1, 2018, the title for a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern was changed to Associate Marriage and Family Therapist” (or “Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist,” if preferred). This article will discuss the new advertising guidelines for BBS registrants.

This article discusses issues around supervised experience and advertising for MFT Trainees.

The case, Johanna Workman v. Regents of the University of California, San Francisco Branch, harmonizes with CAMFT’s interpretation of California’s labor laws and our general recommendation to classify Associate MFTs as W-2 employees.

Many graduates who have applied for their intern registration are interested in marketing their services to the public. Learn how applicants for intern registration can comply with advertising laws and regulations.

Recent Trends and Hot Topics in the Internship World

This article provides a summary of the law, reviews the exceptions to this principal, and offers general suggestions on how to structure relationships with trainees and interns in a manner that complies with the applicable laws.

This article will review the section of law that requires there to be a written agreement between schools and work settings for the hours of experience gained by trainees outside of their practicum assignments.

CAMFT surveys pre-licensed members