The truth about averaging hours (pre-2010): (California MFT version only)

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The good news is that you can average hours.

However (and this is a big however), you can only average hours from weeks where there is at least one unit of supervision.

When calculating your averages, you cannot include any weeks that do not have either 1 hour of individual supervision or 2 hours of group supervision.

Here is an example:

Week 1: You have 7 hours of direct service counseling hours and 1 unit of supervision. If you are a trainee, you would need 2 units of supervision to comply with the ratio requirements. 

Week 2: You have 4 hours of direct service counseling hours and 2 units of supervision. If you are a trainee, you would only need 1 units of supervision to comply with the ratio requirements. 

So over the course of these two weeks, you have 11 hours of direct service counseling hours and you have 3 units of supervision. So this all works out. You have enough supervision to meet the ratio requirements.

The same applies to Interns, however the ratio is 10:1 and not 5:1.

 

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