Proposed changes to requirements for supervisors

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The BBS Supervision Committee has recommended the following changes to requirements for supervisors (these recommended changes have not been formally submitted to the Board for approval yet):

  • Increase the initial training of LMFT and LPCC supervisors to 15 hours for consistency with the current requirements for LCSW supervisors.
  • Require 6 hours of ongoing training every two years for LCSW, consistent with current LMFT and LPCC requirements. The committee is exploring the possibility of using a competency-based model for these hours rather than specifying particular training content.
  • Accept an advanced supervisor certification in lieu of the requirement that supervisors be licensed for two years before supervising,
  • Require supervisors to self-certify to the Board that they meet all qualifications to supervise prior to the commencement of supervision.
  •  Require the supervisor to provide the supervisee with a signed disclosure that includes information about how to submit a complaint about a supervisor.
  • Require the Board to perform random audits of supervisor qualifications. Currently, staff can only audit retrospectively as hours are turned in with the licensing application.
  • Time licensed in another state should be able to count towards 2 years of licensure for all supervisor/license types.
  • The requirement that a supervisor practice psychotherapy (or supervise individuals who practice psychotherapy) for 2 out of the past 5 years should not be changed. However, language should be added to require competency in the areas of clinical practice and techniques being supervised.
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