Proposed changes to requirements for supervisors


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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