January 1, 2016 the experience requirements for LMFTs changed. Applicants who submit their application between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2020 have the option of being evaluated under the old or new experience requirements. As of January 1, 2021 the new requirements will apply to all applicants.
The TrackYourHours software allows you to view an analysis of your hours under both the old and new requirements. When you login to your account you will see the "Dashboard Pre 2021" tab. This summary analyzes your hours under the old requirements. Clicking the "Dashboard 2021 Forward" tab shows an analysis of your hours under the new requirements. As you continue to log hours you should occasionally check both tabs because the benefit of the new versus old requirements may change as your hours change.
Dashboard Pre 2021 = Analyzes your hours under the old requirements.
Dashboard 2021 Forward = Analyzes your hours under the new requirements.
In the top-right of the page you will see the total hours that can be claimed under both the old and new requirements. This allows you to easily monitor which option is best for you.
Why are the totals different?
The changes in the experience requirements (summarized below) may result in a significant change in the hours that you can claim. The elimination of the double counting of couples/family hours and personal psychotherapy hours may reduce the hours that can be claimed under the new requirements. The elimination of the individual category maximums may result in an increase in your valid total under the new requirements.
Will I lose my personal psych hours and double counting of my couples/family hours?
As long as you submit your application by December 31, 2020 you can be evaluated under the old (current) requirements and you will not lose your personal psych hours or the double counting of your couples/family hours.
What do I need to do if I want to continue to view my hours under the old (current) requirements?
Nothing. When you login to your account you will see your hours analyzed under the old requirements. To view your hours analyzed under the new requirements click the "Dashboard 2021 Forward" tab.
Why did my Total Hours decrease under the new requirements?
The new requirements eliminate the double counting of couples/family hours and eliminate the ability to claim personal psychotherapy hours which are triple counted under the old requirements.
Why did my Total Hours increase under the new requirements?
The new requirements eliminate some of the individual category maximums. If you were over one or more of the category maximums and you don't have many couples/family or personal psychotherapy hours logged, the new experience requirements may result in an increase in the number of hours you can claim.
How do I inform the BBS which option I want to choose?
The BBS has not released any information on this topic yet. We will notify you as soon as they do.
Does this update change the way my hours are reported on the BBS forms?
No. This update does not have any impact on the way your hours are reported. If the BBS updates their forms, we will update TrackYourHours.
Summary of the Changes to the Requirements
- The category of non-counseling experience is renamed non-clinical practice, the category maximum is increased from 1,000 to 1,250 and the sub-categories of administering and evaluating psychological tests, writing clinical reports, writing progress or process notes and client-centered advocacy are added to the category.
- The category maximum (500) for administering and evaluating psych tests, writing clinical reports, progress or process notes and client-centered advocacy is eliminated.
- The category maximum (500) for group therapy is eliminated.
- The category maximum (375) for telehealth is eliminated.
- Personal psychotherapy hours can no longer be claimed.
- Conjoint couples/family hours can no longer be double counted.
- Under the old requirements applicants must log a minimum of 1,500 hours of direct counseling with individuals, groups, couples or families. Under the new requirements this increases to 1,750 hours.