June 26, 2015

1. Purpose of the Committee
The Supervision Committee was appointed in November 2013. The Committee is in the process of conducting a holistic review of the current requirements for supervised work experience and requirements for supervisors to determine if these requirements adequately prepare candidates to serve California’s diverse population. Stakeholders and interested parties will continue to be given an opportunity to provide input, feedback, and express their concerns regarding supervision.

The Committee, stakeholders, and interested parties will evaluate relevant data and information to establish standards for supervisors and supervision that ensures consumer protection and does not impede the licensure process.

The Committee, as well as stakeholders from CAMFT and AAMFT, have met on April 4, 2014, June 27, 2014, August 29, 2014, October 24, 2014, January 30, 2015, April 10, 2015, and June 26, 2015.

2. SB 620
The Committee reviewed the status of SB 620, which revamps hours of supervised experience and the associated minimums and maximums (“buckets”) in an attempt to keep standards similar between the licenses as well as expedite the evaluation system. Some of the streamlined revisions include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimum 1,750 direct counseling hours
  • Maximum 1,250 non-clinical experience hours (direct supervisor contact, administering and evaluating psychological tests, writing clinical reports, writing progress/process notes, client-centered advocacy, and workshops, training and conferences)
  • Maximum 750 hours for trainees obtaining direct counseling and direct supervisor contact
  • Removal of tele-health maximum
  • Removal of “conjoint treatment” and personal psychotherapy incentive hours

The BBS believes that the benefits of this overhaul include supervisors having additional flexibility when determining type of experience, less complexity facilitating a better understanding of experience and supervision requirements, applicants could better obtain and track hours of experience, the requirements would be more in-line with the other therapy professions, and the BBS could evaluate/process applications quicker.

3. Supervisor Qualifications
The Committee discussed the increase of initial training of LMFT supervisors to 15 hours to be consistent with the current requirements for LCSW supervisors. There was also discussion of an ongoing training requirement of 6 hours—still to be determined was length of time between training (i.e. every 2 years or every 5 years), as well as what the content of the supervision training should entail (i.e., possible competency-based training). These items will be addressed at an upcoming Supervision Committee meeting.

The Committee discussed the acceptance of certification in lieu of the current requirement that supervisors must be licensed for two years before supervising. The entities that would be acceptable certification programs were CAMFT and AAMFT.

The Committee also discussed whether the 60 day grace period before supervision must be completed should be extended to 90 days given the increase to 15 hours, recommending 90 days.

4. Supervisor Certification
The Committee discussed ways to make supervisors more aware and accountable. Pre-approval was deemed to be unavailable at this time due to resources. The Committee discussed possible self-certification, under penalty of perjury, that supervisor met all qualifications to supervise prior to the commencement of supervision. The BBS would then perform random audits to ensure compliance.

5. Outstanding Issues for Discussion
Still outstanding to be discussed are: the definition of supervision; consistency of terms between licenses (i.e., “fact to face psychotherapy”; “client contact”); supervision ratios; averaging supervision; group supervision; supervisor sick leave; weekly logs; supervision of applicant in test cycle; and 6 year rules.

The next Supervision meeting will be held on August 6, 2015 in Sacramento.

NOTE: CAMFT strongly recommends any pre-licensee, supervisor, or academic interested in the supervisory process, requirements or qualifications to attend these BBS Supervision Committee meetings—the Committee is very welcoming to all public comment. While CAMFT attends all meetings, and is very vocal about each issue which is discussed, this is a great way to have any personal opinions heard. To date, there have been only 1-2 members in attendance at each meeting.