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.