These counselors will have their supervisor(s) sign the Experience Verification form and submit it with their application to the BBS.
If your former supervisor cannot be located or is deceased, you may have another person who is or was employed by the same agency provide verification of your hours. If this is not possible, the applicant can attach the form that the supervisor signed originally to the BBS form. It is advisable to include letter to explaining the extenuating circumstances.
Counselors who have not received post-degree supervision may earn the 1,700 hours between now and December 31, 2011, the grandparenting application deadline, and then complete any additional hours needed in the 12 months allowed for completion of deficiencies. The BBS will not oversee supervision for grandparenting except as described below.
The answer to this question depends on the work setting and the type of counseling that is being delivered. Licensure or registration as an intern is necessary to provide psychotherapy, unless the setting is “exempt.”
Exempt setting: An “exempt” setting is defined by law as a school, college, university, governmental entity, or an entity that is both nonprofit AND charitable.
* Clinical services (psychotherapy) may be provided and supervised hours earned in exempt settings without intern registration.
Non-exempt setting: Examples of “non-exempt” settings are private practices, for-profit hospitals, businesses, organizations or entities that are nonprofit but NOT charitable. Because psychotherapy is regulated by the BBS, the practice of psychotherapy by an unlicensed or unregistered person in a non-exempt setting is considered unprofessional conduct and is subject to citation, fine, possible criminal prosecution and denial of future applications to the Board.
* Clinical services (psychotherapy) may not be provided in a “non-exempt” setting until registration as an intern has been issued by the Board, nor will hours be counted toward the supervision requirement.
* Non-clinical services, such as career counseling, may be provided without registration as an intern, and supervised hours may be earned in a non-exempt setting.
Counselors and supervisors can be guided by the LPCC law’s grandparenting language:
Section 4999.54. (a)(1)(C) Has at least two years, full-time or the equivalent, of post-degree counseling experience, that includes at least 1,700 hours of experience in a clinical setting supervised by a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed professional clinical counselor, or equivalent, a licensed psychologist, a licensed physician and surgeon specializing in psychiatry, or a master’s level counselor or therapist who is certified by a national certifying or registering organization, including, but not limited to, the National Board for Certified Counselors or the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. A form for the supervisor to sign is included in the grandparenting application.
Examples of a clinical setting might be a government or non-profit agency, a school or a private practice that provides mental health counseling or psychotherapy.
The bill language for grandparenting does not specify the type of supervised counseling services, but it does specify that such hours must be gained in a clinical setting.