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Become An Approved Supervisor

Requirements To Become An Approved Supervisor

Supervisors must Possess a current and active California license that is not under suspension or probation as one of the following:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP)

  • Licensed Psychologist (Licensed by the California Board of Psychology)

  • Board-Certified Psychiatrist (Licensed by the Medical Board of California)

Supervisors must have been licensed for a least 2 years out of the last 5 years prior to supervising. The license can be held in California or any other state. 

Supervisors must have practiced 2 years out of the last 5 years prior to supervising.

Supervisors who start supervising for the first time after January 1, 2022 must complete a minimum of 15 hours of supervision training.  

  • Must complete the training within 60 days of starting supervision.

  • Training must meet the course provider and course content requirements . 

Supervisors must complete 6 hours of continuing professional development in supervision each renewal cycle. 

If you have taken a break of two or more years in supervising, and resume supervising on or after January 1, 2022, you will need to take six (6) hours of supervision training or coursework within 60 days of resuming supervision. A course taken from a board-accepted CE provider will count toward the CE you are required to take for license renewal.

Supervisors cannot have provided therapeutic services to the clinical counselor trainee or intern, have a personal relationship that undermines the effectiveness of the supervision, or be a family member by blood or marriage. 

Other Requirements For Providing Supervision Services:

A supervisor shall be competent in the areas of clinical practice and techniques being supervised.

A supervisor must self-monitor for and address supervision dynamics such as, but not limited to, countertransference-, intrapsychic-, interpersonal-, or trauma-related issues that may affect supervision. o Requires the supervisor to notify the supervisee of any licensure condition that affects the supervisor’s ability to practice.

Supervisors must complete a Supervisor Self-Assessment Report to assess for the ongoing strengths and limitations of the supervisee at least once a year and at the completion or termination of supervision, and to provide the supervisee with a copy. Report must be submitted to the board, which affirms the licensee’s qualifications to be a supervisor. 

Supervisors must establish written procedures for supervisees to contact the supervisor or, in the supervisor’s absence, procedures for contacting an alternative on-call supervisor to assist supervisees in handling crises and emergencies. The supervisor shall provide these procedures to the supervisee prior to the commencement of supervision.

For more information, see:

A Panel Discussion on 2022 California Supervision Rules

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