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THE LPCC (Licensed professional Clinical Counselors)


Approved Supervisors

Approved supervisors must have been licensed for two years in California, as a licensed professional clinical counselor, marriage and family therapist, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, or physician and surgeon certified in psychiatry.  They must have a current and valid license that is not under suspension or probation.

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. 

New Supervision Requirements as of January 1, 2022:

Continuing Education:

  • For new (after January 1, 2022) LPCC, LMFT, LCSW supervisors must complete approved 15 CEU training within 60 days of after commencing supervision.
  • For current supervisors that have already taken a six-hour course in supervision to meet the CE requirements of an upcoming license renewal, it will count toward the CPD requirement. Please note that only CE courses will apply to your regular license CE requirements – the other types of CPD listed will not.
  • 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


  • Supervision Agreement replaces the Supervisor Responsibility Statement and must be completed within 60 days of commencement of supervision for new supervisees on or after January 1, 2022.
  • Written Oversight Agreement is required  on or after January 1, 2022 for new supervisee and between the supervisor and employer prior to commencement of supervision when the supervisor is not employed by the supervisee’s employer, has changed. A new sample agreement will be posted to the board’s website prior to January 1, 2022. 
  • New Supervision Forms from the BBS website (scroll down and click on "Forms/Pubs"):
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Supervisor Responsibilities:

1) Adds the following supervisor responsibilities that apply regardless of when a supervisory relationship was established:
  • Specifies that a supervisor shall be competent in the areas of clinical practice and techniques being supervised.
  • Requires the supervisor to self-monitor for and address supervision dynamics such as, but not limited to, countertransference-, intrapsychic-, interpersonal-, or trauma[1]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.
  • Requires the supervisor to complete an assessment of 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 (new for supervisees pursuing LPCC or LMFT licensure, previously required for LCSW).
  • Requires a supervisor to 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
2) Supervisor Self-Assessment Tool:
  • Requires supervisors to complete and submit a Supervisor Self-Assessment Report to the board, which affirms the licensee’s qualifications to be a supervisor. The board is developing a form for this purpose that will be released on or before January 1, 2022.
  • Requirements for submission of the new Supervisor Self-Assessment Report is phased in as follows:
    • Licensees currently supervising one or more supervisees as of January 1, 2022: Must submit a Supervisor Self-Assessment Report to the board by January 1, 2023.
    • Licensees NOT supervising as of January 1, 2022: Must submit a Supervisor Self-Assessment Report to the board within 60 days of commencing supervision


BBS Supervision-Related Regulation Changes for Individuals Pursuing LMFT, LCSW or LPCC Licensure and Supervisors:  Supervision-Related Regulation Changes for Individuals Pursuing LMFT, LCSW or LPCC Licensure and Supervisors Effective January 1, 2022 (

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A Few Additional Resources:

Information about the rule changes:

A Panel Discussion on 2022 California Supervision Rules

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