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NEW FOR 2016

Examination Restructure: After January 1, 2016, all registrants will be required to take and pass the California Law and Ethics Examination. Once this examination is passed, you have completed the first of two examinations required for licensure. The second exam is a California Clinical Examination and may be taken AFTER the 3000 hours of supervised experience have been obtained, submitted to the Board for approval, and approved by the board.

The new California Law and Ethics Examination will replace the Standard Written Examination for both LMFT and LCSW applicants. For LPCC applicants, this exam will not change. The California Law and Ethics Examination will be a separate exam for each license type. It is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of and ability to apply legal and ethical standards relating to clinical practice, and will consist of 75 multiple-choice items administered over a two-hour period. The re-exam waiting period is 90 days. The Law and Ethics Exam Plans outline further information about these exams

The new California Clinical Examination will replace the Clinical Vignette Examination for LMFT applicants. It is designed to assess an applicant's knowledge of psychotherapeutic principles and methods in treatment and their application, and the ability to make judgments about appropriate techniques, methods and objectives as applicable to the profession's scope of practice. This exam consists of 170-item multiple choice questions administered over a four-hour period and will be comprised of items similar to those that were included on the previous Standard Written and Clinical Vignette Examination. All items will be comprised of a scenario and a single question. The re-exam waiting period is 90 days.

The Board created a series of video tutorials and FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to provide you with information about the process specific to your situation. This information is available on the BBS website. Please take a moment to view the tutorial and relevant FAQs that applies to your situation.

For more details, visit the BBS' Examination News Page


Telehealth: The BBS now allows MFT interns and trainees to practice via telehealth.

To learn about telehealth, we recommend the book E-Health, Telehealth, And Telemedicine and we also offer it as a home-study course if you need continuing education hours.

Pre-Licensure Hours: The BBS has streamlined the experience requirements for LMFT and LPCC applicants by eliminating the complex assortment of minimum and maximum hours of differing types (aka “buckets”) of experience required for licensure and instead simply requires 1,750 hours of the 3000 hours of pre-licensure supervised experience to be direct clinical counseling hours such as diagnosing and treating individuals, couples, families and children. The remaining required 1,250 hours may be non-clinical experience such as direct supervisor contact, administering and evaluating psychological tests, writing clinical reports, writing progress or process notes, client-centered advocacy, and workshops, seminars, training sessions, or conferences.

PASS’ parent-company, Psycho-Legal Associates (PLA), offers interns, trainees, and unlicensed students 50% off of our live continuing education courses. Simply enter coupon code “FUTURE-THERAPIST” when you check-out using our online store. And, for verification purposes, please enter your intern or trainee number (i.e., IMF12345) or student ID (and school name) as your license number.

PLA also offers interns, trainees, and unlicensed students 25% off of our home-study continuing education courses when your order totals $100 or more. Simply enter coupon code “THERAPIST2BE” when you check-out using our online store. And, for verification purposes, please enter your intern or trainee number (i.e., IMF12345) or student ID (and school name) as your license number.

The BBS also made amendments to allow LCSW applicants to count some direct supervisor contact hours, as well as some hours spent attending workshops, trainings, conferences, and seminars, toward their required experience.


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Winter 2016




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New Passwords for 2015

On February 1, 2015, the account IDs and passwords will change on the exam CDs.

For the Standard Written Exam CD, the new account ID is brass and the password is forest.

For the Clinical Vignette Exam CD, the new account ID is bishop and the password is aspen.

These will be effective thru January 31, 2016.