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Law Changes

  • LCSW, LMFT, LPCC: Upcoming License Renewal Fee Increase (SB 1188):

    All licensees with an expiration date on or after July 1, 2018 will experience a fee increase upon renewal.  This is a result of the passage of SB 1188 (Chapter 557, Statutes of 2017), and the increased revenue will provide additional funds to the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund (more info):

    • LMFTs: Biennial renewal fee will increase from $140 to $150
    • LCSWs: Biennial renewal fee will increase from $110 to $120
    • LPCCs: Biennial renewal fee will increase from $175 to $195
  • LMFT Out-of-State Educational Requirements (BPC §4980.81):

    Applicants shall meet (each of) the following educational requirements:

    • A minimum of two semester units of instruction in the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders, including severe mental disorders, evidence-based practices, and promising mental health practices that are evaluated in peer reviewed literature.
    • At least one semester unit or 15 hours of instruction in psychological testing AND at least one semester unit or 15 hours of instruction in psychopharmacology.
  • LPCC Core Content Areas (AB 1917):

    No applicant shall be deficient (prohibits remediation outside of the applicant’s qualifying degree program) in the required core content areas of:

    • Assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals, as specified.
    • Principles of the diagnostic process and the use of diagnostic tools, as specified.
  • LPCC Treatment of Couples and Families (CCR §1820.7):

    LPCCs shall obtain Board confirmation of qualifications to treat couples and families, and shall provide a copy of this confirmation to:

    • 1) Couple or family clients prior to commencement of treatment.
    • 2) An associate marriage and family therapist or trainee prior to commencement of supervision.
    • 3) Another LPCC or Associate PCC gaining supervised experience to comply with requirements to treat couples or families prior to commencement of supervision.
  • Subsequent Registration Associates and Interns (BPC: ASW: §4992.09(f),(g); IMF: §4980.39(f),(g); APCC: §4999.55(f),(g))

    Applicants who obtained a subsequent (2nd or 3rd) ASW, IMF, or APCC registration anytime during 2016, must pass the California Law and Ethics Exam, in order to renew their registration in 2017.

    In addition, on or after January 1, 2017, applicants for subsequent ASW, IMF, or APCC registration must pass the California Law and Ethics Exam, before a subsequent registration may be issued.