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About the Board

Mission: Protect and serve Californians by setting, communicating, and enforcing standards for safe and competent mental health practice.

The Board of Behavioral Sciences is a California state regulatory agency responsible for licensing, examination, and enforcement of

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)

In addition, the Board regulates the following:

  • Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Interns (IMF)
  • Professional Clinical Counselor Interns (PCCI)
  • Continuing Education Providers (PCE)
  • MFT Referral Services (MRF)

As a regulatory Board within the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Board is committed to protecting the consumers of California.

The Board protects consumers in several ways:

  1. Examination; The Board constructs written examinations for each of its licenses, ensuring any individual holding a license passes an examination testing for competency.
  2. Enforcement; The Board investigates consumer complaints and imposes disciplinary action against licensees and registrants who violate the law.
  3. Statutes and Regulations; The Board develops statutes and regulations targeted at ensuring competency in the mental health profession and protecting consumers.

The Board also works alongside other mental health agencies and organizations to advocate for increased consumer awareness and access to mental health services. The Board's outreach program provides information to consumers, licensees, registrants, and students on consumer rights, California licensing requirements, and other Board related activities.

The Board is composed of 13 members; seven (7) public members, two (2) Licensed Clinical Social Workers, one (1) Licensed Educational Psychologist, one (1) Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and two (2) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Eleven (11) members are Governor appointed. The Speaker of the Assembly appoints one (1), and the Senate Committee on Rules appoints another.