ALERT: Effective January 1, 2018, the titles for Marriage and Family Therapist Interns, and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns will change. More Information

Board History

Strong Minds, lives, families, and communities;

A Pioneering Beginning;

In 1945, California became the first state to register social workers with the formation of the Board of Social Work Examiners. Jump ahead 18 years, to 1963, and this young regulatory agency received a new responsibility: administration of the Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor Act (later renamed the Social Worker and Marriage Counselor Act). New responsibilities meant a new name too. Appropriately, the Board was renamed the Social Worker and Marriage Counselor Qualification Board.

The 1960s proved to be a busy decade with the establishment of the Licensed Clinical Social Worker Program in 1967. Then in 1970, a licensing program for Educational Psychologists was added to the Board, inspiring a new name: the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

Continuing Change;

The Board took its current name, the Board of Behavioral Sciences, on January 1, 1997. This name better represents the true mission and duties of the Board.

Effective July 1, 1999, the then Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor profession underwent a name change. All references in statute or regulation to "licensed marriage, family, and child counselor" or "marriage, family, and child counselor" were changed to "licensed marriage and family therapist" or "marriage and family therapist." The Board discontinued regulating MFT and LCSW corporations on January 1, 2000. However, the corporations are still required to file their articles with the California Secretary of State.

The Board forges ahead...

Focusing on its mission, The Board of Behavioral Sciences looks to continue its commitment to protect the consumers of California through effective enforcement, ensure credibility and high professional standards through examinations and licensing requirements, and provide excellent customer service to all its constituents.

The BBS Way

  • Be a person of Integrity
  • Be Professional and Dedicated
  • Serve with Excellence