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Professional Clinical Counselor Intern Supervision

General Qualifications

Licensed mental health professionals interested in providing supervision to Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) Interns must meet certain minimum qualifications in order to supervise. The qualifications differ depending on the license type of the potential supervisor. Listed below are the licensed mental health professionals authorized to supervise PCC Interns and some of the general qualifications needed to provide supervision to a PCC Intern. For specific supervision requirements, please review sections 1820, 1821 and 1822 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

NOTE: This information only applies to those supervising PCC Interns. Please refer to Supervising Associate Clinical Social Workers for ASW supervision information, or Supervising MFT Interns and Trainees for MFT Intern and Trainee supervision information.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – LPCCs must:

  • Possess a current and valid California license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision;
  • Complete a 6-hour supervision training within the two-year period immediately preceding supervision and every renewal period when supervising, NOTE: If the supervisor has never taken this course, it must be taken within 60 days of commencement of supervision; and
  • Have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) – LMFTs must:

  • Possess a current and valid California license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision;
  • Complete a 6-hour supervision training within the two-year period immediately preceding supervision and every renewal period when supervising, NOTE: If the supervisor has never taken this course, it must be taken within 60 days of commencement of supervision; and
  • Have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision,

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – LCSWs must:

  • Possess a current and valid California license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision;
  • Complete a 6-hour supervision training within the two-year period immediately preceding supervision and every renewal period when supervising, NOTE: If the supervisor has never taken this course, it must be taken within 60 days of commencement of supervision;and
  • Have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision.

Licensed Psychologist (licensed through the Board of Psychology) – Psychologists must:

  • Possess a current and valid California license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision; and
  • Have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision.

Licensed Physicians certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Psychiatrists must:

  • Possess a current and valid license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision; and
  • Have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision.

Six Hour Supervision Training

Supervisors must retain documentation verifying completion of this requirement and must provide it to the Board upon request.

Other Important Resources for PCC Intern Supervisors

Forms Relating to Supervision