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Continuing Education Information Brochure

Title: Continuing Education Information Brochure Author: Board of Behavioral Sciences Subject: Continuing Education Information Brochure Keywords

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CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) Hours Required for Renewal 36 hours of continuing education (CE) are required during each two (2)-year license renewal period. Newly licensed individuals must complete only 18 hours of CE prior to their first renewal (a newly licensed LEP may be required to complete more hours due to specific course requirements). Courses may be credited to only one renewal period, and cannot be counted twice. You must have your CE completed BEFORE submitting your renewal. Failure to comply with CE requirements may result in a citation and fine and/or disciplinary action against your license. Exceptions The following individuals are NOT required to complete CE for license renewal: Your license status is Inactive or Retired. You were granted an exception by the Board prior to your license s expiration date. The Board may only grant an exception if a licensee meets the specific, limited criteria set forth in law. For information on obtaining an exception, please see the Request for Continuing Education Exception form on the BBSwebsite. Mandatory Courses Law and Ethics: ALL licensees are required to complete at least six (6) hours of CE in Law and Ethics as a condition of each and every renewal. These hours count toward the total 36 (or 18) hour requirement. Each license type hasadditional, one-time mandatory courses that must be completed,as follows. For specific information on these requirements, see the Board s website. LPCCs, LCSWs and LMFTs: HIV/AIDS (7 hours) LPCCs Approved to Assess and Treat Couples and Families: Marriage and Family Therapy (6 hours) LEPs: Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 hours) Alcoholism and Substance Dependency (15 hours) Course Types and Content The Board does not approve specific CE courses, and has no information about individual courses offered by providers. Providers are required to ensure that the content ofa course is relevant to the practiceof marriageand family therapy, clinical counseling, clinical social work or educational psychology, depending on the individual's license type. Self-improvement coursesandcourses designed for non-practitioners are notacceptable. To ensure that a course will count toward your CE requirements, you must ensure the provider is acceptable and maintain records of course completion. Licensees may obtain all CE hours through interactive, electronic means. This includes online, teleconferencing and video. ACCEPTABLE PROVIDERS CE must be taken from one of the provider types listed below; otherwise the course will not count toward your renewal requirements. Regionally accredited college; College approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education; Board-recognized approval agency as provided in Title 16, California Code of Regulations section (a); A provider who has been approved by a Board-recognized approval agency; OR An organization, institution, association or entity that is recognized by the Board as a CE provider, asprovided in Title 16, California Code of Regulations section (a)(3). Provider Complaints You should first contact the provider of the course to resolve your concerns. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, contact the provider s approval agency and/or send your complaint in writing to the Board. Include the course name, date, location, the names of the instructor and provider, andspecifics about your complaint. ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO EARN CE Teaching You may claim CE credit for teaching a course if the course meets all other CE requirements. You can claim the same amount of hours as an attendee. You may claim credit for teaching a course once during a single renewal period. BBS Enforcement Case Review If you serve asanexpert consultant for the Board s Expert Witness Program, you may be awarded up to six (6) hours of Lawand Ethics CE course credit. See the BBS website to apply. BBS Subject Matter Expert (SME) If you serve as a SME for exam development, you may be awarded up to six (6) hours of Law and Ethics CE course credit. See the BBS website to apply. Participate in a Professional Law and Ethics Review Committee If you participate in a professional organization s law and ethics review committee, you may be awarded up to six (6) hours ofLaw and Ethics CE course credit. MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION Course Hours 1 hour of instruction = 1 CE hour 1 semester unit = 15 CE hours 1 quarter unit = 10 CE hours Double Counting Hours If you have more than one license with the BBS, you may apply CE hours to both IF the subject matter relates to both scopes of practice. CEearned for other licenses may be applied to your BBS-issued license if the provider is acceptable and the subject matter relates to your license s scope of practice. If you are a supervisor of a Board registrant, you may count your supervisor training hours if t he training was tak en from an acceptable CE provider. Record Keeping You must maintain documentation of completed CE courses (certificates, transcripts, etc.) for at least two (2) years after the license renewal period during which you took the courses. DO NOT submit your course certificates with your renewal. The Board will not retain them. The Board does not manageor track CE courses for licensees. Providers do not submit certificates to the Boardexcept during an a certificate has been misplaced, you must contact the CE provider for a replacement. CE Audits The Board may audit your records to verify completion of CE. If you are selected for audit, you will be notified in writing and required to submit documentation of courses (or alternative CEmethods) completed. If audited, a prompt response is important. Failure to comply with CE requirements may result in a citation and fine and/or disciplinary action against your license. Laws Referenced: Business and Professions Code sections , , , , , , , 4997, , , , and Title 16, California Code of Regulations sections , 1810, , 1821, , 1870 and 1887 through LCSW LEP LMFT & LPCC Continuing Education Information Board of Behavioral Sciences 1625 N Market Blvd, Suite S-200 Sacramento CA 95834 (916) 574-7830 TTY: (800) 326-2217 Revised 12/2017

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