Supervision of California BBS Associates


An overview of current rules and practical guidance for supervision of prelicensed clinicians pursuing licensure as a California LMFT, LPCC, or LCSW.

6 hours CE - Meets BBS renewal requirement for supervisors

Supervisors of California BBS Associates (and MFT trainees) must complete 15 hours of initial training in supervision, and 6 hours of additional training in each license renewal period. This course is designed to meet the renewal requirement.

Course Description

Supervision is at the heart of the apprenticeship model in training new mental health professionals. Great supervisors create new therapists who feel motivated and inspired as they continue their own journeys as providers. This course covers fundamental elements of supervision of California Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFTs), Associate Professional Clinical Counselors (APCCs), Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASWs), and Marriage and Family Therapist trainees. Emphasis is placed on California laws and regulations surrounding supervision, including the California Supervision Agreement, creating the required Supervision Plan, technology-based supervision, and the required formal evaluation of supervisees. Additional topics include the role of the supervisor, key supervisor functions, areas of difference, impairment, and burnout.

On-demand video format. Total running time 6 hours, 1 minute.

About the Instructor

Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Adjunct Faculty for California State University Northridge. He is the author of Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, and lead author of AAMFT’s Best Practices in the Online Practice of Couple and Family Therapy. He has published and presented around the country on issues related to ethics, technology, supervision, and professional development.

Learning Objectives

By completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Complete the Supervision Agreement required of supervisors
  2. Collaboratively develop a Supervision Plan with at least one goal, one method, and one deadline
  3. Identify five legal obligations for supervisors
  4. Describe three ethical obligations for supervisors
  5. Describe three supervisor roles
  6. Apply at least three methods for addressing areas of difference in supervision


  1. Supervisor ways of being
  2. Legal and ethical considerations
    1. Supervision contract
    2. Supervision plan
    3. Personal values
    4. Self-disclosure
  3. Supervision tasks 
    1. Crisis monitoring 
    2. Case intake and conceptualization
    3. Video review
    4. Skill building
  4. Supervision context
    1. Addressing areas of difference 
    2. Addressing current events
  5. Documenting supervision
    1. Evaluation
    2. Impairment and burnout


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Course History

Course published July 6, 2023

Completion Requirements / Obtaining Your Certificate

To complete the course, you must watch all video segments in order, pass a completion quiz with a score of 80% or higher, and complete a satisfaction survey. Once you have completed all components, your certificate will be available automatically through your Dashboard.

Continuing Education

Ben Caldwell Labs d/b/a High Pass Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for California LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Ben Caldwell Labs d/b/a High Pass Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CAMFT CEPA provider #137848. This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.