State-by-State Online Clinical Supervision Rules

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We are excited to provide you with our assessment of online clinical supervision rules, by state and licensure type.

This compilation of board rules has been extracted directly from each board’s website. We’ll be updating this list monthly, but please note that your state board always has the final say on licensure rules. 

When in doubt, please check with your board to confirm your understanding of the rules. 

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Is Online Clinical Supervision Allowed In My State?

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PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1
  • Ruling Details: “Until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer declared a Federal or State emergency, 100% of face-to-face supervision and 100% of “other” supervision may be conducted virtually.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: Unclear in the rules, but Motivo emailed the board directly to clarify the rule and we received this email response on 3/27/20, “While the Board is discussing a number of hardships the COVID-19 virus has created for licensees and clients and potential solutions, know that already, as a starting point, that the Board allows 25% of face-to-face supervision and 100% of “other” supervision to be done virtually. In essence, that is already 3-months of weekly supervision that can be done in a distance fashion.” 
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Alabama, during the state of emergency. After the state of emergency, it appears that 25% of face-to-face supervision and 100% of “other” supervision can be done virtually.
  • Board Contact: Gary Williams, Gary.Williams@abec.alabama.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here 
  • Where to Find: Page 2, 12(b)
  • Ruling Details: “(b) The face-to-face supervision hours may be conducted via electronic communications by an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, AAMFT Supervisor Candidate, ABEMFT Approved Supervisor, or ABEMFT Supervisor Candidate. Acceptable electronic communication is defined as communication that is simultaneously interactive both visually and orally.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Alabama.
  • Board Contact: Keith Warren, keith@alstateboard.com

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here 
  • Where to Find: Page 5, 1(a)(b)
  • Ruling Details: “(a) Individual supervision is defined as one supervisee meeting face-to-face with one supervisor. It can also be live, interactive, visual communication as long as all three components are met during the session. (b) Group supervision is defined as a maximum of six supervisees with similar responsibilities meeting face-to-face with one supervisor.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Alabama.
  • Board Contact: Valerie White, Chair, Contact Form

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, (6)
  • Ruling Details: …at least 100 hours of face-to-face supervision by a supervisor approved under AS 08.29.210 unless, under regulations of the board, the board allows the supervision to be by telephonic or electronic means because of the remote location of the counselor.” 
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is only permitted on a case-by-case basis and with the board’s consent for aspiring Professional Counselors in Alaska.
  • Board Contact: Andy Khmelev, Occupational Licensing Examiner, ProfessionalCounselors@Alaska.Gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 7, (e)(1-7)
  • Ruling Details:
    (e) A supervisor who participates in teletherapy must (1) have completed at least four hours of training required under 12 AAC 19.405(2) in the use of teletherapy technologies before engaging in teletherapy practice; (2) determine that telesupervision is appropriate for a supervisee considering the supervisee’s professional, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs; (3) inform supervisees of the potential risks and benefits associated with telesupervision; (4) take reasonable steps to ensure the security of the supervisor’s communication medium; (5) commence telesupervision only after gaining appropriate education, training, or supervised experience using the relevant technology; (6) be aware of the risks and responsibilities associated with telesupervision and advise supervisees in writing of these risks as well as the supervisor’s and supervisees’ responsibilities for minimizing these risks; (7) consider that communications may be synchronous or asynchronous and that technologies may augment traditional in-person supervision or be used as stand-alone supervision; and (8) be aware of the potential benefits and limitations in the supervisor’s choices of technologies for a particular supervisee in a particular situation.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is only permitted at the discretion of an Alaska Approved Supervisor, who has obtained required Continuing Education training for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Alaska.
  • Board Contact: Lauren Bales, Licensing Examiner, BoardOfMaritalAndFamilyTherapy@Alaska.Gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here 
  • Where to Find: Page 7, 12 AAC 18.115, (c)(1) and (d)
  • Ruling Details:
    “(c)(1) Direct clinical supervision must be provided in face-to-face meetings between the supervisor and the applicant unless the board, for good cause shown, has granted an exception allowing for an alternate form of supervision.” 
    “(d) To receive the exception in (c)(1) of this section, an applicant who practices in a remote location must, before the supervision begins, submit a written request to the board to allow supervision by telephonic or electronic means. The board will approve a request for telephonic or electronic supervision of an applicant who practices in a remote location if the board determines that (1) approved clinical supervisors are not practicing at, or within a reasonable distance of, that location; or (2) the approved clinical supervisors practicing at that location cannot provide appropriate supervision because of the supervisor’s relationship to the applicant, a possible conflict of interest, or other good cause shown.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision permitted during the COVID-19 crisis. The board requests that they be notified if distance delivery of supervision takes place.  Post COVID-19, virtual supervision is only permitted on a case-by-case basis and with the board’s consent for aspiring Social Workers in Alaska.
  • Board Contact: Lauren Bales, Licensing Examiner, SocialWorkExaminers@Alaska.Gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 4 R4-6-101.A.11 and Page 7, (D)(1-4)
  • Ruling Details:
    Page 4  R4-6-101.A.11: “Clinical supervision” means direction or oversight provided either face to face or by videoconference or telephone by an individual qualified to evaluate, guide, and direct all behavioral health services provided by a licensee to assist the licensee to develop and improve the necessary knowledge, skills, techniques, and abilities to allow the licensee to engage in the practice of behavioral health ethically, safely, and competently.” 
    Page 7, (D)(1-4): “The Board shall accept hours of clinical supervision submitted by an applicant for licensure if: 1. At least two hours of the clinical supervision were provided in a face-to-face setting during each six-month period; 2. No more than 90 hours of the clinical supervision were provided by videoconference and telephone. 3. No more than 15 of the 90 hours of clinical supervision provided by videoconference and telephone were provided by telephone; and 4. Each clinical supervision session was at least 30 minutes long.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 90% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Arizona.
  • Board Contact: Donna Dalton, Deputy Director, donna.dalton@azbbhe.us

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 4, R4-6-101.A.11 and Page 7, (D)(1-4)
  • Ruling Details:
    Page 4, R4-6-101.A.11: “Clinical supervision” means direction or oversight provided either face to face or by videoconference or telephone by an individual qualified to evaluate, guide, and direct all behavioral health services provided by a licensee to assist the licensee to develop and improve the necessary knowledge, skills, techniques, and abilities to allow the licensee to engage in the practice of behavioral health ethically, safely, and competently.” 
    Page 7, (D)(1-4): “The Board shall accept hours of clinical supervision submitted by an applicant for licensure if: 1. At least two hours of the clinical supervision were provided in a face-to-face setting during each six-month period; 2. No more than 90 hours of the clinical supervision were provided by videoconference and telephone. 3. No more than 15 of the 90 hours of clinical supervision provided by videoconference and telephone were provided by telephone; and 4. Each clinical supervision session was at least 30 minutes long.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 90% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Arizona.
  • Board Contact: Donna Dalton, Deputy Director, donna.dalton@azbbhe.us

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 4, R4-6-101.A.11 and Page 7, (D)(1-4)
  • Ruling Details:
    Page 4  R4-6-101.A.11: “Clinical supervision” means direction or oversight provided either face to face or by videoconference or telephone by an individual qualified to evaluate, guide, and direct all behavioral health services provided by a licensee to assist the licensee to develop and improve the necessary knowledge, skills, techniques, and abilities to allow the licensee to engage in the practice of behavioral health ethically, safely, and competently.” 
    Page 7, (D)(1-4): “The Board shall accept hours of clinical supervision submitted by an applicant for licensure if: 1. At least two hours of the clinical supervision were provided in a face-to-face setting during each six-month period; 2. No more than 90 hours of the clinical supervision were provided by videoconference and telephone. 3. No more than 15 of the 90 hours of clinical supervision provided by videoconference and telephone were provided by telephone; and 4. Each clinical supervision session was at least 30 minutes long.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 90% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Arizona.
  • Board Contact: Donna Dalton, Deputy Director, donna.dalton@azbbhe.us

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 52, (f)(3)
  • Ruling Details: “(f)(3) The direct counseling hours performed while under supervision will be credited at the ratio specified by the Board and must consist of direct, face-to-­face supervision in either individual and/or group format. Technology-Assisted Distance Supervision may be reported if the Supervisor holds the Specialization License. Technology-Assisted Distance Supervision may not exceed fifty percent in any one phase.
  • Our Assessment: The board made a motion at the July board meeting to not enforce the section of the rules that limits technology assisted supervision to 50%. If a supervisee goes over the 50%, justification needs to be documented on the 6-month report. Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis. Post-COVID, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Arkansas.
  • Board Contact: Lenora Erickson, Executive Director, Board Contact Form

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 52, (f)(3)
  • Ruling Details: “(f)(3) The direct counseling hours performed while under supervision will be credited at the ratio specified by the Board and must consist of direct, face-to-­face supervision in either individual and/or group format. Technology-Assisted Distance Supervision may be reported if the Supervisor holds the Specialization License. Technology-Assisted Distance Supervision may not exceed fifty percent in any one phase.
  • Our Assessment: The board made a motion at the July board meeting to not enforce the section of the rules that limits technology assisted supervision to 50%. If a supervisee goes over the 50%, justification needs to be documented on the 6-month report. Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis. Post-COVID, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Arkansas.
  • Board Contact: Lenora Erickson, Executive Director, Board Contact Form

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: Not currently stated on website, but the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board has issued the following statement, “The Board voted to allow LMSW’s who are receiving supervision toward their LCSW license to receive their supervision via telemedicine methods during the public health crisis only. If the LMSW is not working, supervision should not be taking place.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here.
  • Where to Find: Page 5, Section VI B.1.b.
  • Ruling Details: “During this 2-year period, the applicant must have received an average of 1 hour per week of face-to-face LCSW supervision. Group supervision is acceptable only if there is a maximum of four in a group and such supervision does not exceed one-half of the total supervisory time.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis. Post-COVID, virtual supervision does not appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Arkansas.
  • Board Contact: Ruthie Bain, Director, swlb@arkansas.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here and here.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 137, 4999.46.2., (d)
  • Ruling Details: (d) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), an associate working in a governmental entity, school, college, university, or institution that is both nonprofit and charitable may obtain the required weekly direct supervisor contact via two-way, real-time videoconferencing. The supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state laws relating to confidentiality of patient health information.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for associates working in a non-profit, government or educational setting as well as those working in the private practice setting during COVID-19 State Emergency Orders. 
  • Board Contact: Board Contact Form

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here and here.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 37, 4980.43.2., (d)
  • Ruling Details: (d) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), an associate working in a governmental entity, school, college, university, or institution that is both nonprofit and charitable may obtain the required weekly direct supervisor contact via two-way, real-time videoconferencing. The supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state laws relating to confidentiality of patient health information.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for associates working in a non-profit, government or educational setting as well as those working in the private practice setting during COVID-19 State Emergency Orders. 
  • Board Contact: Board Contact Form

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here and here.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 111, 4996.23.1, (f)
  • Ruling Details: (f) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), an associate clinical social worker working in a governmental entity, school, college, university, or an institution that is nonprofit and charitable may obtain the required weekly direct supervisor contact via two-way, real-time videoconferencing. The supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal laws relating to confidentiality of patient health information.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for associates working in a non-profit, government or educational setting as well as those working in the private practice setting during COVID-19 State Emergency Orders.  
  • Board Contact: Board Contact Form

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, SUPERVISION Box and Page 16, 12-245-604, 1.14 C 6 a
  • Ruling Details: Page 2, SUPERVISION Box
    100 clock hours, with at least 70 hours of face-to-face/individual supervision, over a minimum of 24 months”
    Page 16, 12-245-604, 1.14 C 6 a
    a) For each 1,000 hours of supervised practice in psychotherapy, applicants must receive a minimum of fifty hours of supervision. A minimum of thirty-five of the fifty hours must be face-to-face supervision. The remaining hours up to the fifty hours may be by group supervision. No other modes of supervision will be accepted.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 30% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision (see here, Page 6, 1.7 B 4) for aspiring Professional Counselors in Colorado. Please reach out to the board with any questions.
  • Board Contact: dora_mentalhealthboard@state.co.us

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, SUPERVISION Box and Page 14, 12-245-504 1.14 C 6 a
  • Ruling Details: Page 2, SUPERVISION Box
    “Post-Masters: 100 clock hours, with at least 50 hours of face-to-face/individual supervision, over a minimum of 24 months
    Post-Doctoral: 75 clock hours, with at least 37.5 hours of face-to-face/individual supervision, over a minimum of 12 months”
    Page 14, 12-245-504 1.14 C 6 a
    “a) For each 1,000 hours of supervised practice in individual and marriage and family therapy, applicants must receive a minimum of fifty hours of supervision. A minimum of twenty-five of the fifty hours must be face-to-face individual supervision. The remaining hours up to the fifty hours may be by group supervision. No other modes of supervision will be accepted.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision (see here, Page 6, 1.7 B 4) for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Colorado. Please reach out to the board with any questions.
  • Board Contact: dora_mentalhealthboard@state.co.us

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here 
  • Where to Find: Page 2, SUPERVISION Box and Page 13, 12-245-404 1.14 C 5 a
  • Ruling Details: Page 2 SUPERVISION BOX
    “96 clock hours, with 48 hours of individual supervision over a minimum of 24 months”
    Page 13, 12-245-404 1.14 C 5 a
    “a) Applicants must receive a minimum of 96 hours of supervision, at least forty-eight of which must be face-to-face individual supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision (see here, Page 6, 1.7 B 4) for aspiring Social Workers in Colorado. Please reach out to the board with any questions.
  • Board Contact: dora_mentalhealthboard@state.co.us

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Sec. 20-195aa. (6) and Sec. 20-195dd. (2) (B)
  • Ruling Details: Sec. 20-195aa. (6)
    “(6) “Direct professional supervision” means face-to-face consultation between one supervisor, who is a professional described in subdivision (5) of this section, and one person receiving supervision that consists of not less than a monthly review with a written evaluation and assessment by the supervisor of such person’s practice of professional counseling;”
    Sec. 20-195dd. (2) (B)
    “(B) acquired three thousand hours of postgraduate experience under professional supervision, including a minimum of one hundred hours of direct professional supervision, in the practice of professional counseling, performed over a period of not less than two years;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, virtual supervision does not appear to be permitted for aspiring Professional Counselors in Connecticut.
  • Board Contact: dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Sec. 20-195c. (3) (B)
  • Ruling Details: “(B) one hundred hours of postgraduate clinical supervision provided by a licensed marital and family therapist;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it is unclear if virtual supervision is permitted for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Connecticut. We recommend reaching out to the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Sec. 20-195m (7) (8) and Sec. 20-195n. (2)
  • Ruling Details: Sec. 20-195m (7) (8)
    “(7) “Under professional supervision” means the practice of clinical social work under the supervision of a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370, an advanced practice registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378, a psychologist licensed pursuant to chapter 383, a marital and family therapist licensed pursuant to chapter 383a, a clinical social worker licensed pursuant to this chapter or a professional counselor licensed pursuant to chapter 383c; and
    (8) “Professional supervision” means face-to-face consultation between one supervisor, who is a person described in subdivision (7) of this section, and one person receiving supervision that consists of not less than a monthly review, a written evaluation and assessment by the supervisor of such person’s practice of clinical social work.”
    Sec. 20-195n. (2)
    “(2) have three thousand hours post-master’s social work experience which shall include not less than one hundred hours of work under professional supervision by a licensed clinical or certified independent social worker, provided on and after October 1, 2011, such hours completed in this state shall be as a licensed master social worker;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, virtual supervision does not appear to be permitted for aspiring Social Workers in Connecticut.
  • Board Contact: dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, 2.4.1.2
  • Ruling Details: 2.4.1.2: At least one hundred hours of face to face professional direct supervision with the applicant’s supervisor. Face to face supervision includes both in person and live video conferencing providing supervision by live video conferencing does not exceed fifty percent of the total 100 hours of supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Delaware.
  • Board Contact: Todd Grande, President, customerservice.dpr@delaware.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 5, 5.1.2.1.4
  • Ruling Details: 5.1.2.1.4: 100 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision with the applicant’s supervisor. Face to face supervision includes both in person and live video conferencing so long as supervision by live video conferencing does not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the total 100 hours of supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Delaware.
  • Board Contact: Todd Grande, President, customerservice.dpr@delaware.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, 3.1.2.1
  • Ruling Details: 3.1.2.1: The amount of supervisory contact shall be at least one hour per week during the supervised period, and, within the required 1,600 hours, at least 100 hours shall be one-to-one supervision provided by an approved supervisor, pursuant to the requirements of subsection 3.2. Supervisory contact may be on a one-to-one face-to-face basis or by live video conferencing; provided, however, that supervision by live video conferencing shall not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the total supervision in any month. Supervision by telephone or e-mail is expressly not permitted.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Delaware.
  • Board Contact: Fran Franklin, President, customerservice.dpr@delaware.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 4, 6603.1.c. (1-3) and Page 19, 6699.1 (Definitions)
  • Ruling Details: Page 4, 6603.1.c. (1-3)
    “Two hundred (200) of the required hours must have been under immediate supervision by a qualified supervisor as defined in § 6603.1(b) and in conformance with the following requirements:
    (1) One hundred (100) hours of the required two hundred (200) hours of immediate supervision shall have been completed under a professional counselor who was licensed in a jurisdiction of the United States during the supervised period or who would have been qualified for a license as a professional counselor in the District of Columbia;
    (2) One hundred (100) hours of the required two hundred (200) hours of immediate supervision shall have been under individual supervision with a qualified supervisor; and
    (3) For every thirty-five (35) hours worked, the applicant shall have been under immediate supervision for a minimum of one hour.”
    Page 19, 6699.1 (Definitions)
    “Immediate supervision – supervision in which the supervisor is physically present with the person supervised and either discussing or observing the person’s practice.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100%  supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis through December 31, 2020. Post-COVID, no supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in the District of Columbia.
  • Board Contact: david.walker2@dc.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 5, 7703.3 (h) and Page 18 (Definitions)
  • Ruling Details: Page 5, 7703.3 (h)
    “(h) The supervision shall be provided in the following manner:
    a. The supervisor and the supervisee shall conduct at minimum monthly face-to-face discussions of the practice and all related matters; and
    b. One (1) hour of direct supervisory contact shall be provided for every twenty (20) hours of direct client contact;”
    Page 18 (Definitions)
    “Immediate supervision – face-to-face supervision in which an approved marriage and family therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed independent clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, or advance practice nurse is either discussing or observing the supervisee’s practice.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100%  supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis through December 31, 2020. Post-COVID, no supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in the District of Columbia.
  • Board Contact: kevin.waugh@dc.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 7, 7006.3 (a) (2)  and Page 18 (Definitions)
  • Ruling Details: Page 7, 7006.3 (a) (2)
    “At least one hundred (100) hours of the applicant’s three thousand (3000) hours of supervised practice was completed under the immediate face-to- face supervision of a qualified supervisor as set forth under § 7013 of this chapter; “
    Page 18 (Definitions)
    “Supervision- A formalized professional relationship between a supervisor and supervisee in which the supervisor directs, monitors, and evaluates the supervisee’s social work practice while promoting development of the supervisee’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide social work services in an ethical and competent manner”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100%  supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis through December 31, 2020. Post-COVID, no supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in the District of Columbia.
  • Board Contact: mavis.azariah@dc.gov

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 64B4-2.002 (3)
  • Ruling Details: (3) The supervisor and intern may utilize face-to-face electronic methods (not telephone only communication) to conduct the supervisory sessions; however, the supervisor and intern must have in-person face-to-face contact for at least 50% of all of the interactions required in subsection (1), above. Prior to utilizing any online or interactive methods for supervision, the supervisor and the intern shall have at least one in-person face-to-face meeting. The supervisor and the intern are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the clients during both in-person and online or interactive supervisory sessions.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis. Post-COVID, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Mental Health Counselors in Florida, with the first session occurring in-person.
  • Board Contact: Janet Hartman, janet.hartman@flhealth.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 64B4-2.002 (3)
  • Ruling Details: (3) The supervisor and intern may utilize face-to-face electronic methods (not telephone only communication) to conduct the supervisory sessions; however, the supervisor and intern must have in-person face-to-face contact for at least 50% of all of the interactions required in subsection (1), above. Prior to utilizing any online or interactive methods for supervision, the supervisor and the intern shall have at least one in-person face-to-face meeting. The supervisor and the intern are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the clients during both in-person and online or interactive supervisory sessions.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis. Post-COVID, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Florida, with the first session occurring in-person.
  • Board Contact: Janet Hartman, janet.hartman@flhealth.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 64B4-2.002 (3)
  • Ruling Details: (3) The supervisor and intern may utilize face-to-face electronic methods (not telephone only communication) to conduct the supervisory sessions; however, the supervisor and intern must have in-person face-to-face contact for at least 50% of all of the interactions required in subsection (1), above. Prior to utilizing any online or interactive methods for supervision, the supervisor and the intern shall have at least one in-person face-to-face meeting. The supervisor and the intern are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the clients during both in-person and online or interactive supervisory sessions.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis. Post-COVID, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Florida, with the first session occurring in-person.
  • Board Contact: Janet Hartman, janet.hartman@flhealth.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Rule 135-11-.01 (a)(7) 
  • Ruling Details: “(7) TeleMental Health Supervision – means the delivery of supervision via technology-assisted media by a supervisor at one site while the supervisee is located at a distant site. Telemental health supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentation, audio tapes, video tapes, and observation in order to promote the development of the practitioner’s clinical skills.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Georgia, so long as the supervisor has obtained 9 hours in tele-mental health CE training.
  • Board Contact: Board Contact page

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Rule 135-11-.01 (a)(7) 
  • Ruling Details: “(7) TeleMental Health Supervision – means the delivery of supervision via technology-assisted media by a supervisor at one site while the supervisee is located at a distant site. Telemental health supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentation, audio tapes, video tapes, and observation in order to promote the development of the practitioner’s clinical skills.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Georgia, so long as the supervisor has obtained 9 hours in tele-mental health CE training.
  • Board Contact: Board Contact page

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Rule 135-11-.01 (a)(7) 
  • Ruling Details: “(7) TeleMental Health Supervision – means the delivery of supervision via technology-assisted media by a supervisor at one site while the supervisee is located at a distant site. Telemental health supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentation, audio tapes, video tapes, and observation in order to promote the development of the practitioner’s clinical skills.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Georgia, so long as the supervisor has obtained 9 hours in tele-mental health CE training.
  • Board Contact: Board Contact page

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 5, 453D-7, (3)
  • Ruling Details: Completion of not less than three thousand hours of post-graduate experience in the practice of mental health counseling with one hundred hours of face-to-face clinical supervision that shall be completed in no less than two years and in no more than four years, under the clinical supervision of a person who is a licensed mental health counselor, psychologist, clinical social worker, advanced practice registered nurse with a specialty in mental health, marriage and family therapist, or physician with a specialty in psychiatry.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, supervision hours appear not to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Mental Health Counselors in Hawaii, since the board rules currently state supervision should be face-to-face.
  • Board Contact: Dorene W. Eddy, Program Specialist, counselor@dcca.hawaii.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 451J-1
  • Ruling Details: As defined in Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”) 451-J “clinical supervision includes but is not limited to case consultation of the assessment and diagnosis of presenting problems, development and implementation of treatment plans, and the evaluation of the course of treatment. Clinical supervision may include direct observation by the qualified supervisor of the provision of marriage and family therapy services.” 
  • Our Assessment: Motivo asked the board for clarification on tele-supervision, since it is unclear in the rules. Here was the response we received via email: “Telehealth supervision may occur as long as the supervisor is licensed in Hawaii and the clients are all located in Hawaii.” We recommend emailing the board so that you have your own record of this before beginning tele-supervision in Hawaii as an aspiring Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Board Contact: Relley W. Araceley, Executive Officer, mft@dcca.Hawaii.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 5, 467E-7(3)(E)
  • Ruling Details: 467E-7(3)(E): In collaboration with the supervisor, may elect to fulfill some or all of the supervision requirements set forth in subparagraph (C) through face-to-face supervision that is conducted electronically through a video conference service that is compliant with all federal and state privacy, security, and confidentiality laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Prior to making such an election, it is incumbent upon the applicant to review the laws and rules of other jurisdictions to determine the impact, if any, that electronic supervision may have on license by endorsement in other states.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Hawaii, so long as the HIPAA-compliant technology is used.
  • Board Contact: Ahlani K. Quiogue, Executive Officer, social_worker@dcca.hawaii.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 4, 225.02.b
  • Ruling Details: 225.02.b. “…Individual supervision is defined as one (1) hour of face-to-face, one-on-one (1:1) or one-to-two (1:2) supervision to every thirty (3) hours of direct client contact. Supervision must be provided in a face-to-face setting. 
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, virtual supervision must be board approved for aspiring Professional Counselors in Idaho.
  • Board Contact: Dennis Baughman, cou@ibol.idaho.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 7, 239.02.c
  • Ruling Details: 239.02.c “Supervision must be provided in a face-to-face setting.” 
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, virtual supervision must be board approved for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Idaho.
  • Board Contact: Dennis Baughman, cou@ibol.idaho.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 3, 210.01.b
  • Ruling Details: 210 (b): “A minimum of one hundred (100) hours of the required supervision must be face-to-face contact with the supervisor and must occur on a regular and on-going basis. Supervision may include a face-to-face setting provided by a secure live electronic connection. The secure live electronic connection must comply with any applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations, including the health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA).”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Idaho, so long as a HIPAA-compliant technology is used.
  • Board Contact: Donna Lynn Hatch, Chair, swo@ibol.idaho.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Ruling Details: “The purpose of this Variance is to allow Applicants for licensure as Clinical Professional Counselors to complete their live face-to-face supervision using real-time video or audio technology, as appropriate, rather than on-site. Remote Supervision may be performed telephonically or using video technology tools including, but not limited to, video conferencing, Skype, Zoom and Google Hangout. When an Applicant is providing services to a client, the supervisor should be available and prepared to offer assistance as needed. This Variance is hereby granted and expires July 31, 2020. This Variance is for supervision that occurs between this effective date (April 6, 2020) and July 31, 2020.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Section 1375.130 (f)
  • Ruling Details: “f) Live face to face supervision does not include mail, email, telefax or phone.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis. Post-COVID, it is unclear if supervision hours are permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Illinois. We recommend reaching out to the board directly.
  • Board Contact: Cecilia.Abundis@illinois.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Section 1283.25 (f)
  • Ruling Details: “f) Supervision is face to face conversation with a supervisor, usually in periods of approximately one hour each.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it is unclear if supervision hours are permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Illinois. We recommend reaching out to the board directly.
  • Board Contact: Cecilia.Abundis@illinois.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Section 1470.20 4 (A)
  • Ruling Details: “A) The supervisor shall have met with the applicant an average of at least 4 hours each month to discuss client cases and treatment procedures.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it is unclear if supervision hours are permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Illinois. We recommend reaching out to the board directly.
  • Board Contact: Cecilia.Abundis@illinois.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: IC 25-23.6-8.5-4 (i)
  • Ruling Details: “(i) Up to fifty percent (50%) of the supervised post-graduate clinical experience hours required under subsection (b) may be accounted for through virtual supervision by a licensed mental health counselor or equivalent supervisor described in subsection (b).” 
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Indiana.
  • Board Contact: Cindy Vaught, Board Director, pla8@pla.in.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: IC 25-23.6-8-2.7 (j)
  • Ruling Details: (j) Up to fifty percent (50%) of the supervised postdegree clinical experience hours required under subsection (b) may be accounted for through virtual supervision by a licensed marriage and family therapist or equivalent supervisor described in subsection (b).”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Indiana.
  • Board Contact: Cindy Vaught, Board Director, pla8@pla.in.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: IC 25-23.6-5-3.5 (g)
  • Ruling Details: “(g) Up to fifty percent (50%) of the supervised clinical social work experience hours required under subsection (a) may be accounted for through virtual supervision by a qualified supervisor described in subsection (a).”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Indiana.
  • Board Contact: Cindy Vaught, Board Director, pla8@pla.in.gov

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 645—31.7(1)(c, d)
  • Ruling Details: “(c) Include successful completion of at least 3,000 hours of mental health counseling that shall include at least 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 200 hours of clinical supervision. Applicants who entered a program of study prior to July 1, 2010, shall include successful completion of 200 hours of clinical supervision concurrent with 1,000 hours of mental health counseling conducted in person with couples, families and individuals.
    (d) Include a minimum of 25 percent of all clinical supervision in person.
    (1) The first two meetings shall be face-to-face and in person.
    (2) Up to 50 percent of all supervision may be completed by telephone.
    (3) Up to 75 percent of all supervision may be completed by electronic means.
    (4) Supervision by electronic means is acceptable if the system utilized is a confidential, interactive, secure, real-time system that provides for visual and audio interaction between the licensee and the supervisor.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Iowa, during the state of emergency. After the state of emergency, 75% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Mental Health Counselors in Iowa, so long as the first two sessions are in-person, and a secure medium is used. 
  • Board Contact: Amy Crow Sunleaf, PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 645—31.5(1)(c,d)
  • Ruling Details: (c) Include successful completion of at least 3,000 hours of marital and family therapy that shall include at least 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 200 hours of clinical supervision. Applicants who entered a program of study prior to July 1, 2010, shall include successful completion of 200 hours of clinical supervision concurrent with 1,000 hours of marital and family therapy conducted in person with couples, families and individuals.
    (d) Include a minimum of 25 percent of all clinical supervision in person.
    (1) The first two meetings shall be face-to-face and in person.
    (2) Up to 50 percent of all supervision may be completed by telephone.
    (3) Up to 75 percent of all supervision may be completed by electronic means.
    (4) Supervision by electronic means is acceptable if the system utilized is a confidential, interactive, secure, real-time system that provides for visual and audio interaction between the licensee and the supervisor.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Iowa, during the state of emergency. After the state of emergency, 75% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Iowa, so long as the first two sessions are in-person, and a secure medium is used.
  • Board Contact: Echo Kent, PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 280.6 (3)(a)
  • Ruling Details: 280.6(3) Direct supervision. The required 110 hours of direct supervision may be obtained through individual meetings between the supervisor and supervisee or through group supervision meetings consisting of the supervisor and more than one supervisee.
    a. The first supervision meeting must occur in person. After the first supervision meeting, the remaining supervision may occur through in-person meetings or through electronic meetings using an interactive real-time system that provides for visual and audio interaction between the supervisor and supervisee.
    b. A maximum of 60 hours of direct supervision may be obtained through group supervision meetings. A maximum of six supervisees may participate in any group supervision meeting.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Iowa, during the state of emergency. After the state of emergency, virtual supervision hours appear to be permitted for aspiring Social Workers in Iowa, so long as the first session is in-person, and a secure medium is used. 
  • Board Contact: Jody Weigel, PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 102-3-7a (1, 2)
  • Ruling Details: “(1) At least 50 hours of one-on-one, individual supervision occurring with the supervisor and supervisee in the same physical space; (2) at least 100 hours of supervision with one supervisor and no more than six supervisees in the same physical space, except when not practical due to an emergency or other exigent circumstances, at which time person-to-person contact by interactive video or other telephonic means maintaining confidentiality shall be allowed.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, supervision hours appear to be permitted only in an emergency or other exigent circumstances for aspiring Professional Counselors in Kansas.
  • Board Contact: Max Foster Jr., Executive Director, max.foster@ks.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 102-5-7a (1, 2)
  • Ruling Details: “(1) At least 50 hours of one-on-one, individual supervision occurring with the supervisor and supervisee in the same physical space;
    (2) at least 100 hours of supervision with one supervisor and no more than six supervisees in the same physical space, except when not practical due to an emergency or other exigent circumstances, at which time person-to-person contact by interactive video or other telephonic means maintaining confidentiality shall be allowed.”
    Page 1, 102-5-7b (1, 2)
    “(1) At least 25 hours of one-on-one, individual supervision occurring with the supervisor and supervisee in the same physical space;
    (2) at least 50 hours of supervision with one supervisor and no more than six
    supervisees in the same physical space, except when not practical due to an emergency or other exigent circumstances, at which time person-to-person contact by interactive video or other telephonic means maintaining confidentiality shall be allowed; and
    (3) at least two separate supervisory sessions per month, at least one of which shall be one-on-one, individual supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100 supervision hours appear to be permitted through virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Kansas.
  • Board Contact: Max Foster Jr., Executive Director, max.foster@ks.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 102-1-12 (4)
  • Ruling Details: “(4) participate in a minimum of 100 supervisory meetings consisting of not less than 150 hours of clinical supervision. A minimum of 75 hours of the 150 required hours of supervision shall be individual supervision, of which at least 50 hours shall be obtained in person. The remainder of the 150 required hours may be obtained in person or, if confidentiality is technologically protected, by videoconferencing. Each applicant using videoconferencing shall provide written verification of the technological security measure implemented. The supervision shall integrate the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders with the use of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders specified in K.A.R. 102-2-14. A maximum of two hours of supervision shall be counted for each 20 hours of clinical social work practice.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50 of the 100 supervision hours needed for licensure are permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Kansas.
  • Board Contact: Max Foster Jr., Executive Director, max.foster@ks.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, Section 3 (g) (2)
  • Ruling Details: “(g) A statement that supervision: 1. Shall occur a minimum of: a. Three (3) times per month and one (1) hour per meeting for a full time practice that consists of twenty-five (25) clock hours or greater per week; or b. One (1) hour for every thirty (30) hours of client contact for a part time practice that consists of less than twenty-five (25) clock hours per week; and 2. May include interactive, simultaneous video and audio media that meet applicable legal requirements for information required to be kept confidential.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Kentucky.
  • Board Contact: Lyndsay SippleLPC@ky.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Memorandum Item 5: “The Board has received many questions regarding if Continuing Education training is required in order to provide “clinical supervision” via telecommunication. During the State of Emergency under Executive Order 2020-215, supervision may be conducted online. No continuing education is required to supervise.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, Section 3 (d)
  • Ruling Details: “(d) Be direct, face-to-face contact between the supervisor and supervisee, unless an alternative form of supervision has been approved by the board based on undue burden for the supervisor or supervisee such as in cases of serious illness or injury.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Kentucky, during the COVID-19 crisis. After COVID-19, it appears that supervision is only permitted virtually on a case-by-case basis at the board’s discretion.
  • Board Contact: Tiler Hahn, MFT@ky.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The requirement that supervision occur face-to-face is suspended. Supervision, as required by the administrative regulation, may occur electronically as defined in 201 KAR 23:070 Section 1(2). This expanded definition will only apply until the state of emergency is lifted.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 3, Section 8, 2 (a-f)
  • Ruling Details: “(2)(a) Supervision shall total a minimum of 200 hours, which shall include individual supervision of not less than two (2) hours during every two (2) weeks of clinical social work practice. (b), Electronic supervision may be used for no more than two (2) hours of individual supervision per month, but only after the first twenty-five (25) hours of individual supervision hours have been obtained in face-to-face, in-person meetings where the supervisor and supervisee are physically present in the same room. A certified social worker who completes the first twenty-five (25) hours of face-to-face individual supervision hours shall not have to repeat the face-to-face individual supervision hours if a new contract or supervisor of record is approved by the board. No more than fifty (50) percent of the individual supervision hours may be obtained by electronic supervision. (c) A supervisee shall not obtain more than 100 hours of the required supervision by group supervision. (d) No more than fifty (50) percent of the group supervision hours may be obtained by electronic supervision. (e) Electronic supervision shall conform to all state and federal laws governing electronic practice to ensure the confidentiality of the client’s medical information is maintained as required by KRS Chapter 335 and 201 KAR Chapter 23 and by all applicable state and federal law. (f) Group supervision shall not be in groups of more than six (6) supervisees.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Kentucky, during the COVID-19 crisis. After COVID-19, it appears that supervision is permitted virtually for 50% of individual supervision hours and 50% of group supervision hours. The first 25 hours of individual supervision should be obtained in-person, and not more than 2 hours of virtual supervision are permitted per month.
  • Board Contact: Florence Huffman, Executive DirectorFlorence.Huffman@ky.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states that “Up to 25 percent of total supervision hours may be used within a telesupervision format” however, Motivo emailed the board to clarify ruling and received this response, “We did recently rescind all our rules and regulations regarding telehealth/teletherapy, as well as the requirement for face-to-face/live supervision hours.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 13, (c) (1)
  • Ruling Details: “A minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision by an LPC Supervisor. Up to 25 percent of the supervision hours may be conducted by synchronous videoconferencing (i).supervision may not take place via mail, email, or telephone.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Louisiana during COVID-19. Post COVID-19, it appears that 25% of supervision hours are permitted virtually.
  • Board Contact: lpcboard@lpcboard.org

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states that “Up to 25 percent of total supervision hours may be used within a telesupervision format.” However, Motivo emailed the board to clarify ruling and received this response, “We did recently rescind all our rules and regulations regarding telehealth/teletherapy, as well as the requirement for face-to-face/live supervision hours.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 62 (C) (2) (a)
  • Ruling Details: “(a) Up to 100 hours of face-to-face supervisor contact received during the completion of the applicant’s qualifying academic experience graduate program that is systemically oriented as determined by the advisory committee may be counted toward the required 200 hours of qualified supervision. Of these 100 hours, 50 hours must be counted as individual supervision. Up to 25 % of the 100 face-to-face supervision hours may be conducted via synchronous videoconferencing.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Louisiana during COVID-19. Post COVID-19, it appears that 25% of supervision hours are permitted virtually.
  • Board Contact: lpcboard@lpcboard.org

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “Supervision can be conducted through electronic means until September 30, 2020.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 18, 503 (E) and Page 19, 505 (E)
  • Ruling Details: “503 (E) Face-to-face supervision for licensure must total at least 96 hours.”
    505 (E). Supervision may be rendered through individual supervision, group supervision, telephone contact or by secure electronic media to meet the needs of the agency and to provide timely services to clients in emergencies.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Louisiana, during the COVID-19 crisis. After COVID-19, it appears that face-to-face supervision is required, but virtual supervision can be used for agency-administered supervision. The rules are a little unclear here, so we recommend reaching out to the board to clarify.
  • Board Contact: socialwork@labswe.org

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Click Link “02 514” for the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
  • Ruling Details:
    LPC Page 9, Chapter 2, 4:
    “The applicant shall complete 2000 hours of supervised counseling experience over a period of not less than 2 years following attainment of the qualifying degree. The 2000 hours shall include a minimum of 1000 hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, families or groups, and a minimum of 67 hours of supervision with the approved supervisor designated by the licensee. Supervision shall occur with substantial regularity throughout this period at the approximate rate of one hour of supervision per 30 hours of experience. Of the minimum 67 hours of supervision, at least 34 hours shall consist of individual supervision. The approved supervisor may participate by live audio conference or live videoconference in lieu of physical presence in up to 17 hours of individual supervision.”
    LCPC Page 20, Chapter 3, 4 (1)
    “Except as set forth in Section 4(2) of this chapter, the applicant shall complete 3000 hours of supervised clinical counseling experience over a period of not less than 2 years following attainment of the qualifying degree. The 3000 hours shall include a minimum of 1500 direct clinical contact hours with individuals and groups, and a minimum of 100 hours of clinical supervision with the approved supervisor designated by the licensee. Supervision shall occur with substantial regularity throughout this period at the approximate rate of one hour of supervision per 30 hours of experience. Of the minimum 100 hours of clinical supervision, at least 50 hours shall consist of individual supervision. The approved supervisor may participate by live audio conference or live videoconference in lieu of physical presence in up to 25 hours of individual supervision. Unless waived pursuant to Section 5(4) of this chapter, supervised experience must be earned during the applicant’s period of conditional licensure.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 17 of the 67 required supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring LPC’s in Maine. Additionally, 25 of the 100 required supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring LCPC’s in Maine.
  • Board Contact: counsel.board@maine.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find:  Click Link “02 514” for the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
  • Ruling Details: 
    LMFT Page 28, Chapter 4, 4 (1)
    Except as set forth in Section 4(2) of this chapter, the applicant shall complete 3000 hours of supervised clinical counseling experience in marriage and family counseling over a period of not less than 2 years following attainment of the qualifying degree. The 3000 hours shall include a minimum of 1000 hours of direct clinical contact hours with couples and families. The conditional licensee must receive a minimum of 200 hours of clinical supervision with the approved supervisor designated by the licensee. Supervision shall occur with substantial regularity throughout this period at the approximate rate of one hour of supervision per 15 hours of experience. Of the minimum 200 hours of clinical supervision, at least 100 hours shall consist of individual supervision. The approved supervisor may participate by live audio conference or live videoconference in lieu of physical presence in up to 50 hours of individual supervision. Unless waived pursuant to Section 4(4) of this chapter, supervised experience must be earned during the applicant’s period of conditional licensure.”
    LMFT Page 28, Chapter 4, 4 (2)
    “2. An applicant whose qualifying degree did not include the internship described in Section 2(1)(C)(9) of this chapter, but did include an internship consisting of at least 600 clock hours of supervised marriage and family counseling experience, must complete supervised experience as set forth in this subsection. The applicant shall complete 4000 hours of supervised clinical counseling experience over a period of not less than 2 years following attainment of the qualifying degree. The 4000 hours shall include a minimum of 1500 hours of direct clinical contact hours with couples and families. The conditional licensee must receive a minimum of 300 hours of clinical supervision with the approved supervisor designated by the licensee. Supervision shall occur with substantial regularity throughout this period at the approximate rate of one hour of supervision per 13 hours of experience. Of the minimum 300 hours of clinical supervision, at least 150 hours shall consist of individual supervision. The approved supervisor may participate by live audio conference or live videoconference in lieu of physical presence in up to 75 hours of individual supervision. Unless waived pursuant to Section 5(4) of this chapter, supervised experience must be earned during the applicant’s period of conditional licensure.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, between 50 and 75 supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Maine, depending on the type of internship the supervisee obtained.
  • Board Contact: counsel.board@maine.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None Known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Click Link “02 416, Chapter 13” for the State Board of Social Work Licensure
  • Ruling Details: “For applicants whose MSWs are in clinical concentrations, 96 hours of consultation concurrent with 3,200 hours of social work employment occurring within a period of not less than 2 years. At least 72 consultation hours must be individual, face-to-face consultation. The remaining 24 consultation hours may be completed in group or by videoconference but not by telephone or any other audio-only technology;
    (3) For applicants whose MSWs are in nonclinical concentrations, 192 hours of consultation concurrent with 6,400 hours of social work employment occurring within a period of not less than 4 years. At least 144 consultation hours must be individual, face-to-face consultation. The remaining 48 consultation hours may be completed in group or by videoconference but not by telephone or any other audio-only technology”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, between 24 and 48 supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Maine, depending on the supervisee’s clinical concentration type.
  • Board Contact: socwkr.board@maine.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “(a) “Face-to-face” means in the physical presence of the individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision, or using video conferencing which allows individuals to hear and see each other in actual points of time. (b) “Face-to-face” does not include: (i) Telephone supervision; or (ii) Internet communication that does not involve actual or real time video conferencing, such as instant messaging services and social networking sites.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 02.Definitions (B)(3)(a,b)
  • Ruling Details: “(3) Face-to-Face. (a) “Face-to-face” means in the physical presence of the individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision, or using video conferencing which allows individuals to hear and see each other in actual points of time. (b) “Face-to-face” does not include: (i) Telephone supervision; or (ii) Internet communication that does not involve actual or real-time video conferencing, such as instant messaging services and social networking sites.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Maryland.
  • Board Contact: Kimberly B. Link, J.D., Executive Director, kimberly.link@maryland.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “(a) “Face-to-face” means in the physical presence of the individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision, or using video conferencing which allows individuals to hear and see each other in actual points of time. (b) “Face-to-face” does not include: (i) Telephone supervision; or (ii) Internet communication that does not involve actual or real time video conferencing, such as instant messaging services and social networking sites.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 02.Definitions (B)(5)(a,b)
  • Ruling Details: “(5) Face-to-Face. (a) “Face-to-face” means supervision in the physical presence of the individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision or using video conferencing that allows individuals to hear and see each other in actual points in time. (b) “Face-to-face” does not include telephone supervision or internet communication such as email, social networking websites, or instant messaging that does not involve real time video conferencing.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Maryland.
  • Board Contact: Kimberly B. Link, J.D., Executive Director, kimberly.link@maryland.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Additional COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Additional Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “(a) “Face-to-face” means in the physical presence of the individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision, or using video conferencing which allows individuals to hear and see each other in actual points of time. (b) “Face-to-face” does not include: (i) Telephone supervision; or (ii) Internet communication that does not involve actual or real time video conferencing, such as instant messaging services and social networking sites.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 02.Definitions (B)(3)(a,b,c)
  • Ruling Details: “(3) Face-to-Face. (a) “Face-to-face” means in the physical presence of or electronic presence of the individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision. (b) “Face-to-face” includes: (i) Secure video conferencing; or (ii) Real-time communication with both parties in each other’s physical presence. (c) “Face-to-face” does not include: (i) Telephone supervision; (ii) Written communication via the internet; or (iii) Technological communication that is not visual. “
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Maryland prior and post COVID-19.
  • Board Contact: Gloria Jean Hammel, Director of Certification & Licensing, mdh.socialwork@maryland.gov

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Scroll to the section titled, “Practice Advisory Regarding Supervision of Applicants for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Rehabilitation Counselors”
  • Ruling Details: “Practice Guidance: In response to inquiries from licensees and other interested parties about providing and obtaining supervision of affected applicants by video conferencing, the Board has reviewed and considered appropriate protocols for providing such supervision. Supervision required of affected applicants: The required supervision of affected applicants may be performed by an Approved Supervisor[i] and must be in accord with each professions’ regulations governing supervision. The Board will allow for video conferencing for such Supervision but the Board requires that the initial hour of face-to-face supervision must be done in person and not via video conferencing.  Although supervision utilizing video conferencing is not encouraged by the Board, the Board recognizes that in certain circumstances video conferencing can be used as a complement to an existing face-to-face supervision and when warranted by extenuating circumstances. Licensees are reminded that all of the statutes and regulations that govern traditional supervision are always applicable. The Board, therefore, requires that Supervisors conduct the initial face to face session in person before utilizing future video conferencing to conduct the Supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted, so long as the first session occurs in-person. 
  • Board Contact: amh.board@mass.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Scroll to the section titled, “Practice Advisory Regarding Supervision of Applicants for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Rehabilitation Counselors”
  • Ruling Details: “Practice Guidance: In response to inquiries from licensees and other interested parties about providing and obtaining supervision of affected applicants by video conferencing, the Board has reviewed and considered appropriate protocols for providing such supervision. Supervision required of affected applicants: The required supervision of affected applicants may be performed by an Approved Supervisor[i]  and must be in accord with each professions’ regulations governing supervision.    The Board will allow for video conferencing for such Supervision but the Board requires that the initial hour of face-to-face supervision must be done in person and not via video conferencing.  Although supervision utilizing video conferencing is not encouraged by the Board, the Board recognizes that in certain circumstances video conferencing can be used as a complement to an existing face-to-face supervision and when warranted by extenuating circumstances. Licensees are reminded that all of the statutes and regulations that govern traditional supervision are always applicable. The Board, therefore, requires that Supervisors conduct the initial face to face session in person before utilizing future video conferencing to conduct the Supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted, so long as the first session occurs in-person. 
  • Board Contact: amh.board@mass.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “At its meeting on March 24, 2020, the Board of Registration of Social Workers voted to issue the following policy: Because of the current declared state of emergency in Massachusetts, to the extent applicable for applicants of all license types, teletherapy sessions and supervision through video conferencing or telephone that is HIPAA compliant that occurred or will occur from March 10, 2020 through the end of the state of emergency will be accepted toward experience hours and supervision requirements.  Further, the requirement in the Board’s “Practice Advisory Regarding Supervision of Licensed Certified Social Workers via Video Conferencing” that the first supervision session be face-to-face is waived from March 10, 2020 through the end of the state of emergency.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Scroll to the section titled, “Practice Advisory Regarding Supervision of Licensed Certified Social Workers via Video Conferencing”
  • Ruling Details: “Practice Guidance: In response to inquiries from licensees and other interested parties about providing and obtaining supervision of LCSWs by video conferencing, the Board has reviewed and considered appropriate protocols for providing such supervision. Supervision required of an LCSW on the path to licensure as an LISCW. The required supervision of LCSWs may be performed by an LICSW or someone who is eligible for licensure as an LICSW and must be “one hour a week, or equivalent pro rata amount for part-time employees, of face to face supervision” pursuant to 258 CMR 12.02(1).  While the Board will allow for video conferencing for such Supervision, the Board requires that the initial hour of face to face supervision occur in person and not via video conferencing.  Although supervision utilizing video conferencing is not encouraged by the Board, the Board recognizes that in certain circumstances video conferencing can be used as a complement to an existing face-to-face supervision and when warranted by extenuating circumstances. Licensees are reminded that all of the statutes and regulations that govern traditional Social Work supervision are always applicable. The Board, therefore, requires that Supervisors conduct the initial face to face session in person before utilizing future video conferencing to conduct the Supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in Massachusetts. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted, so long as the first session occurs in-person. 
  • Board Contact: swboard@mass.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: 333.16109 (2) (a) and Page 4, R 338.1752 3, a, i
  • Ruling Details: 333.16109 (2) (a) 
    “(2) “Supervision”, except as otherwise provided in this article, means the overseeing of or participation in the work of another individual by a health professional licensed under this article in circumstances where at least all of the following conditions exist:
    (a) The continuous availability of direct communication in person or by radio, telephone, or telecommunication between the supervised individual and a licensed health professional.”
    Page 4, R 338.1752 3, a, i

    “(i) For an applicant who has received a master’s degree in counseling or student personnel work, not less than 3,000 hours accrued in not less than a 2-year period, with not less than 100 hours of regularly scheduled supervision accrued in the immediate physical presence of the supervisor. The supervision begins upon the issuance of the limited license and continue until the licensed professional counselor license is issued.”
  • Our Assessment:
    From LARA: R 338.1752 requires those seeking licensure as professional counselors to have a specific number of hours “of regularly scheduled supervision accrued in the immediate physical presence of the supervisor.” However, MCL 333.16109 defines “supervision” as: the overseeing of or participation in the work of another individual by a health professional licensed under this article in circumstances where at least all of the following conditions exist:(a) The continuous availability of direct communication in person or by radio, telephone, or telecommunication between the supervised individual and a licensed health professional. 
    Based on this information, virtual supervision appears to be permitted for aspiring Professional Counselors in Michigan, so long as at least 100 supervision hours occur in person. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Sec. 16909, (v)(c)(iii)
  • Ruling Details: ” (iii) Is supervised in a ratio of at least 1 hour of supervision for each 5 hours of experience, for a total of not less than 200 hours of supervision concurrent with the 1,000 hours of supervised experience. Not less than 100 hours of supervision under this subparagraph shall be individual supervision with no more than 1 other supervisee present. The remaining supervision under this subparagraph may be group supervision involving no more than 6 supervisees with 1 supervisor. The supervision shall be given in face-to-face contact with the individual obtaining marriage and family therapy experience.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, the ruling specifies “face to face” but it is unclear if virtual supervision is considered face to face. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Page 6, R 338.2933 (4) (b)
  • Ruling Details: “(b) Supervisory review must be conducted for at least 4 hours per month with at least 2 hours being conducted between the applicant and the supervisor on an individual basis either in person or using a telecommunication method that provides for live and simultaneous contact.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Michigan.
  • Board Contact: BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “Supervised professional practice can be completed electronically. Upon submitting licensure applications and completion of supervision forms, licensees must submit a variance request to the Board to accept the electronic supervision due to COVID-19.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 2150.5010, Subpart 1
  • Ruling Details: “Subpart 1. Supervision. For the purpose of meeting this part, “supervision” means documented interactive consultation, which, subject to the limitations in subpart 4, item B, may be conducted in person, by telephone, or by audio or audiovisual electronic device, between an approved supervisor and a licensed professional counselor
    Page 2, 2150.5010, Subp. 4 (C) 1.The supervision must be obtained at the rate of two hours of supervision per 40 hours of professional practice, for a total of 100 hours of supervision. The supervision must be evenly distributed over the course of the supervised professional practice. At least 75 percent of the required supervision hours must be received in person. The remaining 25 percent of the required hours may be received by telephone or by audio or audiovisual electronic device. At least 50 percent of the required hours of supervision must be received on an individual basis. The remaining 50 percent may be received in a group setting.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in Minnesota. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted for 25% of the required supervision hours.
  • Board Contact: bbht.board@state.mn.us

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “Minnesota Rule 5300.0150 and 5300.0155 govern post-graduate, supervised experience requirements. These rules authorize up to 25% of required supervision (50 hours) may be obtained electronically. Effective March 27, 2020, the Board removed this 25% limitation and authorizes synchronous electronic supervision may occur without limitation through December 31, 2020, or the expiration of Minnesota’s peacetime emergency status, whichever occurs first. Applicants for licensure/LAMFTs must continue to receive regular supervision from an LMFT Board-approved supervisor sufficient to insure public protection.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Under 4th bullet
  • Ruling Details: “All 200 hours of supervision must be related to the 1000 hours of clinical client contact and at least half of these hours must be individual supervision (not more than 2 supervisees present). Supervision must involve a focus on the supervisee’s clinical work and supervisee must make clinical data directly available to supervisor via written clinical materials, direct observation, audio or video recordings, or other reporting methods. Supervision must be regular and continuous until supervisee is licensed as an LMFT. No more than 50 hours of supervision may be received via secure synchronous electronic means.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Minnesota. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted for 25% of the required supervision hours.
  • Board Contact: mft.board@state.mn.us

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Tele-supervision does not appear to be directly mentioned in Minnesota’s Social Work Board COVID-19 announcements, however, new rules are being released each day.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and See here
  • Where to Find:
    LGSW: Page 1, 148E.106, Subd 3 (1) (2)
    LISW: Page 2, 148E.110, Subd 7 (1) (2)
  • Ruling Details:
    LGSW, Page 1, 148E.106, Subd 3 (1) (2):
    “(1) 100 hours must be provided through one-on-one supervision, including: (i) a minimum of 50 hours of in-person supervision, and (ii) no more than 50 hours of supervision via eye-to-eye electronic media, while maintaining visual contact; and (2) 100 hours must be provided through: (i) one-on-one supervision, or (ii) group supervision. The supervision may be in person, by telephone, or via eye-to-eye electronic media, while maintaining visual contact. The supervision must not be provided by e-mail. Group supervision is limited to six supervisees.”
    LISW, Page 2, 148E.110, Subd 7 (1) (2) 
    “(1) 100 hours must be provided through one-on-one supervision, including:
    (i) a minimum of 50 hours of in-person supervision; and (ii) no more than 50 hours of supervision via eye-to-eye electronic media, while maintaining visual contact; and
    (2) 100 hours must be provided through:
    (i) one-on-one supervision; or (ii) group supervision. The supervision may be in person, by telephone, or via eye-to-eye electronic media, while maintaining visual contact. The supervision must not be provided by e-mail. Group supervision is limited to six supervisees.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of group supervision hours and 50% of individual supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Minnesota.
  • Board Contact: Social.work@state.mn.us

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: 
    “NOW THEREFORE, the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors will allow licensees to utilize TeleMental Health services so as to avoid unnecessary patient travel; and in so doing, the Board will suspend enforcement of any statute, rule or regulation that would require licensees to obtain additional credentialing to provide TeleMental Health services excluding counseling performed by text messaging platforms and email.
    FURTHER, this proclamation includes supervision (excluding text messaging and email) provided by an LPC-S.
    SO ORDERED AND APPROVED by the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, this is the 16th day of March 2020.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 5 (Rule 1.4), 27 (Rule 4.3) and 43 (Rule 7.5)
  • Ruling Details:
    Rule 1.4 (O):
    “O. Distance Professional Services: Counseling, consulting, and clinical supervision services provided by an LPC (as referenced in Rule 7.5) in one location to a recipient of services in another location by means of secure electronic communication in either asynchronous methods including email and social network systems or synchronous methods such as telephone, chat, and video systems.”
    Rule 4.3 (B) (3):
    3. Individual and Group Supervision provided by a Board qualified supervisor with the LPCS credential to Licensees who have completed the educational requirements for licensure may be provided by way of Distance Professional Services under the following criteria only: a. The LPC-S must hold a Board Certified TeleMental Health (BC-TMH) credential or its equivalent as recognized by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) or the National Board of Certified Counselors. The credential must be on file with the LPC Board office prior to initiating supervision through distance means. b. Distance supervision sessions must be provided by secure means of synchronous video conferencing only. Supervision by telephone, email, chat, or other forms of communication must be reserved to only emergency communications. c. The Supervision Contract submitted to the Board must include information explaining the use and limits of distance supervision, specify the qualifications of the LPC-S to provide distance supervision, and establish procedures for managing the failure of the video communication system.”
    Rule 7.5:
    “Practice of Distance Professional Services Any person that provides counseling or supervision services through the means of Distance Professional Services must hold a license in good standing in both the location where services are provided by the professional as well as in the location of the recipient of the services and must also hold the Board Certified-TeleMental Health (BC-TMH) credential or its equivalent as recognized by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) or the National Board of Certified Counselors. Distance Professional Services must be performed in accordance with these Rules and Regulations, the current American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics, the current National Board for Certified Counselors Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services, and Mississippi and Federal law.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in Mississippi, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted for supervisors who hold the BC-TMH, or equivalent, and who are licensed in both the state they currently reside in and the recipient’s state.
  • Board Contact: info@lpc.ms.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “FURTHER, until further action is taken by the Governor of the State of Mississippi, the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapy does hereby modify its Rules and Regulations to provide that, as used in said Rules and Regulations, the term face-to-face shall include audiovisual electronic device (i.e. skype, facetime, webex, etc.) provided there is direct, interactive, live exchange between the involved individuals or participants or provided that communication is verbally or visually interactive between the involved individuals or participants.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 5, Rule 2.2, (C)(3)(h)
  • Ruling Details: “h. The supervisory process requires an average of one hour per week or two hours of biweekly meetings of face-to-face supervision throughout a minimum period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months. The period of supervision may not exceed thirty-six (36) months. Under unusual circumstances (e.g., hurricane disaster, documented illness, etc.) a supervisee may apply for an extension of the supervisory process, which may be granted at the discretion of the Board.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, it is unclear if face-to-face includes virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Mississippi. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: Info@swmft.ms.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “FURTHER, until further action is taken by the Governor of the State of Mississippi, the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapy does hereby modify its Rules and Regulations to provide that, as used in said Rules and Regulations, the term face-to-face shall include audiovisual electronic device (i.e. skype, facetime, webex, etc.) provided there is direct, interactive, live exchange between the involved individuals or participants or provided that communication is verbally or visually interactive between the involved individuals or participants.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 43, Rule 2.3, (E)(2)(c)
  • Ruling Details: “Supervision may include alternate means of supervision by or audiovisual electronic device (i.e. skype, facetime, webex, etc.) provided there is direct, interactive, live exchange between the supervisor and supervisee or provided that communication is verbally or visually interactive between the supervisor and the supervisee. It is incumbent that the supervisor and supervisee recognize the risks of sharing confidential information of clients and ensure that measures are in place that protect confidentiality through electronic encryption or related methods. No more than one-fourth (1/4) of the required hours may be by alternate means to direct face-to-face contact for a total of twenty-five (25) hours.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, it appears that 25% of supervision may be obtained via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Mississippi.
  • Board Contact: Info@swmft.ms.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known 
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 6, 20 CSR 2095-2.020, (7) (C)
  • Ruling Details:
    “(C) The use of electronic communication, to include a cellular telephone or Internet, is not acceptable for meeting the supervisory requirement of this rule unless the communication is contemporaneously or simultaneously visually and verbally interactive between the registered supervisor and counselor-in-training or provisional licensed professional counselor.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Missouri, so long as the stated rules are followed.  
  • Board Contact: profcounselor@pr.mo.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 4, 20 CSR 2233-2.020 (8) (B) (4)
  • Ruling Details: “4. An applicant for supervision may submit a request for supervision by electronic methods to meet the face-to-face supervision requirements of this rule. When using electronic methods for supervision, the supervisor and S-MFT or PLMFT shall ensure that the system utilized for communications is a secure, real-time system that provides for visual and audio interaction between the S-MFT or PLMFT and supervisor and all data storage and communications are private and protected consistent with all applicable laws and rules;
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision, at the board’s approval, for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Missouri. 
  • Board Contact: maritalfam@pr.mo.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 3, 20 CSR 2263-2.030 (3) (A) (4)
  • Ruling Details: “4. The use of electronic communications is acceptable for meeting supervision requirements of this rule only if the ethical standards for confidentiality are maintained and communication is verbally and visually interactive between the supervisor and the supervisee;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision, at the board’s approval, for aspiring Social Workers in Missouri. 
  • Board Contact: lcsw@pr.mo.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known 
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: ARM 24.219.301(13) & LCPC, 24.219.604 
  • Ruling Details:  ARM 24.219.301(13): “Face-to-face” means supervision of a candidate by the supervisor which is either:
    (a) in-person; or
    (b) electronically. The transmission must:
    (i) be two-way;
    (ii) be interactive;
    (iii) be real-time;
    (iv) be simultaneous; and
    (v) provide for both audio and visual interaction.
    24.219.604 [mtrules.org] LCPC SUPERVISED WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
    “(1) Applicants applying under ARM 24.219.601 [mtrules.org] must meet the supervised work experience requirements in 37-23-202, MCA, and as defined in ARM 24.219.301 [mtrules.org].
    (a) Up to 1500 of the 3000 hours required in 37-23-202(1)(b), MCA, may be obtained pre-degree under the academic requirements of the degree program. In order to qualify as experience under this rule the hours must be approved by the graduate program.
    (b) Any hours obtained post-degree must include 1000 hours direct client contact under face-to-face supervision in a clinical setting as defined in ARM 24.219.301 [mtrules.org]. No more than 250 of those 1000 hours may be in a group or co-facilitative therapy situation.
    (2) For all of the 3000 supervised work experience hours required under 37-23-202, MCA, supervisors must provide at least one hour of face-to-face supervision and consultation for every 20 hours of professional counseling as defined in 37-23-102, MCA.
    (3) Candidates must clearly indicate they are a professional counselor licensure candidate in all professional and private communications.
    (4) A candidate will be issued an LCPC license without further application upon proof of:
    (a) passage of the examination in ARM 24.219.602 [mtrules.org] within four years of the date of application; and
    (b) completion of the requirements in (1) through (3) of this rule”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of virtual supervision is permitted for aspiring Professional Counselors in Montana. 
  • Board Contact: DLIBSDBBH@MT.GOV

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known 
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: ARM 24.219.301(13) & LMFT, 24.219.704 
  • Ruling Details: ARM 24.219.301(13): “Face-to-face” means supervision of a candidate by the supervisor which is either:
    (a) in-person; or
    (b) electronically. The transmission must:
    (i) be two-way;
    (ii) be interactive;
    (iii) be real-time;
    (iv) be simultaneous; and
    (v) provide for both audio and visual interaction.
    ARM 24.219.704 [mtrules.org] LMFT SUPERVISED WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
    “(1) Applicants applying under ARM 24.219.701 [mtrules.org] must meet the supervised work experience requirements in 37-37-201, MCA, and as defined in ARM 24.219.301 [mtrules.org].
    (2) As a part of the requirements in (1), the hours obtained post-degree must include:
    (a) 100 individual hours, using a 5:1 ratio of client contact hours to supervision hours of which at least 75 percent are in individual supervision;
    (b) group supervision consisting of no more than six candidates; and
    (c) a minimum of 1000 post-degree hours of client contact accumulated within the last five years with a minimum of 50 percent of those hours providing services to couples and families. There must be a 5:1 ratio of client contact hours to supervision hours with:
    (i) at least 200 hours of face-to-face supervision of which at least 150 hours are in individual supervision, and of which a minimum of 80 hours is earned with each supervisor; and
    (ii) at least 100 hours of supervision involving raw clinical data, i.e., live observation in the therapy room or through a one-way mirror or live-feed camera, videotape, or audiotape.
    (3) Candidates must clearly indicate they are a marriage and family therapist licensure candidate in all professional and private communications.
    (4) When an LMFT candidate completes the requirements of (1) and (2) of this rule, the candidate will qualify for the examination per ARM 24.219.702 [mtrules.org]. Upon proof of passage of the examination, a candidate will be issued an LMFT license without further application.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of virtual supervision is permitted for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Montana.
  • Board Contact: DLIBSDBBH@MT.GOV

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known 
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: ARM 24.219.301(13) & LCSW, 24.219.504
  • Ruling Details: ARM 24.219.301(13): “Face-to-face” means supervision of a candidate by the supervisor which is either:
    (a) in-person; or
    (b) electronically. The transmission must:
    (i) be two-way;
    (ii) be interactive;
    (iii) be real-time;
    (iv) be simultaneous; and
    (v) provide for both audio and visual interaction.
    ARM 24.219.504 [mtrules.org] LCSW SUPERVISED WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
    “(1) Applicants applying under ARM 24.219.501 [mtrules.org] must meet the supervised work experience requirements in 37-22-301, MCA, and as defined in ARM 24.219.301 [mtrules.org].
    (2) As a part of the requirements in (1), at least 100 hours must include individual or group supervision by a qualified supervisor under ARM 24.219.421 [mtrules.org].
    (a) Of those 100 hours, at least 50 hours must be individual and supervised face-to-face by an LCSW; and
    (b) Of the 50 hours in (a), at least ten hours must include direct observation of service delivery as defined in ARM 24.219.301 [mtrules.org].
    (3) Supervisors must provide at least two hours of supervision for every 160 hours of social work as defined in 37-22-102, MCA.
    (4) Candidates must clearly indicate they are social worker licensure candidates in all professional and private communications.
    (5) When an LCSW candidate who applied under ARM 24.219.505 [mtrules.org] completes the requirements of (1) through (3), the candidate will qualify for the examination per ARM 24.219.502 [mtrules.org]. Upon proof of passage of the exam, a candidate will be issued an LCSW license without further application.
    (6) A supervisor must have experience and expertise with the candidate’s client population (e.g., child, adolescent, adult, chemically dependent/substance use disorder) and methods of practice (i.e., individual, group, family, crisis, or brief interventions).”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of virtual supervision is permitted for aspiring Social Workers in Montana.
  • Board Contact: DLIBSDBBH@MT.GOV

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Page 18, MHP, 38-120.01, 38.120.02, and 38-1,143
  • Ruling Details: Page 18, MHP “A minimum of 1,500 hours of direct client contact in a setting where mental health services are being offered. No more than 1,500 hours of non-direct service, which includes, but is not limited to, review of client records, case conferences, direct observation, and video observation. Evaluative face-to-face contact for a minimum of 1 hour per week between the supervisee and supervisor.”
    38-120.01, 38.120.02, and 38-1,143 (1)
    38-120.01. Telehealth, defined.
    Telehealth means the use of medical information electronically exchanged from one site to another, whether synchronously or asynchronously, to aid a credential holder in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. Telehealth includes services originating from a patient’s home or any other location where such patient is located, asynchronous services involving the acquisition and storage of medical information at one site that is then forwarded to or retrieved by a credential holder at another site for medical evaluation, and telemonitoring.

    38-120.02. Telemonitoring, defined.
    Telemonitoring means the remote monitoring of a patient’s vital signs, biometric data, or subjective data by a monitoring device which transmits such data electronically to a credential holder for analysis and storage.
    38-1,143. Telehealth; provider-patient relationship; prescription authority; applicability of section.
    (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) of this section, any credential holder under the Uniform Credentialing Act may establish a provider-patient relationship through telehealth.
    We received the following guidance from the licensing board:
    “In 2019, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 29, which added telehealth and telepractice statutory language to the Uniform Credentialing Act. These new laws define which professions can establish a provider-patient relationship through telehealth. Mental Health Practitioners are included in this statute Direct client contact (face-to-face) supervision does include interactive visual imaging assisted communication which is secure and confidential.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, virtual supervision is permitted for aspiring Mental Health Professionals in Nebraska.
  • Board Contact: DHHS.Licensure2117@nebraska.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Page 17, MFT, 38-120.01, 38.120.02, and 38-1,143
  • Ruling Details: Page 17, MFT “A minimum of 1,500 hours of direct client contact with a minimum cumulative ratio of 2 hours of face-to-face contact between the supervisee and a qualified supervisor per 15 hours of the supervisee’s contact with clients, no more than 45 hours may be accumulated without supervision;”
    38-120.01, 38.120.02, and 38-1,143 (1)
    38-120.01. Telehealth, defined.
    Telehealth means the use of medical information electronically exchanged from one site to another, whether synchronously or asynchronously, to aid a credential holder in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. Telehealth includes services originating from a patient’s home or any other location where such patient is located, asynchronous services involving the acquisition and storage of medical information at one site that is then forwarded to or retrieved by a credential holder at another site for medical evaluation, and telemonitoring.

    38-120.02. Telemonitoring, defined.
    Telemonitoring means the remote monitoring of a patient’s vital signs, biometric data, or subjective data by a monitoring device which transmits such data electronically to a credential holder for analysis and storage.
    38-1,143. Telehealth; provider-patient relationship; prescription authority; applicability of section.
    (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) of this section, any credential holder under the Uniform Credentialing Act may establish a provider-patient relationship through telehealth.
    We received the following guidance from the licensing board:
    “In 2019, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 29, which added telehealth and telepractice statutory language to the Uniform Credentialing Act. These new laws define which professions can establish a provider-patient relationship through telehealth. Mental Health Practitioners are included in this statute Direct client contact (face-to-face) supervision does include interactive visual imaging assisted communication which is secure and confidential.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, virtual supervision is permitted for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Nebraska.
  • Board Contact: DHHS.Licensure2117@nebraska.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Page 29, SW, 38-120.01, 38.120.02, and 38-1,143
  • Ruling Details: Page 29, SW “2. Have 3,000 hours of experience in the practice of social work as defined in 172 NAC 94-002 (definition of social work), under the supervision of a certified master social worker. The hours must have been earned following receipt of the master’s or doctorate degree;”
    38-120.01, 38.120.02, and 38-1,143 (1)
    38-120.01. Telehealth, defined.
    Telehealth means the use of medical information electronically exchanged from one site to another, whether synchronously or asynchronously, to aid a credential holder in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. Telehealth includes services originating from a patient’s home or any other location where such patient is located, asynchronous services involving the acquisition and storage of medical information at one site that is then forwarded to or retrieved by a credential holder at another site for medical evaluation, and telemonitoring.

    38-120.02. Telemonitoring, defined.
    Telemonitoring means the remote monitoring of a patient’s vital signs, biometric data, or subjective data by a monitoring device which transmits such data electronically to a credential holder for analysis and storage.
    38-1,143. Telehealth; provider-patient relationship; prescription authority; applicability of section.
    (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) of this section, any credential holder under the Uniform Credentialing Act may establish a provider-patient relationship through telehealth.
    We received the following guidance from the licensing board:
    “In 2019, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 29, which added telehealth and telepractice statutory language to the Uniform Credentialing Act. These new laws define which professions can establish a provider-patient relationship through telehealth. Mental Health Practitioners are included in this statute Direct client contact (face-to-face) supervision does include interactive visual imaging assisted communication which is secure and confidential.”
  • Our Assessment:Based on this information, virtual supervision is permitted for aspiring Social Workers in Nebraska.
  • Board Contact: DHHS.Licensure2117@nebraska.gov

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “This is interim guidance on inquiries received by the Board of Examiners for MFT/CPC licensees relating to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) and the use of telehealth. The BOE will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. All licensees and licensed interns utilizing telehealth need to take care to use HIPAA-compliant tools. In addition, they are strongly urged to review best practices information available in the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics, Standard VI Technology-Assisted Professional Services and the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, Section H Distance Counseling, Technology, and Social Media.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: NRS 641A.231 4, b, 2
  • Ruling Details: “At least 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling which includes, without limitation: (1) At least 1,500 hours of direct contact with clients; and (2) At least 100 hours of counseling under the direct supervision of an approved supervisor of which at least 1 hour per week was completed for each work setting at which the applicant provided counseling;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during COVID-19 for aspiring Professional Counselors in Nevada; however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if “direct supervision” includes virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Nevada. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: mftbd2@mftbd.nv.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “This is interim guidance on inquiries received by the Board of Examiners for MFT/CPC licensees relating to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) and the use of telehealth. The BOE will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. All licensees and licensed interns utilizing telehealth need to take care to use HIPAA-compliant tools. In addition, they are strongly urged to review best practices information available in the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics, Standard VI Technology-Assisted Professional Services and the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, Section H Distance Counseling, Technology, and Social Media.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: NAC 641A.146 (4) (b) (1-2)
  • Ruling Details: “(b)At least 300 hours of marriage and family therapy or clinical professional counseling, as applicable, that is supervised by the primary approved supervisor or secondary approved supervisor or supervisors of the intern, including: (1) At least 160 hours supervised by the primary approved supervisor of the intern; and (2) At least 40 hours supervised by the secondary approved supervisor or supervisors of the intern”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during COVID-19 for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Nevada; however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if supervised experience includes virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Nevada. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: mftbd2@mftbd.nv.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Motivo could not find any COVID-19 ruling regarding tele-supervision on the Nevada Social Work Board website, however, we received this email from the board when we asked if supervision hours could be obtained via video, “For supervision you can use any of the telecommunication platforms.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: NAC 641B.160 3 (a), 4
  • Ruling Details: “3. A supervisor of an intern shall: (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, meet in person with the intern on an individual basis for at least 1 hour every week, unless the Board specifically directs a different schedule or frequency for the meetings, to discuss and evaluate the performance of the intern in his or her practice; 4. A supervisor of an intern may use telecommunication technologies to supervise an intern remotely, but the supervisor must meet in person with the intern at the site at which the intern practices social work at least once every month.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during COVID-19 for aspiring Social Workers in Nevada; however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted, so long as one session per month occurs in-person. 
  • Board Contact: Sandy Lowery, Deputy Executive Director, slowery@besw.nv.gov

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth ruling does not directly address clinical supervision. Motivo emailed the New Hampshire board for clarification and received this response on 3/27/20: Typically, remote supervision needs to be added into the supervision agreement at the time of review and approval. Given the state of emergency issued, the Board is in support of temporary supervision through HIPAA compliant videoconference. Access to records is still required for supervisors. If you do not have access to a videoconference option, phone teleconference is accepted, but documentation and justification is needed as to why it couldn’t happen through video. Disclaimer: This use is not meant to be more than 50% of the total supervision (based on Board precedent), if it goes beyond 50% then a waiver would be needed to explain why it was needed, the state of emergency is valid reasoning.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to FindMhp 301.01 c, e and Mhp 305.03 c
  • Ruling Details:
    Mhp 301.01 c, e:
    “Definitions: (c) “Face-to-face supervision” means being in the physical presence of individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision; (d)  “Group supervision” means one supervisor in the physical presence of 2 or more supervisees at the same time; (e)  “Individual supervision” means one supervisor in the physical presence of one supervisee; 
    Mhp 305.03 c
    (c)  The supervision shall have provided for a minimum of one hour per week of individual face-to-face supervision between the supervisor and the applicant for a total of 100 hours.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during COVID-19 for aspiring Professional Counselors in New Hampshire; however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if “face-to-face supervision” includes virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in New Hampshire. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: OPLC.BDMHP@oplc.nh.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth ruling does not directly address clinical supervision. Motivo emailed the New Hampshire board for clarification and received this response on 3/27/20: Typically, remote supervision needs to be added into the supervision agreement at the time of review and approval. Given the state of emergency issued, the Board is in support of temporary supervision through HIPAA compliant videoconference. Access to records is still required for supervisors. If you do not have access to a videoconference option, phone teleconference is accepted, but documentation and justification is needed as to why it couldn’t happen through video. Disclaimer: This use is not meant to be more than 50% of the total supervision (based on Board precedent), if it goes beyond 50% then a waiver would be needed to explain why it was needed, the state of emergency is valid reasoning.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Mhp  306.02 a, d, e (3) a, b
  • Ruling Details:  “(a) All applicants shall have completed at least 2 years of supervised experience in the practice of marriage and family therapy with a minimum of one hour per week of individual face-to-face supervision by a psychologist, clinical mental health counselor, independent clinical social worker, pastoral psychotherapist or marriage and family therapist licensed in the state where the supervision takes place. (d)  For the 1000 hours of face-to-face contact hours required by Mhp 306.02 (c), all applicants shall have 200 hours of face-to-face supervision from an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor or American Association of Marriage for Family Therapy approved alternate supervisor. (3)  Both individual and group supervision hours shall be acceptable as follows: 1.Individual supervision shall be face-to-face contact between one supervisor and up to 2 supervisees; and 2.Group supervision shall be face-to-face contact between one supervisor and up to 6 supervisees.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during COVID-19 for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in New Hampshire; however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if “face-to-face supervision” includes virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in New Hampshire. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: OPLC.BDMHP@oplc.nh.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth ruling does not directly address clinical supervision. Motivo emailed the New Hampshire board for clarification and received this response on 3/27/20: Typically, remote supervision needs to be added into the supervision agreement at the time of review and approval. Given the state of emergency issued, the Board is in support of temporary supervision through HIPAA compliant videoconference. Access to records is still required for supervisors. If you do not have access to a videoconference option, phone teleconference is accepted, but documentation and justification is needed as to why it couldn’t happen through video. Disclaimer: This use is not meant to be more than 50% of the total supervision (based on Board precedent), if it goes beyond 50% then a waiver would be needed to explain why it was needed, the state of emergency is valid reasoning.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Mhp 301.01 c, e and Mhp 304.02 a, 2
  • Ruling Details: 
    Mhp 301.01 c, e – Definitions
    (c)  “Face-to-face supervision” means being in the physical presence of individuals involved in the supervisory relationship during either individual or group supervision; (d)  “Group supervision” means one supervisor in the physical presence of 2 or more supervisees at the same time; (e)  “Individual supervision” means one supervisor in the physical presence of one supervisee; 
    Mhp 304.02 a, 2
    (a) (2)  The supervision shall have included a minimum of one hour per week of individual face-to-face supervision between the supervisor and the applicant for a total of 100 hours”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during COVID-19 for aspiring Social Workers in New Hampshire; however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if “face-to-face supervision” includes virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in New Hampshire. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: OPLC.BDMHP@oplc.nh.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth ruling does not directly address clinical supervision. 
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Page 9, 13:34-10.2
  • Ruling Details: Supervision” or “supervised” means the weekly interaction with a qualified supervisor who monitors the performance of the licensed associate counselor and provides weekly, documented, face-to-face consultation, guidance and instruction with respect to the counseling skills and competencies of the licensed associate counselor, which includes at least 50 hours of face-to-face supervision per one calendar year, at the rate of one hour per week, of which not more than 10 hours may be group supervision.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in New Jersey, however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if “face-to-face supervision” includes virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in New Jersey. We recommend emailing the board for clarification. Based on Motivo’s past experience with the New Jersey Professional Licensing Board, tele-supervision seems to be approved on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the board.
  • Board Contact: Milagros B. Collazo, Executive Director, CollazoM@dca.njoag.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth ruling does not directly address clinical supervision. 
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 15, 13:34-2.3 and 13:34-2.3 (b) (1) (i)
  • Ruling Details:
    13:34-2.3
    “Marriage and family therapy supervision” or “supervised experience” means the ongoing process performed by a qualified marriage and family therapy supervisor who monitors the performance of the intern or permit holder and provides regular, documented, face-to-face consultation, guidance and instruction with the intern or permit holder with respect to the marriage and family therapy with individuals, couples and families and monitors the competencies of the intern or permit holder.”
    13:34-2.3 (b) (1) (i)
    “A minimum of 50 hours of face-to-face supervision, at the rate of one hour per week, of which not more than 25 hours may be in group supervision;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in New Jersey, however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if “face-to-face supervision” includes virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in New Jersey. We recommend emailing the board for clarification. Based on Motivo’s past experience with the New Jersey  Licensing Board, tele-supervision seems to be approved on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the board.
  • Board Contact: Milagros B. Collazo, Executive Director, CollazoM@dca.njoag.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth ruling does not directly address clinical supervision. 
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 24, 13:44G-8.1  b) 1) v)
  • Ruling Details: “1) Clinical supervision shall consist of contact between a social worker and a supervisor during which at least the following occurs: i) The social worker apprises the supervisor of the diagnosis and treatment of each client; ii) The social worker’s cases are discussed; iii) The supervisor provides the social worker with oversight and guidance in diagnosing and treating clients; iv) The supervisor regularly reviews and evaluates the professional work of the social worker; and v) The supervisor provides at least one hour of face-to-face individual or group clinical supervision per week or one hour of individual clinical supervision through synchronous video conferencing, which complies with the confidentiality requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), for no more than half of the total supervision hours;
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in New Jersey, however, Motivo could find no written confirmation of this on the board’s website. Post COVID-19, it appears that 50% of supervision hours can be obtained virtually for aspiring Social Workers in New Jersey, so long as all other board regulations are followed.
  • Board Contact: Indira Nunez, Executive Director, NunezI@dca.njoag.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The COVID-19 emergency ruling states: “The Board is also allowing for tele-supervision at this time. Supervision must still meet all time and participant limits as defined in Section 8 of 16.27.1 NMAC. Modes of tele-supervision must also be HIPAA-compliant before commencing supervision.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, 16.27.1.7, (K) (L)
  • Ruling Details: “(K) Face-to-face supervision means either group or individual supervision where the supervisor is in the same physical location as the supervisee, and is responsible for the direction and oversight of the development of counseling skills. (L) Group supervision means face to face supervision, which includes no more than 10 individuals in the group”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in New Mexico. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if “face-to-face supervision” includes virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in New Mexico. We recommend emailing the board for clarification. 
  • Board Contact: counseling.board@state.nm.us

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

    • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
    • Temporary Ruling Details: The COVID-19 emergency ruling states: “The Board is also allowing for tele-supervision at this time. Supervision must still meet all time and participant limits as defined in Section 8 of 16.27.1 NMAC. Modes of tele-supervision must also be HIPAA-compliant before commencing supervision.”
    • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
    • Where to Find: Page 2, 16.27.6.9 (3)
    • Ruling Details: “(3) 200 hours of appropriate postgraduate marriage and family supervision, including at least 100 hours of individual supervision. The appropriate supervision must be received from an individual who has education, clinical experience and supervisory experience in the field of marriage and family therapy.”
    • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in New Mexico. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if “face-to-face supervision” includes virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in New Mexico. We recommend emailing the board for clarification. 
    • Board Contact: Counseling.Board@state.nm.us

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, 16.63.1.7 (7)
  • Ruling Details: “(7) Direct supervision: means face to face supervision, which may include video-teleconferencing. At least 70 of the 90 required hours must be obtained through direct supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in New Mexico. Post COVID-19, it appears that 100% of direct supervision hours can be obtained virtually.
  • Board Contact: Socialworkboard@state.nm.us

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Rule: “Is remote supervision allowed?
    Answer:  Yes. The supervisor remains responsible for the assessment, evaluation and treatment of each client seen by the supervisee…All treatment and supervision provided through distance technology must be completed through secure means, whether on the telephone or through the use of video conferencing. Texting and email are not acceptable forms of supervision at any time, other than to notify the supervisor of an urgent situation that requires intervention.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here, here and here
  • Where to Find: Application, 79-9.3 ( c ) and 10
  • Ruling Details: Application
    “How many hours of on-site, face-to-face supervision were there?”
    79-9.3 ( c )
    “The supervisor shall provide an average of one hour per week or two hours every other week of in-person individual or group supervision wherein the supervisor of such experience shall: review the applicant’s assessment, evaluation and treatment of each client under his or her general supervision; and provide oversight, guidance and direction to the applicant in developing skills as a mental health counselor.”
    10
    “In some instances, the Commissioner’s Regulations may allow you to provide supervision by telephone or other technology. Before using such technology, you should determine the requirements established in regulation and assess the skills of the supervisee and the purpose of the supervision, including limitations that may be inherent in the use of supervision that is not conducted face-to-face.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Mental Health Professionals in New York. Post COVID-19, it appears that the required hours of direct supervision must be obtained face-to-face. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: mhpbd@nysed.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Rule: “Is remote supervision allowed?
    Answer:  Yes. The supervisor remains responsible for the assessment, evaluation and treatment of each client seen by the supervisee…All treatment and supervision provided through distance technology must be completed through secure means, whether on the telephone or through the use of video conferencing. Texting and email are not acceptable forms of supervision at any time, other than to notify the supervisor of an urgent situation that requires intervention.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: Application and 79-10.3 (d)
  • Ruling Details: Application
    “How many hours of on-site, face-to-face supervision were there?”
    79-10.3 (d)
    “The supervisor shall provide an average of one hour per week or two hours every other week of in-person individual or group supervision wherein the supervisor shall: review the applicant’s assessment, evaluation and treatment of each client under his or her general supervision; and provide oversight, guidance and direction to the applicant in developing skills as a marriage and family therapist.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in New York. Post COVID-19, it appears that the required hours of direct supervision must be obtained face-to-face. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: mhpbd@nysed.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Rule: “Is remote supervision allowed?
    Answer:  Yes. The supervisor remains responsible for the assessment, evaluation and treatment of each client seen by the supervisee…All treatment and supervision provided through distance technology must be completed through secure means, whether on the telephone or through the use of video conferencing. Texting and email are not acceptable forms of supervision at any time, other than to notify the supervisor of an urgent situation that requires intervention.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here, here and here 
  • Where to Find: Page 3, 5.7 and 9
  • Ruling Details: Page 3
    “The supervision must consist of 100 or more hours of in-person individual or group clinical supervision distributed over the period of the supervised experience.”
    5.7
    “When deciding to use other than in-person supervision, you should assess the skills of the supervisee and the purpose of the supervision, including the limitations of telepractice (see Guideline 9).”
    9
    “”Telepractice” is providing service that is not “in person” and is facilitated through the use of technology. Such technology may include, but is not limited to, telephone, telefax, e-mail, internet, or videoconference.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in New York. Post COVID-19, it appears that the required hours of direct supervision must be obtained in-person, face-to-face. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: swbd@nysed.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: No specific mention of tele-supervision in the COVID-19 rules, since tele-supervision is already permitted for Professional Counselors in North Carolina.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 6, 21 NCAC 53 .0212
  • Ruling Details: “Face-to-face” clinical supervision means supervision that is live, interactive, and visual. Video supervision is permitted as long as the session is synchronous and involves verbal and visual interaction during the supervision. All supervision, whether live or audio and video recordings, shall be done in a confidential manner in accordance with the ACA Code of Ethics as set forth in Rule .0102 of this Chapter. 
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in North Carolina. 
  • Board Contact: LCMHCinfo@ncblcmhc.org

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 4, 21 NCAC 31 .0502 (a)
  • Ruling Details: (a) Ongoing supervision as contained in G.S. 90-270.51(a)(1)(b) means face-to-face conversation with someone who holds the designation as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, or a person who otherwise meets the standards set forth by AAMFT as outlined in the current edition of the AAMFT Approved Supervision Designation: Standards Handbook, which is incorporated by the Board by reference.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, we are unclear if virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in North Carolina. We recommend emailing the board for clarification. 
  • Board Contact: Board Contact Form

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Page 1, 21 NCAC 63 .0810 WAIVER  
  • (1) The Board shall waive the requirement for licensure set forth in 21 NCAC 63 .0211(a)(4) that requires preapproval by the Board to engage in more than 20 hours of supervision provided through the use of technology. This waiver will allow for up to half of the required supervision hours to be provided through the use of technology. This expanded definition will only apply until the state of emergency is lifted. All supervision provided through the use of technology shall be synchronous, involve visual and audio interactions throughout the entire session, and shall take place in such a manner as to maintain the confidentiality of the communication; Note: Please also read the Q&A on Page 3 regarding clinical supervision. Questions: “Can I receive clinical supervision via electronic means?” & “What if I have already exceeded the twenty (20) hours of clinical supervision by electronic means allowed by the Board?” We recommend reaching out to the board for any further clarification.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 21 NCAC 63 .0211 (4)
  • Ruling Details: “(4) Unless otherwise preapproved by the Board, no more than 20 hours of supervision may be provided through the use of technology. The clinical supervisor may seek approval by providing a written request to the Board.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears virtual supervision is permitted for 20 of the required supervision hours for aspiring Social Workers in North Carolina
  • Board Contact: Elizabeth N. Pope, Executive Director, epope@ncswboard.org

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The licensure requirements for health care or behavioral health professionals licensed under the following Chapters of the North Dakota Century Code are hereby suspended: Chapter 43-32 (Psychologists); Chapter 43-41 (Social Workers); Chapter 43-45 (Addiction Counselors); Chapter 43-47 (Counselors); Chapter 43-53 (Marriage and Family Therapy Practice)”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: LPC Page 1, 97-02-01-01.
  • Ruling Details: “The supervision must include individual, face-to-face meetings that occur at regular intervals over a two-year period. Supervision in a group setting may also be provided, such as in the case of a conference among members of a professional staff or other arrangement. A total of one hundred hours over the two-year period of supervision through individual and group methods must be documented. At least sixty hours must be individual face-to-face supervision. The supervised experience may not be in a practice in which the applicant holds an ownership interest. Face to face includes electronic video communications that are secure and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant on a secure server.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in North Dakota. 
  • Board Contact: ndbce@outlook.com

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The licensure requirements for health care or behavioral health professionals licensed under the following Chapters of the North Dakota Century Code are hereby suspended: Chapter 43-32 (Psychologists); Chapter 43-41 (Social Workers); Chapter 43-45 (Addiction Counselors); Chapter 43-47 (Counselors); Chapter 43-53 (Marriage and Family Therapy Practice)”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 4, 111-02-02-03 5 (g)
  • Ruling Details: “(g) The associate must receive a minimum of one hour of supervision every two weeks. A supervision hour is fifty minutes. Up to one hundred hours of the two hundred hours of face-to-face supervision may occur via secured telephonic or other electronic media, as approved by the supervisor.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 50% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in North Dakota. 
  • Board Contact: ndmftlb@midco.net

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The licensure requirements for health care or behavioral health professionals licensed under the following Chapters of the North Dakota Century Code are hereby suspended: Chapter 43-32 (Psychologists); Chapter 43-41 (Social Workers); Chapter 43-45 (Addiction Counselors); Chapter 43-47 (Counselors); Chapter 43-53 (Marriage and Family Therapy Practice)”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, 75.5-02-01-03 (2)
  • Ruling Details: “(2) Face-to-face supervision” means a direct, interactive, live exchange, either in person, by telephone, or by audio or audiovisual electronic device in either individual or group supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in North Dakota. 
  • Board Contact: ndbswe@aptnd.com

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: LPC 4757-17-01 A (1) 
  • Ruling Details: “(1) “Training supervision” is supervision of all individuals who are gaining the experience required for a license as a licensed professional clinical counselor, or a license as a licensed professional counselor under rule 4757-13-01 of the Administrative Code, or a counselor trainee registered with the board and enrolled in a practicum or internship class under paragraph (E) of this rule. This type of supervision requires extensive time and involvement on the part of the supervisor in order to help supervisees improve their skills and/or learn new skills. Supervision must start with an initial face to face meeting after which communication may be in person, via video conferencing, or by phone. Training supervision shall include an average of one hour of contact between the supervisor and supervisee for every twenty hours of work by the supervisee. Training supervision shall be face-to-face individual and/or triadic for counselor trainees.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted, so long as the first session occurs in-person. 
  • Board Contact: cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: MFT 4757-29-01 A (3) (4)
  • Ruling Details: (3)“Group Supervision” is board approved supervision that consists of case-related interactive face-to-face meeting with one supervisor and no more than six supervisees. 
    (4) “Individual Supervision” is board approved supervision that consists of case-related interactive face-to-face meeting between one supervisor meeting with no more than two supervisees.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Ohio if board approved. 
  • Board Contact: cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: SW 4757-23-01 A (2)
  • Ruling Details: “Training supervision may be individual supervision or group supervision. Supervision must start with an initial face to face meeting after which communication may be in person, via videoconferencing, or by phone.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted, so long as the first session occurs in-person. 
  • Board Contact: cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The Board has approved a stay of enforcement of the requirement to submit a Supervision Agreement in order to utilize technology-assisted supervision for the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. The Board approved a stay of enforcement for the requirement limiting 50 percent of supervised experience to be accrued through technology-assisted supervision for the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. The Board has approved a stay of enforcement for the requirement of On-Site supervision to be on-site during the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. The Board has approved a motion for a stay of enforcement of the requirement that two observations be required each six month period for all licensure candidates for the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. The Board has approved a stay of enforcement on testing eligibility periods, as well as supervision hour eligibility periods for all licensure candidates, pausing the eligibility periods, for the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. Applications received and approved while Executive Order 2020-07 is in effect will not receive an exam eligibility period until the EO has expired. Applicants will receive notice of their approved status and once the EO expires an exam letter with an exam eligibility period will be sent to the applicant.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 22, 86:10-11-3 a (5) and Page 24, 86:10-11-5 (d) (e)
  • Ruling Details:
    Page 22, 86:10-11-3 a (5)
    “(5) Technology-assisted supervision must be approved by the Board prior to the accrual of hours. Factors to be considered by the Board include: distance between approved supervisor and candidate; financial hardship on approved supervisor or candidate; physical hardship on approved supervisor or candidate; specialty credentials; and other pertinent factors.”
    Page 24, 86:10-11-5 (d) (e)
    “(d) Weekly, face-to-face supervision shall be accrued under an LPC at the ratio of forty-five (45) minutes of supervision for every twenty (20) hours of on-the-job experience.
    (e) “Group supervision” means an assemblage of counseling supervisees consisting of from two (2) to six (6) members and no more than one-half (½) of the required supervision hours may be received in group supervision. Technology-assisted supervision shall not account for more than 56.25 hours of the total requirement. Technology-assisted supervision shall not account for more than 56.25 hours of the total requirement.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in Oklahoma. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted on a case-by-case basis with board approval.
  • Board Contact: Kelly Collins, Chair, Kelly.Collins@ok.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The Board has approved a stay of enforcement of the requirement to submit a Supervision Agreement in order to utilize technology-assisted supervision for the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. The Board approved a stay of enforcement for the requirement limiting 50 percent of supervised experience to be accrued through technology-assisted supervision for the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. The Board has approved a stay of enforcement for the requirement of On-Site supervision to be on-site during the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. The Board has approved a motion for a stay of enforcement of the requirement that two observations be required each six month period for all licensure candidates for the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. The Board has approved a stay of enforcement on testing eligibility periods, as well as supervision hour eligibility periods for all licensure candidates, pausing the eligibility periods, for the duration of Executive Order 2020-07. Applications received and approved while Executive Order 2020-07 is in effect will not receive an exam eligibility period until the EO has expired. Applicants will receive notice of their approved status and once the EO expires an exam letter with an exam eligibility period will be sent to the applicant.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, Page 3, Page 19, Page 21
  • Ruling Details: 
    Page 2, 86:15-1-3 Definitions

    “Face-to-face supervision” means the Supervisor and the Candidate shall be in the physical presence of the other during individual or group supervision.
    Page 3, 86:15-1-3 Definitions
    “Technology-assisted supervision” refers to supervision that occurs through video teleconferencing, over secure internet connections, wherein a Supervisor and a Candidate are in separate physical locations.
    Page 19, 86:15-9-2 3 (C-E)
    (C) individual supervision shall be face-to-face with one supervisor and one or two supervisees.
    (D) group supervision may include three (3) to six supervisees and a supervisor.
    (E) technology-assisted supervision must be approved by the Board prior to the accrual of hours. Factors to be considered by the Board include: distance between approved supervisor and candidate; financial hardship on approved supervisor or candidate; physical hardship on approved supervisor or candidate; specialty credentials; and other pertinent factors.
    Page 21, 86:15-9-4 (c) (d) 
    (c) Total number of face-to-face supervision hours must be at least 150. Supervision in group sessions shall equal no more than 75 hours of the total requirement. Technology-assisted supervision shall not account for more than 75 hours of the total requirement.
    (d) Approved LMFT Supervisors shall meet with LMFT candidate(s) in person at least once every six month evaluation period when performing technology-assisted supervision.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Oklahoma. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted on a case-by-case basis with board approval.
  • Board Contact: Kelly Collins, Chair, Kelly.Collins@ok.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The OSBSLW is offering blanket approval for continued use of electronic supervision for those currently under supervision for clinical licensure, administrative licensure, or the advanced generalist licensure. This blanket approval will remain in effect through AT LEAST the end of this calendar year, e.g., December 31st, 2020.
    It is the responsibility of the Supervisor and Supervisee to assure confidentiality of client system information and that health information is protected. The electronic platform will be determined and agreed to between the Supervisor and Supervisee, e.g., video through FB Messenger, face-time, SKYPE, videoconferencing, etc. The supervisor and supervisee should consider the setting at their respective locations so the supervision consultation remains private and without distraction. Due to the lack of
    security for many of the available electronic platforms, the use of client specific information during the supervisory consultation, e.g., name, DOB, etc. is PROHIBITED. The OSBLSW is simply offering a reminder that the quality of the supervisory experience is predicated on the “clinical issue”, not the demographics of the client system.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, Page 8, Page 9
  • Ruling Details:
    Page 1, 675:1-1-1.1. Definitions
    “Educational supervision” means face to face interaction between the supervisor and supervisee. Face to face supervision does not include interaction through electronic means unless said interaction is approved by the Board on a case by case basis prior to the supervision.”
    Page 8, LCSW 675:10-1-1.2.  (1)
    “This experience shall include at least 100 hours of face-to-face educational supervision by the supervisor.” 
    Page 8, LSW 675:10-1-2 (1)
    “This experience shall include at least 100 hours of face-to-face educational supervision by the supervisor.
    Page 8, LSWA 675:10-1-2.1. (1)
    “This experience shall include at least 100 hours of face-to-face educational supervision by the supervisor.”
    Page 9, LISW 675:10-1-4 (a) (2)
    “(2) has had 100 hours of face-to-face educational supervision in no less than two (2) years of full-time or the equivalent thereto of part-time experience, a total of 4,000 hours, supervised experience certified by the Board in the method to be offered in private practice and met the requirements set by the Board.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in Oklahoma. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted on a case-by-case basis at the board’s approval.
  • Board Contact: Sharolyn.Wallace@ok.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “Under OAR 833-050-0081, at least 25% of registered intern supervision must be conducted in-person.  However, in response to this crisis, the Board has filed a Temporary Rule Amendment, effective March 18 – September 13, 2020, that allows for 100% electronic delivery of supervision for interns and those under disciplinary supervision. The Board will continue to monitor the situation to determine if further action is needed.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 833-050-0081 (5) (6) (7)
  • Ruling Details: 
    “(5) In addition to all other reporting requirements, during the first three months of supervision, up to 100% of the reported monthly supervision hours may be conducted through confidential electronic communications.
    (6) For the remaining required supervision hours, up to 100% of the remaining reported supervision hours may be conducted through confidential electronic communications.
    (7) At least 50% of the required number of monthly supervision hours must be individual supervision 1-to-1.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in Oregon. Post COVID-19, it appears that 75% of supervision hours are permitted via virtual supervision.
  • Board Contact: lpct.board@oregon.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “Under OAR 833-050-0081, at least 25% of registered intern supervision must be conducted in-person.  However, in response to this crisis, the Board has filed a Temporary Rule Amendment, effective March 18 – September 13, 2020, that allows for 100% electronic delivery of supervision for interns and those under disciplinary supervision. The Board will continue to monitor the situation to determine if further action is needed.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 833-050-0081 (5) (6) (7)
  • Ruling Details: 
    “(5) In addition to all other reporting requirements, during the first three months of supervision, up to 100% of the reported monthly supervision hours may be conducted through confidential electronic communications.
    (6) For the remaining required supervision hours, up to 100% of the remaining reported supervision hours may be conducted through confidential electronic communications.
    (7) At least 50% of the required number of monthly supervision hours must be individual supervision 1-to-1.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Oregon. Post COVID-19, it appears that 75% of supervision hours are permitted via virtual supervision.
  • Board Contact: lpct.board@oregon.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “Current BLSW rules require supervision meetings occur in-person or by video-conference. Video-conference meetings are permitted if the initial, final and at least one meeting per quarter occur in-person. Under the current COVID19 social distancing guidance, supervision meetings may all occur by video-conference. There is no need to contact the BLSW for approval to make this adjustment.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 877-020-0010 and 877-020-0012
  • Ruling Details: 
    877-020-0010
    “(e) Supervision required in this rule must be accomplished:
    (A) In person, in a professional setting; or
    (B) By electronic video-conferencing media, provided that the first and final supervisory sessions and at least one supervisory session each quarter be conducted in person pursuant to subsection (A) above.”
    877-020-0012
    “(f) Clinical social workers who participate in supervision that is conducted by electronic video-conferencing media must:
    (A) Ensure that clients whose records may be discussed as a part of the supervision provide written consent to having confidential records and information transmitted electronically;
    (B) Conduct the video-conference in a setting and in a manner that protects the privacy of both parties; and
    (C) Utilize secure transmittal methods, (encryption, for example) to maintain confidentiality of the information.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in Oregon. Post COVID-19, it appears that supervision is permitted virtually outside of first and final supervisory session and one per quarter.
  • Board Contact: oregon.blsw@oregon.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The Governor approved a suspension of the requirements of the State Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counselors that the supervisor, or one to whom supervisory responsibilities have been delegated, must meet with the supervisee for a minimum of 2 hours for every 40 hours of supervised clinical experience. Previously, the requirement was that at least 1 of the 2 hours be with the supervisee individually and in person, and 1 of the 2 hours with the supervisee in a group setting and in person. These hours now may be completed through electronic means, preferably on a HIPAA-compliant platform, but if that is not available, then by online methods such as Skype or Facetime.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 10, 49.13 5
  • Ruling Details:
    (5) The supervisor, or one to whom supervisory responsibilities have been delegated, shall meet with the supervisee for a minimum of 2 hours for every 40 hours of supervised clinical experience. At least 1 of the 2 hours shall be with the supervisee individually and in person, and 1 of the 2 hours may be with the supervisee in a group setting and in person.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is not permitted for aspiring Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania.
  • Board Contact: ST-SOCIALWORK@PA.GOV

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The Governor approved a suspension of the requirements of the State Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counselors that the supervisor, or one to whom supervisory responsibilities have been delegated, must meet with the supervisee for a minimum of 2 hours for every 40 hours of supervised clinical experience. Previously, the requirement was that at least 1 of the 2 hours be with the supervisee individually and in person, and 1 of the 2 hours with the supervisee in a group setting and in person. These hours now may be completed through electronic means, preferably on a HIPAA-compliant platform, but if that is not available, then by online methods such as Skype or Facetime.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 10, 48.13. 5
  • Ruling Details:
    (5)  The supervisor, or one to whom supervisory responsibilities have been delegated, shall meet with the supervisee for a minimum of 2 hours for every 40 hours of supervised clinical experience. At least 1 of the 2 hours shall be with the supervisee individually and in person, and 1 of the 2 hours may be with the supervisee in a group setting and in person.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Pennsylvania. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is not permitted for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Pennsylvania.
  • Board Contact: ST-SOCIALWORK@PA.GOV

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “The Governor approved a suspension of the requirements of the State Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counselors that the supervisor, or one to whom supervisory responsibilities have been delegated, must meet with the supervisee for a minimum of 2 hours for every 40 hours of supervised clinical experience. Previously, the requirement was that at least 1 of the 2 hours be with the supervisee individually and in person, and 1 of the 2 hours with the supervisee in a group setting and in person. These hours now may be completed through electronic means, preferably on a HIPAA-compliant platform, but if that is not available, then by online methods such as Skype or Facetime.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 11,  47.12c 5
  • Ruling Details: 
    “(5) The supervisor, or one to whom supervisory responsibilities have been delegated, shall meet with the supervisee for a minimum of 2 hours for every 40 hours of supervised clinical experience. At least 1 of the 2 hours shall be with the supervisee individually and in person, and 1 of the 2 hours may be with the supervisee in a group setting and in person.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in Pennsylvania. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is not permitted for aspiring Social Workers in Pennsylvania.
  • Board Contact: ST-SOCIALWORK@PA.GOV

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and See here
  • Where to Find: 216-RICR-40-05-11.2 A (10) and 5-63.2-9.6
  • Ruling Details: 
    216-RICR-40-05-11.2 A (10)

    “Individual (face-to-face) supervision” means a tutorial relationship between a member of the mental health counseling profession and a student trainee. The supervisor monitors the clinical work of the trainee in order to evaluate this work, monitor the quality of services being offered to clients, and enhance the professional growth of the trainee.
    5-63.2-9.6
    (6) Has a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of post-degree supervised case work spread over a two-year (2) period; provided, that the supervision was provided by a person who, at the time of rendering the supervision, was recognized by the board as an approved supervisor;
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is not permitted for aspiring Mental Health Counselors in Rhode Island. We recommend reaching out to the board for any additional clarification.
  • Board Contact: doh.elicense@health.ri.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and See here
  • Where to Find: 216-RICR-40-05-11.2 A (10) and 5-63.2-10.6
  • Ruling Details: 
    216-RICR-40-05-11.2 A (10)

    “Individual (face-to-face) supervision” means a tutorial relationship between a member of the mental health counseling profession and a student trainee. The supervisor monitors the clinical work of the trainee in order to evaluate this work, monitor the quality of services being offered to clients, and enhance the professional growth of the trainee.
    5-63.2-9.6
    (6) Has had a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of post-degree supervised case work spread over two years (2); provided, that the supervision was provided by a person who, at the time of rendering the supervision, was recognized by the board as an approved supervisor;
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information,  it appears that virtual supervision is not permitted for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Rhode Island. We recommend reaching out to the board for any additional clarification.
  • Board Contact: doh.elicense@health.ri.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 5-39.1-2. Definitions.
  • Ruling Details: 
    “(8) “Supervision” means face-to-face contact with a licensed independent clinical social worker for the purpose of apprising the supervisor of the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of each client; receiving oversight and guidance from the supervisor in the delivery of clinical social-work services to each client; and being evaluated by the supervisor. This contact must consist of:
    (i) A minimum of two (2) hours of supervision every two (2) weeks;
    (ii) A minimum of one hour of supervision per twenty (20) hours of direct contact with clients, whether or not the number of hours of supervision required for a two-week (2) period have been met;
    (iii) One-to-one contact with the supervisor at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the time with group supervision of no more than ten (10) supervisees during the balance of the time;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is not permitted for aspiring Social Workers in Rhode Island. We recommend reaching out to the board for any additional clarification.
  • Board Contact: doh.elicense@health.ri.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Tele-Supervision is not addressed in South Carolina’s current COVID-19 announcement. Motivo emailed the board for clarification and received this response on 3/30/20, “If you supervise either a LPCA and LPCS candidate or both normally 25% (30 hours) of supervision is permitted online. However, during this public health emergency, online supervision is allowed. You and your supervisee will need to use a HIPAA compliant platform.  Please see the board’s guidance on electronic services here.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, 36-01. Definitions
  • Ruling Details: Definitions found in Section 40-75-20 apply to this chapter. “(1) “Supervision” means direct contact between a supervisor and an intern or other person requiring supervision under this chapter. Seventy-five (75%) percent of the supervision must be face-to-face, and the remaining twenty-five (25%) percent may be conducted via a HIPAA-compliant technological medium.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in South Carolina. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted for 25% of the supervision hours required for licensure.
  • Board Contact: Contact.Counselor@llr.sc.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Tele-Supervision is not addressed in South Carolina’s current COVID-19 announcement. Motivo emailed the board for clarification and received this response on 3/30/20, “If you supervise either a LPCA and LPCS candidate or both normally 25% (30 hours) of supervision is permitted online. However, during this public health emergency, online supervision is allowed. You and your supervisee will need to use a HIPAA compliant platform.  Please see the board’s guidance on electronic services here.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 2, 36-01. Definitions
  • Ruling Details: Definitions found in Section 40-75-20 apply to this chapter. “(1) “Supervision” means direct contact between a supervisor and an intern or other person requiring supervision under this chapter. Seventy-five (75%) percent of the supervision must be face-to-face, and the remaining twenty-five (25%) percent may be conducted via a HIPAA-compliant technological medium.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in South Carolina. Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is permitted for 25% of the supervision hours required for licensure.
  • Board Contact: Contact.Counselor@llr.sc.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Tele-Supervision is addressed in the FAQ of the COVID-19 announcement, which states, Question: “Can a licensed Social Worker in South Carolina obtain the required 100 hours of supervision via electronic means?” Answer: “Yes, however, the same standards would apply as set out above. The supervision must be accomplished through the use of an appropriate, HIPAA-compliant two-way video platform.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: SECTION 40-63-240, (6) (b) (c)
  • Ruling Details: “(b) must include face-to-face meetings between the approved clinical supervisor and the supervisee for a minimum of one hundred hours of direct clinical supervision equitably distributed; (c) be documented by a plan for clinical supervision, filed with the board before beginning the period of supervision, (properly amended by submission of a notice of the end of supervision and a termination evaluation if a supervisory change is made) and submitted to the board with a termination evaluation at the end of the supervisory period;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in South Carolina. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if virtual supervision is permitted for aspiring Social Workers in South Carolina. The ruling specifies “face to face” but it is unclear if virtual supervision is considered face to face. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: Contact.SocialWork@llr.sc.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “Supervision hours with the applicant’s board approved supervisor also may be acquired electronically during this period.  At least 50 of the hours with the applicant’s supervisor must be individual hours, not group hours, with the supervisor. Board-approved supervisors are reminded that the supervisor is responsible for the actions of the supervisee.  Supervisors are encouraged to work with a supervisee to ensure the supervisee’s compliance with all applicable rules, laws and the appropriate code of ethics to ensure any services provided electronically are appropriate for the level of care needed and appropriately delivered.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 20:68:04:03. (2)
  • Ruling Details: “A minimum of one hour of supervision per week for each week worked for a total of at least 100 hours, of which at least 50 hours shall be face-to-face. The balance may be face-to-face, group, or by telephone conferencing or interactive video conferencing. However, any telephone or video conferencing must be secure such that reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure that the conference will not be intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Professional Counselors in South Dakota. Post COVID-19, it appears that 50% of hours can be acquired virtually.
  • Board Contact: SDBCE@midwestsolutionssd.com

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “Supervision hours with the applicant’s board approved supervisor also may be acquired electronically during this period.  At least 50 of the hours with the applicant’s supervisor must be individual hours, not group hours, with the supervisor. Board-approved supervisors are reminded that the supervisor is responsible for the actions of the supervisee.  Supervisors are encouraged to work with a supervisee to ensure the supervisee’s compliance with all applicable rules, laws and the appropriate code of ethics to ensure any services provided electronically are appropriate for the level of care needed and appropriately delivered.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find20:71:05:04
  • Ruling Details: “At least 100 of the 200 hours of supervision must be individual supervision. The balance may be face-to-face, group, or by telephone conferencing or interactive video conferencing. However, any telephone or video conferencing must be secure such that reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure that the conference will not be intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in South Dakota. Post COVID-19, it appears that 50% of hours can be acquired virtually.
  • Board Contact: SDBCE@midwestsolutionssd.com

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 20:59:05:07
  • Ruling Details: “After the supervision agreement is approved by the board as set forth in § 20:59:05:05, the supervisor shall submit reports every six months during the period of supervision to the board on a form supplied by the board. The CSW-PIP candidate shall work at least 30 hours per week. The reports shall document that the supervisor has provided a minimum of four hours of individual supervision per month of the CSW-PIP candidate, subject to the following:  (1)  Group supervision or consultation may be allowed instead of individual supervision if such supervision does not exceed one-half of the total supervision time in each six-month period; (2)  Part-time work of at least 18 hours per week may satisfy the supervision requirement on the following schedule; (3)  When the supervisor is not in direct person contact with the CSW-PIP candidate, the supervisor must be available by telecommunications or technology;  (4)  The board may authorize those modifications in the method and frequency of supervision that the board determines appropriate based upon a finding of adequate supervision, training, and proficiency.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in South Dakota. We are uncertain how many hours are permitted so we recommend emailing the board to clarify.
  • Board Contact: proflic@rushmore.com

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 5, 0450-01-.01 DEFINITIONS 39 (b)
  • Ruling Details:
    “(b) An approved supervisor shall monitor the performance of an applicant’s interaction with a client and provide regular documented face-to-face or live video conferencing (with prior board approval based on hardship), consultation, guidance, and instructions with respect to the clinical skills and competencies of the applicant.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is only permitted on a case-by-case basis and with the board’s consent for aspiring Mental Health Counselors in Tennessee.
  • Board Contact: teddy.wilkins@tn.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 5, 0450-01-.01 DEFINITIONS 39 (b)
  • Ruling Details:
    “(b) An approved supervisor shall monitor the performance of an applicant’s interaction with a client and provide regular documented face-to-face or live video conferencing (with prior board approval based on hardship), consultation, guidance, and instructions with respect to the clinical skills and competencies of the applicant.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is only permitted on a case-by-case basis and with the board’s consent for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Tennessee.
  • Board Contact: teddy.wilkins@tn.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 1365-01-.01 (8) (9) (14)
  • Ruling Details: “(8) Group supervision – The process of supervision of no more than four persons in a group setting provided by an L.C.S.W. or L.A.P.S.W. supervisor wherein practice problems are dealt with that are similar in nature and complexity to all supervisees in the group. (9) Individual supervision – A face-to-face meeting with one supervisor and one supervisee. (14) Supervision – The ongoing, direct clinical review, and/or non-clinical review, for the purpose of training or teaching, by an L.C.S.W. or L.A.P.S.W. supervisor who monitors the performance of a person’s interaction with a client and provides regular documented face-to-face contact, guidance and instructions with respect to the clinical and/or non-clinical skills and competencies of the person supervised. Supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentations, audio tapes, video tapes, and direct supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, it appears that virtual supervision is only permitted on a case-by-case basis and with the board’s consent for aspiring Social Workers in Tennessee.
  • Board Contact: teddy.wilkins@tn.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The Governor has created a process to request temporary waiver of rules and statutes related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.  To this end, the board is in the process of determining which rules and statutes will be most effective from a waiver standpoint. The board is reviewing rules regarding submission deadlines, exam deadlines, technologically assisted practice, among others.  As these waivers are granted this site will be updated with that information. The board appreciates your patience and your dedication to the citizens of Texas.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 28, 681.92
  • Ruling Details: “(e) The LPC Intern must receive direct supervision consisting of a minimum of four (4) hours per month of supervision in individual (up to two Interns) or group (three or more) settings while the intern is engaged in counseling unless an extended leave of one month or more is approved in writing by the board approved supervisor. No more than 50% of the total hours of supervision may be received in group supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Texas. 
  • Board Contact: lpc@hhsc.state.tx.us

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The Governor has created a process to request temporary waiver of rules and statutes related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.  To this end, the board is in the process of determining which rules and statutes will be most effective from a waiver standpoint. The board is reviewing rules regarding submission deadlines, exam deadlines, technologically assisted practice, among others.  As these waivers are granted this site will be updated with that information. The board appreciates your patience and your dedication to the citizens of Texas.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 6, 801.2 33 B
  • Ruling Details: 
    Page 6, 801.2 33 B

    (B) Supervision, Board-ordered–For the oversight and rehabilitation in the provision of clinical services by a licensee under a Board Order, defined by the Order and the Board-Ordered Supervision Plan, and must be conducted as specified in the Board Order and Supervision Plan (generally in face-to-face, one-on-one sessions).
    Page 7, 801.2 36(36)
    Technology-assisted services–Providing therapy or supervision with technologies and devices for electronic communication and information exchange between a licensee in one location and a client or supervisee in another location.
    Page 27, 801.142 C (i-iv)
    (C) of the 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, at least 200 hours must be board-approved supervision as defined in §801.2 of this title (relating to Definitions), of which:
    (i) at least 100 hours must be individual supervision; and
    (ii) no more than 50 hours may be provided by telephonic services;
    (iii) with unlimited hours by live video.
    (iv) While providing services, the LMFT Associate must participate in a minimum of one hour of supervision every week, except for good cause shown.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Texas. 
  • Board Contact: mft@hhsc.state.tx.us

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: The Governor has created a process to request temporary waiver of rules and statutes related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.  To this end, the board is in the process of determining which rules and statutes will be most effective from a waiver standpoint. The board is reviewing rules regarding submission deadlines, exam deadlines, technologically assisted practice, among others.  As these waivers are granted this site will be updated with that information. The board appreciates your patience and your dedication to the citizens of Texas.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 18, 781.204 (k) and Page 51, 781.404. (b) (12) (A)
  • Ruling Details: 781.204 (k) “Electronic practice may be used judiciously as part of the social work process and the supervision process. Social workers engaging in electronic practice, providing services to clients located in the State of Texas, must be licensed in Texas and adhere to provisions of this chapter.”
    Page 51, 781.404. (b) (12) (A) 
    “(A) Supervision toward licensure or specialty recognition may occur in one-on-one sessions, in group sessions, or in a combination of one-on-one and group sessions. Session may transpire in the same geographic location, or via audio, web technology or other electronic supervision techniques that comply with HIPAA and Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 611, and/or other applicable state or federal statutes or rules.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Texas. Please contact the board directly with any questions.
  • Board Contact: lsw@hhsc.state.tx.us

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Drop Down: Practice Exemptions During Declared Emergency > Mental Health Remote Supervision: “In order to reduce opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19, supervision may be conducted via real time electronic means. When providing services remotely, licensees must protect the security of electronic, confidential data and information.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: R156-60-102. Definitions
  • Ruling Details:  “(3) “Direct supervision” of a supervisee in training, as used in Subsection 58-60-205(1)(f), 58-60-305(1)(f), and 58-60-405(1)(f), means: (a) a supervisor meeting with the supervisee when both are physically present in the same room at the same time; or (b) a supervisor meeting with the supervisee remotely via real-time electronic methods that allow for visual and audio interaction between the supervisor and supervisee under the following conditions:  (i) the supervisor and supervisee shall enter into a written supervisory agreement which, at a minimum, establishes the following: (A) frequency, duration, reason for, and objectives of electronic meetings between the supervisor and supervisee; (B) a plan to ensure accessibility of the supervisor to the supervisee despite the physical distance between their offices; (C) a plan to address potential conflicts between clinical recommendations of the supervisor and the representatives of the agency employing the supervisee; (D) a plan to inform a supervisee’s client or patient and employer regarding the supervisee’s use of remote supervision; (E) a plan to comply with the supervisor’s duties and responsibilities as established in rule; and (F) a plan to physically visit the location where the supervisee practices on at least a quarterly basis during the period of supervision or at a lesser frequency as approved by the Division in collaboration with the Board; (ii) the supervisee submits the supervisory agreement to the Division and obtains approval before counting direct supervision completed via live real-time methods toward the 100 hour direct supervision requirement; and (iii) in evaluating a supervisory agreement, the Division shall consider whether it adequately protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Mental Health Counselors in Utah. 
  • Board Contact: Jennifer Zaelit, jzaelit@utah.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Drop Down: Practice Exemptions During Declared Emergency > Mental Health Remote Supervision: “In order to reduce opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19, supervision may be conducted via real time electronic means. When providing services remotely, licensees must protect the security of electronic, confidential data and information.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: R156-60b-102. Definitions.
  • Ruling Details:  (3) “Directly related to marriage and family therapy”, as used in R156-60b-304(2)(a), means that the continuing education course meets at least one of the following criteria: (4) “Face to face supervision” as described in Subsection R156-60b-302a(1)(b)(ii)(G) includes both individual and group supervision. (5) “Group supervision” means supervision between the supervisor and no more than three supervisees, unless preapproved by the Board. (6) “Individual supervision” means supervision between the supervisor and one or two supervisees.
    R156-60b-302b. 1 (d)
    (d) include at least 100 hours of direct supervision spread uniformly throughout the training period;
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Utah. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if virtual supervision is permitted. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: Jennifer Zaelit, jzaelit@utah.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: Drop Down: Practice Exemptions During Declared Emergency > Mental Health Remote Supervision: “In order to reduce opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19, supervision may be conducted via real time electronic means. When providing services remotely, licensees must protect the security of electronic, confidential data and information.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: 58-60-205. 1 (f)
  • Ruling Details:  “(f) document successful completion of not less than 1,000 hours of supervised training in mental health therapy obtained after completion of the education requirement in Subsection (1)(d), which training may be included as part of the 4,000 hours of training in Subsection (1)(e), and of which documented evidence demonstrates not less than 100 of the hours were obtained under the direct supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis for aspiring Social Workers in Utah. Post COVID-19, it is unclear if virtual supervision is permitted. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: Jennifer Zaelit, jzaelit@utah.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling:  See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “Due to the COVID-19 emergency, graduates of mental health graduate programs have faced difficulty acquiring supervised hours. Similarly, supervisors to mental health graduates are experiencing challenges in continuing to provide in-person supervision. While the State of Emergency related to COVID-19 remains in effect, supervisors may provide supervision to supervisees by meeting in person, by telephone, or by videoconference. Applicants acquiring supervised work hours may provide services over the telephone or by videoconference. For the duration of the State of Emergency, these supervised work hours will be considered “direct” clinical service hours. All other relevant requirements for supervised practice, as set forth in the Rules or elsewhere in Vermont law, shall continue to apply.”
    The board encourages students and professionals to check the OPR website regularly, particularly as rules and laws change to adapt to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find:  Page 13 3.18 (a-c)
  • Ruling Details: “(a) A clinical supervisor must be familiar with the nature of the applicant’s clinical activities, monitor the quality of the counseling and contribute to the enhancement of self-knowledge and clinical mental health counseling skills. The supervisor is responsible for monitoring and assessing the applicant’s work and compliance with statutes and rules. (b) Frequency: Supervised practice must be accompanied by no fewer than 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. Under no circumstances may any person in supervised practice accumulate more than thirty hours practice without a minimum of one hour face- to-face supervision. The supervisor and the supervised person are both responsible for ensuring that face-to-face supervision complies with this rule.  (c) Nature and Location Face-to-face supervision is conducted in the formal setting of an office, clinic, or institution, and may be either in an individual setting, between the supervisor and the applicant, or in a group setting, including the supervisor and up to six trainees. Of the 100 hours, at least 50 must be in an individual setting. The applicant must submit satisfactory supervision reports on forms provided by the Office. “
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is not permitted for aspiring Mental Health Counselors in Vermont.
  • Board Contact: diane.lafaille@vermont.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling:  See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “Due to the COVID-19 emergency, graduates of mental health graduate programs have faced difficulty acquiring supervised hours. Similarly, supervisors to mental health graduates are experiencing challenges in continuing to provide in-person supervision. While the State of Emergency related to COVID-19 remains in effect, supervisors may provide supervision to supervisees by meeting in person, by telephone, or by videoconference. Applicants acquiring supervised work hours may provide services over the telephone or by videoconference. For the duration of the State of Emergency, these supervised work hours will be considered “direct” clinical service hours. All other relevant requirements for supervised practice, as set forth in the Rules or elsewhere in Vermont law, shall continue to apply.”
    The board encourages students and professionals to check the OPR website regularly, particularly as rules and laws change to adapt to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 25, 4.19 (a-d)
  • Ruling Details:(a) A clinical supervisor must be familiar with the nature of the applicant’s clinical activities, monitor the quality of the counseling and contribute to the enhancement of self-knowledge and marriage and family therapy clinical skills. The supervisor is responsible for monitoring and assessing the applicant’s work and compliance with statutes and rules. (b) Frequency: Supervised practice must be accompanied by no fewer than 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. Under no circumstances may any person in supervised practice accumulate more than thirty hours practice without a minimum of one hour face-to-face supervision. The supervisor and the supervised person are both responsible for ensuring that face-to-face supervision complies with this rule. (c) Nature and Location: Face-to-face supervision is conducted in the formal setting of an office, clinic, or institution, and may be either in an individual setting, between the supervisor and the applicant, or in a group setting, including the supervisor and up to six trainees.  (d) Of the 100 hours, at least 50 must be in an individual setting. The applicant must submit satisfactory supervision reports on forms provided by the Office.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, it appears that virtual supervision is not permitted for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Vermont.
  • Board Contact: diane.lafaille@vermont.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling:  See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “Due to the COVID-19 emergency, graduates of mental health graduate programs have faced difficulty acquiring supervised hours. Similarly, supervisors to mental health graduates are experiencing challenges in continuing to provide in-person supervision. While the State of Emergency related to COVID-19 remains in effect, supervisors may provide supervision to supervisees by meeting in person, by telephone, or by videoconference. Applicants acquiring supervised work hours may provide services over the telephone or by videoconference. For the duration of the State of Emergency, these supervised work hours will be considered “direct” clinical service hours. All other relevant requirements for supervised practice, as set forth in the Rules or elsewhere in Vermont law, shall continue to apply.”
    The board encourages students and professionals to check the OPR website regularly, particularly as rules and laws change to adapt to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here 
  • Where to Find:  Page 10 4.8, 4.9
  • Ruling Details: 
    4.8 Frequency and Nature of Supervision: 
    An applicant must have one hour of supervision for each thirty (30) hours of supervised practice. The supervision must occur in a face-to-face setting. Face-to-face supervision via HIPAA compliant electronic media is acceptable.
    4.9 Supervision Settings:
    Face-to-face supervision may be in either an individual setting, between the supervisor and the applicant, or in a group setting, including the supervisor and up to eight individuals. Of the total hours of supervision, at least half must be in an individual setting.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, it appears that 100% of supervision may be obtained via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Vermont.
  • Board Contact: diane.lafaille@vermont.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to FindPage 9, 18VAC115-20-52
  • Ruling Details: “The residency shall include a minimum of 200 hours of in-person supervision between supervisor and resident in the consultation and review of clinical counseling services provided by the resident. Supervision shall occur at a minimum of one hour and a maximum of four hours per 40 hours of work experience during the period of the residency. For the purpose of meeting the 200-hour supervision requirement, in-person may include the use of secured technology that maintains client confidentiality and provides real-time, visual contact between the supervisor and the resident. Up to 20 hours of the supervision received during the supervised internship may be counted towards the 200 hours of in-person supervision if the supervision was provided by a licensed professional counselor.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Virginia. 
  • Board Contact: coun@dhp.virginia.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 3, 18VAC115-50-10 and Page 8, 18VAC115-50-60 B 1)
  • Ruling Details:
    Page 3, 18VAC115-50-10

    “Resident” means an individual who has submitted a supervisory contract to the board and has received board approval to provide clinical services in marriage and family therapy under supervision.”
    Page 8, 18VAC115-50-60 B 1)
    “1) …to include 200 hours of in-person supervision with the supervisor in the consultation and review of marriage and family services provided by the resident. For the purpose of meeting the 200 hours of supervision required for a residency, in-person may also include the use of technology that maintains client confidentiality and provides real-time, visual contact between the supervisor and the resident. At least one-half of the 200 hours of supervision shall be rendered by a licensed marriage and family therapist.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Virginia. 
  • Board Contact: coun@dhp.virginia.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to Find: Page 7, 18VAC140-20-50, A (2)
  • Ruling Details: “A minimum of one hour and a maximum of four hours of face-to-face supervision shall be provided per 40 hours of work experience for a total of at least 100 hours. No more than 50 of the 100 hours may be obtained in group supervision, nor shall there be more than six persons being supervised in a group unless approved in advance by the board. The board may consider alternatives to face-to-face supervision if the applicant can demonstrate an undue burden due to hardship, disability or geography.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Virginia, at the board’s approval.
  • Board Contact: socialwork@dhp.virginia.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling:Email Friday, April 3rd: we are allowing Associates to use teletherapy for face-to-face hours and supervision during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ted Dale, Program Manager”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here.
  • Where to Find: WAC 246-809-210 and WAC 246-809-230
  • Ruling Details: 
    WAC 246-809-210
    “(5) “Group supervision” means face-to-face supervision with an approved supervisor, involving one supervisor and no more than six licensure candidates.
    (6) “Immediate supervision” means a meeting with an approved supervisor, involving one supervisor and no more than two licensure candidates.”
    WAC 246-809-230
    “(a) One hundred hours spent in immediate supervision with the qualified licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner;”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, it is unclear if face-to-face includes virtual supervision for aspiring Mental Health Counselors in Washington. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
    Board Contact: hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling:Email Friday, April 3rd: we are allowing Associates to use teletherapy for face-to-face hours and supervision during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ted Dale, Program Manager”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here.
  • Where to Find: WAC 246-809-110 and WAC 246-809-130
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  • Ruling Details: 
    WAC 246-809-110
    “(4) “Group supervision” means face-to-face supervision with an approved supervisor, involving one supervisor and no more than six licensure candidates.
    (6) “One-on-one supervision” means face-to-face supervision with an approved supervisor, involving one supervisor and no more than two licensure candidates.”
    WAC 246-809-130
    “(2) At least two hundred hours of qualified supervision with an approved supervisor.
    (a) Of the two hundred hours, one hundred hours must be with a licensed marriage and family therapist with at least five years of clinical experience; the other one hundred hours may be with an equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner;
    (b) At least one hundred of the two hundred hours must be one-on-one supervision; and 
    (c) The remaining hours may be in one-on-one or group supervision.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, it is unclear if face-to-face includes virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Washington. We recommend emailing the board for clarification.
  • Board Contact: hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling:Email Friday, April 3rd: we are allowing Associates to use teletherapy for face-to-face hours and supervision during the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, if they are independent clinical social worker associates they do have a limit on distance supervision hours they can have. Ted Dale, Program Manager”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here.
  • Where to Find: WAC 246-809-310 and WAC 246-809-330
  •  
  • Ruling Details: 
    WAC 246-809-310
    “(4) “Group supervision” means face-to-face supervision with an approved supervisor, involving one supervisor and no more than six licensure candidates.
    (7) “One-on-one supervision” means face-to-face supervision with an approved supervisor, involving one supervisor and one licensure candidate.”
    WAC 246-809-330
    LASW
    “(i) Fifty hours must include direct supervision by a licensed advanced social worker or licensed independent clinical social worker; these hours may be in one-to-one supervision or group supervision;
    (ii) Forty hours may be with an equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner as defined in WAC 246-809-310
    (3). These hours must be in one-to-one supervision.
    (c) Distance supervision is limited to forty supervision hours.”
    LISW
    “(b) One hundred thirty hours of direct supervision as follows:
    (i) Seventy hours must be with an independent clinical social worker;
    (ii) Sixty hours may be with an equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner as defined in WAC 246-809-310(3);
    (iii) Sixty hours of the one hundred thirty hours of direct supervision must be in one-to-one supervision. The remaining seventy hours may be in one-to-one supervision or group supervision; and
    (iv) Distance supervision is limited to sixty supervision hours.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, forty hours of virtual supervision are allowed for aspiring Licensed Advanced Social Workers and sixty hours of virtual supervision are allowed for aspiring Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers in Washington. We recommend emailing the board for any clarification.
  • Board Contact: hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and See here
  • Where to Find: Page 1, 27-1-2, 2.4 and Page 6, 27-1-6, 6.2.c.
  • Ruling Details: 
    Page 1, 27-1-2, 2.4.

    2.4. “Direct counselor supervision” means face to face or secured interactive contact such as telephone, video, email, or other contact that clearly addresses the required specialty areas as cited in subsection 6.1.b. of this rule.
    Page 6, 27-1-6, 6.2.c.
    6.2.c. The professional supervisor shall determine the applicant’s activities and the amount of supervision required. A minimum of one (1) hour of direct individual supervision is required for every twenty (20) hours of practice.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in West Virginia. 
  • Board Contact: counselingboard@msn.com

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and See here
  • Where to FindPage 1, 27-8-2, 2.5. and Page 7, 27-8-6, 6.2.f
  • Ruling Details: 
    Page 1, 27-8-2, 2.5.

    2.5. “Direct supervision” means face to face or secured interactive contact such as telephone, video, email, or other contact that clearly addresses the required specialty areas as cited in subsection 6.1.a. of this rule.
    Page 7, 27-8-6, 6.2.f
    6.2.f A minimum of 1 hour of direct individual supervision is required for every 20 hours of practice unless the professional supervisor deems additional supervision is necessary.
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in West Virginia. 
  • Board Contact: counselingboard@msn.com

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here
  • Temporary Ruling Details: “In Using Technology To Provide Services Remotely Section: Use of HIPAA-compliant technology is a must and special care must be taken to ensure confidentiality is maintained.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here
  • Where to FindPage 7, 25-1-3, 3.6.1.e. 
  • Ruling Details: “3.6.1.e. Maintain records of supervision, initialed by both parties, of each face-to-face session, for 100 hours, over the course of no less than two years of full-time employment or 3,000 hours of full or part time employment.  An applicant should have at least one hour of supervision for each thirty (30) hours of supervised practice. At least 50% of supervision must be an individual setting and not in a group format. Face to face supervision via HIPAA compliant electronic media is acceptable.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in West Virginia. 
  • Board Contact: Admin@wvsocialworkboard.org

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to FindMPSW 10.01 (2) and MPSW 12.02, 2 (a)
  • Ruling Details: 
    “MPSW 10.01 (2)
    (2) “Face−to−face” means in person or real time video conferencing where all parties can communicate by simultaneous two−way video and audio transmissions
    MPSW 12.02, 2 (a)
    (2) (a) Exercise discretion as to the frequency, duration, and intensity of the face−to−face supervision session to meet an average of one hour of supervision per week during the supervised practice period.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Wisconsin. 
  • Board Contact: dsps@wi.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: MPSW 10.01 (2) and MPSW 16.04, 3 (a)
  • Ruling Details: 
    “MPSW 10.01 (2)
    (2) “Face−to−face” means in person or real time video conferencing where all parties can communicate by simultaneous two−way video and audio transmissions 
  • MPSW 16.04, 3 (a)
    “(3) SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES. The supervisor’s responsibilities include all of the following:
    (a) Provide one hour of face−to−face supervision for each 10 client contact hours.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Wisconsin. 
  • Board Contact:  dsps@wi.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: None known
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here and here
  • Where to Find: MPSW 10.01 (2) and MPSW 4.01
  • Ruling Details: 
  • “MPSW 10.01 (2)
    (2) “Face−to−face” means in person or real time video conferencing where all parties can communicate by simultaneous two−way video and audio transmissions 
  • MPSW 4.01
    ‘(1) Supervision of pre−certification or pre−licensure practice of social work under s. 457.08 (3) (c) and (4) (c), Stats., shall include the direction of social work practice in face−to−face individual or groups sessions of at least one hour duration during each week of supervised practice of social work.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Wisconsin. 
  • Board Contact: dsps@wi.gov

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here.
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “Licensees are still required to adhere to the Board’s Rules, Practice Act, and professional standards related to their professions.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here, here and here.
  • Where to Find: Page 11, 33-38-106 (a) (v), Page 10, Section 4 (b) and Chapter 18, Page 3, Section 6
    Ruling Details:
    Page 11, 33-38-106 (a) (v)
    ‘(v) The applicant has demonstrated that he has completed three thousand (3,000) hours of supervised clinical experience including a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of face-to-face individual clinical supervision from a qualified clinical supervisor.”
    Page 10, Section 4 (b)
    “(b) An applicant shall have a minimum of one hundred (100) post graduate degree hours of clinical supervision with a DQCS as described in Chapter 18.”
    Page 3, Section 6
    Section 6. Types of Supervision
    (a) Individual Face-to-Face Clinical Supervision.
    (b) Triadic Face-to-Face Clinical Supervision.
    (c) Individual Distance Clinical Supervision.
    (i) Supervision must be adequate to ensure the quality and competence of the activities supervised and must comply with all other supervision requirements.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, 100% of supervision appears to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Professional Counselors in Wyoming. We recommend emailing the board for any clarification.
  • Board Contact: wyomhplb@wyo.gov

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here.
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “Licensees are still required to adhere to the Board’s Rules, Practice Act, and professional standards related to their professions.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here, here and here.
  • Where to Find: Page 11, 33-38-106 (a) (v), Page 7, Section 4 (b) and Chapter 18, Page 3, Section 6
    Ruling Details:
    Page 11, 33-38-106 (a) (v)
    ‘(v) The applicant has demonstrated that he has completed three thousand (3,000) hours of supervised clinical experience including a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of face-to-face individual clinical supervision from a qualified clinical supervisor.”
    Page 7, Section 4 (b)
    “(b) An applicant shall have a minimum of one hundred (100) post graduate degree hours of clinical supervision with a DQCS as described in Chapter 18.”
    Page 3, Section 6
    “Section 6. Types of Supervision
    (a) Individual Face-to-Face Clinical Supervision.
    (b) Triadic Face-to-Face Clinical Supervision.
    (c) Individual Distance Clinical Supervision.
    (i) Supervision must be adequate to ensure the quality and competence of the activities supervised and must comply with all other supervision requirements.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, 100% of supervision appears to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Marriage and Family Therapists in Wyoming. We recommend emailing the board for any clarification.
  • Board Contact: wyomhplb@wyo.gov

SOCIAL WORKERS:

  • Temporary COVID-19 Tele-Supervision Ruling: See here.
  • Temporary Ruling Details: COVID-19 Emergency ruling states: “Licensees are still required to adhere to the Board’s Rules, Practice Act, and professional standards related to their professions.”
  • Standing Tele-Supervision Rule: See here, here and here.
  • Where to Find: Page 11, 33-38-106 (a) (v) , Page 3, Section 4 (b) and Chapter 18, Page 3, Section 6
  • Ruling Details:
    Page 11, 33-38-106 (a) (v)
    ‘(v) The applicant has demonstrated that he has completed three thousand (3,000) hours of supervised clinical experience including a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of face-to-face individual clinical supervision from a qualified clinical supervisor.”
    Page 3, Section 4 (b)
    “(b) An applicant shall have a minimum of one hundred (100) post graduate degree hours of clinical supervision with a DQCS as described in Chapter 18.”
    Page 3, Section 6
    “Section 6. Types of Supervision
    (a) Individual Face-to-Face Clinical Supervision.
    (b) Triadic Face-to-Face Clinical Supervision.
    (c) Individual Distance Clinical Supervision.
    (i) Supervision must be adequate to ensure the quality and competence of the activities supervised and must comply with all other supervision requirements.”
  • Our Assessment: Based on this information, 100% of supervision hours appear to be permitted via virtual supervision during the COVID-19 crisis, so long as the stated rules are followed.  Post COVID-19, 100% of supervision appears to be permitted via virtual supervision for aspiring Social Workers in Wyoming. We recommend emailing the board for any clarification.
  • Board Contact: wyomhplb@wyo.gov

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