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LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship: Which is best for a Registered Intern?

Guest post from Jessica Richards, LMHC

LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship: Which is best for a Registered Intern?

I formed my LLC before I graduated from my Master’s program.  I chose to let my LLC go during my time as a registered intern for several reasons.

1) As registered interns we cannot be paid though our LLC […]

Will Florida’s Telemedicine Rule help form the Standards for Telemental Health?

In February, I reported on a number of law or rule changes  and proposed bills.  A rule (64B8-9.0141 – Telemedicine) arising from F. S. 456 (Authority to our Department of Health) was finalized on March 7, 2016 which added definitions and standards for telehealth.  The Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and […]

By | 2017-04-09T20:36:06+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Categories: Laws & Ethics, Supervision, Tele Mental Health|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Eye on the Florida Mental Health Laws & Rules

February 15, 2017

A number of law or rule changes  and proposed bills are in process as I write.  Language revisions in our practice act, F. S. 491, have an impact on Registered Interns, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors, and Certified Social Workers.

First, Registered Interns, are probably aware of the recent […]

By | 2017-04-19T11:46:26+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: General, Laws & Ethics, Psychotherapy, Registered Interns, Tele Mental Health|0 Comments

FL HB 0373 Has Passed NOW Law 491 – Limits time for Registered Interns to become licensed

Please share this information with Qualified Supervisors and Florida impending Graduate students and Registered Interns

CS/HB 373 — Mental Health Counseling Interns
by Health Quality Subcommittee; Rep. Burgess and others (SB 858 by Senator Legg)
The bill requires that a clinical social work, marriage and family, or mental health counseling intern practice under the supervision of a licensed […]

Updated 64B4 Rule Clarifies Supervision Definition

Florida Laws & Rules Florida Laws & Rules

On February 9, 2016 the Florida Board of CSW, MFT and MHC approved the language that defines Supervision of a Registered Intern by a Qualified Supervisor.  The rule is in effect now.   Changes allow face-to-face electronic methods and specifies that […]

What does “continue in supervision” Entail?

Entail – verb – inˈtāl, enˈtāl/

  1. involve (something) as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence.
    “a situation that entails considerable risks”

Rule 64B4-3.008(1) requires that a Registered Interns “…continue in supervision …until until he or she […]

Recent actions by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling:

As hard as it might be to believe it really isn’t okay to borrow money from a client.  For me that is an obvious breech of our fiduciary relationship with our clients.  I think we all know that committing fraud or conspiring to commit fraud through insurance, Medicare and Medicaid billing isn’t okay either.  Again, […]

Is the new Pixar movie “Inside Out” a fair example of our internal struggles?

I have been intrigued by the implications of this movie since I saw the first trailer some time ago.  The new Pixar film “Inside Out” reminds me of the many conversations that I have had with clients over the past 30+ years.  So many clients talk about “that voice in my head” or “the committee” […]

By | 2017-01-27T15:11:07+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Categories: General, Psychotherapy|0 Comments

Fraud – What is it? What’s the harm?

By Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW
June 16, 2014 revised February 9th, 2015

I have noticed a number of disciplinary cases involving some form of fraud in the minutes of the past quarter’s Board meetings.  These cases are another example of intentional deception to the detriment of some “other”.  The cases I reviewed were frauds committed by […]

By | 2017-01-27T15:11:08+00:00 February 8th, 2015|Categories: General, Laws & Ethics, Registered Interns|0 Comments

Exemptions to Licensure

Exemptions to Licensure

© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW

July 17, 2014 –

Revised and Shared with Beginning Counselors of Florida on October 31, 2014

Frequently I am asked when providing continuing education on any of our required courses, “How do agencies (or programs) have unlicensed employees (or trainees) providing counseling services?”  There is confusion and concern about […]

By | 2017-01-27T15:11:08+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Categories: General|0 Comments
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