Updated post November 27, 2018:
491.0045 Intern registration; requirements.— . . .
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 clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or mental health counselor, as applicable, at all times. It clarifies that an intern may only practice if the supervising or another licensed mental health professional is onsite.
The bill limits the duration of a registered internship to five years, with a grandfathering provision for licenses issued before April 1, 2017. These intern registrations expire March 31,2022, and may not be renewed or reissued. The internship may only be renewed if the registration is issued after April 1, 2017, and the intern has passed the theory and practice examination required for full licensure.
The bill prohibits a person who has held a provisional license from applying for an intern registration in the same profession.
3/24/2016 • Approved by Governor • Chapter No. 2016-80 http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/0373/BillText/er/PDF
– Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW is an adjunct professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Barry University. She is a continuing education provider in the state of Florida providing courses on professional ethics, laws and rules, supervision, mental health error prevention and is a specialist in domestic violence.
The educational commentaries provided by Dr. Waltz do not constitute a legal opinion. If legal advice is needed, it is recommended that contact be made with an attorney qualified in the jurisdiction in which you practice or is applicable to your case. We recommend that you use your knowledge of the law and your code of ethics in conjunction with this and any other information when deciding upon your course of action.