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Important New Law Changes – SB 1418

6/28/19 Posted by:
The Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling is dedicated to ensuring our licensees have the most current regulatory information related to licensure.

Senate Bill 1418 (SB 1418) adds additional circumstances when information from the confidential clinical record may be […]

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Is this legal? Questions from Around Florida

I get emails and calls asking if certain behaviors of our colleagues are legal.  Here are a few examples:

1.  This notice was in a church bulletin:

Process Group, for emotional and relational healing, meets at the church office during the 9:00 a.m. service (north side of the parking lot). Led by licensed […]

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 of Florida’ Department of Health General Provisions of Health Professions) was finalized on March 7, 2016 which added definitions and standards for telehealth.  The Board of Clinical […]

FL HB 0373 Has Passed – NOW Law 491.0045 Sets time limit for Registered Interns to become licensed

Updated post November 27, 2018:

491.0045 Intern registration; requirements.— . . .

(5) An intern registration is valid for 5 years.
1(6) A registration issued on or before March 31, 2017, expires March 31, 2022, and may not be renewed or reissued. Any registration issued after March 31, 2017, expires 60 months after the date it is […]

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 […]

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, […]

IMPORTANT UPDATE! For: “I want to start a private practice. What do I need to know?”

© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW
October 29, 2014

This post updates the information previously posted on October 19th, 2014 based on statutes that are in the process of being changed.  Registered Interns should read this commentary thoroughly.  The prior post has been edited and outdated information deleted.


As of November 27, 2018, […]

I want to start a private practice. What do I need to know?

© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW
October 19, 2014, revised October 29, 2014

I’ve been licensed and working for a while but I really want to be in private practice.  What do I need do first?  I’m a Registered Intern; can I have a private practice?

These questions and others have been posed to me over […]

8-hour versus 3-hour Florida Laws and Rules Courses

August 11, 2014
Are you confused about the different Laws and Rules courses?  3-Hours versus 8-Hours?  Online versus Live? This commentary is intended to help clarify the current expectations associated with the relevant rules.

Rule 64B4-3.0035 requires that applicants for licensure must demonstrate knowledge of the laws and rules for licensure by attending an eight […]

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