Governor Newsom Signs CASP-Sponsored Bill
CASP-sponsored AB 1651 which will allow LEPs to supervise Board of Behavioral Sciences associates in school settings, received Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature Sept. 20.
The “Licensed educational psychologists: supervision of associates and trainees” bill allows BBS associates (interns) to gain up to 1,200 hours of training while they offer educationally related mental health services under the supervision of LEPs. This not only brings more mental health workers to the schools but could increase the number of LEPs while giving the social workers, marriage and family therapists and clinical counselors experience in school settings.
The Board of Behavioral Sciences formally endorsed the bill in May, while the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter, and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California also offered support, as did several LEPs. The bill, by Assembly member Jose Medina, D-San Jose, got through the state Assembly and Senate with no opposition.
CASP would like to than LEP Committee Chair Chris Jones for testifying on behalf of the bill before Assembly and Senate business and professions committees and before the BBS. CASP would also like to thank the many LEPs who wrote letters to Gov. Newsom and to their own state Assembly members and Senators asking for yes votes on the bill.
AB 1651 did not receive a no vote or negative public comment. The bill goes into effect on January 1. However, regulations and a training program for LEPs interested in supervising will need to be developed prior before the associated can earn hours under a LEP’s supervision. A memo from the BBS on that topic is here.
Find a Licensed Educational Psychologist Here
School administrators, parents, special education directors and others can find private-practice school psychologists through CASP’s Online LEP Directory.
Search by county, language, specialty or name to find the Licensed Educational Psychologist who can best serve your needs. LEPs are required to continuously update their skills to renew their licenses, so they are well-versed in the newest developments in school psychology. Check it out today.
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Code of Ethics
As the stakeholder representing Licensed Educational Psychologists before the Board of Behavioral Sciences, CASP has developed a Code of Ethics for LEPs. Approved by the CASP Board of Directors during its October 2015 meeting, the LEP Ethics Code goes beyond the CASP Code of Ethics by expanding on issues facing school psychologists in private practice.
LEPs and Tele (mental) Health
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has issued new rules for licensees and suggestions for consumer regarding online mental health counseling services. Both documents below explain what you can – and cannot – do while providing online counseling services, as well as expectations that your clients should consider before agreeing to counseling over the internet.
- Consumer Information on Telehealth from the Board of Behavioral Sciences
- LEP Information Regarding Telehealth
Board of Behavioral Sciences
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has made recent changes in who can grant continuing education credits to Licensed Educational Psychologists, as well as other licensed therapists. Don’t worry. CASP is still your place to go to get CEUs in topics that will best suit Educational Psychology. However, there are some changes, such as gaining credits by working with the BBS on new licensee examinations and getting all 36 CEUs from webinars.
- LEP Experts Wanted by the BBS
- Renew Your LEP License Online
- LEP Exam Handbook
- Retired License Information – California Board of Behavioral Sciences
LEP Continuing Education and License Renewal Information
- How to get the continuing education units you need to keep your license current.
- This brochure, from the Board of Behavioral Sciences, further explains continuing education requirements for LEPs.
LEP Scope of Practice
- What is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP)?
- LEP Frequently Asked Questions
- Psychological Counseling/Mental Health and Confidentiality Frequently Asked Questions
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