The Response From The California Board Of Behavioral Sciences

Hello Readers,

A couple of days ago, I received the response from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

Side Note:

To read the background of this, please go to:

And/or go to:

The result was as I thought it would be (upon reading over the requirements that were found in the out-of-state application): I need more coursework.

Response from BBS - September 2017 (1 of 2)

Response from BBS - September 2017 (2 of 2)

From what I recalled was that BBS would give you resources on where to go to do the coursework. The letter was all that I had received. So what does one do when he/she gets in a rough spot? He/she calls home. So, in a respectable manner, University of Phoenix (UoP) is home for me when it comes to the foundation of my college education. Without UoP, I wouldn’t have the required pre-curriculum needed to continue my journey towards my master degree. So, I say this respectively because Southern Adventist University is also a great place to study. However, before I was a Southern Adventist University alumni, I was a University of Phoenix alumni.

When I finally found the contact number to UoP (this was Wednesday), I was connected to Michael Patelis, Senior Military Enrollment Representative. I explained my case to him and he humbly bowed to my situation; as in not wanting to mess me up since I was so deep into my journey of finishing. So he told me he would have Tricia Downan contact me because she is the one that is in depth with the California laws. In the meantime, I was to email her what I had told him on the phone so she would be prepared to help me out prior to calling me.

The following day (Thursday), Tricia called me to let me know she was already looking into my case. She let me know what I also thought was true: I wouldn’t be able to get the Psychopharmacology course paid for through a student loan. However, UoP does have this class with Marriage and Family Therapy online and onsite course. They also have availability for one class teaching (for this information, she is waiting for an Amy to contact her). Tricia will also need to contact the dean to request this one class teaching since I already have my degree.

After knowing all of this, I shared it with my husband. Since I am not working, I wouldn’t have the funds to pay but my husband is so supportive that he is willing to pay in installments. I told him I would look into other options (not just choose UoP only) so I can see other prices for the same course.

As for the rest of the coursework, I had no idea where to go. This is when the Black Therapists ROCK private Facebook group page was very helpful to me. One of the fellow members told me about Since I was mostly concerned about doing the California law and professional ethics course, I looked that up first: Then another fellow member shared with me this one: I am so grateful for being able to talk to others who either were or still am in my situation. The encouragement I received from fellow therapists were heartwarming. They told me to keep going! They told me just go ahead and take those courses. Some of them are a part of CE (continued education).

So, despite the fact that I am now taking not one but two steps back (because California laws are that strict), I am so grateful. 🙂



My Life After K-Designers

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Unfortunately, K-Designers let me go earlier this week but I was already having a feeling it would happen. I wasn’t making the basic number of productivity and that is what makes the call center representative job position challenging. So I was trying to look into other jobs but I either found myself needing to go to bed or preparing for work.

Yesterday, I dug into my job hunting physical files and electronic ones. I went back to an email I received from calling Volt Workforce Solutions way back in June. I used the link that was in that email to go to their website to fill out online application. Then I called to ask them what was next. She scheduled me in to go to the building this morning. She told me I would be tested in Microsoft Excel. I had a crash course of MS Excel (went through an almost two hour training through Sacramento Public Library access about two months ago) before leaving for interview this morning. We were also tested (I was in the room with four others) on 10-key typing. Unfortunately, I haven’t used 10-key in a while so I was picking slowly but accurately. The scoring specialist saw my strengths in MS Excel so instead of her suggesting the runner job position at Apple, she recommended me for the material handler job position at Apple. I was sent home to do more applications by using their website.

Here’s where the extra blessing came in. While sitting in the lobby section of Volt (waiting for the next step after computer testing) I overheard about the job fair someone had told me about when I was still working at K-Designers. Since I already had a job, I didn’t place it on my calendar. But I did place it on Facebook so I went there to find the address. Since my friend Sylvia insisted on picking me up after the interview, I was able to tell her about the job fair. Since she is currently working at a place that she might be switching to another job soon, we both benefited by going there. God is so good! It’s time to go to prayer meeting to share! Since I won’t be at work during that time, it’s perfect timing to be able to go today.

Oh! And, also, I received two job leads from the job fair that is associated to counseling. I explained my case and they told me that even though I am waiting for a response from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, I can fill out job application because they both provide supervision for intern counselors! So wonderful! So I can put in the applications (provide a cover letter to explain what I had told them in person) now and then they will place it in their files. So when I do receive a response from the Board, I can contact them and then they can pull out my file. I also found a company that does telecommunications (like I was doing at K-Designers) but they would have me do inbound calls instead of starting me with outbound calls first (I say “first” in relation to how K-Designers works). So, although I have a lot of forms to fill out, I am very blessed! 😀

First Month Working At K-Designers

Hello Readers,

I haven’t updated here in so long that many people may even wonder if I had found a job. LOL! XD

I went to an interview at K-Designers on July the 5th and was hired on the same day. The job position is called Call Center Representative. I had found the job description in the wee hours of the morning of June the 29th at The job description told me to contact Florence Reddy by phone and/or send in my resume. I sent in my resume that early Thursday morning but also called her twice (the first time she asked me to hold but didn’t come back to the phone). In between the two times of calling Florence, I had an Eric call me (I believe that was his name) to share with me the Marketing Director job position. However, I couldn’t do that one because I don’t have a car nor a driver’s license.

I remember all this well because I was at a women’s Bible study at Joyce Blair’s house. My phone started to ring and my Mom said to the ladies that it might be a job position since I had been filling out a lot of job applications. This was when Eric was calling me to see about the Marketing Director job position. It was Eric that also made me realize that the light rail station was nearby. This gave me hope in accepting job offers in the Rancho Cordova area. Eric explained that since I didn’t have a driver’s license that I would be a good match to work at the call center.

So, when I got back home from the Bible study group, I called Florence again to see about the Call Center Representative job position. I explained to her that one of her colleagues had called me to see about working as a Marketing Director and that I was interested in working at the call center. She wanted to interview me the following day but that was a short notice and it was on a Friday. So I scheduled the time for the interview on the following Wednesday.

I went through a nice week of training (July 11-14th) and would have started my first day on the call center floor on Saturday but I explained during the interview that I am a Seventh-Day Adventist and I will not work from Friday sunset until Saturday sunset. Then I had gave an ultimatum of working two shifts in one day. Florence had talked to the president of K-Designers to see if that would be a problem. Larry Judson, the president, said to Florence that it wouldn’t be a problem. Praise God!

I had shadowed Sadie Haskins on July the 14th for about 15 minutes or so (it’s part of the week of training). I sat there and took notes. I loved the set up and how the system works. I was ready to start my first day on the floors on Monday.

The first week was a challenged but my Magabook canvassing experience allowed me to endure (hence the reason why I had wanted to work at the call center; I had the skills to do so). I didn’t have any leads. The second week, I did two leads all because both of them spoke Spanish and so my fellow co-worker who is fluent in English and Spanish pitched and set the appointment. The third week, I did four leads. This week, only two. I thank my shift managers for helping me and giving me tips.

I had started with the PM shift but changed to AM shift this week for many reasons. I had kept going to bed late and then felt tired all day. Then, when I would do both shifts on Wednesday (to make up for not working on Saturdays), it was horrible! So, although I get up real early (4:45am) to get to work and eat breakfast before clocking in, I am able to come home and take a nap before going to bed for about five or six hours.

All in all, it’s a nice job and I am learning a lot while on the job. But I can’t wait to start my counseling career in California. I just have to wait for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to review my application and to say what steps I need to make to either be an intern in California or if I need to take classes prior to even starting. 🙂


I Will Help Thee

Hello Readers,

The following is a Bible study I had finished on Saturday but finally finished typing it today. To see it in an outline format in Microsoft Word document, click on the following words: I Will Help Thee. Otherwise, it is as follows:

Bible Study: I Will Help Thee

“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 41:13, 14).

Question: What is going on here that the Israelites might have a reason to fear?

Answer: See previous verses: v. 11, 12.

– There were those that war against the Israelites

We are in a spiritual warfare: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6:12).

Although we spiritual Israelites (see Galatians 3:29 to know Christians are spiritual Israelites), we have nothing to fear because *God will help us if we put on the whole armor of God (see Ephesians 6:10, 11).

*In Isaiah 41:13, 14, it says “I will help thee” twice. When God repeats himself, it is because it is of great importance.

Question: What is so significant about God holding the right hand?

Answer: “Right” in this context is H3225. It means “the right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous.” In other words, God will strengthen the strongest part of you. Other passages where “right” is H3225: Proverbs 27:16; Ecclesiastes 10:2; Song of Solomon 2:6, 8:3; Isaiah 41:10, 44:20, 45:1, 54:3, 62:8, 63:12.

Question: Why was Jacob called “worm”?

Answer: “Worm” in the passage (Isaiah 41:14) is H8438: a maggot (as *voracious). Other passages where “worm” is H8438: Job 25:6, Psalm 22:6; and Jonah 4:7.

*Voracious = having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food.

Compared to a holy God (Psalm 22:3), man is considered to be like what we view a maggot (Psalm 22:6).

In Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Jacob being called a worm, he mentions that “Jacob and Israel are reduced and brought very low. It is the worm Jacob, so little, so weak, and so defenceless, despised and trampled on by every body, forced to creep even into the earth for safety…God’s people are sometimes as worms, in their humble thoughts of themselves and their enemies’ haughty thoughts of them—worms, but not vipers, as their enemies are, not of the serpent’s seed. God regards Jacob’s low estate, and says, ‘Fear not, thou worm Jacob; fear not that thou shalt be crushed…do not give up yourselves for gone…’ ”

“Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 41:15, 16).

Question: What is this passage talking about?

Answer: See Matthew Henry’s Commentary: “The Lord will help them by enabling them to help themselves and making Jacob to become a threshing instrument. Observe, He is but an instrument, a tool in God’s hand, that he is pleased to make use of; and he is an instrument of God’s making and is no more than God makes him. But, if God make him a threshing instrument, he will make use of him, and therefore will make him fit for use, new and sharp, and having teeth, or sharp spikes; and then, by divine direction and strength, thou shalt thresh the mountains, the highest, and strongest, and most stubborn of thy enemies: thou shalt not only beat them, but beat them small; they shall not be a corn threshed out, which is valuable, and is carefully preserved…; but these are made as chaff, which is good for nothing, and which the husbandman is glad to get rid of. He pursues the metaphor, v. 16. Having threshed them, thou shalt winnow them, and the wind shall scatter them. … That, hereupon, they shall have abundance of comfort in God, and God shall have abundance of honour from them: Thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, v. 16. When we are freed from that which hindered our joy, and are blessed with that which is the matter of it, we ought to remember that God is our exceeding joy and in him all our joys must terminate. When we rejoice over our enemies we must rejoice in the Lord, for to him alone we owe our liberties and victories. ‘Thou shalt also glory in the Holy One of Israel, in thy interest in him and relation to him, and what he has done for thee.’ And, if thus we make God our praise and glory, we become to him for a praise and a glory.”

“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water” (Isaiah 41:17, 18).

Although the above scriptures were written during the time a nation was under distress, it is a practical passage for anyone that needs to be reminded that God will take care of them. A place that lacks water is a wilderness. God will not forsake someone who was left in a mental, spiritual, emotional, etc. wilderness. He promises to open rivers in high places (ex: spring waters that are refreshing and rejuvenating) and foundations in the midst of the valleys. This is the heart of the gospel. The woman at the well was seeking for something only the gospel could supply (John 4:7-29). This world is our wilderness. Jesus came to this wilderness to supply us with water (John 4:13, 14) of everlasting life.

“I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: that they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it” (Isaiah 41:19, 20).

Question: What is the significance of the cedar, shittah tree, myrtle, oil tree, fir tree, pine, and the box tree in the wilderness/desert?

Answer: Notice how many: seven. In the Bible, seven is a number of completion (see Genesis 2:2, 3), fullness (Revelation 15:1), and perfection (Revelation 16:17).

  1. Cedar (H730): From H729; a cedar tree
  2. H729: To be firm.
  3. Shittah; see “Shittim” (H7848): From the same as H7850; the acacia (from its scourging thorns).
  4. H7850: To flog; a goad;—scourge.
  5. “Shittah” is singular and “shittim” is plural
  6. According to, the cedar and shittim may have been referred to as one plant; a type of cedar plant.
  7. Myrtle (H1918): The myrtle:—myrtle (tree)
  8. According to, it is a shrub or low tree (sometimes ten feet high) with green shining leaves and snow-white flowers bordered with purple and smells more exquisite than the rose.
  9. Oil (H8081) tree: From H8080; grease especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively, richness:—anointing, x fat (things); x fruitful, oil(-ed), ointment, olive, pine.
  10. H8080: A primitive root; to shine, i.e. (by analogy) be (causatively, make) oily or gross:—become (make, wax) fat.
  11. Fir (H1265): A cypress (?) tree; hence a lance or a musical instrument (as made of that wood):—fir (tree).
  12. According to, its wood was used to make musical instruments and doors of houses, for ceilings (2 Chronicles 3:5), the deck of ships (Ezekiel 27:5), and floorings and spear-shafts (Nahum 2:3, RSV). The true fir (abies) is not found in Palestine, but the pine tree, of which there are four species, is common.
    • Question: Is this fir tree related to the pine that is also found in the same passage (Isaiah 41:19)?
  13. Pine (H8410): Apparently from H1725; enduring; a species of hard-wood or lasting tree (perhaps oak):—pine (tree).
  14. Box (H8391): From H833; a species of cedar (from its erectness):—box (tree)

Although the wilderness is a place that lacks, water, God surrounded this nation with symbolisms and characteristics of trees that were firm, defensive (with thrones), fragrant (smells more better than roses), rich, and enduring. When we find ourselves in a mentally, spiritually, emotionally, etc. wilderness, God desires to provide us with these characteristics so those who are looking on will know that God’s hand had been the provider and created (recreation) these strong and sweet characteristics in us.

“Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob” (Isaiah 41:21).

Question: What does God mean by “produce your cause” and “bring forth your strong reasons”?

Answer: In my Study Bible, “produce your cause” in Hebrew means “cause to come near.”

  1. “Produce” (H7126): To approach (causatively, bring near) for whatever purpose:—(cause to) approach, (cause to) bring (forth, near), (cause to) come (near, nigh), (cause to) draw near (nigh), go (near), be at hand, join, be near, offer, present, produce, make ready, stand, take.

Note: “Reasons” was added when interpreting the Bible from Hebrew to English (to allow the words to flow smoothly). So the original phrase is “bring forth your strong” (the word “reasons” cannot be found within this passage reference in the Strong’s Concordance).

  1. “Forth” (H5066): To be or come (causatively, bring) near (for any purpose); euphemistically, to lie with a woman; as an enemy, to attack; religious to worship; causatively, to present; figuratively, to adduce an argument; by reversal, to stand back:—(make to) approach (nigh), bring (forth, hither, near), (cause to) come (hither, near, nigh), give place, go hard (up), (be, draw, go) near (nigh), offer, overtake, present, put, stand.
  2. “Strong” (H6110): Feminine of H6099; a bulwark, i.e. (figuratively) argument:—strong.

Sum: Present your argument.

According to Matthew Henry’s Commentary, God is speaking to the idolators, telling them to prove that their idols are gods (see verse 23).

Sometimes, our own thoughts and emotions can become gods. Often, we are in conflict mentally to go with what our emotions are saying versus what God has said. God desires to help us but who will let Him?



  1. The Holy Bible, KJV (
  2. Strong’s Concordance (
  3. Matthew Henry’s Commentary (
  4. Sweden Borg Study (
  5. Bible Study Tools (com/dictionary/myrtle and


Update: Mental Health Counseling Career in California

Hello Readers,

After many attempts to contact The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, I was finally able to talk to a Terri (Intern Evaluator) on Friday (edit: or was it on Tuesday?) to find what are the official steps in obtaining intern status in California. She told me to go to and click on “forms/pubs.” Then I am to go to PCCI/LPCC under “forms and applications.” I am to click on “PCCI Intern Registration Application OUT-OF-STATE.”

The following is a direct copy and paste of the steps I need to take to apply for intern status in California:

• Complete all sections of the application in ink.
• The application must have your original signature.
• You must use your legal name. Your “legal name” is the name established
legally by your birth certificate, marriage or domestic partnership certificate, or
divorce decree (for example).
• Email Address: Though providing your email address is optional, the Board
strongly recommends submission to facilitate communication.

Should measure approximately 2” x 2” and be taken within 60 days of the filing of
this application. The photograph must be of passport quality of your head and
shoulders only. Attach the photograph to the application in the space provided.

Submit a $100.00 check or money order made payable to the Behavioral
Sciences Fund. The fee is NOT REFUNDABLE.
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The Board requires a Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) criminal history background check on all applicants.
If you currently reside in California: Download the Request for Live Scan
Service Applicant Submission from our web site. The information on this form
must match the information you provide on your application. The second copy
of this form, with box 6 completed, must be submitted with your application.
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. Fingerprint results without an application on
file will only be held for 6 months.

If you currently reside out of state: You must use the “hard card” fingerprint
method unless you can access a California Live Scan Service operator. To
request fingerprint hard cards, send an email to
with “Fingerprint Hard Cards” in the subject line, and we will mail them to you.
SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION – we are unable to process them until your
application is received. The DOJ processing time for hard card fingerprints
is a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks. To avoid processing delays and additional
costs that result from invalid fingerprint cards, the Board recommends
fingerprints be taken at a law enforcement agency in the state of residence.

Include certified statement(s) from each state where you hold or have held a
license or registration to practice professional clinical counseling. This verification
may be sent to the Board directly from the other state, or enclosed with the
application. Either way, the verification must be IN AN ENVELOPE SEALED BY

Provide official transcripts verifying your master’s or doctoral degree with the
degree title and date of conferral posted. TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE IN AN
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Provide an Out-of-State Degree Program Certification form, completed and
signed by your school’s Chief Academic Officer or authorized designee IN AN

Submit a copy of the syllabus for all courses listed on the Out-of-State Degree
Program Certification form. If your degree program was accredited by the
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
(CACREP), AND your degree was conferred in 1983 or later, then it is not
necessary to submit course syllabi at this time EXCEPT for coursework listed
by your school as meeting the following core content areas:

• Principles of the Diagnostic Process
• Psychopharmacology
• Addictions Counseling
• Crisis or Trauma Counseling
• Advanced Counseling and Psychotherapeutic Theories and

The Board may require submission of additional syllabi after evaluating your

If you have a degree or other education gained outside of the United States,
you must have your education evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation
service that is a member of the National Association of Credential
Evaluation Services, in order to determine equivalency. Provide the board
with the results of this comprehensive evaluation and any other
documentation the board deems necessary IN AN ENVELOPE SEALED BY
THE EVALUATING AGENCY. The board has the authority to make the final
determination as to whether a degree meets all requirements, including, but
not limited to, course requirements regardless of evaluation or accreditation.
In addition to the evaluation, a transcript is required as stated in #1 above.

• Your degree MUST contain a minimum of 48 semester units or 72 quarter
units. There are no exceptions.
• If you entered a degree program AFTER August 1, 2012: You are
required to complete a total of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units. A
maximum of 12 semester units or 18 quarter units can be remediated
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outside of your degree program. Units must be remediated before the
Board can approve your Application for Licensure and Examination and
can be gained while registered as an intern.

A minimum of 6 semester units or 9 quarter units of practicum, which
included at least 280 hours of face-to-face supervised clinical experience
counseling individuals, families or groups, is required for the following

• Unlicensed applicants:
Your degree program must contain a minimum of 6 semester or 9
quarter units of practicum and meet the 280-hour requirement described
above, or your degree will not qualify for California licensure.

• Applicants licensed in another state for LESS THAN 2 years (and who
hold a current license):
The practicum unit requirement is waived. If your practicum did not
include 280 hours of experience as described above, you may remediate
the deficit by gaining supervised experience while registered as an
intern. If you are required to remediate practicum, these hours must be in
addition to the required 3,000 hours of experience.

• Applicants licensed in another state for MORE THAN 2 years (and who
hold a current license):
Both unit and hour practicum requirements are waived.

• Your degree program must have contained a minimum of 3 semester or
4.5 quarter units of coursework in the “Assessment, appraisal and testing
of individuals” core content area, or your degree will not qualify for
California licensure.
• Your degree program must have contained a minimum of 3 semester or
4.5 quarter units of coursework in the “Principles of the diagnostic
process” core content area, or your degree will not qualify for California
• Your degree program must have contained a minimum of seven (7) of the
13 required core content areas (3 semester units or 4.5 quarter units in
each area), or your degree will not qualify for California licensure.
All core content areas must be fulfilled. If you are missing six (6) or fewer
core content areas, you must remediate the missing areas as follows:
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o Unlicensed applicants:
All 13 core content areas must be fulfilled PRIOR TO issuance of your
intern registration.

o Applicants licensed in another state (and who hold a current license):
Core content areas may be remediated while registered as an intern
except for the California Law and Ethics course, which must be
remediated prior to approval of your intern registration. All 13 core
content areas must be fulfilled prior to approval of your Application for
Licensure and Examination.

For areas where remediation is permitted, missing courses must be taken at
the graduate level from a school that holds a regional or national institutional
accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or a school
approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Submit documentation of completion of a California Law and Ethics course
with your intern application as described below:

• If your degree contains a 3 semester unit or 4.5 quarter unit course on law
and ethics: You must take an 18-hour California course. See Business and
Professions Code (BPC) sections 4999.62/.63(b)(1)(D)(ii/iii) for course
content requirements.

o The required course may be taken from a school that holds a regional
or national institutional accreditation recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education, a school approved by the California BPPE,
or an acceptable continuing education (CE) provider.

• If your degree does NOT contain a 3 semester unit or 4.5 quarter unit
course on law and ethics: You must take a 3 semester unit or 4.5 quarter
unit California course. See BPC section 4999.33(c)(I) for course content

o The required course may be taken from a school that holds a regional
or national institutional accreditation recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education or a school approved by the California
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The courses listed below are NOT required for intern registration. However,
they are required prior to approval of your Application for Licensure and
Examination. If you have already completed a course, you may submit
documentation of completion now rather than with a future application if you

These courses may be taken from a school that holds a regional or national
institutional accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, a
school approved by the California BPPE, or an acceptable continuing education
(CE) provider. Undergraduate coursework cannot be accepted. See the Board’s
Statutes and Regulations for required content
Note: 1 semester unit = 15 hours; 1 quarter unit = 10 hours.

Course Length Content Required

1. Child Abuse Assessment and
Reporting in California
7 hours See BPC sections
4999.63(b)(3)(C) and Title 16,
California Code of Regulations
(CCR) section 1807.2

2. Human Sexuality 10 hours See BPC sections
4999.62(b)(3)(A)(i) and

3. Spousal/Partner Abuse Assessment,
Detection and Intervention
15 hours See BPC sections
4999.62(b)(3)(A)(ii) and

4. Aging, Long Term Care and
Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse
Assessment and Reporting
10 hours See BPC sections

5. Mental Health Recovery Oriented Care
and Methods of Service Delivery
45 hours See BPC sections

6. California Cultures and the
Social/Psychological Implications of
Socioeconomic Status
15 hours See BPC sections
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“Advanced Coursework” is defined as “courses that develop knowledge of
specific treatment issues or special populations.” Completion of this coursework
is NOT required for intern registration. However, a total of 15 semester units or
22.5 quarter units of Advanced Coursework is required prior to your application
for licensure.

These courses must be in addition to “core content area” courses and will be
identified by your school on the Out-of-State Degree Program Certification form.
Additional units must be gained at the graduate level from a school that holds a
regional or national institutional accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education, or a school approved by the California BPPE.
If you completed Advanced Coursework outside of your degree program, you
may submit documentation of completion now, rather than with a future
application if you wish, by submitting an official transcript IN AN ENVELOPE

If you answered YES to application questions A, B, C or D, complete the
Background Statement, available on the Board’s website. Please be aware that
your processing time will be delayed and will also be dependent on your
providing all information required by the Board.

I had to wait until the weekend was over to go somewhere to print the form out (it’s 31 pages). My portion of the application is only six pages but the rest is full of information on how to fill out the other forms and also what other documents are needed. Since I am trying to juggle other duties all at once (ex: find a job, fill out job applications, read over California’s driving manual, mingle with family, run errands, etc.), I haven’t fill out my portion yet. However, I just finished emailing Southern Adventist University to ask whom I am supposed to have fill out one of the forms (to verify the specifics of the degree program that was completed outside of California). Since I had to look up something on my blog to add a specific information that was much easier to find on my blog, I am still signed on so I had said “why not update my blog?”

And, now, I will start filling out the form. Hopefully. 😛


Mental Health Counseling Career in California

Hello Readers,

I understand many are curious to know why I haven’t been able to start my mental health counseling career in California. And, even those who I have tried to explain it to verbally are still confused or even still under the impression that I had received my master degree in psychology or social studies. My master degree doesn’t say clinical mental health counseling; it says “masters in science.” The master degree program is clinical mental health counseling but, because the title changes, Southern Adventist University does not place on the diploma “counseling” or anything close to it. They have decided to only write “masters in science.”

Since my degree was received in Tennessee, I will have to go to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to apply for intern status in California. Once I apply, they will let me know if California requires additional courses for me to take (note: all states are different in bases of requirements needed). When I was in Tennessee, my status was post-masters. In California, until you receive your professional license (called LPCC; in Tennessee, it’s just LPC), you are still considered an intern. So, in a way, I feel I am going a bit backwards instead of forwards when I had moved back to California. However, it’s basically only in wording.

Right before moving from Tennessee, my status was I were to be under supervision as a post-masters (I had already completed my internship supervision). I had to complete 3,000 hours of supervised post-masters professional experience (as in seeing clients face-to-face; the actual counseling with clients) and 150 contact hours of supervision (as in take one hour out of every week to talk with my supervisor; someone who has the certificate to supervise me). After I had finished these hours (it would have taken about three years), then I would be considered as an applicant to apply for taking the licensure exam (to obtain my LPC license; LPC stands for licensed professional counselor).

Now, with that information, California is different. It’s not called a licensed professional counselor. It’s called a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). While completing the same 3,000 hours of supervised experience (can start after I earned my degree), I need to be licensed as a professional clinical counselor intern. I have to be supervised for at least two full years (204 weeks).

Back to the application for intern status in California: the process is time consuming and can take from 60-90 days to complete. Therefore, during this time, I have been looking for jobs outside of this career. I will need to fill out and pay for my application ($100); do a background check; have transcripts sent to the board; get a verification for California’s additional coursework requirements; and I think that is it. I haven’t started this process yet because I have been attempting to find some kind of work.

Not all supervision position are ones that one can get paid. It’s like doing volunteer work. And then you will have to have money to pay for your supervision. If I can find a workplace that is willing to hire me without a license and also supervise me at the same time, that would be ideal. However, it is very rare. I had tried to find someone that could supervise me (with me paying them or with them hiring me) before I moved to California. I was finally told by someone who does do supervision to wait for me to move to California and find out if I need to take additional courses before even starting my supervision hours.

I think I have explained everything. I need to go, now, so I don’t even have time to double check my writing.

Back In California

Hello Readers,

I just realized I failed to update on expressing our move and airplane experience on going back to California. Oops!

Well, we packed our Penske truck on Monday, June 5th. A church member, Thaddeus, drove the Penske to our townhouse. My husband and I packed until it was near evening time (it rained off and on during that time). When Thaddeus was done with work for the day, he returned with his wife to drive it to his place. Soon afterwards, Thaddeus and my husband drove to the airport to pick up my Dad and another gentleman who was going to drive the Penske the following morning from Tennessee to California.

From June 5th (night) to June 10th (afternoon), my family and I stayed with Thaddeus and his wife. We were able to go to church that morning (June 10th) and said goodbye to our church family. I was crying a lot because I had to say goodbye to those that I have known for almost four years. I have watch the children grow and also wished I could watch the smaller generation grow.

The airplane ride was a lot of turbulence. It happened moreso when we had a connecting flight from Chattanooga, TN to Chicago, IL. Chicago is known as the “windy city” and I can say this now because I experienced it! The airplane was blown a bit during take off and it shook for a while until we had left the area. Luckily, I had a flat screen in front of me that I used to take my mind off of my surroundings.

The children and my husband did okay for their first time on an airplane. It was me, the novelist, that was falling apart inside! XD Our first plane was small so I had to allow the ladies to valet my carry on luggage and forgot I had left our plane tickets inside of this bag. Usually, I make sure my ticket is with me at all times just in case the flight attendants have to check tickets (if an emergency arises). So I just said “whatever” to myself and sat down in my seat. The second plane was larger so my son and I shared a seat with a stranger (as in our row of seats). The young man was calm enough to deal with my son’s constant chatting and asking for him to open and close the window (the gentleman sat at the window and I sat near the aisle while my husband and step-son sat across from us). :/ I was more annoyed that my son kept crossing boundaries (ex: pointing quickly to something outside and having his arm cross the gentleman’s personal space) than the stranger was of my son!

After arriving to Sacramento, we had seen various changes. Bowling alley is closed. Buildings that were there are gone. Buildings that were NOT there are now there (ex: Smart and Final Extra). This is major adjusting time!

Looking for a job is another thing I am dealing with. Many of them I need more experience and driving license. I am working on getting my permit (need to now read the laws in California) but I need a job sooner than I can get a driving license AND also feel comfortable in driving for the sake of the job. I would love to continue my mental health counseling career. However, I will have to apply in California with California Board of Behavioral Sciences to obtain intern status in this state. Prior to that, I cannot do anything with counseling since I do not have a license and have to be under supervision. Plus, California laws are different than Tennessee so I might have to take some courses that I need to even start all of this. Ugh!

So, that is basically the update. I would write more but I need to get ready to place some more items in my storage space. As of now, my family is living with my parents until we can get a place of our own. So, most of our things are in a storage.