For the opening episode of our podcast, we talked about why license exams don’t work, but we should keep them anyway. In this follow-up, we talk with Kim Madsen, the Executive Officer of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The BBS licenses marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), clinical social workers (LCSWs), and professional clinical counselors (LPCCs). You may be surprised at what she has to say about the license exam process.
Rather than defending the process, Madsen acknowledges that there is no research that actually connects license exam results with safety for independent practice. She also offers her own guidance to those approaching the exam process.
It’s worth noting that Jeff Liebert and I did this interview before problems emerged with California’s MFT Clinical Exam, an issue we’re still working on. This interview was also before California’s new regulations allowing additional time for those who speak English as a second language took effect. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to hear frank discussion of exams from the woman in charge of the licensing process for more than 100,000 mental health professionals.
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