To be able to use your Psychology degree in state of California in a professional medical setting, the state will require you to obtain licensure before you can start practice. Good passing score as well as a background check are mandatory components for both supplemental California examination and National examination. These are all mandatory components of any type of California state psychology license requirement. Below are basic requirements for each related field.
- A doctoral level degree in psychology.
- 3,000 hours of work experience under guidance. Half of this time should be fulfilled after the degree.
As per California Coalition for Counselor Licensure, effective from January 1st, 2010, the state requires every professional counselor to apply for license. However California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences is still in process of modifying the regulation process. Applicants must fulfill following requirements:
- A master’s level degree in counseling
- 3,000 hours of work experience under supervision. Out of which, 150 hours must be fulfilled in a community mental health area and 1,750 hours must be fulfilled in direct interaction with client.
Marriage and Family Therapist
- A master’s level degree in marriage and family therapy
- Passed the MFT Written Clinical Vignette Examination, after taking the National examination.
- 3,000 hours of supervised work experience.
- Registration as an intern, before you start post-degree work experience.
- A master’s level degree in social work.
- Passed the LCSW Written Clinical Vignette Examination, after taking the National examination.
- 3,200 hours of work experience under supervision.
- Registration as a social worker, before you start post-degree work experience.