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Social Workers and Therapists

The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), a subunit within the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), oversees the licensing and registration of the following types of professionals:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Interns
  • Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Associate Clinical Social Workers
  • Educational Psychologists (LEP)
  • Professional Clinical Counselor Interns

BBS Requirements for Therapists and Psychologists

Given the influence these professionals can have on the members of the public they serve, the BBS is deeply invested in ensuring that its code of professional ethics is met. This starts at application and continues throughout the professional’s career as a social worker or therapist.

At the application process, prospective mental health professionals are required to extensively report and explain any and all criminal convictions. Each conviction is independently adjudged according to the standards found with the California Business and Professions Code. This level of transparency continues throughout the therapist or social worker’s career, as he or she is required to report future occurrences.

An Experienced Team of Professional Lawyers for Mental Health Professionals

Oftentimes, a successful defense is an aggressive approach at overwhelming the decision maker that it bears little to no risk in granting, renewing, or maintaining the license status of an individual. What sets Simas & Associates, Ltd., apart from other attorneys who represent mental health professionals is our ability to discover and present influential evidence in mitigation, rehabilitation, and of character. It is that evidence that will win the day.

Our wide-ranging practice area also provides useful perspective from other areas of Professional Licensing Defense. As application and license disputes are overseen by the Office of Administrative Hearings and the same Administrative Law Judges, Simas & Associates, Ltd., can use lessons learned representing other professionals to your advantage. And as experienced Employment Law attorneys, we can help represent mental health professionals in any kind of dispute they may have with their public entity employers.

So don’t wait another minute. If you are in need of legal representation to protect your license, call us today for your free and confidential 30-minute consultation.