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This bill, commencing January 1, 2018, would provide that certain specified titles using the term “intern” or any reference to the term “intern” in those acts shall be deemed to be a reference to an “associate,” as specified.

Existing law requires the fines from licensed optometrists to be deposited into the Optometry Fund and to be available upon appropriation to the State Board of Optometry for the purposes of administration and enforcement.

Existing law requires the licensure of professional clinical counselors and the registration of professional clinical counselor interns.

Under existing law, an “intern” is defined as an unlicensed person who meets specified requirements for registration and is registered with the board.

Existing law requires interns and trainees to only gain supervised experience as an employee or volunteer and prohibits experience from being gained as an independent contractor.

Similarly, the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Act requires clinical counselor trainees, interns, and applicants to perform services only as an employee or as a volunteer.

Under the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act, a specified doctoral or master’s degree approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education as of June 30, 2007, is considered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to meet the specified licensure and registration requirements if the degree is conferred on or before July 1, 2010.

As an alternative, existing law requires the Board of Behavioral Sciences to accept those doctoral or master’s degrees as equivalent degrees if those degrees are conferred by educational institutions accredited by specified associations.(C) Under the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act, an applicant for licensure is required to complete experience related to the practice of marriage and family therapy under the supervision of a supervisor.

Beginning January 1, 2016, existing law makes the State Board of Optometry responsible for the registration and regulation of registered dispensing opticians.(7) The Board of Behavioral Sciences is responsible for administering, among others, the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act, the Clinical Social Worker Practice Act, and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Act.(A) Existing law, the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act, provides for the regulation of the practice of marriage and family therapy by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Existing law requires the licensure of marriage and family therapists and the registration of marriage and family therapist interns.