Frequently Asked Questions

The supervision experience for a registered social work intern in Florida includes a minimum of 100 hours of supervision spread out over at least 100 weeks, 1,500 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy with clients, and a minimum of one hour of supervision every two weeks. These requirements are outlined in Florida’s Rule 64B4-2.002, F.A.C. We recommend reviewing these rules for more detailed information on the supervision requirements for registered social work interns in Florida. You can find more information on the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling website here

To begin the process of becoming a registered social work intern in Florida, there are a few key steps to follow. First, one must visit the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling website here to review the licensure requirements and ensure they meet the qualifications set by the Board. Next, they can apply for licensure, submit any necessary documentation, and pass a background check. After this, they must complete the required supervised professional experience and pass the appropriate examination. Finally, they will be issued a license and can begin practicing as a registered social work intern in Florida. For more resources and information, please visit the “resource” link provided on the website header.

As a Board-approved Qualified Supervisor, I provide personalized virtual and in-person supervision to assist you in accomplishing your objectives and attaining licensure as a clinical social worker. Allow me to support you throughout your professional development. To initiate your journey towards licensure and secure a letter of supervision from me, we present two (2) options for your consideration:

  1. Browse our website’s Resource page or visit the FAQ section for more information on my supervision services. This will help you understand the process and what to expect during our sessions.

  2. If you are prepared to advance in your journey towards licensure, you can book a session with me directly by clicking on this link: https://calendly.com/mejerlinebe, or by selecting “Book Your Session” on the top right corner of this website header.

Acquiring a letter of supervision from me is a vital step in your licensure process, and my goal is to make this experience as effortless as possible for you. To ensure a hassle-free procedure, a retainer fee of $30.00 is collected, which encompasses the cost of procuring the letter of supervision. Once we agree to collaborate, I will send a letter featuring my license number and your name as stated on your application, confirming my commitment to supervise you during your registered intern period. Subsequently, we will await an approval letter from the Board Office specifying the commencement date of our supervision. *Please be aware that supervision hours will only be considered valid once the Board Office has approved the letter.

As your supervisor, you will need to complete at least 100 hours of supervision with me over a minimum of 100 weeks. In addition, you must also complete 1,500 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy with clients. You will be required to attend one hour of supervision with me every two weeks to ensure that you are meeting the requirements set forth by the Florida Administrative Code (Rule 64B4-2.002, F.A.C). It’s important to note that the requirements allow you to complete up to four hours of supervision per month. These requirements are in place to ensure that you receive the necessary training and experience to become a licensed mental health professional. Please refer to the Florida Administrative Code for more details on these rules.

Once you decide to join the group, we will complete the required letter for the board, and complete a social work supervision agreement and clinical supervision plan. 

To book supervision with me, you will schedule both individual and group sessions by accessing my schedule. Group supervision charges $45 per session, and individual $50 per session (not including the processing fee of $2.00). Also, please note these prices are subject to change in 2023 to $50 per group session and $60 per individual session. 

Yes, group supervision takes place once a month and  typically covers general topics such as test preparation, social work ethics, and discussions on the DSM-V.

The board has determined that if you assess, diagnose, and treat mental health or substance abuse, you are eligible for LCSW supervision. Don’t get too concerned about making a formal diagnosis. In many settings, it is the physician or psychiatrist working together as a interdisciplinary team. 

To remove a supervisor from your list of qualified supervisors, you need to ask the supervisor you are removing to complete the  Verification of Clinical Experience Form. On the form, they should select the option that says “I am no longer providing this intern with supervision.” Once completed, you should submit the form to the Board Office via email or electronically. It’s important to note that supervision received from the new supervisor will not count until the Board Office has notified you in writing that your new supervisor has been approved.

Please keep in mind that registered interns are required to remain under supervision until fully licensed, as per Rule 64B4-3.008, F.A.C. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that you have a qualified and approved supervisor to provide you with the necessary training and experience to become a licensed mental health professional.

Yes, according to Rule 64B4-3.008, F.A.C., applicants practicing clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, and/or mental health counseling are required to continue in supervision until fully licensed, as defined in Rule 64B4-2.002, F.A.C., even after completing post-master’s supervised experience and passing the exam. Therefore, it is necessary to continue meeting the requirements for supervision as set forth by the licensing board.

No, there is no requirement that a registered intern obtain continuing education.  However, you may choose to complete the 8 hour laws and rules course, 3 hour HIV/AIDS and 2 hour domestic violence requirement for licensure while you are a registered intern. Please refer to  RCSWI Resources for course program suggestions. 

Florida law provides that an initial application must be reviewed within 30 days. However, the actual processing time may vary and can be affected by a number of factors such as the volume of applications received, the completeness of the application, and any additional information or documentation required by the board. To check the current processing time, you can visit the Florida Board’s website here and look for information on the average number of days it is currently taking to process applications. 

Yes.  If you have completed the education and practicum requirements and are a registered intern you may be approved to sit for the examination.  However, applicants must request exam approval prior to contacting their test provider. To request exam approval, email MQA.491@flhealth.gov. You may also visit the Florida Board Exam Schedule page for more information.

The fastest way to reach me is by sending an email to info@jerlinebaltimore.com. You can also contact me on Facebook through messenger.

Yes, registered interns can provide therapy to clients via telehealth, subject to certain requirements. According to Rule 64B4-2.002, F.A.C. (Florida Administrative Code), individuals registered as interns are permitted to provide telehealth services as long as they comply with the standards of practice set forth in the rule. These standards include obtaining informed consent from the client, ensuring the security and confidentiality of the client’s information, and complying with all applicable laws and regulations. It is important to note that registered interns must receive supervision while providing telehealth services, and the supervisor must have the necessary training and experience to provide such supervision.

It’s worth noting that the use of telehealth by registered social work interns in Florida is allowed by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this permission may be subject to change based on the Board’s guidelines. Therefore, it is recommended that you check with the Florida Board for the latest information on telehealth and ensure that you comply with any applicable rules and regulations.

In addition, as per Board’s Rule 64B4-7.002, Registered Interns must practice under the on-site supervision of a licensed professional at present. It’s important to note that these rules and regulations are subject to change, so it’s essential to review them regularly and check with the Board for the most up-to-date information.

On our resources page, we have compiled a list of recommended books that can be highly beneficial for social work students and practitioners. Some of the popular options include “The Helping Relationship” by Nicholas Trotter, “The Practice of Social Work” by Charles Zastrow, and “Social Work Skills for Beginning Direct Practitioners” by Brenna Bry. This list features many other books that are relevant to the field of social work and can help you enhance your knowledge and skills as a practitioner. To access the complete list of recommended books, please click here to be redirected to the “social work books” on our resource page.