Changes to Online Training Allowance EXTENDED INDEFINITELY

We are getting a lot of questions about the Board’s decision to waive the requirement that fifty percent (50%) of all education/training be traditional classroom training.  This waiver is in effect indefinitely; all trainings can be completed online.

On April 23, 2021, the Board voted on a rule change to permanently allow all required training/continuing education hours to be completed via online courses. This means there is no longer a limit on online trainings that can be used for credentialing. It will take several months for the rule to become official, however, it is clear the Board’s intent is to allow online training to be accepted for 100% of the required hours.

This applies to people submitting their renewals AND people submitting their application for full licensure or certification.

Standard education requirements still apply (e.g. ethics, HIV/STD, and special topics).


Changes to Supervision EXTENDED INDEFINITELY

Acting in response to state and federal executive orders, the board is now allowing supervision to be provided over live telephone.

It has been brought to the Board’s attention that there are some work settings that do not allow tele-supervision to take place, for example, supervision to employees working inside correctional facilities. In these cases, as well as with many small businesses, the infrastructure is not available to continue clinical supervision as currently required by this Board.

In order to maintain a steady pipeline of professional service, the Board is relaxing this requirement and allowing telephonic supervision.


Changes to Supervision EXTENDED INDEFINITELY

Acting in response to state and federal executive orders, the board is waiving the 50% face-to-face minimum for clinical supervision.

As many of you are aware, the Board allows for virtual, live, tele-conferencing supervision, of up to 50% of the total required. The Board will allow that all supervision can be through these methods, for example Facetime, Skype, Zoom, GotoMeeting, etc.

The Board does not allow supervision sessions to be conducted over text or email.


CONSUMER ALERT – Be Skeptical of Professional Licensing Scams (March 19, 2021)

This is a forwarded email from NC Attorney General Josh Stein

Our office has received reports about scam phone calls and letters that may be going to health care professionals with various medical licenses. Scammers contact people with licenses and may claim that their license has been stolen and used in criminal activities that are being investigated by the FBI or other law enforcement agencies. Scammers will claim that the license will be suspended unless the person can pay a bond to have their license reinstated. Sometimes, these calls may be accompanied by letters on what appears to be legitimate letterhead and signed by phony licensing board representatives.

Here’s what to do if you get these calls or letters:

  • Don’t trust a call or letter from someone you don’t know. License information can often be easily found online, and scammers will use it to make it seem like they are legitimate authorities.
  • Never give out personal or financial information unless you’ve verified you are speaking to the right person.
  • If you want to determine whether a message is credible or if you’re concerned about changes to the status of your license, look up contact information for your licensing board independently and contact them directly.

If you think you or someone you know has been the victim of one of these fraudulent calls or letters, hang up and don’t respond. You should report the incident to your licensing board so they are aware of the fraudulent activity and report it to our Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.


Board Adopts New Rules (October 2020)

Summary of Changes in the Rules

  • The Board adopted updated clinical terminology, including changing “substance abuse” to “substance use disorder”.
  • The Board adopted use of gender-neutral pronouns.
  • The Board adopted a new optional specialty training topic of “Substance Use Disorder and Domestic Violence”.
  • The Board adopted new language to describe online learning, previously described as “independent study.”
  • The Board adopted a unified training review fee structure, previously heavily punitive to “independent study” providers.
  • The Board added language to clarify how college credits are converted to clock hours of education/training (1 semester college credit = 15 hours clock hours)
  • The Board added language to address “friending” a client on social media (Hint: Don’t do it!)