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News Emergency Policy on Pre-Master’s Degree Experience

At its meeting on April 17, 2020, the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions voted to issue the following policy:
5/07/2020
  • Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Applicants: Because of the current declared state of emergency in Massachusetts, a licensed mental health counselor applicant who graduates from an acceptable master’s degree program from March 10, 2020 through June 30, 2020 and has not finished the required pre-master’s degree internship may complete that internship using additional hours earned during an acceptable practicum or post-graduate work experience.  Applicants should refer to 262 CMR 2.00, et seq., for information on acceptable degree programs and work experiences.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Applicants: Because of the current declared state of emergency in Massachusetts, a licensed marriage and family therapist applicant who graduates from an acceptable master’s degree program from March 10, 2020 through June 30, 2020 and has not finished the required pre-master’s degree “clinical internship or practicum” may complete that “clinical internship or practicum” using additional hours earned during an acceptable post-graduate work experience.  Applicants should refer to 262 CMR 3.00, et seq., for information on acceptable degree programs and work experiences.

This policy does not modify the required amounts of specific types of hours for a practicum, internship, or post-master’s degree work experience, and no hours may be counted for more than one such experience.

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions 

Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions encompass the fields of Behavioral Analysis, Educational Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling.

The Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions licenses candidates who meet the requirements developed for these professions. They administer and enforce regulations related to the education guidelines for licensing and contract with test vendors to provide the licensing examinations. The Board also protects consumers by disciplining those who violate licensing regulations.
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