Experts Wanted

Enforcement Program (Expert Consultants)

The Board of Behavioral Sciences (Board) is recruiting qualified Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), and Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP) statewide to serve as expert consultants for the Board’s Expert Witness Program.

Expert consultants play a very important role in consumer protection. Board experts provide consultation to staff, review case materials, prepare written opinions, and when necessary testify at administrative hearings as an expert witness.

An expert consultant is a Board licensee possessing technical and professional knowledge gained through advanced education and extensive work experience to form a definitive opinion regarding the standard of care for the profession.

Expert consultants are paid $85 per hour for case review and preparation of the expert opinion report, and $100 per hour plus expenses if called to testify at an administrative hearing. Experts will also be awarded six hours of continuing education for attending expert training.

Interested applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold a current LMFT, LCSW, LPCC or LEP license; be in good standing; have no prior or pending disciplinary actions; and no pending investigations or enforcement actions.
  • Have a minimum of five years post-licensure practice.
  • Maintain consistent, ongoing, face-to-face client contact (minimum of 10 hours per week).
  • Possess working knowledge of current laws and regulations governing the practice that the expert consultant is licensed to perform.
  • Possesses knowledge of professional code of ethics.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to express ideas logically and critically.
  • Agree to the Board’s hourly compensation rate.
  • Willing to serve as an expert for at least three consecutive years, with an option to apply for renewal at the end of three years.

If you are interested in providing expert consultant services to the Board and you meet the above requirements, please complete and submit an Expert Consultant application along with a cover letter outlining why you would like to participate in the program. Include a current curriculum vitae. Mail your packet to the Board at the address listed below.
For more information before applying, contact Craig Zimmerman at (916) 574-7761 or Sandra Wright at (916) 574-7752.

Board of Behavioral Sciences
ATTN: Expert Consultant Coordinator
1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite S-200
Sacramento, CA 95834 (916) 574-7890
E-mail: BBS.EnforcementUnit@dca.ca.gov

Examination Development - (Subject Matter Experts)

The Board of Behavioral Sciences is recruiting licensees to serve as Subject Matter Experts to participate in written examination development workshops.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEPs), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensees are encouraged to participate in developing and maintaining the licensing examinations by serving as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Such examinations could not exist without qualified licensees willing to assist with this important responsibility.

New licensees (5 years or less) are encouraged to apply, as your input is needed to maintain standards at entry level.

Workshops are conducted throughout the year in Sacramento. Types of workshops include item (question) writing and review, passing score setting, clinical vignette writing and review, and examination construction.

The fee paid to subject matter experts varies depending on the length and complexity of the workshop ($200 - $300 per day). Workshops last from one to three days, and are normally conducted from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Participants who travel 50 miles or more each way to workshops are reimbursed for travel expenses. Hotel and airfare are typically prepaid by the board.

To qualify to serve as a Subject Matter Expert, a licensee MUST:

  1. As a LMFT: Possess a degree title name in Section 4980.40(a) of the Business and Professions Code;
  2. As a LPCC: Possess a degree title name in Section 4999.32(b) or 4999.33(b) of the Business and Professions Code;
  3. As a LCSW: Possess a degree from an accredited school of social work;
  4. As a LEP: There is no specific degree requirement;
  5. Possess a license which is current and not under suspension or probation;
  6. Perform twenty to forty hours of training, supervision, education or clinical experience with a minimum of ten hours face-to-face counseling hours per week. For LEPs: Be currently practicing as an LEP;
  7. Agree to not participate in any examination coaching or preparation activities as stated in the agreement signed with the Board upon participation in examination development activities.

If you meet the qualifications and are interested in serving;

Please complete and submit a Subject Matter Expert application with your resume to the Board. Upon approval, you would be sent a list of workshops to return, indicating your availability to participate. Contact the Board's Examination Unit to obtain an application or you may download the applicable from the Forms and Publications (found under the "Exam Related") information.

If you would like more information before applying as a SME, please contact Marsha Gove at (916) 574-7861.