IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR RELEVANT DEGREE HOLDERS, PLEASE SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS SECTION.
A waiver of an MHRT/C course requirement may be granted when an individual provides documentation of the following:
- At least one year of directly relevant work experience in the applicable MHRT/C course area
- A high level of competence in the applicable course area, and
- Has received clinical supervision during that time.
When submitting requests for MHRT/C waivers, please be sure the waiver request includes the components listed below. Waiver requests that do not contain all of the information below will not be approved.
- Supervisor must be clinically licensed at the Master’s level. Accepted credentials for writing waiver requests are LMSW-CC, LMSW, LCPC-CC, LCPC, LCSW, APRN, CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor), Psy.D/Ph.D., Psychologist, or MD/DO Psychiatrist. No exceptions are permitted.
- Waiver request must be written by applicant’s direct supervisor at the time of the relevant experience.
- Supervisor must have provided direct supervision to applicant for a minimum of one full year for every MHRT/C course requested for waiver (i.e. three full years of work experience is eligible for three MHRT/C course waivers). A maximum of five waivers may be obtained.
- Supervisor must document dates of supervision and these dates must include at least one full year and have no overlapping time frames (i.e. March 2004-March 2005, April 2005-April 2006, etc.)
- If requesting multiple waivers, each MHRT/C course must be addressed separately.
For additional information regarding the waiver process, please refer to the sample waiver request form in Appendix G. While this form is not mandatory when submitting a waiver request, applicants are encouraged to use the form as a guide to ensure that all of the correct information is submitted.
Applicants can not combine waivers based on experience with workshops or training to meet an individual course requirement. The applicant can be credited only for those courses, experiences, or trainings that are directly relevant to the 10 required courses with a primary focus on adults with mental illness.
Please Note: Directly relevant coursework does not include broad, sociological areas of focus. For example, the coursework for Mental Health and Aging should pertain to mental health issues facing the elderly (such as dementia, depression) rather than focusing solely on grief and loss for all populations. A course on death and dying would not meet this requirement.
Update as of May 1, 2018, if you have a relevant human services related degree, you need six months of relevant work experience. If you use this option, you can only receive credit for four courses instead of five. Please see our April 20, 2018 newsletter for details a a list of qualifying degrees.