Internship Independence


A licensed Intern may not practice marriage and family therapy or clinical professional counseling independently of Board Approved Licensed Supervision and an Approved Internship Plan. (NRS 641A.2874, NRS 641A.2884)

 NRS 641A.2874 Marriage and family therapist interns: Scope of authorized activities.

    The holder of a license as a marriage and family therapist intern:

    1. May engage in the practice of marriage and family therapy only for the purposes of obtaining the supervised experience required by subsection 5 of NRS 641A.220 for a license to practice as a marriage and family therapist; and
    2. Shall not engage in the practice of marriage and family therapy independently.

      NRS 641A.2884 Clinical professional counselor interns: Scope of authorized activity.

        The holder of a license as a clinical professional counselor intern:

        1. May engage in the practice of clinical professional counseling only for the purposes of obtaining the supervised experience required by subsection 5 of NRS 641A.231 for a license to practice as a clinical professional counselor; and
        2. Shall not engage in the practice of clinical professional counseling independently.

          A licensed Intern may practice marriage and family therapy or clinical professional counseling only under the Board Approved Supervision of a marriage and family therapist or a clinical professional counselor; and only according to the Board Approved Internship Plan approved by the Board. (NAC 641A.186)

          NAC 641A.186  Limitations on performing therapy.

            (NRS 641A.160, 641A.287, 641A.288) An intern may perform marriage and family therapy or clinical professional counseling only under the supervision of a marriage and family therapist or clinical professional counselor and in accordance with his or her approved plan for internship.

              A licensed intern must have an established Licensed Mental Health Professional on site at a private practice facility.

              The form to fill out for a “Mental Health Professional On-Site” is found on the bottom of the Intern Information Page of our website. Pursuant to NAC 641A.196, A Licensed Mental Health Professional may be one of the following:

              1. marriage and family therapist, 
              2. clinical professional counselor, 
              3. clinical alcohol and drug abuse counselor, 
              4. psychologist, 
              5. psychiatrist or 
              6. social worker

                 NAC 641A.196 Restrictions on private practice and advertising.

                  (NRS 641A.160)

                  1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, an intern may engage in private practice only at facilities which have a licensed marriage and family therapist, clinical professional counselor, clinical alcohol and drug abuse counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker on the site.
                  2. An intern shall inform each of his or her clients that he or she is not licensed to engage independently in the practice of marriage and family therapy or the practice of clinical professional counseling, as applicable.
                  3. An intern shall include a statement describing his or her status as an intern on all forms of advertising, including, but not limited to, business cards, directory listings and brochures.
                  4. The Board will only allow an intern to engage in private practice at facilities other than those listed in subsection 1:
                    • (a) In extenuating circumstances; and
                    • (b) If other arrangements approved by the Board have been established for supervision of the intern in emergency situations.

                    Pursuant to NAC 641A.196, extenuating circumstances may be written and submitted to the Board for consideration.