California Family Code Section 1815
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1815. (a) A person employed as a supervising counselor of
conciliation or as an associate counselor of conciliation shall have
all of the following minimum qualifications:
(1) A master's degree in psychology, social work, marriage, family
and child counseling, or other behavioral science substantially
related to marriage and family interpersonal relationships.
(2) At least two years of experience in counseling or
psychotherapy, or both, preferably in a setting related to the areas
of responsibility of the family conciliation court and with the
ethnic population to be served.
(3) Knowledge of the court system of California and the procedures
used in family law cases.
(4) Knowledge of other resources in the community that clients can
be referred to for assistance.
(5) Knowledge of adult psychopathology and the psychology of
(6) Knowledge of child development, child abuse, clinical issues
relating to children, the effects of divorce on children, the effects
of domestic violence on children, and child custody research
sufficient to enable a counselor to assess the mental health needs of
(7) Training in domestic violence issues as described in Section
(b) The family conciliation court may substitute additional
experience for a portion of the education, or additional education
for a portion of the experience, required under subdivision (a).
(c) This section does not apply to any supervising counselor of
conciliation who was in office on March 27, 1980.
Last modified: February 22, 2013