SB 584 Modifies the licensing requirements for social workers
Sponsor: Griesheimer
LR Number: 2089S.02I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 2/28/2007 - Second Read and Referred S Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee Journal Page: S361
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2007

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SB 584 - This act modifies the licensing requirements for social workers.

Currently, clinical and baccalaureate social workers are licensed. This act expands licensing to two additional groups: advanced macro social workers and master social workers.

Applicants for licensure as a clinical social worker must complete 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience with a qualified clinical supervisor instead of a licensed clinical social worker.

The act requires all licensees to complete 3 hours in ethics and 2 hours in the statutory and regulatory requirements for licensure for the profession.

The act differentiates between the four types of licensure as follows:

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER REQUIREMENTS

• Master's degree from a program accredited by the council of social work education or a doctorate from a program acceptable to the committee.

• 3,000 hours supervised clinical experience with a qualified clinical supervisor.

• Passing score on an approved exam.

• 18 years old, of good moral character, a U.S. citizen or legally present, and free of felony convictions during the 10 years prior to application.

MASTER SOCIAL WORKER REQUIREMENTS

• Master's or doctorate degree from a program accredited by the council of social work education.

• Passing score on an approved exam.

• 18 years old, of good moral character, a U.S. citizen or legally present, and free of felony convictions during the 10 years prior to application.

ADVANCED MACRO SOCIAL WORKER REQUIREMENTS

• Master's degree from a program accredited by the council of social work education or a doctorate from a program acceptable to the committee.

• 3,000 hours supervised clinical experience with a qualified macro supervisor.

• Passing score on an approved exam.

• 18 years old, of good moral character, a U.S. citizen or legally present, and free of felony convictions during the 10 years prior to application.

BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL WORKER REQUIREMENTS

• Baccalaureate degree from a program accredited by the council of social work education.

• 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience with a qualified baccalaureate supervisor.

• Passing score on an approved exam.

• 18 years old, of good moral character, a U.S. citizen or legally present, and free of felony convictions during the 10 years prior to application.

This act is similar to SB 308 (2007) and HB 780 (2007).

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