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RULE §781.303General Standards of Practice
Historical Texas Register

This section establishes standards of professional conduct required of a social worker. The licensee, following applicable statutes:

  (1) shall not knowingly offer or provide professional services to an individual concurrently receiving professional services from another mental health services provider except with that provider's knowledge. If a licensee learns of such concurrent professional services, the licensee shall take immediate and reasonable action to inform the other mental health services provider;

  (2) shall terminate a professional relationship when it is reasonably clear that the client is not benefiting from the relationship. If continued professional services are indicated, the licensee shall take reasonable steps to facilitate transferring the client by providing the client with the name and contact information of three sources of service;

  (3) shall not evaluate any individual's mental, emotional, or behavioral condition unless the licensee has personally interviewed the individual or the licensee discloses with the evaluation that the licensee has not personally interviewed the individual;

  (4) shall not persistently or flagrantly over treat a client;

  (5) shall not aid and abet the unlicensed practice of social work by a person required to be licensed under the Act;

  (6) shall not participate in any way in falsifying licensure applications or any other documents submitted to the Council;

  (7) shall ensure that, both before services commence and as services progress, the client knows the licensee's qualifications and any intent to delegate service provision; any restrictions the Council has placed on the licensee's license; the limits on confidentiality and privacy; and applicable fees and payment arrangements;

  (8) if the client must barter for services, it is the professional's responsibility to ensure that the client is in no way harmed. The value of the barter shall be agreed upon in advance and shall not exceed customary charges for the service or goods; and

  (9) shall ensure that the client or a legally authorized person representing the client has signed a consent for services. A licensee shall obtain and keep a copy of the relevant portions of any court order, divorce decree, power of attorney, or letters of guardianship authorizing the individual to provide substitute consent on behalf of the minor or ward.

Source Note: The provisions of this §781.303 adopted to be effective November 19, 2020, 45 TexReg 8157; amended to be effective March 7, 2023, 48 TexReg 1309

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