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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 34TEXAS STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKER EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 781SOCIAL WORKER LICENSURE
SUBCHAPTER DLICENSES AND LICENSING PROCESS
RULE §781.402Clinical Supervision for LCSW and Non-Clinical Supervision for Independent Practice Recognition

(a) A person who has obtained a temporary license may not begin the supervision process toward independent non-clinical practice or independent clinical practice until the regular license is issued.

(b) An LMSW who plans to apply for the LCSW must:

  (1) within 30 days of initiating supervision, submit to the board one clinical supervisory plan for each location of practice for approval by the board or executive director/designee;

  (2) submit a current job description from the agency in which the social worker is employed with a verification of authenticity from the agency director or his or her designee on agency letterhead. In order for a plan to be approved, the position description or other relevant documentation must demonstrate that the duties of the position are clinical as defined in this chapter;

  (3) submit a separate supervision verification form for each location of practice to the board for approval within 30 days of the end of each supervisory plan with each supervisor. If the supervisor does not recommend that the supervisee is eligible to examine for LCSW, the supervisor must indicate such on the clinical supervision verification form and provide specific reasons for not recommending the supervisee. The board may consider the supervisor's reservations as it evaluates the supervision verification submitted by the supervisee;

  (4) submit a new supervisory plan within 30 days of changing supervisors or practice location; and

  (5) submit an application for re-categorizing his/her licensure to Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

(c) An LMSW who plans to apply for the LCSW may not open an independent social work practice to provide clinical social work to clients.

(d) An LBSW or an LMSW who plans to apply for the Independent Practice Recognition must:

  (1) submit one supervisory plan to the board for each location of practice for approval by the board or executive director/designee within 30 days of initiating supervision;

  (2) submit a current job description from the agency in which the social worker is employed with a verification of authenticity from the agency director or his or her designee on agency letterhead or submit a copy of the contract or appointment under which the LBSW or LMSW intends to work, along with a statement from the potential supervisor that the supervisor has reviewed the contract and is qualified to supervise the LBSW or LMSW in the setting;

  (3) submit a separate supervision verification form for each practice location to the board within 30 days of the end of each supervisory plan with each supervisor. If the supervisor does not recommend that the supervisee is eligible for independent practice recognition, the supervisor must provide specific reasons for not recommending the supervisee. The board may consider the supervisor's reservations as it evaluates the supervision verification that the supervisee submits; and

  (4) submit a new supervisory plan within 30 days of changing supervisors or practice location.

(e) A licensee who is required to be supervised as a condition of initial licensure, continued licensure, or disciplinary action must:

  (1) submit one supervisory plan for each practice location to the board for approval by the board or executive director/designee within 30 days of initiating supervision;

  (2) submit a current job description from the agency in which the social worker is employed with a verification of authenticity from the agency director or his or her designee on agency letterhead or submit a copy of the contract or appointment under which the licensee intends to work, along with a statement from the potential supervisor that the supervisor has reviewed the contract and is qualified to supervise the licensee in the setting;

  (3) ensure that the supervisor submits reports to the board on a schedule determined by the board. In each report, the supervisor must address the supervisee's performance, how closely the supervisee adheres to statutes and rules, any special circumstances that led to the imposition of supervision, and recommend whether the supervisee should continue licensure. If the supervisor does not recommend the supervisee for continued licensure, the supervisor must provide specific reasons for not recommending the supervisee. The board may consider the supervisor's reservations as it evaluates the supervision verification the supervisee submits; and

  (4) notify the board immediately if there is a disruption in the supervisory relationship or change in practice location and submit a new supervisory plan within 30 days of the break or change in practice location.

(f) An LBSW or an LMSW who has been approved for a probationary license under supervision while participating in the AMEC program must follow the application and supervision requirements in §781.413 of this title (relating to Alternate Method of Examining Competency (AMEC) Program).


Source Note: The provisions of this §781.402 adopted to be effective January 27, 2011, 36 TexReg 242; amended to be effective May 26, 2019, 44 TexReg 2459

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