|(a) Types of supervision include:
(1) administrative or work-related supervision of an
employee, contractor or volunteer that is not related to qualification
for licensure, practice specialty recognition, a disciplinary order,
or a condition of new or continued licensure;
(2) clinical supervision of a Licensed Master Social
Worker in a setting in which the LMSW is providing clinical services;
the supervision may be provided by a Licensed Professional Counselor,
Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed
Clinical Social Worker or Psychiatrist. This supervision is not related
to qualification for licensure, practice specialty recognition, a
disciplinary order, or a condition of new or continued licensure;
(3) clinical supervision of a Licensed Master Social
Worker, who is providing clinical services and is under a board-approved
supervision plan to fulfill supervision requirements for achieving
the LCSW; a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a board-approved
supervisor delivers this supervision;
(4) non-clinical supervision of a Licensed Master Social
Worker or Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker who is providing non-clinical
social work service toward qualifications for independent non-clinical
practice recognition; this supervision is delivered by a board-approved
(5) non-clinical supervision of a Licensed Master Social
Worker who is providing non-clinical social work service toward qualifications
for the LMSW-AP; this supervision is delivered by a board-approved
(6) supervision of a probationary Licensed Master Social
Worker or Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker providing non-clinical
services by a board-approved supervisor toward licensure under the
AMEC program; or
(7) board-ordered supervision of a licensee by a board-approved
supervisor pursuant to a disciplinary order or as a condition of new
or continued licensure.
(b) A person who wishes to be a board-approved supervisor
must file an application and pay the applicable fees as described
in §781.316 of this chapter.
(1) A board-approved supervisor must be actively licensed
in good standing by the board as an LBSW, an LMSW, an LCSW, or be
recognized as an Advanced Practitioner (LMSW-AP), or hold the equivalent
social work license in another jurisdiction. An individual whose licensure
status is emeritus may not serve as a board-approved supervisor. The
person applying for board-approved status must have practiced at his/her
category of licensure for two years. The board-approved supervisor
shall supervise only those supervisees who provide services that fall
within the supervisor's own competency.
(2) The board-approved supervisor is responsible for
the social work services provided within the supervisory plan.
(3) The board-approved supervisor must have completed
a supervisor's training program acceptable to the board.
(4) The board-approved supervisor must complete three
hours of continuing education every biennium in supervision theory,
skills, strategies, and/or evaluation.
(5) The board-approved supervisor must designate at
each license renewal that he/she wishes to continue board-approved
(6) The board-approved supervisor must submit required
documentation and fees to the board as listed in §781.316 of
this title (relating to Fees).
(7) When a licensee is designated a board-approved
supervisor, he or she may perform the following supervisory functions.
(A) An LCSW may supervise clinical experience toward
the LCSW license, non-clinical experience toward the Advanced Practitioner
specialty recognition, non-clinical experience toward the Independent
Practice Recognition (non-clinical), a licensee under probationary
initial or continued licensure, board-ordered probated suspension,
and probationary license holders under the AMEC program.
(B) An LMSW-AP may supervise non-clinical experience
toward the Advanced Practitioner specialty recognition; non-clinical
experience toward the non-clinical Independent Practice Recognition;
a licensee under probationary initial or continued licensure; board-ordered
probated suspension for non-clinical practitioners; and probationary
license holders under the AMEC program.
(C) An LMSW with the Independent Practice Recognition
(non-clinical) who is a board-approved supervisor may supervise an
LBSW's or LMSW's non-clinical experience toward the non-clinical Independent
Practice Recognition; an LBSW or LMSW under probationary initial or
continued licensure; an LBSW or LMSW (non-clinical) under board-ordered
probated suspension; and a probationary license holder under the AMEC
program; however, an LMSW who does not hold the independent practice
recognition may only supervise probationary license holders under
the AMEC program in an employment setting.
(D) An LBSW with the non-clinical Independent Practice
Recognition who is a board-approved supervisor may supervise: an LBSW's
non-clinical experience toward the non-clinical Independent Practice
Recognition; an LBSW under probationary initial or continued licensure;
an LBSW under board-ordered probated suspension; and a probationary
LBSW license holder under the AMEC program; however, an LBSW who does
not hold the independent practice recognition may only supervise probationary
license holders under the AMEC program in an employment setting.
(8) On receiving the licensee's application to be a
board-approved supervisor, as well as fee and verification of qualifications,
the board will issue a letter notifying the licensee that the licensee
is a board-approved supervisor.
(9) The approved supervisor must renew the approved
supervisor status in conjunction with the biennial license renewal.
The approved supervisor may surrender supervisory status by documenting
the choice on the appropriate board renewal form and subtracting the
supervisory renewal fee from the renewal payment. If a licensee who
has surrendered supervisory status desires to regain supervisory status,
the licensee must reapply and meet the current requirements for approved
(10) A supervisor must maintain the qualifications
described in this section while he or she is providing supervision.
(11) A board-approved supervisor who wishes to provide
any form of board-approved or board-ordered supervision must comply
with the following.
(A) The supervisor is obligated to keep legible, accurate,
complete, signed supervision notes and must be able to produce such
documentation for the board if requested. The notes shall document
the content, duration, and date of each supervision session.
(B) A social worker may contract for supervision with
written approval of the employing agency. A copy of the approval must
accompany the supervisory plan submitted to the board.
(C) A board-approved supervisor may not charge or collect
a fee or anything of value from his or her employee or contract employee
for the supervision services provided to the employee or contract
(D) Before entering into a supervisory agreement, the
supervisor shall be aware of all conditions of exchange with the clients
served by her or his supervisee. The supervisor shall not provide
supervision if the supervisee is practicing outside the authorized
scope of the license. If the supervisor believes that a social worker
is practicing outside the scope of the license, the supervisor shall
make a report to the board.
(E) A supervisor shall not be employed by or under
the employment supervision of the person who he or she is supervising.
(F) A supervisor shall not be a family member of the
person being supervised.
(G) A supervisee must have a clearly defined job description
(H) A supervisee who provides client services for payment
or reimbursement shall submit billing to the client or third-party
payers which clearly indicates the services provided and who provided
the services, and specifying the supervisee's licensure category and
the fact that the licensee is under supervision.
(I) If either the supervisor or supervisee has an expired
license or a license that is revoked or suspended during supervision,
supervision hours accumulated during that time will be accepted only
if the licensee appeals to and receives approval from the board.
(J) A licensee must be a current board-approved supervisor
in order to provide professional development supervision toward licensure
or specialty recognition, or to provide board-ordered supervision
to a licensee. Providing supervision without having met all requirements
for current, valid board-approved supervisor status may be grounds
for disciplinary action against the supervisor.
(K) The supervisor shall ensure that the supervisee
knows and adheres to the Code of Conduct and Professional Standards
of Practice of this chapter.
(L) The supervisor and supervisee shall avoid forming
any relationship with each other that impairs the objective, professional
judgment and prudent, ethical behavior of either.
(M) Should a supervisor become subject to a board disciplinary
order, that person is no longer a board-approved supervisor and must
so inform all supervisees, helping them to find alternate supervision.
(N) The board may deny, revoke, or suspend board-approved
supervisory status following a fair hearing for violation of the Act
or rules, according to the commission fair hearing rules. Continuing
to supervise after the board has denied, revoked, or suspended board-approved
supervisor status, or after the supervisor's supervisory status expires,
may be grounds for disciplinary action against the supervisor.
(O) If a supervisor's board-approved status is expired,
suspended, or revoked, the supervisor shall refund all supervisory
fees the supervisee paid after the date the supervisor ceased to be
(P) A supervisor is responsible for developing a well-conceptualized
supervision plan with the supervisee, and for updating that plan whenever
there is a change in agency of employment, job function, goals for
supervision, or method by which supervision is provided.
(Q) All board-approved supervisors shall have taken
a board-approved supervision training course by January 1, 2014 in
order to renew board-approved supervisor status. The board recognizes
that many licensees have had little, if any, formal education about
supervision theories, strategies, problem-solving, and accountability,
particularly LBSWs who may supervise licensees toward the IPR. Though
some supervisors have functioned as employment supervisors for some
time and have acquired practical knowledge, their practical supervision
skills may be focused in one practice area, and may not include current
skills in various supervision methods or familiarity with emerging
supervisory theories, strategies, and regulations. Therefore, the
board values high-quality, contemporary, multi-modality supervision
training to ensure that all supervisors have refreshed their supervisory
skills and knowledge in order to help supervisees practice safely
(12) A board-approved supervisor who wishes to provide
supervision towards licensure as an LCSW or towards specialty recognition
in Independent Practice (IPR) or Advanced Practitioner (LMSW-AP),
which is supervision for professional growth, must comply with the
(A) Supervision toward licensure or specialty recognition
may occur in one-on-one sessions, in group sessions, or in a combination
of one-on-one and group sessions. Session may transpire in the same
geographic location, or via audio, web technology or other electronic
supervision techniques that comply with HIPAA and Texas Health and
Safety Code, Chapter 611, and/or other applicable state or federal
statutes or rules.
(B) Supervision groups shall have no fewer than two
members and no more than six.
(C) Supervision shall occur in proportion to the number
of actual hours worked, with a base line of one hour of supervision
for every 40 hours worked. If the supervisee works full-time, supervision
shall occur on average at least twice a month and for no less than
four hours per month; if the supervisee works part-time (at least
20 hours per week), supervision shall occur on average at least once
a month and no less than two hours per month. Supervisory sessions
shall last at least one hour and no more than two hours per session.
No more than 10 hours of supervision may be counted in any one month,
or 30-day period, as appropriate, towards satisfying minimum requirements
for licensure or specialty recognition.
(D) The board considers supervision toward licensure
or specialty recognition to be supervision which promotes professional
growth. Therefore, all supervision formats must encourage clear, accurate
communication between the supervisor and the supervisee, including
case-based communication that meets standards for confidentiality.
Though the board favors supervision formats in which the supervisor
and supervisee are in the same geographical place for a substantial
part of the supervision time, the board also recognizes that some
current and future technology, such as using reliable, technologically-secure
computer cameras and microphones, can allow personal face-to-face,
though remote, interaction, and can support professional growth. Supervision
formats must be clearly described in the supervision plan, explaining
how the supervision strategies and methods of delivery meet the supervisee's
professional growth needs and ensure that confidentiality is protected.
The plan must be approved by the board.