|(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 supervision
plan to fulfill supervision requirements for achieving the LCSW; a
Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a Council-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 Council-approved supervisor; or
(5) Council-ordered supervision of a licensee by a
Council-approved supervisor pursuant to a disciplinary order or as
a condition of new or continued licensure.
(b) A person who wishes to be a Council-approved supervisor
must file an application and pay the applicable fee.
(1) A Council-approved supervisor must be actively
licensed in good standing by the Council 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. The person
applying for Council-approved status must have practiced at his/her
category of licensure for two years. The Council-approved supervisor
shall supervise only those supervisees who provide services that fall
within the supervisor's own competency.
(2) The Council-approved supervisor is responsible
for the social work services provided within the supervisory plan.
(3) The Council-approved supervisor must have completed
a 40-hour supervisor's training program acceptable to the Council.
(A) At a minimum, the 40-hour supervisor's training
program must meet each of the following requirements:
(i) the course must be taught by a licensed social
worker holding both the appropriate license classification, and supervisor
status issued by the Council;
(ii) all related coursework and assignments must be
completed over a time period not to exceed 90 days; and
(iii) the 40-hour supervision training must include
(I) three (3) hours for defining and conceptualizing
supervision and models of supervision;
(II) three (3) hours for supervisory relationship and
social worker development;
(III) twelve (12) hours for supervision methods and
techniques, covering roles, focus (process, conceptualization, and
personalization), group supervision, multi-cultural supervision (race,
ethnic, and gender issues), and evaluation methods;
(IV) twelve (12) hours for supervision and standards
of practice, codes of ethics, and legal and professional issues; and
(V) three (3) hours for executive and administrative
tasks, covering supervision plan, supervision contract, time for supervision,
record keeping, and reporting.
(B) Subparagraph (A) of this paragraph is effective
September 1, 2023.
(4) The Council-approved supervisor must submit required
documentation and fees to the Council.
(5) When a licensee is designated Council-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 Independent Practice
Recognition (non-clinical), and Council-ordered probated suspension;
(B) An LMSW-AP may supervise non-clinical experience
toward the non-clinical Independent Practice Recognition; and Council-ordered
probated suspension for non-clinical practitioners;
(C) An LMSW with the Independent Practice Recognition
(non-clinical) who is a Council-approved supervisor may supervise
an LBSW's or LMSW's non-clinical experience toward the non-clinical
Independent Practice Recognition; and an LBSW or LMSW (non-clinical)
under Council-ordered probated suspension;
(D) An LBSW with the non-clinical Independent Practice
Recognition who is a Council-approved supervisor may supervise an
LBSW's non-clinical experience toward the non-clinical Independent
Practice Recognition; and an LBSW under Council-ordered probated suspension.
(6) 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 Council 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 supervisor status.
(7) A supervisor must maintain the qualifications described
in this section while he or she is providing supervision.
(8) A Council-approved supervisor who wishes to provide
any form of supervision or Council-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 Council 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 Council.
(C) A Council-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
(D) Before entering into a supervisory plan, 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 Council.
(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 Council.
(J) A licensee must be a current Council-approved supervisor
in order to provide professional development supervision toward licensure
or specialty recognition, or to provide Council-ordered supervision
to a licensee. Providing supervision without having met all requirements
for current, valid Council-approved supervisor status may be grounds
for disciplinary action against the supervisor.
(K) The supervisor shall ensure that the supervisee
knows and adheres to Subchapter B, Rules 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 Council
disciplinary order, that person is no longer a Council-approved supervisor
and must so inform all supervisees, helping them to find alternate
supervision. The person may reapply for Council-approved supervisor
status by meeting the terms of the disciplinary order and having their
license in good standing, in addition to submitting an application
for Council-approved supervisor, and proof of completion of a 40-hour
Council-approved supervisor training course, taken no earlier than
the date of execution of the Council order.
(N) Providing supervision without Council-approved
supervisor status is grounds for disciplinary action.
(O) A supervisor shall refund all supervisory fees
the supervisee paid after the date the supervisor ceased to be Council-approved.
(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.
(9) A Council-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 for the 3,000 hours of supervised experience.
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 Council 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 Council favors supervision formats in which the supervisor
and supervisee are in the same geographical place for a substantial
part of the supervision time, the Council 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.
(E) Supervision toward licensure or specialty recognition
must extend over a full 3000 hours over a period of not less than
24 full months for LCSW or Independent Practice Recognition (IPR).
Even if the individual completes the minimum of 3000 hours of supervised
experience and minimum of 100 hours of supervision prior to 24 months
from the start date of supervision, supervision which meets the Council's
minimum requirements shall extend to a minimum of 24 full months.
(F) The supervisor and the supervisee bear professional
responsibility for the supervisee's professional activities.
(G) If the supervisor determines that the supervisee
lacks the professional skills and competence to practice social work
under a regular license, the supervisor shall develop and implement
a written remediation plan for the supervisee.
(H) Supervised professional experience required for
licensure must comply with §781.401 of this title and §781.402
of this title and all other applicable laws and rules.
(10) A Council-approved supervisor who wishes to provide
supervision required as a result of a Council order must comply with
this title, all other applicable laws and rules, and/or the following.
(A) A licensee who is required to be supervised as
a condition of initial licensure, continued licensure, or disciplinary
(i) submit one supervisory plan for each practice location
to the Council for approval by the Council or its designee within
30 days of initiating supervision;
(ii) 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;