Board of Registration of Social Workers Policy

Enacted March 21, 2006

POLICY BULLETIN REGARDING HOURS OF SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR NON-BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK (BSW) APPLICANTS FOR THE LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER (LSW) OR THE LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER ASSOCIATE (LSWA) LEVEL OF LICENSURE

The Board of Registration of Social Workers voted today to adopt the following policy guidelines. These policy guidelines are intended as a recommended protocol for the profession to follow. The Board utilizes these and other guidelines as an internal management tool in formulating decisions that relate to the field of social work.

Policy No. 06-03

Purpose:

To provide guidance to applicants applying for licensure as an LSW or LSWA who does not hold a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.

Policy:

The Board of Registration of Social Workers requires that an applicant for the LSW or LSWA level of licensure who does not hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree must document the appropriate number of supervised social work experience hours. These supervised social work experience hours must be gained following completion of the applicant's minimum educational qualifications.

Discussion:

Under G.L. c. 13, §84, the Board is authorized to "examine and pass upon applicants for license to practice social work in the commonwealth." In addition, under the same provision, the Board has the power to" promulgate rules and regulations." The Board has promulgated regulations at 258 CMR 9.05 and 258 CMR 9.06 relating to requirements for licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and as a Licensed Social Work Associate LSWA). In each of those regulations the Board has identified certain experience requirements which must be met. It is the Board's position that those experience hours must be obtained following completion of the applicant's minimum educational requirements. Having obtained all of the necessary experience following completion of all minimum educational requirements, the applicant's work experience will be a better informed work experience.