The Board of Registration of Social Workers ("the Board") voted at its meeting on June 22, 2010 to adopt the following Policy Guideline. This policy guideline is intended as a recommended protocol for the profession to follow. The guideline set forth below does not have the full force and effect of law, as would a Massachusetts General Law or a Board rule or regulation. However, the Board uses policy guidelines as an internal management tool in formulating decisions that relate to issues in the practice of social work.

Policy No. 10-01

Purpose:

258 CMR 12.02 (4) and (5) state that the scope of practice for Licensed Certified Social Workers (LCSWs) are limited to: (4) providing "non-clinical supervision to individual social workers or groups of social workers;" and (5) providing "consultation on clinical or non-clinical issues to individuals, groups, members of other professional disciplines, agencies, health care facilities, or institutions, as long as any consultation on clinical issues is provided under the clinical supervision of another social worker who is licensed or eligible for licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and who provides at least one hour per week of face-to-face individual clinical supervision."

The purpose of this policy statement is to provide guidance and/or clarification to LCSWs regarding the limitations of their scope of practice as it pertains to providing clinical supervision to other mental health care professionals applying for licensure in their respective professions, as stated in 258 CMR12.02 (4) and (5).

Policy:

LCSWs may not provide any clinical supervision to any other mental health practitioners. Such supervisory practices would constitute practicing beyond the scope of their practice for LCSWs.

As a result, LCSWs may not complete clinical supervision forms for applicants applying for licensure in any of the mental health professions, attesting that they provided clinical supervision for these applicants. The Board will consider such documentation as evidence of practicing beyond the scope of practice for LCSWs, which may result in disciplinary action being taken against the LCSW for violation of 258 CMR12.02.