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BOARD OF LICENSED SOCIAL WORKERS

 

DIVISION 20

PROCEDURE FOR CERTIFICATION OF CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK ASSOCIATES AND LICENSING OF LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS

877-020-0000

Definitions

An “agency” is a private or public organization that, through its employees, engages in clinical social work (defined in ORS 675.510 (2)) generally characterized by the following:

(1) Cases are assigned through a central process;

(2) Billing is centralized and done in the organization's name;

(3) The organization collects all fees including deductibles and co-payments;

(4) The organization controls client records and is responsible for their proper storage and destruction;

(5) The organization controls office space by renting, owning, or leasing it;

(6) The organization displays its name on the premises so as to be clearly visible to clients;

(7) The name of the organization is on all forms given to the client;

(8) The organization maintains the responsibilities for hiring and firing of staff;

(9) The organization pays the staff for clinical services;

(10) Supervision of clinical social work associates is provided on a regular basis;

(11) Evaluation of the competence of social workers who provide social work services at the organization is provided on a regular basis; and

(12) Policies and procedures of the organization are available in written form for the staff and clients.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 – 675.600 & 675.990
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.590
Hist.: BCSW 1-1982, f. & ef. 1-29-82; BCSW 1-1986, f. & ef. 7-7-86; BCSW 2-1990, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-90; BCSW 2-1991, f. & cert. ef. 5-30-91; BCSW 2-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-13-93; BCSW 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-97; BCSW 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-05; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

877-020-0005

Rules Applicable to Certification and Licensing

This division of rules contains:

(1) The requirements to obtain and renew a certificate of social work associate.

(2) The requirements to obtain and renew a clinical social work license.

(3) The rules regarding the surrender and reapplication for a new license.

(4) The rules regarding the surrender and reapplication for a new certificate.

(5) The process of de-activating and re-activating a clinical social work license.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.537
Hist.: BCSW 1-1982, f. & ef. 1-29-82; BCSW 2-1990, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-90; BCSW 2-1991, f. & cert. ef. 5-30-91; BCSW 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 5-4-01; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11;
BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11

877-020-0008

Licensing Requirements

To be eligible for an initial clinical social work license, except when the provisions of OAR 877-020-0016 apply, a person must meet the requirements in sections (1) through (5) of this rule:

(1) The person must complete the requirements in OAR 877-020-0009 to receive a certificate of social work associate and must hold a current certificate in good standing, or must have completed the equivalent of this requirement in another state.

(2) The person must be fit to practice social work in Oregon. In making this fitness determination, the board will consider whether the person is subject of an investigation or disciplinary action by a licensing board and the reasons for the action. The board uses the following additional standard and procedure to make a fitness determination:

(a) To be fit to practice social work in Oregon, the person must have demonstrated and must currently have:

(A) Good moral character. For purposes of this rule, lack of “good moral character” may be established by reference to acts or conduct which would cause a reasonable person to have substantial doubt about the individual’s honesty, fairness, or respect for the rights of others or for the laws of the state or nation. The conduct or acts in question should be rationally connected to the applicant’s fitness to practice clinical social work; and

(B) A personal history of conduct that is consistent with the standards contained in division 30 of this chapter of rules.

(b) In the event the person’s history includes conduct that may call into question the person’s fitness, the board will consider, if made available by the person, the amount of time elapsed since the conduct and the person’s relevant conduct since the questioned conduct, including remedial or compensatory actions taken by the person, if appropriate.

(3) The person must complete the requirements of an approved plan of practice and supervision in accordance with the rules in this division of rules.

(4) The person must pass both the examination administered by the board on the subjects listed in section (5)(a) of this rule with a score of not less than 90 per cent and a national examination for clinical social workers administered by an organization approved by the board on the subjects listed in section (5)(b) of this rule. The person may take the national exam any time after having completed 75 hours of supervision required in OAR 877-020-0010(3)(b)(A).

(5) The subjects tested on the exam are:

(a) For the examination on the Oregon statutes and rules:

(A) The contents of ORS 675.510 to 675.600 and OAR chapter 877, which are the Oregon statutes and administrative rules governing the practice standards and responsibilities of a licensed clinical social worker.

(B) Oregon Revised Statutes relating to mental health practice that may be relevant to clinical social work practice.

(b) For the national examination:

(A) Human Development, Diversity and Behavior in the Environment.

(B) Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning..

(C) Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions and Case Management

(D) Professional Ethics and Values.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600 & 675.990
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.535
Hist.: BCSW 2-1990, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-90; BCSW 3-1990(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-15-90; BCSW 1-1991, f. & cert. ef. 3-15-91; BCSW 2-1991, f. & cert. ef. 5-30-91; BCSW 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-92; BCSW 2-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-13-93; BCSW 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-97; BCSW 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 4-9-99; BCSW 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 5-4-01; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11; BLSW 1-2012, f. 12-14-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13

877-020-0009

Requirements for Certificate of Clinical Social Work Associate

To be eligible for a certificate of clinical social work associate, a person must:

(1) Submit a complete and accurate application on a form provided by the board.

(2) Hold a master’s degree in social work from a college or university accredited by a credentialing body recognized by the board. The Council on Social Work Education and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education are recognized by the Board. The Board accepts determinations of equivalency of foreign degrees by the Council on Social Work Education’s International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service. Submission of proof of foreign degree equivalency and cost of the foreign degree equivalency determination are the responsibility of the applicant.

(3) Meet the fitness requirements of OAR 877-020-0008(2).

(4) Submit to the board for approval and, following approval, satisfactorily work toward completing an approved plan of practice and supervision that:

(a) Shows that the person will meet the requirements in OAR 877-020-0010(3) while working in an agency that:

(A) Provides the associate with sufficient support to progress toward licensure;

(B) Screens patients who are served by the agency and by the associate; and

(C) Either:

(i) Is licensed by the Oregon Department of Human Services; or

(ii) If not required to be licensed by the Oregon Department of Human Services, is in compliance with the requirements to conduct business in Oregon.

(b) Requires a minimum of 3,500 practice hours of which at least 2,000 hours must involve direct contact with a client of the agency.

(c) Provides for all clinical social work practice by the associate to be supervised and that supervision of the associate meets the requirements of OAR 877-020-0012.

(d) Provides that the associate meet with the plan supervisor for a minimum of one hour not fewer than two times a month. This requirement of the supervision is not met through a training or administrative activity. The associate may meet alone with the supervisor (individual supervision) or may meet with the supervisor and as many as four other mental health professionals (group supervision).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 – 675.600 & 675.990
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.537
Hist.: BCSW 2-1990, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-90; BCSW 2-1991, f. & cert. ef. 5-30-91; BCSW 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-92; BCSW 2-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-13-93; BCSW 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 4-9-99; BCSW 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-05; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-10; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

877-020-0010

Plan of Practice and Supervision

(1) After a person submits an application described in OAR 877-020-0009, the board will inform the person whether the application, including the plan of practice and supervision, is approved.

(2) After an application has been approved, an associate may request a change to a plan of practice and supervision by submitting a request to the board that provides a justification for the change and ensures that the plan, as modified, will meet the requirements of this division of rules.

(3) For the associate to satisfactorily complete a plan of practice and supervision, the following requirements must be met while the associate is working under an approved plan of practice and supervision:

(a) The contact with clients described in OAR 877-020-0009(4)(b) must be direct contact during which the associate practices clinical social work, which is defined in ORS 675.510(2).

(b) The associate must meet with a supervisor identified in the plan, as required in OAR 877-020-0009(4)(d):

(A) For a total of 100 hours over a period of not less than 24 consecutive months nor more than 60 consecutive months, of which a minimum of 50 hours must be individual supervision. The associate must meet at least twice each month with a plan supervisor for a minimum of one hour. If there is a second supervisor for group supervision, the requirement in this paragraph (A) is met by a single one-hour meeting with each supervisor.

(B) After the associate has completed the plan requirements contained in paragraph (A) of this sub-section, the associate must continue to meet at least once each month with a plan supervisor for a minimum of one hour.

(c) All supervision must be accomplished directly, in a professional setting.

(d) The associate must submit to the board, on a form provided by the board, each evaluation by the supervisor (or supervisors in the event two are authorized) required by OAR 877-020-0012(2)(e)(A) of the progress by the associate toward completion of the plan.

(e) The associate must pass the national examination required by OAR 877-020-0008.

(f) The associate must work with each supervisor identified in an approved plan for not less than six months unless

(A) A change in supervision is required by a reason outside the control of the associate and the board approves the change; or

(B) The associate has completed the requirements of the plan.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600 & 675.990
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.537
Hist.: BCSW 1-1982, f. & ef. 1-29-82; BCSW 1-1986, f. & ef. 7-7-86; BCSW 1-1987, f. & ef. 12-29-87; BCSW 2-1990, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-90; BCSW 2-1991, f. & cert. ef. 5-30-91; BCSW 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-92; BCSW 2-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-13-93; BCSW 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-05; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11; BLSW 1-2012, f. 12-14-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13

877-020-0012

Requirements of Supervision

(1) Qualifications of supervisor.

(a) The supervisor of the associate must be a licensed clinical social worker, approved by the board at the time the applicant submits the plan of practice and supervision for approval, unless the associate works more than 50 miles from the nearest licensed clinical social worker able to serve as supervisor of the associate. In this event, upon request of the associate, the board may authorize a supervisor who is one of the following:

(A) A clinical psychologist licensed in Oregon, a psychiatrist licensed in Oregon, or a person similarly qualified.

(B) A person who meets the following requirements for licensure but has not been licensed by the board:

(i) The educational requirement in OAR 877-020-0009(2).

(ii) Field experience requirement described in OAR 877-020-0009(3).

(b) The supervisor of the associate:

(A) Must have completed two years of licensed practice.

(B) Must have completed and reported to the board at least six hours of continuing education hours described in OAR 877-025-0006(1) or (2) in techniques of supervision within five years prior to commencing the supervision of an associate.

(2) Requirements of the supervision.

(a) The associate may have one supervisor for individual supervision and a different supervisor for group supervision.

(b) The relationship between the supervisor and the associate must be of a professional nature, and the ethical standards for social workers, including standards contained in this division of rules, are applicable to each of them.

(c) The supervisor must have the authority to direct the caseload and treatment plans of the associate.

(d) In order that the goals of the supervision are reached:

(A) The supervisor and associate are expected to discuss cases with each other based on case notes, charts, records, and audio or visual tapes of clients, if available.

(B) The associate must present to the supervisor assessments, diagnoses, and treatment plans of clients seen by the associate.

(C) The treatment plans presented by the associate must be appropriate, and the supervisor must focus on the therapeutic skill of the associate in promoting change in the client.

(D) The supervisor must have the authority to determine the appropriateness of the associate’s client population to the associate’s level of expertise.

(e) A licensed clinical social worker or other person authorized by the board who agrees to supervise an associate must:

(A) Submit to the board at intervals not to exceed six months an evaluation of the associate’s progress toward completion of the plan, on a form provided by the board.

(B) Report to the board in writing immediately in the event the associate is not complying with the plan of practice and supervision.

(C) Report to the board in writing immediately in the event the relationship between the supervisor and the associate ends earlier than the date provided for in the Plan.

(D) Make other reports as required by the board.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600, 675.990
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.537
Hist.: BCSW 1-1987, f. & ef. 12-29-87; BCSW 2-1990, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-90; BCSW 2-1991, f. & cert. ef. 5-30-91; BCSW 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-92; BCSW 2-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-13-93; BCSW 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-97; BCSW 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 5-4-01; BCSW 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-05; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08

877-020-0016

Licensing of People Qualified in Another Jurisdiction

A person licensed, certified, or registered as a l social worker in another jurisdiction is eligible to be licensed or certified in Oregon if:

(1) The person meets the education requirement in OAR 877-020-0009(2) and 877-015-0108(2);

(2) The person is fit to practice regulated social work in Oregon. In making this fitness determination, the board will consider whether the person is the subject of an investigation or disciplinary action by a licensing board and the reasons for the action;

(3) As a condition of licensure, certification, or registration in the other jurisdiction, the person was required to meet requirements substantially equivalent to those set out in division 20 and division 15 of these rules; as applicable and

(4) The person successfully completes the exam on Oregon statutes and rules and the national exam for regulated social workers described in and subject to the limitation in 877-020-0008 and 877-015-0108(5)(a)(b).

(5) Applicants for LCSW licensure who intend to practice clinical social work in Oregon as defined in ORS 675.510(2) and OAR 877-001-0006 prior to issuance of an Oregon LCSW license, must first, prior to starting practice, , qualify for and be issued a clinical social work associate certificate until all requirements for issuance of an Oregon LCSW are met

(6) Applicants for Oregon LCSW licensure who qualify for issuance of a CSWA certification as required in subsection (5) of this rule must comply with the supervision requirement in 877-020-0010(3)(b)(B).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600 & 675.900
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.535(4)
Hist.: BCSW 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-97; BCSW 1-1998, f. & cert. ef. 9-14-98; BCSW 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 4-9-99; BCSW 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-05; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11

877-020-0031

Surrender of License or Certificate

(1) A licensed clinical social worker or clinical social work associate may offer to surrender his or her license or certificate at any time.

(2) No complaint pending. If no complaint is pending at the time an offer to surrender is received, the board may accept the surrender and void the license or certificate.

(3) Complaint pending:

(a) A licensed clinical social worker or clinical social work associate may offer to surrender his or her license or certificate after a complaint has been filed with the board or after the board has initiated disciplinary action. Such an offer to surrender may be accepted by the board, and the board may make acceptance contingent upon terms of a final order in a contested case.

(b) If the surrender of a license or certificate is required by a final order in a contested case, the final order may specify whether and under what conditions the holder of the license or certificate may apply for a new license or certificate and may attach conditions that restrict the use of the license or certificate.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600 & 675.900
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.595
Hist.: BCSW 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-97; BCSW 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-05; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08

877-020-0036

Reapplication for Certificate or License

(1) Following the voluntary surrender of a certificate or license under OAR 877-020-0031(2), the board may issue a new certificate or license if:

(a) The applicant submits a letter to the board explaining the reasons for returning to practice;

(b) The board approves the applicant’s proposal to demonstrate competence to hold the certificate or license. The plan may involve participation in continuing education programs or clinical supervision; and

(c) The applicant takes and passes the examinations described in OAR 877-020-0008.

(2) If the board accepts a voluntary surrender of a certificate or license after a complaint was filed with the board against the holder while the complaint is pending, the board may issue a new certificate or license under conditions that take into account the circumstances of the surrender and may attach conditions to the certificate or license, including conditions contained in a final order if one was served in connection with the surrender. The board will not reinstate a license or certificate that has been surrendered. A person who surrenders a certificate or license may apply for a new license three years after the date the surrender was accepted by the board.

(3) If the board revokes or refuses to renew a certificate or license, other than for the holder’s failure to timely apply for renewal, the former holder may reapply at the expiration of three years from the time it was revoked. The board may issue a new license upon finding the applicant is fit to practice social work and otherwise meets the requirements for licensure and may attach conditions to the certificate or license, including conditions contained in a final order if one was served in connection with the revocation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600 & 675.900
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.595
Hist.: BCSW 2-1990, f. & cert. ef. 7-13-90; BCSW 2-1991, f. & cert. ef. 5-30-91; BCSW 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-97; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11

877-020-0046

Inactive Status

(1) Upon written request and certification by a certified social work associate or a licensed clinical social worker who plans not to practice clinical social work in Oregon for an extended period of time, the board may place a certificate or license in inactive status.

(2) A certified social work associate or licensed clinical social worker whose certificate or license is in inactive status is subject to the requirements imposed on certified social work associates and licensed clinical social workers except for the requirement to submit annual reports of continuing education.

(3) At the time a request to be placed on inactive status is submitted, a certified social work associate or licensed clinical social worker must be current on the fees required by OAR 877-001-0020. At the time of the request, and at the time of each renewal of the certificate or license while it is inactive, the associate or licensee must certify on a form provided by the board that the associate or licensee will not use a title that indicates the person has an authorization to practice regulates social work while the certificate or license is inactive.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600 & 675.900
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.560
Hist.: BCSW 2-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-13-93; BCSW 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-97; BCSW 1-2005(Temp), f. 9-15-05, cert. ef. 10-1-05 thru 3-30-06; BCSW 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-05; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

877-020-0055

Return to Active Status for Licensees

(1) The holder of an inactive certificate or license may submit a written request to the board to return to active status.

(2) As a condition of approving the request, the board may require the holder to complete continuing education in specified topics. Normally, the board will not impose a requirement to complete continuing education if the period of inactive status is less than two years.

(3) As a condition of approving the request, the board may require the holder to work under a plan of practice and supervision, or to meet other requirements that demonstrate the holder’s fitness before re-activating the license. The requirement to work under a plan of practice and supervision is based on the candidate’s circumstances, including the candidate’s practice experience and the duration of the inactive period. Normally, the board will not impose a requirement to work under a plan of practice and supervision if the period of inactive status is less than five years.

(4) The holder of an inactive license must pass the examination on Oregon statutes and rules described in OAR 877-020-0008(5)(a) if the request to return to active status is received by the board more than 36 months after the board notified the holder that the license was inactive.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.510 - 675.600 & 675.900
Hist.: BCSW 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-05; BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2012, f. 12-14-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13

877-020-0057

Lapsed and Expired Licenses and Certificates

(1) A license or certificate that is not renewed by the end of the 30th day following the renewal date is lapsed.

(2) A lapsed license or certificate may be renewed by submitting:

(a) The completed renewal application;

(b) Payment of appropriate fees, including late fees, pursuant to OAR 877-001-0020;

(c) Documentation of having completed all required continuing education requirements; and

(d) .A certification on a form provided by the board that the person while in lapsed status has not engaged in the practice of clinical social work nor used any title, words, or abbreviations, including the title of “social worker,” that indicates the person has an authorization to practice regulated social work.

(3) A license or certificate that has lapsed and is not renewed pursuant to subsection (2) of this rule by the end of one year following the renewal date plus any extended time period granted by the board pursuant to subsection (6) of this rule is expired.

(4) A person whose license or certificate has expired may apply to the board to receive a new license or certificate.

(5) To be eligible for a new license, an applicant whose license has expired:

(a) Must meet the degree requirements in OAR 877-020-0009(2);

(b) Must meet the fitness requirements in OAR 877-020-0008(2) and is subject to the provisions of OAR 877-022-0005 as an applicant for a license;

(c) Must have passed the national examination described in OAR 877-020-0008(4) & (5)(b);

(d) May be subject to requirements of the board, determined on an individual basis, to work under a plan of practice and supervision designed to take into account the experience of the applicant, recent practice of the applicant, and other factors that pertain to the applicant;

(e) May be subject to requirements of the board, determined on an individual basis, to complete continuing education in specified topics; and

(f) Must pass the examination on Oregon statutes and rules described in OAR 877-020-0008(4) & (5)(a).

(6) The board may in the board’s sole discretion extend the time period that a license or certificate may be in lapsed status upon written request showing good cause based on exceptional circumstances.

(7) For the purposes of subsection (6) of this rule: “good cause” means situations that are beyond the reasonable control of the licensee or certificate holder and “exceptional circumstances” means unforeseen circumstances that are of a very serious nature including, for example, the serious illness of the licensee or certificate holder. “Good cause” for purposes of subsection (6) of this rule does not include situations where the action, delay, or failure to act by the licensee or certificate holder arises from mistake, neglect, reliance on a statement of board staff, lack of knowledge or understanding of the board’s statutes or rules, noncompliance with the board’s statutes or rules, or any circumstance that is within the reasonable control of the licensee or certificate holder.

(8) A person with a lapsed or expired license may not practice clinical social work nor use any title, words or abbreviations, including the title “social worker,” that indicate that the person has an authorization to practice regulated social work .

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Hist.: BLSW 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-10; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2012, f. 12-14-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13; BLSW 1-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-1-14 thru 1-27-15

877-020-0060

Reduced Requirements

(1) A person described in section (2) of this rule is subject, upon written request submitted to and approved by the board, to the following requirements for continuing education and renewal fees:

(a) Continuing education:

(A) The number of hours required by OAR 877-025-0011(1) is reduced to 20.

(B) Continuing education described in OAR 877-025-0006(1) or (6) only is authorized.

(C) Carryover of hours, addressed in OAR 877-025-0016(4), is not authorized.

(D) This rule does not change the continuing education hours required for a supervisor or the continuing education requirement for ethics training.

(b) The fee for renewal of a license, described in OAR 877-001-0020, is reduced by half.

(2) The requirements described in section (1) of this rule are applicable to a licensed clinical social worker who:

(a) Has practiced clinical social work under the authority of a license for twenty years;

(b) Has not been disciplined by a licensing authority during the prior 15 years of social work practice; and

(c) Engages in the practice of social work for not more than 500 hours a year.

(3) A person subject to the provisions of section (1) of this rule may not apply for an inactive license.

(4) In this rule, “the practice of social work” means the application of social work theory, knowledge, methods, and ethics to restore or enhance social, psychosocial, or biopsychosocial functioning of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Hist.: BCSW 2-2009, f. 6-15-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

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