201 KAR 23:070. Qualifying education and
qualifying experience under supervision.
RELATES TO: KRS 335.010, 335.080(1)(c),
(3), 335.100(1)(a), (b), (3)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 335.070(3),
335.080(1)(c), (3), 335.100(1)(a), (b), (3)
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS
335.080(1)(c) and 335.100(1)(a) require an applicant for a certified social
worker license or a licensed clinical social worker license to have a master's
degree or a doctoral degree in social work from an educational institution approved
by the board. KRS 335.080(3) allows a certified social worker to engage in the
practice of clinical social work under the supervision of a licensed clinical
social worker as directed by the board by promulgation of an administrative regulation.
KRS 335.100(1)(b) requires an applicant for a licensed clinical social worker license
to have acquired post-master's experience under appropriate supervision as
established by the board by promulgation of an administrative regulation. KRS
335.100(3) requires a licensed clinical social worker to assume responsibility
for and supervise the certified social worker's practice of clinical social
work as directed by the board by promulgation of an administrative regulation.
This administrative regulation establishes the educational institutions
approved by the board, the definitions relating to supervision, the content of
a Contract for Clinical Social Work Supervision, and the requirements for
experience under supervision.
Section 1. Definitions. (1)
"Educational institution approved by the board" means a graduate
school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
(2) "Practice of clinical social
work" means the practice of social work that focuses on the evaluation,
diagnosis, and treatment of an emotional disorder or mental illness as related
to the total health of the individual and that meets the requirements of
Section 2 of this administrative regulation.
(3) "Supervision" means the
educational process of utilizing a partnership between a supervisor and a
supervisee aimed at enhancing the professional development of the supervisee in
providing clinical social work services.
(4) "Supervisor of record"
means the supervisor who assumes responsibility for the practice of a certified
social worker pursuant to KRS 335.080(3) and 335.100(3).
Section 2. Practice of Clinical Social
Work. (1) The practice of clinical social work shall be based on knowledge of
psychodynamics, human relations, crisis intervention, psychopathology, and
(2) A practitioner of clinical social
(a) Possess skills necessary for:
1. Individual, marital, family, and group
2. Other recognized treatment modalities;
(b) Establish a therapeutic relationship
with his client that:
1. Leads to correction of the
a. Diagnosis using professionally
recognized clinical nomenclature;
b. Treatment planning that includes
development, implementation, and modification of the plan;
c. Evaluation of progress; and
d. Termination of the treatment process;
3. Is characterized by face-to-face
contact with the client throughout the treatment process.
Section 3. Supervision. (1) A supervisor
shall be a licensed clinical social worker who:
(a) Provides supervision to a certified
social worker pursuant to KRS 335.080(3) and 335.100(3);
(b) Does not have:
1. An unresolved citation filed against
him by the board;
2. A suspended or probated license; or
3. A previous or existing personal
relationship with a supervisee; and
1. Been in the practice of clinical
social work for three (3) years following licensure as a licensed clinical
social worker; and
2. Completed a board-approved three (3)
hour training course on supervisory practices and methods for licensed clinical
social workers relating to the requirements in KRS Chapter 335 and this
(2) Supervisory experience obtained in
Kentucky with a supervisor who has not completed the course required by (1)(c)2
of this section shall not be approved by the board.
(3) The supervisory training course shall
be completed every licensure period to maintain supervisory status with the
(4) A licensed clinical social worker
shall not serve as a supervisor of record for more than six (6) certified
social workers with whom he has a contract to be held accountable to the board
at the same time.
(5) An applicant receiving supervision
outside of Kentucky shall demonstrate that his or her supervisor has been in
the practice of clinical social work for a period of three (3) years following
licensure as a clinical social worker or its equivalent effective at the time
of the supervision.
(6) To be recognized as a supervisor, a
licensed clinical social worker who meets the requirements of this section
shall submit a written request to become a supervisor in Kentucky along with a
copy of the supervisory training certificate.
Section 4. Contract for Clinical Social
Work Supervision. The Contract for Clinical Social Work Supervision required by
KRS 335.080(3) and 335.100(3) shall contain:
(1) The name and license number of the
(2) The name and license number of the
supervisor of record;
(3) The name and license number of other
(4) The agency, institution, or organization
where the experience will be received;
(5) A detailed description of the nature
of the practice including the type of:
(a) Clients which will be seen;
(b) Therapies and treatment modalities
which will be used including the prospective length of treatment; and
(c) Problems which will be treated;
(6) The nature, duration, and frequency
of the supervision, including the:
(a) Number of hours of supervision per
(b) Amount of group and individual
(c) Methodology for transmission of case
(7) The conditions or procedures for
termination of the supervision;
(8) A statement that:
(a) The supervisor of record understands
that he shall be held accountable to the board for the care given to the
(b) The certified social worker is an
employee of an agency, institution, or organization, and has Social Security
and income tax deducted from his salary; and
(c) The supervisor of record and other
supervisors meet the criteria established in Section 3(1) through (4) of this
(9) An individualized job description that:
(a) Describes in detail how the
requirements of Sections 6 and 7 of this administrative regulation will be met;
(b) Is on office or agency letterhead and
is signed by the executive director, the agency director, or the individual who
heads the office; and
(10) A copy of each supervisor's supervisory
training certificate attached to the contract for clinical social work supervision.
Section 5. Notice to Client. If an
employee is practicing under the supervision of a licensed clinical social
worker, the employee shall notify in writing each client during the period of
the supervision. The notification shall contain:
(1) The name, office address, telephone
number, and license number of the supervisor of record; and
(2) A statement that the employee is
licensed by the board.
Section 6. Experience Under Supervision.
Experience under supervision shall consist of:
(1) At least sixty (60) percent of the
required experience in a direct client-professional relationship;
(2) Direct responsibility for a specific
individual or group of clients; and
(3) Broad exposure and opportunity for
skill development with a variety of dysfunctions, diagnoses, acuity levels, and
Section 7. Supervision Requirements. (1)
Supervision shall relate specifically to the qualifying experience and shall
(a) The accurate diagnosis of a client
problem leading to proficiency in applying professionally recognized clinical nomenclature;
(b) The development and modification of
the treatment plan;
(c) The development of treatment skills
suitable to each phase of the therapeutic process;
(d) Ethical problems in the practice of
clinical social work; and
(e) The development and use of the
professional self in the therapeutic process.
(2)(a) Supervision shall total a minimum
of 200 hours, which shall include individual supervision of not less than two
(2) hours during every two (2) weeks of clinical social work practice;
(b) A supervisee shall not obtain more
than 100 hours of the required supervision by group supervision; and
(c) Group supervision shall not be
permitted in groups of more than six (6) supervisees.
(3) Documentation that
establishes that an individual has been licensed in another jurisdiction at the
clinical level and has been engaged in the active practice of clinical social
work in that jurisdiction for five (5) years immediately preceding the filing
of an application with the board meets the requirement for supervision set
forth in this administrative regulation.
Section 8. Evaluation by Board. (1) The
period of supervised experience required by KRS 335.100(1)(b) shall be evaluated
by the board according to one (1) of the following methods:
(a) Postexperience evaluation. A
candidate whose experience was obtained while employed at an agency exempted
under KRS 335.010(3), (4) or (5) or while licensed in another state shall
submit his application along with appropriate documentation of supervision upon
completion of the experience.
(b) Transitional evaluation. A candidate
who has accumulated an amount less than the full amount of qualifying experience
while employed at an agency exempted under KRS 335.010 (3), (4) or (5) or while
licensed in another state, and who is seeking to obtain the remainder of his
experience in nonexempt employment, shall submit his application along with
appropriate documentation of supervision completed to the date of his
application. He shall also submit with his application a contract under
paragraph (c) of this subsection for the remainder of the experience.
(c) Preapproved evaluation. Candidates
not otherwise exempted under KRS 335.010(3), (4) or (5) shall submit a contract
for the experience which will be taking place over the required time period and
have the contract approved by the board prior to beginning supervision. This
contract shall be evaluated by the board and shall be approved or disapproved
within ninety (90) days of its submission.
(2) A certified social worker who desires
to practice clinical social work that does not qualify as supervised experience
pursuant to KRS 335.100(1)(b), shall submit a contract pursuant to KRS
335.080(3). This contract shall be evaluated by the board and shall be approved
or disapproved within ninety (90) days of its submission.
Section 9. (1) Changes to that portion of
the Contract for Clinical Social Work Supervision describes the nature of the
practice and experience that the supervisee is to obtain as required by Section
4(5) of this administrative regulation shall be submitted to the board for
(2) If the supervisee changes his
supervisor of record, a new Contract for Clinical Social Work Supervision shall
be submitted to the board for approval.
(3) A supervisee shall notify the board
by letter of changes of supervisors who are not the supervisor of record, but
who are identified in the Contract for Clinical Social Work Supervision
pursuant to Section 4(3) of this administrative regulation, and attach a copy
of the supervisor's supervisory training certificate.
Section 10. Incorporation by Reference.
(1) "Contract for Clinical Social Work Supervision," 10/2010, is
incorporated by reference.
(2) This material may be inspected,
copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Kentucky Board
of Social Work, 911 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (3 Ky.R. 264; eff. 11-3-76; Am. 8 Ky.R. 155; eff.
12-2-81; 10 Ky.R. 342; eff. 10-5-83; 1005; eff. 3-31-84; 14 Ky.R. 168; eff.
8-5-87; 18 Ky.R. 733; 1838; eff. 11-22-91; 21 Ky.R. 485; eff. 10-19-94; 23
Ky.R. 4203; 24 Ky.R. 861; eff. 10-13-97; 27 Ky.R. 196; 740; eff. 9-11-2000; 34
Ky.R. 2424; 35 Ky.R. 782; eff. 10-15-08; 37 Ky.R. 1332; 1972; eff. 3-4-2011.)