201 KAR 23:070. Qualifying education and qualifying experience under supervision

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Published: 2015

      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

group dynamics.

      (2) A practitioner of clinical social

work shall:

      (a) Possess skills necessary for:

      1. Individual, marital, family, and group

psychotherapy; and

      2. Other recognized treatment modalities;

and

      (b) Establish a therapeutic relationship

with his client that:

      1. Leads to correction of the

dysfunction;

      2. Includes:

      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;

and

      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

      (c) Has:

      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

administrative regulation.

      (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

board.

      (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

supervisee;

      (2) The name and license number of the

supervisor of record;

      (3) The name and license number of other

supervisors;

      (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

week;

      (b) Amount of group and individual

supervision; and

      (c) Methodology for transmission of case

information;

      (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

supervisee's clients;

      (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

administrative regulation;

      (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;

and

      (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

population groups.

 

      Section 7. Supervision Requirements. (1)

Supervision shall relate specifically to the qualifying experience and shall

focus on:

      (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

approval.

      (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.)
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