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The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE) regulates the profession of Social Work in Texas. The TSBSWE is a state agency with rule making authority governed by a nine member board appointed by the Governor, and is administratively attached to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
This web site contains information about Licensed Social Workers including a roster of currently licensed Social Workers, scope of practice, licensing requirements, how to file a complaint against a Social Worker, and where to find more information.
NOTICE TO ALL ONLINE SYSTEM USERS. EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 6, 2013, AT 12 NOON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEEKEND:
- VersaOnline will not be available for online license application or license renewal.
- The Live Online Search Verification function to verify and print current licenses will not be available.
We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. All systems should be fully functional by Monday, December 9, 2013.
Customer Service Alert
We have been having problems with email since Wednesday, November 20; we are unable to send or receive emails. This is temporary, and the DSHS IT department is working to resolve it as soon as possible. If you have emailed us, unfortunately our response to you will be delayed. You are welcome to contact us by phone at 512-719-3521 or by fax at 512-834-6677. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
NEW SOCIAL WORK RULES – EFFECTIVE MARCH 28, 2013
The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (board) has adopted rule changes. Complete information on the adopted rule package as published is available in the March 22, 2013, version of the Texas Register (38 TexReg 1977), which is available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml. The portions of the Texas Register (pp. 1977-1982), which reference only the board’s rule changes, are also available here as a pdf.
The rule changes are effective March 28, 2013. The board’s current rules are always available and up-to-date on the Texas Secretary of State’s website for the Texas Administrative Code at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/index.shtml. The board’s rules are located in Title 22 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 781.
As a courtesy to the public, the staff of the board also creates a reformatted version of the rules, which is available as a word document and as a pdf document, which may be more easy to access by some than are the rules available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. The new, reformatted version of the board’s rules is expected to be posted to the board’s website on or about April 5, 2013. Whenever a conflict exists between the board’s reformatted version of the law or rules and those on the Texas Secretary of State’s website, the version of the Texas Secretary of State is the correct version.
Another staff-created document which compares the old rules to the new rules is available here.
Rules (Effective March 28, 2013)
The quarterly meetings of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners for June 2013 have been rescheduled from the dates previously posted on the board's website to June 20-21, 2013, in Austin.
Open Meetings of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (Board) conducts its business according to the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act (Act), Texas Government Code Chapter 551. The Texas Legislature adopted the Act to ensure that governmental decision-making is accessible to the public. The Act provides that meetings of governmental bodies must be open to the public (except for expressly authorized executive sessions). The Act requires proper notice of these meetings. The agendas must be properly posted in a manner accessible to the public prior to the meeting, as provided in Section 551.043 of the Act.
The agendas of the Board’s meetings, including its committee meetings, are posted in accordance with state law with the Texas Secretary of State. Information both about Open Meetings generally and about the specific meetings of the Board is available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/open/index.shtml. Notice of meetings of the Board and its committees include the date, hour, place, and subject(s) of the meeting(s). Notice is generally available to the public seven days before the day of the meeting, subject to limited exceptions. The Act explicitly prescribes that the Board’s Open Meeting Agendas must be posted on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
In addition to legal mandates, the Board is committed to facilitating public access to its business and meetings. As a result, the Board’s staff engages in additional activities, which are not legally required, but rather are done as a courtesy and are based on availability, to facilitate the public’s access to meeting and other information. For example, Board staff often posts more information in its meeting agendas than that which is required by law, on the Board’s website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/socialwork/sw_meetings.shtm prior to the meetings.
The additional activities provided by Board staff in this regard are entirely subject to availability of staff resources. Although every effort is made by staff to avoid any error or omission, in an instance where a conflict exists between the information provided by the Texas Secretary of State and the information created by Board staff, the information of the Texas Secretary of State is the current and correct information. Additional information about the Open Meetings Act is available through the Texas Secretary of State.
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Clarification: Clinical Supervision Plan Approval
The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners discussed the approval of Clinical Supervision Plans in its Licensing Standards and Qualification Committee meeting on September 14, 2012. It appears there may be some confusion about issues related to clinical supervision plans. Please see this document.
Are you submitting a Clinical Supervision Plan?
If so, please refer to the instructions and Clinical Supervision Plan (Form III). Please know that if you are submitting a supplemental plan, you need to submit your materials with a cover letter which requests that one location of practice be considered as supplemental to another, and please include all required paperwork for both/all locations of practice in the same mailing. Due to the volume of Clinical Supervision Plans received, a written request to consider one plan as supplemental to another is required.
For those submitting new Clinical Supervision Plans (Form III), please use this form. Submission of other versions of the form is not and has not been acceptable since June 8, 2012.
Important Updated Information for Texas Social Workers
Examination Fee Increase
The fees for social work examinations will increase as of January 1, 2010. For more information please review these Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) documents.
Examination Fee Increase Notice
Fee Increase QA's for Member Boards
Important Information for Licensed Social Workers
Select the links below to view or print out important information regarding Licensed Social Workers
The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE) adopted new rules. See 22 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 781, concerning the licensure and regulation of social workers effective February 21, 2008.
2007 Forms - For additional information and requirements select the link below to view or print important information for Licensed Social Workers, March 2007, including independent practice recognition (IPR), supervisor requirements, and supervision roles.