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In light of recent events and in accordance with the recommendations of Governor Abbott’s Texas Safety Action Report, the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners would like to remind its licensees that Section 611.004(a)(2) of the Texas Health and Safety Code authorizes behavioral health care providers to report confidential information to law enforcement should the provider determine their client poses an imminent risk of physical harm to themselves or to others. The board also urges its licensees and all behavioral health care providers to be vigilant in assessing their clients’ potential to harm and to warn the appropriate authorities if imminent harm is likely. 

Thank you for visiting the Social Workers program webpage. The Department of State Health Services maintains this webpage, but pursuant to Senate Bill 200, regulatory authority over Social Workers has transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission. (HHSC) as of September 1, 2017.


The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE) regulates the profession of Social Work in Texas. The TSBSWE is a nine-member state licensing board appointed by the Governor. The board is authorized to adopt and enforce rules 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.

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Special Message for Military Personnel, Spouses, and Veterans

New Rules

The TSBSWE adopted new rules to amend Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, §781.419 adding new language to define military service member, military spouse, and military veteran as well as application and eligibility procedures that apply to those individuals. More details on the Rules and Regulations page at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/socialwork/sw_rules.shtm.

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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.

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General Information Regarding Ethics Committee Meetings

Social Work News 2011

Important Updated Information for Texas Social Workers

2010 News

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

2009 News

Important Information for Licensed Social Workers

Select the links below to view or print out important information regarding Licensed Social Workers

2008 News

New Rules

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 news

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.


Last updated September 23, 2019