PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
The WV Board of Social Work has filed to amend two sets of Legislative Rules: 25CSR7, Ethics and 25CSR1, Qualifications for the Profession of Social Work.
Revisions to 25CR7, Ethics is a date reference only, updating the rule from the previous Code of Ethics adopted in January 2009 to the current Code adopted by the National Association of Social Workers August 4, 2017. The changes in the newly adopted Code of Ethics addresses expected professional behaviors of social workers as it relates to technology and the use of social media in interactions with clients and client records.
The proposed rule changes to 25CSR1 address the training and registration/application requirements for clinical supervisors of individuals seeking to become Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers.
The Board proposes: 1) a minimum of six hours of pre-service training to become a clinical supervisor (current rules only require that one be licensed for a period of 2 years after attaining a clinical license); 2) a registration process for clinical supervisors (currently the Board does not have a registration or application process so individuals asking for a list of potential supervisors are given a list of those eligible rather than those willing or desiring to supervise); 3) expands the face to face options for supervision with technology that is HIPPA compliant (currently only 30% is allowed by electronic means); 4) defines clinical supervision and clarifies the role of the clinical supervisor in definitions in §25-1-2.2 and 2.3.; 5) clarifies that the contract must be pre-approved which is consistent with WV Code §30-30-10.c and WV Code §30-30-12.c; 6) requires that 50% of the supervision should be individual supervision.
Requirements of pre-service training for supervisors is consistent with most of the states bordering WV: Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland.
Supervisors who have supervised within two years of the effective date of this rule are not required to complete pre-service training. The Board anticipates that training may include traditional face-to-face training as well as online training. The Board believes that strengthening the training/expectation component will ultimately increase the pool of qualified supervisors and ultimately increase the pool of social work clinicians eligible to meet the mental health needs of WV.
The expanded options with HIPPA-compliant technology will assist rural areas of the state where there are less opportunities for clinical supervision.
A summary of the changes and the rules are available on the Secretary of State's Web page at: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/ruleview.aspx?document=16861&KeyWord= Copies of the proposed rules are also attached.
Public comments on the proposed rule changes may be made until close of business July 16, 2018; comments should be directed to the WV Board of Social Work by mail (WV Board of Social Work, PO Box 5459, Charleston, WV 25361) or by emailing Admin@wvsocialworkboard.org
As comments made by the public become part of the Legislative Rule Making Process, please do not combine comments on two rules in one letter; please write a separate letter/email for each of the rules and note the Rule number in your heading.