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- Baccalaureate and Masters Social Workers

- Specialist Clinical Social Workers

- Social Work Safety Awareness Training (CEU's)

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Baccalaureate and Masters Social Workers

Q. If my program was not accredited by the Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE), can the BSRB review my program to see if I qualify for a license, before I make application for license?
A. The BSRB does not review or approve programs before an application has been submitted. Please review the educational/program requirements in K.A.R. 102-2-6 and/or visit with your academic dean.

Q. How do I apply for a temporary license?
A. There is not a separate application for a temporary license. Once the licensure application has been submitted and reviewed by the board you will be notified of your eligibility for a temporary license. It is important to understand that you will not be eligible for a temporary license until the board has received a transcript with your degree posted.

Q. Am I required to complete continuing education while I am temporarily licensed?
A. No. Continuing education is not required during the time you are temporarily licensed.

Q. Which Examination does the BSRB require for social work licensure? How often is it given? What is the pass rate?
A. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Examination is the exam which Kansas requires for licensure. The exam is administered, via computer, at ACT Testing Centers. The exam is offered Monday through Friday and Saturdays at some sites. The pass rate for the exam is a scaled score of 70. The level of the examination you will take depends on the type of license you have applied for. A LBSW applicant will take the Bachelors level exam and a LMSW applicant will take the Masters level exam.

Q. How do I get approved to sit for the ASWB Examination?
A. You must submit a licensure application to the Board office at least six weeks prior to the date you wish to register for the exam. Once the Board approves your application, you will be instructed on how to register for the exam. The exam is administered by ASWB not the BSRB.

Q. How long may the results of the ASWB exam be used for licensing purposes in Kansas?
A. Indefinitely.

Q. What are the basic educational requirements to be eligible for a social work license?
A. The basic requirements are:

1. For a LBSW, a baccalaureate degree from a social work program accredited by CSWE, or a baccalaureate degree from a social work program that meets the requirements listed in K.A.R. 102-2-6.
2. For a LMSW, a master’s degree from a graduate level social work program accredited by CSWE, or masters degree from a graduate level social work program that meets the requirements as listed in K.A.R. 102-2-6.

Q. Does Kansas have reciprocity with any state?
A. No, Kansas does not have reciprocity with any specific state. Kansas does have licensure through reciprocity if:

1. The state in which you are currently licensed has substantially equivalent requirements to those for licensure in Kansas.
2. You have passed the ASWB exam, or a similar examination, at the appropriate level for your license type.

Q. How do I know if specific ceu’s will be accepted for the renewal of my license?
A. K.A.R. 102-2-4a states continuing education shall be oriented to the enhancement of social work practice, values, ethics, skills or knowledge. Additionally, some programs have been pre-approved through the BSRB, which means there ceu’s are approved. However, it is not mandatory that ceu providers hold pre-approval from the BSRB.

Q. May I get an extension for the renewal of my social work license?
A. Extensions are not granted for the renewal of a license. If you are unable to renew your license by the expiration date, you will be required to reinstate.


Specialist Clinical Social Workers

Q. How do I begin the process for specialist clinical licensure in Kansas?
A. Once you are licensed as a LMSW you may submit a clinical supervision training plan. The training plan must be pre-approved by the BSRB. Link to SW training plan

Q. Is it mandatory that a training plan be submitted prior to accruing hours toward clinical license?
A. Yes. If you are licensed and practicing in Kansas, a training plan must be submitted to, and approved by, the BSRB, before a person can count any accrued hours. The BSRB will not backdate any training plans. You will not be allowed to count any hours you accrue if you do not have an approved training plan on file with the BSRB.

Q. I have made some changes since I submitted my training plan. What do I need to do?
A. You must submit all changes in your training plan to the BSRB office within 45 days of the change. If you fail to do this you will loose the hours accrued after the change. Please see Please see K.A.R. 102-2-8 (d)(7).

ALL changes to the training plan need to be submitted in WRITING to the BSRB office for approval.

Q. Is there a form for amending my training plan?
A. Yes. Please see the SW forms section of our website.

Q. If I am working in another state and wish to also pursue licensure in Kansas, should I submit a training plan for approval?
A. No. The BSRB cannot approve a training plan for someone who is not licensed and practicing in Kansas.

Q. Will the supervision hours I have accrued in another state be accepted in Kansas?
A. The supervision and the experience hours accrued in another state will be reviewed and compared with the requirements for specialist clinical licensure in Kansas. The hours and supervision will need to meet Kansas requirements in order to be accepted. Please see K.A.R. 102-2-12.
The requirements for supervision are as follows:

1. You are required to receive at least 1 hour of supervision for every 20 hours of direct client contact. You may do more, but may count a maximum of 2 hours of supervision for every 20 hours of direct client contact.
2. You are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of supervision in at least 100 supervisory meetings.
3. There can be a maximum of 4 supervisees in the group supervision.
4. No more than half of your supervision hours may be completed in group supervision.

Q. Who is considered an appropriate supervisor for post-graduate supervised experience that takes place in Kansas?
A. The clinical supervisor shall be a specialist clinical social worker (LSCSW) who is licensed in Kansas and as of April 15, 2009, has engaged in the practice of clinical social work including the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders for at least 2 years beyond their clinical licensure date.

Q. Who is considered an appropriate supervisor for post-graduate supervised experience that takes place outside of Kansas?
A. The clinical supervisor shall be a clinical social worker whose license allows for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders at the independent level, and as of April 15, 2009, has engaged in the practice of clinical social work including the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders for at least 2 years beyond their clinical licensure date.

Q. How many hours of post-graduate experience and supervision are required, and when can an applicant start accumulating them?
A. The total amount to be completed over a minimum of 24 months is 4,000 hours of clinical social work experience. At least 2000 of these hours shall consist of a combination of the following:

1. At least 1500 hours shall be direct client contact providing psychotherapy and assessments, and
2. Up to 500 hours providing direct clinical social work practice services.
The requirements for supervision are as follows:
5. You are required to receive at least 1 hour of supervision for every 20 hours of direct client contact. You may do more, but may count a maximum of 2 hours of supervision for every 20 hours of direct client contact.
6. You are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of supervision in at least 100 supervisory meetings.
7. There can be a maximum of 4 supervisees in the group supervision.
8. No more than half of your supervision hours may be completed in group supervision.

Q. Is there a minimum number of work experience hours that must be completed each week or month?
A. No. There is no mandatory number of hours that must be met weekly or monthly during supervision.

Q. May post-graduate experience requirements be obtained in less than 24 months (two years)?
A. No. The 4000 hours of post-graduate experience must be obtained in no less than 24 months from the date supervision begins.

Q. May applicants take more than twenty-four months to complete post-graduate supervised experience?
A. Yes. All supervision requirements must be completed in no less than two years and not more than six years.

Q. Do the post-graduate supervision hours have to be completed before an application for a clinical license may be submitted?
A. Yes. All requirements, except taking and passing the examination, must be completed prior to submitting an application.

Q. Which Examination does the BSRB require for social work licensure? How often is it given? What is the pass rate?
A. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Examination is the exam which Kansas requires for licensure. The exam is administered, via computer, at ACT Testing Centers. The exam is offered Monday through Friday and Saturdays at some sites. The pass rate for the exam is a scaled score of 70. The level of the examination is the clinical level.

Q. How do I get approved to sit for the ASWB Examination?
A. You must submit a licensure application to the Board office at least six weeks prior to the date you wish to register for the exam. Once the Board approves your application, you will be instructed on how to register for the exam. The exam is administered by ASWB not the BSRB.

Q. Does Kansas have reciprocity with any state?
A. No. Kansas does not have reciprocity with any one state. Kansas does have licensure through reciprocity, which can be met by one of the following:

1. The state in which you are currently licensed has substantially equivalent requirements to those for licensure in Kansas and at least three years clinical practice including the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders as listed in K.A.R. 102-2-2b(c)(2), or
2. You are currently licensed and in good standing and meet the following requirements:
a. Continuous licensure and practice as a clinical social worker for the last 5 years with the minimum required work experience hours as listed in K.A.R. 102-2-2b(b)(3)(A),
b. at least three years clinical practice including the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders as listed in K.A.R. 102-2-2b(c)(2)
c. passage of the ASWB clinical exam (unless you have been continuously licensed for 10 years as a clinical social worker)
d. and a master’s degree in social work.

Q. Does Kansas require a Jurisprudence Examination for licensure?
A. No. At this time Kansas does not require applicants to pass a Jurisprudence examination.

Social Work Safety Awareness Training (CEU's)

SOCIAL WORKER SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The social worker safety awareness legislation originated from the death of Teri Mathis Zenner in 2004.  She was a case manager and a masters social work student when she was attacked and killed by a client while making a home visit.  Her husband, Matt Zenner, has worked for many years to get legislation passed in Kansas that would require newly licensed social workers to obtain safety awareness training.  His goal is to prevent violence against social workers.

We appreciate the work of the BSRB Social Work Advisory committee and the Kansas Chapter, National Association of Social Workers in the development of this document.

1.  What does the new law say?
The new law amends KSA 2009 Supp. 65-6313 and states, “On and after January 1, 2011, an applicant for first time licensure renewal as a baccalaureate social worker, master social worker or a specialist clinical social worker, as part of such continuing education, shall complete not less than six hours of social worker safety awareness training.  If the applicant for first time licensure renewal has already taken such training, as part of a previous level of social work licensure renewal, then the applicant is not required to complete an additional six hours of social worker safety training.”

2.  What is the new requirement?
The law requires that all new social workers must have at least six hours of social worker safety awareness training as part of the forty hours of Continuing Education that is required for licensure renewal.

3.  To whom does the new requirement apply?
Any Kansas social worker, who is renewing their social work license of any level of license for the first time, will be required to have the six hours of training.  If you were first granted your LBSW, LMSW, or LSCSW in the year 2009 or after, then you will be renewing your license for the first time after January 1, 2011 so you will be required to obtain the six hours of training as part of your regular licensure renewal.

4.  When does the new requirement go into effect?
January 1, 2011.

5.  Do all social workers have to take safety awareness training?
No.  The new requirement applies only to a social worker who is renewing his or her license for the first time.  If you have renewed your current license prior to January 1, 2011, you are not subject to the new requirement.

6.  Are the newly required six hours of safety awareness training a part of or in addition to the already required forty hours of Continuing Education (CE) for licensure renewal?
No, the six hours are included within the forty hours.

7.  I was granted my LBSW in May 2010 and will be renewing it for the first time in 2012, so I will take the safety training because it is required.  I plan to work for a few years and then go back to school for my MSW.  I also want to earn a LSCSW.  I will ultimately have had three different social work licenses.  Will I be required to have the safety training as part of the first time renewal for all three licenses?
No.  The legislation contains a one time only requirement.  Once you have taken the safety training, you have met the requirement.  For your first time renewal of any subsequent social work license, you will not be required to take the safety awareness training again, provided you have documentation of completion of the previous training.  Therefore, remember to keep your documentation for future use.

8.  I have had my LMSW license for five years.  I intend to take the safety training as part of my CE for license renewal in 2010.  I also plan to begin clinical supervision for my LSCSW sometime in 2011.  When I earn my LSCSW and renew it for the first time, will I need to take the safety training again, even though I would have taken safety training as part of regular CE?
No.  Since, you are planning to take the safety training as part of licensure renewal for your LMSW, you will have met the safety training requirement.  In the future, when you earn a different level of license and will be renewing that license for the first time, you will not need to include safety training as long as you can prove you already took the safety training.  Therefore, remember to keep your documentation for future use.

9.  Would a Self Defense class meet this new requirement?
Not if the self defense training is more focused on physically defending oneself than on using your social work values, skills, knowledge and ethics to avoid a physical encounter. 

10.  What should be included in a social work safety awareness training class?
Important  areas of coverage in any safety awareness class should include objectives such as learning to assess the environment, understanding reciprocal communication, studying safety protocols, identification and de-escalation of tense situations, responses to potentially dangerous circumstances, identifying the need for and obtaining assistance, debriefing, administrative and peer support, supervision, and self care.  Please review K.A.R. 102-2-4a for social work continuing education requirements.
 
11.  I received my LBSW in 2009 and will renew my license for the first time in 2011.  I went to the Teri Mathis Zenner Safety First Conference in October, 2009.  Will it count?
Yes.  Continuing Education must be earned within the twenty-four months immediately prior to your license expiration date.

12.  I received training on workplace safety as part of my new job orientation.  Will it count?
Continuing Education (CE) is given for training that enhances social work skills and practice and is not specific to your employing agency.  If the training you took can be used in your practice as a social worker in another work setting, it should be acceptable.

13.  Does the BSRB have to pre-approve the social worker safety awareness CE?
Not as this time.  However, if you have any questions please, contact the board office.

14.  How soon may I take the safety awareness training?
You may take the training at any time after your license is issued and prior to when you renew.  Keep in mind that you must renew your license before your license expiration date.

15.  I have been licensed as a LMSW for over ten years.  I was granted my LSCSW in 2010.  Does this requirement apply to me?
Yes.  When you renew your LSCSW in 2012, you will be renewing that level of license for the first time.  You will need to have six hours of safety training in order to renew your license in 2012. 

16.  I have been licensed as a LBSW for five years.  May I take safety awareness training and have it count as CE for my licensure renewal?
Yes.  Although you would not be required to take the training, because you are not renewing your LBSW for the first time, you may choose to take the training and count it as part of your CE for licensure renewal.

17.  I was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in another state, working in private practice, for 25 years.  In 2009 I obtained my LSCSW in Kansas.  Does the requirement apply to me?
Yes.  You will be renewing your Kansas license for the first time in 2011.  The new law states all those renewing for the first time at any level must complete six hours in safety awareness training, unless you have documented proof of having previously taken safety awareness training as continuing education.

18.  I obtained my LBSW in 2009 and am attending graduate school.  I plan to maintain my LBSW through graduate school.  Therefore, I will renew my LBSW in January, 2011.  Does the new law apply to me? 
Yes, the new law will apply when you renew your LBSW for the first time in January 2011.

Will I have to take the safety training again, when I renewal my LMSW licensure?
No, you will not have to repeat it when you renew your LMSW (or even LSCSW) in the future, if you can prove that you have already taken the training, so keep your documentation.

19.  I am renewing my LMSW for the first time in December 2010.  Does this requirement apply to me?
No.  The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2011.  As long as you have successfully renewed your license prior to that date, you will not be required to have the training.

20.  I am in graduate school for my master’s degree in social work, but I am not yet licensed.  May I take the training as a student and count it toward licensure renewal?
No.  CE for licensure renewal must be earned after you are licensed as a social worker.

21.  Does this new requirement change the ethics or diagnosis and treatment requirement?
No.  All social workers must have three hours of ethics training every time the license is renewed.  Masters and Clinical social workers must also have six hours of diagnosis and treatment as part of their license renewal every two years.  The safety awareness training is a one time only requirement when renewing any level of license for the first time.  It does not have to be repeated for subsequent licensure renewals, even when another licensure level is obtained.

22.  I like the idea of social worker safety awareness training and think it’s a good idea to take it from time to time.  Are there any restrictions on taking it more than once?
No.  There is no limit on the number of times safety awareness training may be taken.  However, it may be counted only once per renewal cycle.

23.  What documentation is necessary to prove that I have taken the safety awareness training?
As with any CE, you need keep your program materials and certificate of attendance for future verification.  It is suggested you keep the safety awareness training documentation until you have obtained and renewed your highest intended level of social work license. 

 

 
 

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