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AMENDMENTS TO SOCIAL WORKER

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LICENSING

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2010 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

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House Sponsor: Curtis Oda

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends the Social Worker Licensing Act by providing that an applicant for
             11      licensure must satisfactorily complete a program accredited by, or in candidacy for
             12      accreditation by, the Council on Social Work Education.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    defines the term "program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education" to
             16      include a program that was accredited, and a program that was in candidacy for
             17      accreditation, on the day on which the applicant for licensure satisfactorily
             18      completed the program; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          58-60-202, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1994, Chapter 32
             27     
             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 58-60-202 is amended to read:


             30           58-60-202. Definitions.
             31          In addition to the definitions in Sections 58-1-102 and 58-60-102 , as used in this part:
             32          (1) "Board" means the Social Worker Licensing Board created in Section 58-60-203 .
             33          (2) "Practice of clinical social work" includes:
             34          (a) the practice of mental health therapy by observation, description, evaluation,
             35      interpretation, intervention, and treatment to effect modification of behavior by the application
             36      of generally recognized professional social work principles, methods, and procedures for the
             37      purpose of preventing, treating, or eliminating mental or emotional illness or dysfunction, the
             38      symptoms of any of these, or maladaptive behavior;
             39          (b) the application of generally recognized psychotherapeutic and social work
             40      principles and practices requiring the education, training, and clinical experience of a clinical
             41      social worker; and
             42          (c) supervision of the practice of a certified social worker or social service worker as
             43      the supervision is required under this chapter and as further defined by division rule.
             44          (3) "Practice of certified social work" includes:
             45          (a) the supervised practice of mental health therapy by a clinical social worker by
             46      observation, description, evaluation, interpretation, intervention, and treatment to effect
             47      modification of behavior by the application of generally recognized professional social work
             48      principles, methods, and procedures for the purpose of preventing, treating, or eliminating
             49      mental or emotional illness or dysfunctions, the symptoms of any of these, or maladaptive
             50      behavior;
             51          (b) the supervised or independent and unsupervised application of generally
             52      recognized professional social work principles and practices requiring the education, training,
             53      and experience of a certified social worker; and
             54          (c) supervision of the practice of a social service worker as the supervision is required
             55      under this chapter and as further defined by division rule.
             56          (4) "Practice as a social service worker":
             57          (a) includes performance under supervision of a mental health therapist of professional


             58      services consistent with the education and training of a social service worker and the standards
             59      and ethics of the profession, including patient management activities;
             60          (b) includes the supervised or unsupervised application of professional social work
             61      principles and practices and the practice of case management, which practices require only the
             62      education, training, and experience of a social service worker and are conducted in accordance
             63      with generally accepted standards and ethics of the profession; and
             64          (c) does not include engaging in the practice of mental health therapy with an
             65      individual, family, group, or any other persons.
             66          (5) "Program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education" means a program
             67      that:
             68          (a) was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education on the day on which the
             69      applicant for licensure satisfactorily completed the program; or
             70          (b) was in candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education on
             71      the day on which the applicant for licensure satisfactorily completed the program.
             72          [(5)] (6) "Supervision of a social service worker" means supervision conducted by an
             73      individual licensed as a mental health therapist under this title in accordance with division
             74      rules made in collaboration with the board.


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