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Model Law Completed

After nearly two years of work, the AASSWB Model Law Task Force has completed the association's first-ever Model State Social Work Practice Act. The model, approved by the AASSWB Board of Directors in September, and accepted as a resource document by the AASSWB Delegate Assembly in November, represents the association's attempt to develop a comprehensive model to guide social work regulation.

The model establishes a three-level licensing system that would regulate BSW, MSW, and Clinical social workers. Although each licensure level contains provisions that allow for independent, non-supervised practice, only social workers at the clinical level are allowed to engage in private practice. Similarly, in the document's definitions of practice, the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, and the practice of psychotherapy remain the exclusive domain of clinical social work.

The law also provides guidance in other areas of legal regulation, including:

The act contains law, regulations, and accompanying comments. Copies are available through the national office of AASSWB for the cost of duplication and shipping.

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