CHAPTER 282

FORMERLY

SENATE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1

FOR

SENATE BILL NO. 56

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 39, Section 3904, Title 24 of the Delaware Code by striking the words "the Board of Social Work Examiners shall consists of 5 members appointed by the Governor: Three professional members who shall be licensed social workers; and 2 public members," appearing In subsection (a) of Section 3904 and substituting in lieu thereof the words "the Board of Social Work Examiners shall consist of 7 members appointed by the Governor: Four professional members who shall be Licensed Clinical Social Workers; and 3 public members."

Section 2. Amend Chapter 39. Section 3905, Title 24 of the Delaware Code by striking the words, "a President, a Secretary and Treasurer", appearing in Subsection (a) of Section 3905 and substituting In lieu thereof the words, "a President, a Vice-President and Secretary'.

Section 3. Amend Chapter 39, Section 3905, Title 24 of the Delaware Code by striking the words "at least 3 members" appearing in subsection (c) of Section 3905 and substituting in lieu thereof the words at least 4 members".

Section 4. Amend Chapter 39, Section 3907, Title 24 of the Delaware Code by adding the following to subsection (a)1:

", and shall submit proof satisfactory to the Board that subsequent to the receipt of a Master's Degree from an accredited School of Social Work, has acquired two years of clinical social work experience acceptable to the Board. The clinical social work experience shall consist of not less than 3,200 hours, at least 1.600 hours of which have been under professional supervision acceptable to the Board. Acceptable supervision shall mean supervision by a licensed clinical social worker. When such supervision is not available the applicant may be supervised by a master's degree level social worker, a licensed psychologist or a licensed psychiatrist."

Section 5. Amend §3908(b). Title 24, Delaware Code by striking said subsection (b) in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b) to read u follows:

"(b) In the event the applicant has already taken and passed the national examination designed by the American Association of Social Work Boards or its successor the certificate or other evidence of successful completion shall be accepted, and no further state examination shall be necessary."

Section 6. Amend Chapter 39, §3912, Title 24 of the Delaware Code by striking that section In its entirety and substituting therefore the following:

"§3912. Continuing Education

The Board may in accordance with the conditions and limitations set forth In this Chapter, require licensees to maintain continuing education standards. The Board shall establish the minimal continuing education standards required for relicensure. Continuing education may consist of but not be limited to, additional professional development in the field of clinical social work, including attendance at workshops, seminars, lectures, use of accredited tape recorded offerings and preparation of a first time clinical course. Up to 10 hours credit may be granted for course preparation and presentation."

Section 7. Amend Chapter 39, §3908(a), Title 24 of the Delaware Code by striking said subsection la) in its etirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) The Board shall, in the same month of each year, or at such times as arc determined by the American Associatin of Social Work Boards or its successor, administer a national examination prepared by the American Association of Social Work Boards or Its successor, or such portions of the national examination u the Board deems necessary. Such national written examination shall be obtained from, and corrected by, the American Associatin of Social Work Boards or its successor. Where an applicant has failed to pass the examination, but has successfully completed or passed certain portions or sections of the examination, the applicant shall in the next subsequent examination be tested only for those portions or sections which he or she previously failed. In the event the applicant fails the second time to successfully complete or pass the examination, the Board may require that such applicant again take the complete examination."

Approved June 18, 1986.