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After 7/1/16 MSW students required to wait 2 years before taking exam.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dorothy Martindale
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The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board made the below announcement. Beginning July 1, 2016, social work graduate students will be required to wait two years before taking the Clinical or Advanced Generalist exam.

Though this wasn't previously the case, the licensing board is now required to implement this rule to comply with national standards.

If you're in the last term of your master’s program or if you have your master's degree but haven't completed two years of supervised practice, you can avoid this change by applying to take the Clinical or Advanced Generalist exam before June 30. (You just need to apply for the exam; you don't need to take the exam prior to June 30.)

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns. You can email us at info@naswoh.org or call 614-461-4484.

The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board’s current policy allows Social Work graduate students to take the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) Clinical or Advanced Generalist exam before completing two years of supervised experience post graduate degree. Nationally, Ohio is only one of two states that allow Social Workers to take the ASWB Clinical and Advanced Generalist exam before completing two years of supervised practice. The current practice in Ohio is not in line with the exam policy and test preparation standards adopted by ASWB, which assume at least two years of supervised Social Work practice. The ASWB Social Work exams are the best Social Work licensing exams available to the CSWMFT Board at this time.

After discussions with stakeholders, including Ohio Social Work faculty, and after consulting with ASWB, which recently re-confirmed its exam policy, effective June 30, 2016, CSWMFT will no longer approve Social Workers to sit for the ASWB Clinical or Advance Generalist exam before completing two years of supervised practice as a Licensed Social Worker.

Persons currently in the last term of a master’s degree program in Social Work, or those persons who completed a Master’s degree but have not yet completed two years of supervised practice, may, by June 30, 2016, apply to sit for either the Clinical or the Advanced Generalist exam, using the application materials currently available on the CSWMFT Board web site. Eligibility letters expire after 6 months. No extensions of exam approvals will be granted.

After June 30, 2016, in addition to the completion of a brief application requesting approval to take the exam, Social Workers will have to demonstrate, using the Professional Employment Reference, they have completed two years of supervised practice as a Licensed Social Worker before being approved to take either exam. All individuals initially applying for as an LSW will take and pass the Bachelor’s level exam.

Questions regarding this change in policy may be directed to Brian Carnahan via e-mail at brian.carnahan@cswb.ohio.gov or by telephone at 614.752.5161.

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