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Supervised Practice

Supervision means a professional relationship between a licensing supervisor and a social worker in which the licensing supervisor provides evaluation and direction of the services provided by the social worker to promote competent and ethical services to clients through the continuing development of the social workers knowledge, skills, and values.
 
A minimum of 4,000 hours of supervised practice is required for the LSW and LGSW after the license is issued, and for LISW and LICSW license eligibility.
 
The requirements are described in the following links:

Non-Clinical Supervised Practice Requirements

Social Worker Licensing Supervisor must be a LSW who has completed the supervised practice requirements; LGSW; LISW; or LICSW; and 30 hours of training in supervision.
 
Supervision is a one-time requirement for (1) LSW; (2) LGSW engaged in non-clinical practice; or (3) eligibility for the LISW license:
  • 100 hours of supervision is required over 4,000 hours of practice at the rate of 4 hours of supervision for every 160 hours of practice
    • 50 hours must be provided through one-on-one supervision, and
    • a minimum of 25 hours of in-person supervision, and
    • no more than 25 hours of supervision via eye-to-eye electronic media while maintaining visual contact, excluding e-mail
    • Remaining 50 hours must be provided through:
    • one-on-one supervision, or
    • group supervision (limited to 6 supervisees)
    • supervision may be in-person, by telephone, or via eye-to-eye electronic media while maintaining visual contact, excluding email

Clinical Supervised Practice Requirements

Social Worker Clinical Licensing Supervisor must be a LICSW who has completed 2,000 hours of practice, including 1,000 hours of clinical practice post-LICSW; and 30 hours of training in supervision.
 
Supervision is an ongoing requirement for LGSW or LISW engaged in clinical practice until LICSW license is obtained.  LICSW eligibility supervision requirements are:
  • 200 hours of clinical supervision is required over 4,000-8,000 hours of clinical practice at the rate of 4-8 hours of supervision for every 160 hours of practice
    • 100 hours must be provided through one-on-one supervision, and
    • a minimum of 50 hours of in-person supervision, and
    • no more than 50 hours of supervision via eye-to-eye electronic media while maintaining visual contact, excluding e-mail
    • Remaining 100 hours must be provided through:
    • one-on-one supervision, or
    • group supervision (limited to 6 supervisees)
    • supervision may be in-person, by telephone, or via eye-to-eye electronic media while maintaining visual contact, excluding email
  • Of the 4,000 total hours of clinical practice required, 1,800 hours must be direct clinical client contact.

Alternate Licensing Supervisor

Up to 25% of the required supervision hours may be provided by a Mental Health Professional as defined in Minnesota Statutes 245.462, Subdivision 18, clauses (1) to (6) and is a registered psychiatric nurse, licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed marriage and family therapist, or licensed professional clinical counselor.
 
Up to 100% of the required supervision hours may be provided by an alternate supervisor if:
  • there are 5 or fewer licensed social workers in the county where the supervisee practices;
  • the supervisor is an unlicensed social worker who is employed in, and provides supervision in, a setting exempt from licensure and has equivalent qualifications;
  • the supervisor is a social worker engaged in authorized social work practice in a state or province surrounding Minnesota; or
  • the licensee is engaged in authorized social work practice outside of Minnesota and the supervisor meets equivalent qualifications

Supervision Documentation

1. Supervision Plan Form (Non-Clinical or Clinical)
  • Based on their scope of practice, supervisees must submit a Non-Clinical or Clinical Supervision Plan form no more than 60 days after beginning a social work position and a revised form if there is a substantial change from the approved plan.
  • Non-Clinical Supervision Plan
  • Clinical Supervision Plan
2. Supervision Verification Form (Non-Clinical or Clinical)
3. Detailed Description of Clinical Social Work Practice
  • A supervisor who is verifying a supervisees clinical social work practice must provide a signed Detailed Description of Clinical Social Work Practice, which is a narrative describing the following:
  1. The client population and the range of presenting issues/diagnoses with which licensee/applicant practices,
  2. The clinical modalities that were commonly utilized by the licensee/applicant, and
  3. The diagnostic process, including:
  • The process utilized for determining clinical diagnoses,
  • The diagnostic instruments used, and
  • The role of the licensee/applicant in the diagnostic process
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