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Baccalaureate Social Work in Texas

According to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, the scope of practice for baccalaureate social work includes “applying social work theory, knowledge, methods, ethics and the professional use of self to restore or enhance social, psychosocial or bio-psychosocial functioning of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities. Baccalaureate Social Work is generalist practice and may include interviewing, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, case management, mediation, counseling, supportive counseling, direct practice, information and referral, problem solving, supervision, consultation, education, advocacy, community organization, and policy and program development, implementation and administration” (TSBSWE, 2013, p. 10).

Social Work Licensure

Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners

The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE) regulates the profession of social work in Texas. The TSBSWE is a state agency with rule-making authority governed by a nine-member board appointed by the governor, and is administratively attached to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This website contains information about:

  • Licensed social workers (including a roster of currently licensed social workers)
  • The scope of the practice of social work
  • Licensing requirements
  • Filing a complaint against a social worker

Social Work Rules and Regulations

Purpose and Scope: 

(a) This chapter implements the provisions in the Social Work Practice Act (Act), Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 505, concerning the licensure and regulation of social workers.  

(b) The Act restricts the use of the titles “social worker,” “licensed master social worker,” “licensed social worker,” “licensed baccalaureate social worker,” “licensed clinical social worker” or any other title that implies licensure or certification in social work.

(c) This chapter covers the organization, administration and general procedures and policies of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

(d) The Act and this chapter apply to every licensee, even if the licensee is involved in activities or services exempt under the Act, §505.003.

Additional Licensure

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website for information about becoming a licensed chemical dependency counselor. The agency registers and regulates these counselors and provides more information about the profession and the licensure requirements.

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