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Rule 4757-19-05 | Social worker trainee applications.


Registration of training supervision shall be only for master's level students from council on social work education "CSWE" accredited programs who are not licensed as social workers. The purpose of social worker trainee status is to aid non-licensed master's level social work students to acquire field placement at an agency. Per section 4757.10 of the Revised Code, students are not required to have social worker trainee status to complete their field placement requirements, including the provision of supervised psychosocial interventions, but may be required to obtain registration as a social worker trainee by the supervising agency as a condition of acceptance for field placement. A student may also voluntarily choose to obtain registration. Applicants shall:

(A) Be of good moral character; and

(B) Complete the board's online application; and

(C) Complete a criminal records check per paragraph (E) of rule 4757-1-04 of the Administrative Code; and

(D) Provide proof of enrollment in a master's level field education course (practicum/internship/field work). A copy of the university's online enrollment document shall be acceptable; or a letter, email or facsimile from the professor, social work office or registrar stating the applicant is enrolled; and

(E) Document proof of registration as a social worker trainee using the board's online license verification system at Trainee status shall be active only within the dates displayed on that system. The dates of that registration shall be up to one month past the end of the term enrolled.

(F) Provide proof of enrollment as specified in paragraph (D) of this rule for their existing registration to be extended through the next quarter or semester of their field education course.

(G) Have the same scope of practice as a licensed social worker in rule 4757-21-02 of the Administrative Code.

(H) Be supervised at a field placement by a licensed social worker with a master's degree in social work, a licensed independent social worker or a licensed independent social worker with a supervision designation. Only a licensed independent social worker with a supervision designation may provide the supervision to a social worker trainee who is engaged in the practice of social psychotherapy, which includes the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

(I) Social worker trainee status is not a substitute for licensure and is only valid at the school approved field placement site(s) where the student is completing his or her field placement through the dates listed on the board's online license verification system.

Last updated November 29, 2021 at 4:34 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4757.10, 4757.27, 4757.28
Amplifies: 4757.27, 4757.28
Five Year Review Date: 4/10/2009
Prior Effective Dates: 11/4/2006