2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 19, 2017 - Introduced by
Joint Committee for Review of Administrative
Rules. Referred to Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform.
1An Act to amend
457.08 (4) (c) (intro.) of the statutes; relating to: practice
2requirement for licensure as a clinical social worker.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the social worker section of the Marriage and Family
Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board must grant a
clinical social worker license to an individual who, among other things, has engaged
in the equivalent of at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical social work practice,
including at least 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact. Under this bill, that
1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact must include the diagnosis and treatment
of individuals based on a standard diagnostic protocol approved by the board for a
number of hours determined by the board.
The bill is introduced as required by s. 227.19 (5) (g), stats., in support of the
objection of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules to promulgation
by the board of a portion of clearinghouse rule number 14-057. The relevant portion
of the proposed rule provides for the elimination of the requirement that an applicant
for licensure as a clinical social worker complete training in the diagnosis and
treatment of individuals based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders, commonly referred to as the DSM.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
457.08 (4) (c) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) (intro.) Submits evidence satisfactory to the social worker section 3
that after receiving a master's or doctorate degree in social work he or she has 4
engaged in the equivalent of at least 3,000 hours of clinical social work practice 5supervised by one of the following
, including at least 1,000 hours of face-to-face 6
client contact, supervised by one of the following
that shall include a number of
7hours, as determined by the examining board, of diagnosis and treatment of
8individuals based on a standard diagnostic protocol approved by the examining