MPSW 1.05 Examination provisions for all sections. MPSW 1.05(1)(1)
The board or its designee shall administer the examinations required of applicants for certification as a social worker, advanced practice social worker, or independent social worker, or for licensure as a clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist or professional counselor at least once a year.
The examination process consists of a 2 part examination. Part I is an examination pertaining to the profession; part II is an examination on provisions of the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code that pertain to the profession. Parts I and II of the examination administered under this chapter test entry level competency in the practice area for which the credential is sought. Parts I and II of the examination seek to determine that an applicant's knowledge is sufficient to protect public health, safety and welfare.
The board may deny release of grades or issuance of a credential if the board determines that the applicant violated rules of conduct or otherwise acted dishonestly.
Applicants shall pass each part of the examination. An applicant who fails either part I or part II of the examination shall retake that part of the examination. The passing grade on each part of the examination is determined by the board to represent competence sufficient to protect the public health, safety and welfare. The board may adopt the recommended passing score of the examination provider for part I of the examination.
An applicant for certification as a social worker, advanced practice social worker, or independent social worker or for licensure as a clinical social worker, need not take part II of the examination if within the 5 years preceding the date of application, the applicant took and passed part II in the process of applying for and receiving another social worker credential from the section.
MPSW 1.05 History
Cr. Register, November, 1993, No. 455
, eff. 12-1-93; r. (2) and (4), Register, October, 1998, No. 514
, eff. 11-1-98; CR 01-064
: cr. (7), Register December 2001 No. 552
, eff. 1-1-02; CR 02-105
: am. (1), (5) and (7), Register October 2002 No. 562
, eff. 11-1-02.
MPSW 1.06 Examination review procedure for all sections of the board.
An applicant who fails an examination may request a review of the examination, as permitted by the examination provider. If a review is permitted, the following conditions apply:
The applicant shall file a written request to the board within 30 days of the date on which examination results were mailed and pay the fee under s. SPS 4.05
Examination reviews are by appointment only, and shall be limited to the time permitted by the examination provider for part I of the examination and 1 hour for part II of the examination.
Reviews shall be conducted prior to the application deadline date for the next examination for the particular certificate category.
An applicant may review part I of the examination only once.
Part II of the examination may be reviewed by telephone. During a telephone review an applicant shall be provided with the statute or administrative code reference number and the topic of the test questions the applicant failed.
An applicant may not be accompanied during the review by any person other than the proctors.
Bound reference books shall be permitted. Applicants may not remove any notes from the area. Notes shall be retained by the proctor and made available to the applicant for use at a hearing, if desired. The proctor shall not defend the examination nor attempt to refute claims of error during the review.
MPSW 1.06 History
Cr. Register, November, 1993, No. 455
, eff. 12-1-93; correction in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671
MPSW 1.07 Claims of examination error.
An applicant for any credential issued by the board who claims an error in the examination may file a written request for board review in the board office within 30 days of the date the examination was reviewed. The board shall review the claim and notify the applicant in writing of the board's decision and any resulting grade changes. Claims of examination error which are not filed within 30 days of an examination review shall be denied. The request shall include:
A description of the perceived error, including specific questions or procedures claimed to be in error.
The facts which the applicant intends to prove, including reference text citations or other supporting evidence for the applicant's claim.
MPSW 1.07 History
Cr. Register, November, 1993, No. 455
, eff. 12-1-93; CR 02-105
: am. (intro.) and (2), Register October 2002 No. 562
, eff. 11-1-02.
MPSW 1.08 Credential renewal procedures for all sections of the board. MPSW 1.08(1)
Each person granted a credential under ch. 457, Stats.
, is certified or licensed for the current period only. To renew certification or licensure, a credential holder shall by July 1 of the odd-numbered year following initial certification or licensure and every 2 years thereafter file with the board an application for renewal on a form prescribed by the board, and submit the fee under s. 440.08 (2)
A credential holder who fails to renew certification or licensure shall cease and desist from practice and from use of the professional title. Within 5 years following the renewal date, a credential holder may renew the expired credential without examination by filing the required renewal application, the renewal fee, and the late renewal fee under s. 440.08 (3)
, Stats. A credential holder who fails to renew certification or licensure within 5 years of the renewal date may be reinstated by complying with the requirements for obtaining initial certification or licensure, including educational and examination requirements which apply at the time application is made.
An applicant for reinstatement of certification or licensure following disciplinary action shall meet requirements in sub. (1)
and may be required to successfully complete an examination as the board prescribes. An applicant who applies for reinstatement more than 5 years after the date of the order imposing discipline against the applicant may be reinstated by complying with the requirements for obtaining initial certification or licensure, including educational and examination requirements which apply at the time the application for reinstatement is made.
The credential and certificate of biennial certification or licensure shall be displayed in a prominent place by each person while certified or licensed by the board.
Every credential holder shall notify the department, in writing, of a change of name or address within 30 days of the change.
MPSW 1.09 Alcohol and drug counseling. MPSW 1.09(1)(a)(a)
A person credentialed by the board may use the title “alcohol and drug counselor" or “chemical dependency counselor" only if he or she is certified as an alcohol and drug counselor or as a chemical dependency counselor through a process recognized by the department.
A person who is credentialed by the board may treat substance use disorder as a specialty if the person is credentialed under s. 440.88
, Stats., or satisfies the educational and supervised training requirements established in this section.
Pursuant to s. SPS 161.01 (3) (b)
, a person who is licensed by the board may provide substance use disorder counseling, treatment or prevention services within the scope of the person's license.
Prepare a client for substance dependence treatment by referral.
Continue to work with a client until a referral for dependence treatment is completed.
Continue to work with the non-AODA issues of a person who had been referred for dependence treatment.
Continue to treat a client who is in recovery following treatment for substance dependence.
(2) Specialty requirements for credentials requiring a master's degree.
To be authorized to treat substance use disorder as a specialty, a credential holder who has obtained a master's degree for a credential issued by this board shall meet all of the following:
A minimum of 135 contact hours of substance use disorder education, which may be obtained during the course of earning the degree or additional to the degree. The education shall be in all the following areas:
A minimum of 200 hours of face-to-face client treatment with individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders, under the supervision of a qualified supervisor, which can be either the same as or separate from the hours obtained for the credential issued by the board.
(3) Specialty requirements for credentials requiring a bachelor's degree.
To be authorized to treat substance use disorder as a specialty, a credential holder who has obtained a bachelor's degree for a credential issued by this board shall meet all of the following:
A minimum of 180 contact hours of substance use disorder education, which may be obtained during degree or additional to the degree. The education shall be in all the following areas:
Understand a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance use.
Recognize the social, political, economic, and cultural context within which addiction and substance abuse exist, including risk and resiliency factors that characterize individuals and groups and their living environments.
Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the person using and on the person's significant others.
Recognize the potential for substance use disorders to mimic a variety of medical and mental health conditions and the potential for medical and mental health conditions to coexist with addiction and substance abuse.
Describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems.
Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process.
Understand the importance of research and outcome data and their application in clinical practice.
Understand the value of an interdisciplinary approach to addiction treatment.
Understand the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
Describe a variety of helping strategies for reducing the negative effects of substance use, abuse, and dependence.
Tailor helping strategies and treatment modalities to the client's stage of dependence, change, or recovery.
Provide treatment services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client.
Be familiar with medical and pharmacological resources in the treatment of substance use disorders.
Understand the variety of insurance and health maintenance options available and the importance of helping clients access those benefits.
Recognize that crisis may indicate an underlying substance use disorder and may be a window of opportunity for change.
Understand the need for and the use of methods for measuring treatment outcome.
Understand diverse cultures, and incorporate the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups, as well as people with disabilities, into clinical practice.
Understand the importance of self-awareness in one's personal, professional, and cultural life.
Understand the addiction professional's obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
Understand the importance of ongoing supervision and continuing education in the delivery of client services.
Understand the obligation of the addiction professional to participate in prevention and treatment activities.
Understand and apply setting-specific policies and procedures for handling crisis or dangerous situations, including safety measures for clients and staff.
A minimum of 1,000 hours of face-to-face substance use disorder treatment experience, under the supervision of a qualified supervisor, with individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders which can be either the same as or separate from the hours obtained for the credential issued by the board.
(4) Qualified supervisors.
A qualified supervisor is a person who is knowledgeable in psychopharmacology and addiction treatment and is any of the following:
An individual, other than an individual specified in pars. (a)
who is approved in advance by the board.
(5) Continuing education.
To maintain the authority to treat alcohol or substance dependency or abuse as a specialty, a credential holder must complete at least 6 continuing education hours during each biennial credentialing period in substance abuse disorder. The continuing education may be counted toward the continuing education required for renewal of the underlying credential.
MPSW 1.09 History
History: CR 02-105
: cr. Register October 2002 No. 562
, eff. 11-1-02; CR 04-044
: renum. MPSW 1.09 to be (1) (a) and am., cr. (1) (b) to (d) and (2) to (5) Register January 2005 No. 589
, eff. 2-1-05; correction in (1) (a) to (c), (3) (a), (b), (4) (a) 1. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6.
, Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671
; CR 14-063
: r. and recr. Register November 2015 No. 719
, eff. 12-1-15; correction in (1) (b) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., correction in (4) (a), (g) made under s. 35.17
, Stats., Register November 2015 No. 719
MPSW 1.10 Professional liability insurance. MPSW 1.10(1)(1)
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, a person licensed as a clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or professional counselor may not practice clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, or professional counseling unless he or she has in effect professional liability insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000 for each occurrence and $3,000,000 for all occurrences in one year.