Clinical Health Sciences

Social Work


What is 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 web site contains information about Licensed Social Workers including a roster of currently licensed Social Workers, scope of practice, licensing requirements, how to file a complaint against a Social Worker, and where to find more information.

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

The home of the DSHS program that registers and regulates Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors in Texas.  This website contains information about these professionals including licensure requirements and more.