LBSW – LMSW licensure information

The DiNitto Career Center provides information on social work licensure for the state of Texas. Due to COVID-19 and our current remote working environment, we are no longer checking out physical copies of our SWTP study guides. Online Practice Exam remain available for free. To register for an Online Practice Exam for LBSW, LMSW, or LCSW, please email our office at dccs@austin.utexas.edu.

For more information about the process of Social Work licensure in Texas, please reference the following documents. They are housed on a secure UT Box server, but you DO NOT NEED an account to access. Just click and download:

Step by Step Guide to Licensure in Texas LBSW LMSW 2-6-2020 (PDF)

Social Work Licensure and Supervision-2020 (PDF).

You and also access 2018 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam outline documents:

BSW Exam Outline (PDF)

2018 MSSW Exam Outline (PDF).

As all UT Austin events and classes are currently remote, ALL DiNitto Center Workshops and Events will be held via ZOOM, which you can download at the link provided.
Beyond that, we at the DiNitto Career Center want you to know that you are not alone. We are in this TOGETHER! Our team is working diligently to make sure you have virtual access to all of our regularly scheduled workshops, but not just for UT students.
Now ALL DiNitto Career Center workshops and events are open to anyone who would like to join. That means you don’t have to be a UT student to attend. Students from any school, in or out of Texas are welcome at these workshops.
Do you know a student from another school who would benefit from attending our career programming? Tell them to email us directly at dccs@austin.utexas.edu to get registered for events and access to ZOOM code invites!

Effective March 17, 2020: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcing certain regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, to protect the privacy and security of protected health information, namely the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (the HIPAA Rules). OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Please read the entire OCR Notification of Enforcement Discretion.

In light of recent events and in accordance with the recommendations of Governor Abbott’s Texas Safety Action Report, the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners would like to remind its licensees that Section 611.004(a)(2) of the Texas Health and Safety Code authorizes behavioral health care providers to report confidential information to law enforcement should the provider determine their client poses an imminent risk of physical harm to themselves or to others. The board also urges its licensees and all behavioral health care providers to be vigilant in assessing their clients’ potential to harm and to warn the appropriate authorities if imminent harm is likely.

Thank you for visiting the Social Workers program webpage. The Department of State Health Services maintains this webpage, but pursuant to Senate Bill 200, regulatory authority over Social Workers has transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission. (HHSC) as of September 1, 2017.

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