Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VIII. Categories and Qualification of Social Workers.


§ 3–1208.01. Licensed social work associate.

(a) The Board of Social Work shall license as a social work associate a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter, has a baccalaureate degree (“B.S.W.”) from a social work program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, and has satisfactorily completed the examination process at the associate level.

(b) A licensed social work associate (“L.S.W.A.”) may perform case work, group work, and community organization services under the supervision of a social worker licensed under § 3-1208.03 or § 3-1208.04.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 801, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3308.1.


§ 3–1208.02. Licensed graduate social worker.

(a) The Board of Social Work shall license as a graduate social worker a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter, has a master’s degree or a doctorate from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and has satisfactorily completed the examination process at the graduate level.

(b) A licensed graduate social worker (“L.G.S.W.”) may perform any function described as the practice of social work in this chapter, other than psychotherapy, under the supervision of a social worker licensed under § 3-1208.03 or § 3-1208.04, and may perform psychotherapy under the supervision of a social worker licensed under § 3-1208.04.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 802, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3308.2.


§ 3–1208.03. Licensed independent social worker.

(a) The Board of Social Work shall license as an independent social worker a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter, has a master’s degree or a doctorate from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, has satisfactorily completed the examination process at the independent level, and has at least 3,000 hours post-master’s or postdoctoral experience under the supervision of a licensed independent social worker over a period of not less than 2 or more than 4 years.

(b) A licensed independent social worker (“L.I.S.W.”) may perform any function described as the practice of social work in this chapter, other than the diagnosis or treatment (including psychotherapy) of psychosocial problems, in an autonomous, self-regulated fashion, in an agency setting or independently, and may direct other persons in the performance of these functions.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 803, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3308.3.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1208.01 and § 3-1208.02.


§ 3–1208.04. Licensed independent clinical social worker.

(a) The Board of Social Work shall license as an independent clinical social worker a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter, has a master’s degree or a doctorate from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, has satisfactorily completed the examination process at the independent clinical level, and has at least 3,000 hours of post-master’s or postdoctoral experience participating in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals, families, and groups with psychosocial problems, under the supervision of a licensed independent clinical social worker over a period of not less than 2 years or more than 4 years; under special circumstances approved by the Board, supervision by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist may be substituted for up to 1500 hours of this requirement.

(b) A licensed independent clinical social worker (“L.I.C.S.W.”) may perform any function described as the practice of social work in this chapter, in an autonomous, self-regulated fashion, in an agency setting or independently, and may supervise other persons in the performance of these functions. A licensed independent clinical social worker shall not engage in the practice of medicine and shall refer patience or clients with apparent medical problems to an appropriate and qualified medical practitioner.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 804, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3308.4.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1208.01, § 3-1208.02, and § 31-3101.


§ 3–1208.05. Transition.

For a period of 2 years following March 25, 1986, all references in this subchapter to supervision by licensed social workers shall be deemed to refer to supervision by persons meeting the requirements for licensure in the District, regardless of whether they are licensed in fact.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 805, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3308.5.


§ 3–1208.06. Waiver of requirements.

(a) The Board of Social Work shall waive the educational and examination requirements for any applicant for licensure as a social worker who can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Board, that he or she has been performing the functions of a social worker, as defined in this chapter, on a full-time or substantially full-time basis continually at least 12 months immediately preceding March 25, 1986, and is qualified to do so on the basis of pertinent education, training, experience, and demonstrated current competence, provided that application for the license is made within 24 months of March 25, 1986.

(b) The Board of Social Work shall waive the examination requirement for any applicant who meets the educational requirements for licensure as a social worker, has practiced as a social worker or as a social work administrator, whether full time or not, within a 3-year period immediately preceding March 25, 1986, and is qualified to do so on the basis of pertinent experience, and demonstrated current competence, provided that application for the license is made within 24 months of March 25, 1986.

(c) Applicants licensed under the waiver provisions of this section shall be eligible for license renewal on the same terms as all other licensed social workers.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 806, 33 DCR 729; July 25, 1987, D.C. Law 7-20, § 2(b), 34 DCR 3814; Mar. 11, 1988, D.C. Law 7-87, § 2(b), 35 DCR 162.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3308.6.

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(b) of District of Columbia Health Occupations Revision Act of 1985 Temporary Amendment Act of 1987 (D.C. Law 7-20, July 25, 1987, law notification 34 DCR 5251).

Editor's Notes

In subsection (c), “section” was substituted for “subsection,” to correct an error in D.C. Law 6-99.