Board of Social Work Examiners Frequently Asked Questions Supervision FAQs Who qualifies to provide Clinical supervision for Social Workers? Any individual with an unrestricted active Alaska license as a Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist or Psychiatrist can provide Clinical supervision. If they do not meet one of these requirements, a written request must be submitted and approved by the Board prior to receiving supervision hours. Any hours received prior to approval will not count towards licensure. Can a Marital & Family Therapist or other behavioral health practitioner provide clinical supervision? This is a possibility. However, the board would need a written request showing a justifiable reason as to why a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist or Psychiatrist wouldn’t be able to provide the supervision to you. The written request must be voted on and approved by the board prior to gaining any supervision hours. Any hours received prior to approval will not count towards licensure. Can the LCSW providing my supervision also provide a reference? Yes! In fact, they should be the one satisfying the ‘current supervisor reference’ requirement. Does either of my supervisor references have to hold licenses? No! The current and previous supervisor references do not need to hold licenses – they can be any individual who held a position above you in a supervision capacity. The ‘other’ professional reference must hold one of the license types required in the Social Work Statutes and Regulations under 12 AAC 18.130(b). What if the LCSW that was doing my supervision recently had a job change and is at a different facility? Two things would be required in this case A written request, by the applicant, stating that there isn’t an adequate supervisor (licensed clinical social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist) at the current facility who is able to provide the appropriate supervision required; and A written request from your employer stating that it is okay for you, the applicant, to be receiving distance supervision from the LCSW located at an outside facility. Once these documents are received the board must then vote to either approve or deny the request. Voting would take place at the following board meeting. The written requests must be voted on and approved by the board prior to gaining any supervision hours. If my supervisor doesn’t recommend me what do I do? If a supervisor is going to put that they do not recommend you, the hours of supervision and time period of employment would be null and void and unfortunately would not count toward licensure. For example, let’s say I supervised you from 01/01/2016 to 10/01/2017 and John Smith supervised you from 10/01/2017 to 01/01/2018. If John put that he did recommend you but I did not, you could still use John’s supervision but mine would essentially be nonexistent since you didn’t have a positive referral. You would then need to either continue supervision with John or find another suitable supervisor to supervise you until 10/01/2019 (to satisfy the 2 year minimum requirement). When acquiring clinical supervision - if I have my full-time job receiving supervision and I get a second part-time job, would I be able to double up my supervision hours to satisfy the requirements quicker? No. The requirement is a minimum of 2 years postgraduate full-time experience or 3,000 hours of less than full-time experience over a period of time greater than 2 years. For example, if you began supervision on 01/01/2016 you would need to complete supervision through 01/01/2018 with a minimum of 3,000 hours. You could have 5,000 hours by 08/01/2017 and you would still have to wait until 01/01/2018 to satisfy the 2 year minimum requirement. You could have only 2,000 hours by 04/01/2018 (making the time period well over the 2 year minimum requirement) and you would still be obligated to gain the remaining 1,000 hours due. What would qualify as Clinical Supervision? There are a variety of principals and methods; this information is reflected in our statutes and regulations under 12 AAC 18.120. Continuing Education FAQs Do I need to maintain records and/or certificates of completion for each CEU course I complete? Why? Yes you do. For initial licensure (only via credentials) you are required to provide proof of completing the mandatory CEU’s. We verify the completed courses by having the applicants submit the certificates of completion. For renewals the certificates aren’t required when filing (we only request a CEU log’s reflecting the information for the courses). However, our office holds license audit’s and if your record is audited you must be able to supply proof that you completed the CEU’s you claimed on the renewal form. Is there a limit to how many contact hours I can accrue in one day? Is there a limit or ratio of in person vs. online contact hours we can have? Yes, you can only obtain a maximum of 12 contact hours per a day. No, there are no limitations for the types of contact hours regarding in person vs online. Since Alaska has countless rural areas, it would be unreasonable for the board to demand applicants travel to accrue a certain amount of in person CEU’s. Can I receive CEU credit for instructing a class or course? Yes, if the board decides that the course or class applicable to social work then you will be able to obtain CEU credit. You only may receive CEU credit the first time you teach the class or course, and you may only earn up to a maximum of 10 contact hours. This information is reflected in our statutes and regulations under 12 AAC 18.220(8). Are there specific approved websites for online CEU’s? Yes! Any website accredited through the ASWB (Association of Social Work Board), the NASW (National Association of Social Work) or the CSWE/CASWE (Council on Social Work Education/Canadian Association for Social Work Education) would be applicable for CEU’s. Please see the link below for the ASWB ACE program; this program is designed to help licensing boards evaluate the relevance and effectiveness of CE providers and the CEU’s covered. The ASWB ACE Program is accepted by over 40 states and providences, including Alaska. ASWB ACE Program If you have CEU’s from non-accredited providers and you’re not sure they would be accepted, please review our statutes and regulations - 12 AAC 18.220. Other General FAQs How often does the Board meet? The Board is required to meet a minimum of 2 times per year; however, we try to meet every 3-4 months. A full list of our meetings can be found on our upcoming meetings page. Is it a requirement for signatures to be original? Generally, yes. A majority of the signatures require a notary seal, so the signatures would have to be originals. Does that mean I have to have the notary seal? Yes! Notary seals are required on all documents that provide a place for a notary seal (i.e. application, reference form, postgraduate experience form, etc.). Notary seals must be originals received in our office – we won’t accept emailed or faxed copies of notary documents. If I applied for my LMSW a few years ago and will be applying for my LCSW in the near future am I able to ‘transfer’ the Verification of Postgraduate Experience forms, reference forms and official transcripts to my new application? If not, why? No, the only document we are able to transfer to the new application is the Official Transcripts. The reason being, the individuals who completed and signed your verification of postgraduate experience and reference forms were attesting to your skills on a Masters level. These individuals (or other individuals if employers and information has changed) need to complete a new form and sign/attest to your skills on a Clinical level. Since the official transcript information would be the same if you requested another official copy be sent to us, we can transfer them. Exam FAQs Do I have to wait for Board approval before I can schedule my exam? Yes! By applying ‘via examination’ you are requesting permission from the board to take the ASWB exam based on whichever level of licensure you’re applying for. This application and all the required supporting documents will be presented at the next scheduled meeting to be approved by the board. How do I register to take the exam? Once the application is approved I enter your information into the ASWB website and you are then able to register to set up your examination appointment (they have you select the date, time and location). Where do I take the exam? ASWB (testing centers set up through Pearson Vue) has over 250 exam testing sites throughout the country – when you go to register they give you the option to pick your location per your convenience. If there are no locations near you (within a 5.5 hour drive) there is the option of making a special arrangement – however, this is determined on a case by case basis. How much is it to take the ASWB Exam? If you take the exam on a Bachelors or masters level, the test is $230. If you take the test on a Clinical level, the test is $260. Is there a Practice Exam or tool to prepare for the test? Yes! You can purchase the online practice test for $85 – we’ve heard great comments regarding the practice test from applicants as well as from board members located in other states. I passed my ASWB Masters level exam less than one year ago; do I really need to provide proof of completing 45 hours of CEU’s and 1500 hours of postgraduate experience? No! Per our statutes and regulations under 12 AAC 18.112(1), you may substitute the continued competency requirements with proof of passing your ASWB exam within two years immediately preceding the application. For example, if applying on 04/01/2016, you would have needed to pass the ASWB exam on or after 04/01/2014. You must contact ASWB and have your scores sent to our office here in Alaska – we do not have the ability/authority to obtain the score reports for you. How do I transfer my scores? Call ASWB at 888-579-3926 and tell them you need a score transfer. They will ask you to supply some personal information and will be able to transfer your scores. Scores cannot be given via the phone due to confidentiality reasons. You may also complete & mail off the score transfer request form. What happens if I fail the exam? Am I able to retake the test? Do I have to repay the exam fee? If you fail the exam you are able to test again; the ASWB makes candidates wait 90 days before being able to re-test. Yes, you are required to pay the exam fee each time you attempt to take the test. How long do I have to take the exam once the board approves my application? You have 1 year to take the examination from the date you are approved. If you are approved 02/01/2016 you have until 02/01/2017 to pass the exam. What happens if I don’t pass the exam within this one year time period due to the ASWB requiring 90-days pass before retaking the test? If you don’t pass the exam within 1 year of your approval, you must write a written request to the board for an exam extension. This request must be signed & dated, and provide a simple explanation as to why you need an extension. The board must vote and approve this request – voting takes place at the next scheduled meeting; after it is approved I enter your extension into the ASWB and you will be allowed to resume the process of scheduling your exam.