PRIVATE PRACTICE

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Private Practice Registration

Registered Social Workers may apply to the Board of Examiners to engage in private practice.

Criteria for Private Practice

  • a. Applicant must be a member in good standing and not currently the subject of an outstanding disciplinary order
  • b. Successfully completed a master's or doctoral degree in social work from an accredited School of Social Work, as listed with the Canadian Association of School of Social Work, or an equivalent graduate social work degree recognized as such by the Board of Examiners
  • c. Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a minimum of five years or equivalent hours of professional social work experience including:
    • (i) two years or equivalent hours of professional social work experience, following completion of a masters or doctoral degree in social work and within the previous ten years, which is relevant to the area or areas of specialization in which the applicant proposes to conduct a private practice;
      OR
    • (ii) four years or equivalent hours of professional social work experience within the past ten years which is relevant to the area or areas of specialization in which the applicant proposes to conduct a private practice and which may have been obtained, in whole or in part, prior to completing a masters or doctoral degree in social work.
  • d. The experience referred to in the above subsection must have been supervised by, or conducted in consultation with, another professional with appropriate expertise in the proposed area.
  • e.  Specialization : In all cases, social work experience refers to a position in which the primary professional designation is social work or for which a social work qualification was required or preferred.

Application Process

Persons who wish to engage in the private practice of social work shall apply to the Board of Examiners, and shall provide the following information:

  1. A completed application form;
  2. A curriculum vitae including the past ten years of professional experience
  3. Information regarding your proposed area(s) of specialization
  4. Two letters of reference from Registered Social Workers in good standing with their provincial regulatory body. The letters should attest to the requirements pertaining to the applicant’s competency in their proposed area(s) of specialization
  5. A current criminal record check (within the past six months)
  6. A completed child abuse check: click here
  7. Proof of liability insurance
  8. A disciplinary record from the NSASW or any other social work association of which you have been a member
  9. Original university transcripts (MSW)
  10. Application fee ($50.00)
  11. Listing fee ($50.00)

The Board of Examiners may require an interview for clarification where other information is inadequate or inconclusive in assisting the Board to determine the suitability of the member to be approved for private practice.

Any person seeking to engage in the private practice of social work shall provide evidence of appropriate insurance coverage acceptable to the Board for malpractice liability for the applicant's private practice.

Registered social workers licensed to engage in private practice may conduct the private practice of social work only in their approved area or areas of specialization.

Area of Specialization

Persons licensed to engage in private practice may conduct their private practice only in their approved field of specialization.