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Board of Social Work
License Application & Renewal
Out of State Licenses
Providers & Sponsors
Temporary License Forms
for Clinical and Non-Clinical Social Work
Required forms must be filled out completely:
Request for Temporary Permit to Practice Clinical Social Work
Request for Temporary Permit to Practice Non-Clinical Social Work
Click here to read the regulation:
201 KAR 23:0152
Non-Clinical permits are for LSW or CSW who will not be performing clinical social work activities as part of their social work practice setting.
Clinical Permits are for a CSW or LCSW who will be performing clinical social work activities as part of their social work practice setting.
CSW or LCSW worker practicing clinical social work under a temporary permit shall be under the supervision of a LCSW who qualifies to provide supervision (pre-approved supervisor).
Clinical Work Definition: 201 KAR 23:070 section 1 (2); practice of social work that focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of an emotional disorder and mental illness as related to the total health of the individual and that meets the requirements of section 2 of the administrative regulation (Link to KAR).
Temporary permit shall not extend for more than 240 days or eight months after the temporary permit was approved – IT CANNOT BE RENEWED OR EXTENDED AT THE SAME PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT.
Licensed supervisor shall not serve as the supervisor for more than two (2) persons holding a temporary permit at any one (1) time Supervision during the period of temporary practice shall be a minimum of one (1) hour of individual, face-to-face supervision per week.
How do I apply for a Non-Clinical or Clinical Temporary Permit?
Mail in a completed application (bsw.ky.gov/Forms Tab, application forms;
You must be employed;
request for temporary permit;
You can only apply for a temporary permit, if you have been approved to take the ASWB Exam;
Can I send an application for exam and temporary permit at the same time?