Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
Action Changes to supervision requirements
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 3/3/2021
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2/16/21  3:00 pm
Commenter: Jacquelyn Brannock, LCSW -Prince William County CSB

Technology permitted to meet face to face requirements

The global pandemic has had a tremendous, unprecedented impact on how social workers are delivering clinical services. Although face to face clinical services are ideal and best practice, they have not always been the safest or most accessible option during this time.   In order to continue to serve clients when face to face contact is not safe, social workers have utilized technology  such as phones for continuity of care. Therefore, I believe that clinical social work services that have been delivered by phone, and under the supervision of a licensed social worker, should "count" towards the licensure requirements of face to face hours. Thank you for your consideration! 

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