Electronic Social Work Practice

The Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners (LABSWE) recognizes that face-to-face contact for the purposes of providing services is optimal, but that it is not always possible. The Louisiana Social Work Practice Act and the Rules, Standards and Procedures do not include requirements specific to tele-mental health.  The same statutes and rules that apply to in-person services applies to services being provided through electronic means.  It is the responsibility of the social worker to practice within their scope and to assess whether tele-mental health is an appropriate service for a particular client.

If a client is in another state, it is recommended that you contact that state’s licensing board to determine if licensing is required in that state to provide services to the client.

The following is a resource that you are encouraged to review: https://www.aswb.org/news/technology-standards-in-social-work-practice/

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