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    Subdivision 1. Other professionals. Nothing in this chapter may be construed to prevent
members of other professions or occupations from performing functions for which they are
qualified or licensed. This exception includes but is not limited to: licensed physicians, registered
nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed psychologists, psychological practitioners, probation
officers, members of the clergy and Christian Science practitioners, attorneys, marriage and family
therapists, alcohol and drug counselors, professional counselors, school counselors, and registered
occupational therapists or certified occupational therapist assistants. These persons must not,
however, hold themselves out to the public by any title or description stating or implying that
they are engaged in the practice of social work, or that they are licensed to engage in the practice
of social work. Persons engaged in the practice of social work are not exempt from the board's
jurisdiction solely by the use of one of the titles in this subdivision.
    Subd. 2. Students. An internship, externship, or any other social work experience that is
required for the completion of an accredited program of social work does not constitute the
practice of social work under this chapter.
    Subd. 3. Geographic waiver. A geographic waiver may be granted by the board on a
case-by-case basis to agencies with special regional hiring problems. The waiver is for the
purpose of permitting agencies to hire individuals who do not meet the qualifications of section
148D.055 or 148D.060 to practice social work.
    Subd. 4. City, county, and state agency social workers. The licensure of city, county,
and state agency social workers is voluntary. City, county, and state agencies employing social
workers are not required to employ licensed social workers.
    Subd. 5. Tribes and private nonprofit agencies; voluntary licensure. The licensure of
social workers who are employed by federally recognized tribes, or by private nonprofit agencies
whose primary service focus addresses ethnic minority populations, and who are themselves
members of ethnic minority populations within those agencies, is voluntary.
History: 2005 c 147 art 1 s 18

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