148D.195 REPRESENTATIONS TO CLIENTS AND PUBLIC.
Subdivision 1. Required displays and information for clients.
(a) A social worker must
conspicuously display at the social worker's places of practice, or make available as a handout for
all clients, information that the client has the right to the following:
(1) to be informed of the social worker's license status, education, training, and experience;
(2) to examine public data on the social worker maintained by the board;
(3) to report a complaint about the social worker's practice to the board; and
(4) to be informed of the board's mailing address, e-mail address, Web site address, and
(b) A social worker must conspicuously display the social worker's wall certificate at
the social worker's places of practice and office locations. Additional wall certificates may be
requested pursuant to section
Subd. 2. Representations.
(a) No applicant or other individual may be represented to the
public by any title incorporating the words "social work" or "social worker" unless the individual
holds a license pursuant to sections
or practices in a setting exempt
from licensure pursuant to section
(b) In all professional use of a social worker's name, the social worker must use the license
designation "LSW" or "licensed social worker" for a licensed social worker, "LGSW" or "licensed
graduate social worker" for a licensed graduate social worker, "LISW" or "licensed independent
social worker" for a licensed independent social worker, or "LICSW" or "licensed independent
clinical social worker" for a licensed independent clinical social worker.
(c) Public statements or advertisements must not be untruthful, misleading, false, fraudulent,
deceptive, or potentially exploitative of clients, former clients, interns, students, supervisees, or
(d) A social worker must not:
(1) use licensure status as a claim, promise, or guarantee of successful service;
(2) obtain a license by cheating or employing fraud or deception;
(3) make false statements or misrepresentations to the board or in materials submitted to the
(4) engage in conduct that has the potential to deceive or defraud a social work client, intern,
student, supervisee, or the public.
Subd. 3. Information on credentials.
(a) A social worker must provide accurate and factual
information concerning the social worker's credentials, education, training, and experience when
the information is requested by clients, potential clients, or other persons or organizations.
(b) A social worker must not misrepresent directly or by implication the social worker's
license, degree, professional certifications, affiliations, or other professional qualifications in any
oral or written communications to clients, potential clients, or other persons or organizations.
A social worker must take reasonable steps to prevent such misrepresentations by other social
(c) A social worker must not hold out as a person licensed as a social worker without having
a social work license pursuant to sections
(d) A social worker must not misrepresent directly or by implication (1) affiliations with
institutions or organizations, or (2) purposes or characteristics of institutions or organizations with
which the social worker is or has been affiliated.
History: 2005 c 147 art 1 s 44