Subdivision 1. Competence.
(a) A social worker must provide services and hold out as
competent only to the extent the social worker's education, training, license, consultation received,
supervision experience, or other relevant professional experience demonstrate competence in the
services provided. A social worker must make a referral to a competent professional when the
services required are beyond the social worker's competence or authorized scope of practice.
(b) When generally recognized standards do not exist with respect to an emerging area of
practice, including but not limited to providing social work services through electronic means, a
social worker must take the steps necessary, such as consultation or supervision, to ensure the
competence of the social worker's work and to protect clients from harm.
Subd. 2. Supervision or consultation.
Notwithstanding the completion of supervision
requirements as specified in sections
, a social worker must obtain
supervision or engage in consultation when appropriate or necessary for competent and ethical
Subd. 3. Delegation of social work responsibilities.
(a) A social worker must not delegate
a social work responsibility to another individual when the social worker knows or reasonably
should know that the individual is not licensed when required to be licensed pursuant to sections
(b) A social worker must not delegate a social work responsibility to another individual
when the social worker knows or reasonably should know that the individual is not competent to
assume the responsibility or perform the task.
History: 2005 c 147 art 1 s 45