Connecticut bill requires social workers to be credentialed

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Some Connecticut legislators want to make sure people who call themselves social workers are truly credentialed social workers.

The House of Representatives on Monday voted 111-25 in favor of legislation that prevents someone from using the title “licensed clinical social worker” or “social worker,” or any initials associated with the title without first having earned a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in social work.

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Democratic Rep. Pat Wilson Pheanious of Ashford, a social worker, says “virtually anyone can hold themselves out as a social worker.” She says they often make mistakes and there is no one to hold them accountable, unlike licensed social workers who must obey strict ethical and professional standards.

The bill exempts certain municipal and state employees with a social worker title.

The legislation awaits Senate action.

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