Provisional License Program

Provisional License Program

Four Classes are offered in accordance with rules promulgated by the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners. Submission of this application is requesting permission to take the four provisional license classes. 

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A license to practice social work in West Virginia requires one to have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.  Alternatively, when a candidate with a BSW or MSW cannot be found, the Board of Social Work Examiners developed and continues to refine a provisional process to obtain licensure by an otherwise ineligible candidate.  Under licensure rules promulgated under the WV Code, §30-30-16, a provisional license may be provided to applicants who have graduated with related degrees; Psychology, Counseling, Criminal Justice and Sociology, or other degree fields as determined by the Board.  Those applicants must complete 12 semester hours of designated core academic courses from a BSW or MSW accredited program within a 4 year period and receive a passing grade as defined within WV Code §30-30-16(b)(2). 

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) identifies mastery of ten core competencies for generalist social work practice. The ten competencies are as follows.

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 


Class Descriptions (CSWE Accreditation Standards)

The four classes offered represent the basic information needed for beginning practice metered by the current need for social workers in West Virginia. The classes are as follows.

SWEC 001 (SOWK 501 – Introduction to Generalist Practice) - Social workers serve as representatives of the profession, its mission, and its core values. They know the profession’s history. Social workers commit themselves to the profession’s enhancement and to their own professional conduct and growth. Social workers advocate for client access to the services of social work; practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development; attend to professional roles and boundaries; demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication; engage in career-long learning; and use supervision and consultation.

SWEC 011 (SOWK 511 – Foundations of Human Behavior and the Social Environment) - Social workers are knowledgeable about human behavior across the life course; the range of social systems in which people live; and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. Social workers apply theories and knowledge from the liberal arts to understand biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development. Social workers utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; and critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.

SWEC 021 (SOWK 521 – Foundations of Policy) - Social work practitioners understand that policy affects service delivery, and they actively engage in policy practice. Social workers know the history and current structures of social policies and services; the role of policy in service delivery; and the role of practice in policy development. Social workers analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being; and collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.

SWEC 031 (SOWK 531 – Foundations of Practice) - Professional practice involves the dynamic and interactive processes of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation at multiple levels. Social workers have the knowledge and skills to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Practice knowledge includes identifying, analyzing, and implementing evidence-based interventions designed to achieve client goals; using research and technological advances; evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness; developing, analyzing, advocating, and providing leadership for policies and services; and promoting social and economic justice.