Social Work Assistant
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Social Work Assistant (SWA)?
A. A person who receives a certificate of registration to practice as a social work assistant is not authorized to engage in the practice of social work. A social work assistant, under the direct supervision of a psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed professional clinical counselor, licensed professional counselor, independent marriage and family therapist, independent social worker, social worker, or registered nurse who holds a master's degree in psychiatric nursing, may provide human, social, and community services that include intake assessment and referral, screening, crisis intervention and resolution, community support, case management and outreach, record keeping, social assessment, visual observation of an individual in the individual's environment, assistance in facilitation with groups and families, advocacy, and orientation, education, and prevention services.
Q. What are the educational requirements to earn the SWA?
A. Refer to the SWA Quick Links on this page, and click link #1. SW Assistant Instructions. The educational requirements can be found on that page.
Q. How do I apply for the SWA?
A. Refer to the SWA Quick Links on this page, and click link #1. SW Assistant Instructions.
Q. Once my SWA is issued, how long is it valid for?
A. The registration is valid for two years from the date of issuance.
Q. How do I renew my registration?
A. You will be required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years, and you will receive a renewal notice by email when your license is due. For more information on the renewal process, you can review our website here: http://cswmft.ohio.gov/Renewal.aspx