Update for students on the CSW Exam during COVID-19

Our Director of Field, Lynetta Mathis, attended a meeting on 4/9/20 that was organized and lead by Jay Miller, Chair of the KY Board of Social Workers.  Below you will find the details of the meeting:

  • The Board is actively working on a way to provide temporary status to individuals who will meet criteria to apply for licensure but are unable to sit for exams due to testing site closures during the pandemic and state of emergency. 
  • There is consensus the temporary designation needs to be different from individuals who can receive temporary status to practice during the state of emergency. 
  • Possibly individuals will be required to register and required to practice under social work supervision until the pandemic ends. 
  • There will be a need for a transition period for “registered”  individuals to make application for licensure as it is expected testing site schedules will be quickly filled and long when the state of emergency ends. 
  • There was discussion of implications for supervision in terms of cost, employers requiring commitments from individuals, requirements of supervisors.
  • Additionally, there was discussion of employers accepting “registered” individuals for social work positions, and will these individuals be able to bill for services.

Jay Miller advised the Board will continue working through concerns and logistics in hopes of finalizing a plan to send forward to the governor’s office for approval within the next 2 weeks. General Information sessions for social work educators may be planned so educators can present the changes to students. 

Kent School will continue to keep you updated as we receive more information.