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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors

March 2012 www.dos.state.pa.us

BOARD MEETING DATES
March 13, 2012
April 10, 2012
May 8, 2012
June 12, 2012
July 10, 2012
Dec. 13, 2011

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Pennsylvania Health Alert Network
(PA‐HAN) February 1, 2012

 

The Pennsylvania Health Alert Network (PA‐HAN) is one of the major ways the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) rapidly distributes information on emerging public health issues (e.g. disease outbreaks) to health care providers, hospitals, emergency management officials, and other public health agencies. In a typical year, PADOH distributes 20‐25 HAN messages to providers via email, fax, or cell phone, depending on user preference. PADOH feels it is important that all health care providers have access to HAN messages directly or through their health care facility in order to receive critical public health messages. This assures that public health is protected and allows Pennsylvania’s health care providers to give the best care to your patients and community.

In mid‐2011, PADOH switched to a new software vendor to support and improve the PA‐HAN. The updated system was completed in July and the new version of the PA‐HAN can be found at the following link https://han.pa.gov/. During the conversion process, some users were removed from the system and cannot be reinstated to the user list without re‐registering. PADOH therefore requests that any previous user who is not currently receiving HAN messages register as a Health Alert recipient in the new system. In addition, any provider who would like to receive HAN messages for the first time should also register in the new system.

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Questions, answers on supervised clinical experience requirements for licensed professional counselors

Dr. LeeAnn Eschbach, LPC

The State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors regulates the requirements for individuals who may appropriately use the title of  licensed social worker, licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, and/or licensed professional counselor. Many individuals desiring licensure and licensed professionals supporting emerging professionals striving for licensure, focus on the educational requirements and/or examination requirements. Details for these requirements are enumerated in the BPOA’s website, www.dos.state.pa.us/social. Another major requirement for a licensure is the supervised clinical experience requirement.  The following questions and answers focus on supervised clinical experience requirements for licensed professional counselors; requirements for licensed social workers and marriage and family therapists are similar but please consult their specific sections of the state licensure rules and regulations.

How much supervised counseling experience is required? Master’s degree licensee applicants must complete 3600 hours of supervised clinical experience. Doctoral degree licensee applicants must complete 2400 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Can the practicum and internship training I took during my educational requirements for licensure count? No, the supervised clinical experience must be obtained after the completion of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours of graduate coursework in order to meet the educational requirements for licensure.

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Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.1389 | ST-SOCIALWORK@state.pa.us
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