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65-6303. Prohibited acts; penalty. (a) No person shall engage in the practice of social work for compensation or hold forth as performing the services of a social worker unless such person is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this act, nor may any person participate in the delivery of social work service unless under the supervision of a person who is licensed under this act. Temporary licenses to practice may be issued by the board in accordance with K.S.A. 65-6309 and amendments thereto.

(b) Nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent qualified persons from doing work within the standards and ethics of their respective professions and callings provided they do not hold themselves out to the public by any title or description of services as being engaged in the practice of social work.

(c) Nothing in this act shall be construed to permit the practice of psychotherapy by anyone who does not have a baccalaureate degree in social work or a related field except that those practicing psychotherapy without a baccalaureate degree in social work or a related field prior to July 1, 1974, shall not be prohibited from so practicing after the effective date of this act.

(d) Any violation of this section shall constitute a class B misdemeanor.

History: L. 1974, ch. 372, § 3; L. 1980, ch. 242, § 16; L. 1986, ch. 340, § 1; L. 1989, ch. 276, § 2; July 1.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Practice of counseling family life consultation and education not unlawful practice of psychology or social work. 80-253.

Licensing requirements for social workers who are federal employees. 83-15.

Community mental health center may not assess a fee for social work services provided by a student engaged in a field education program to fulfill a requirement for a master's degree in social work. 2012-25.

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