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Minnesota Board of Social Work

Protecting the Public


Board Bulletin | Minnesota Board of Social Work Newsletter

Message from the Executive Director

BOSW Change, Growth, Opportunity  

We have all experienced much change in recent times in so many ways.  While significant change can be daunting, the key to managing change and adapting constructively is to apply effective and engaged leadership and respectful collaboration to transform change into opportunities that will propel individuals, teams, organizations, and communities into the future.

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BOSW Commitment to Equity & Inclusion

The Minnesota Board of Social Work (MN BOSW) is committed to equity and inclusion in all governance and operational processes. Serving a large and diverse population of social work licensees and ultimately an increasingly diverse public population, it is important as leaders, that we continue to develop our understanding of culture, history of statute, and our evolving purpose of protecting the public as a state regulatory agency. There are a number of ways in which the board has committed to the development of its leaders and examining internal policies and procedures. This is intentional work that will continue.

Here are some ways in which the MN BOSW has prioritized equity and inclusion this year:

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Compliance Toolkit

Governor Walz issued a very important Executive Order 21-25, Protecting Minnesotans from “Conversion Therapy” on July 15, 2021.  The Executive Order (EO) begins by stating, “Our State embodies the core values of One Minnesota when all Minnesotans are accepted, cared for, and protected from unsafe and discredited medical practices.  So-called "conversion therapy," sometimes known as "reparative therapy," is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The scientific, medical, and education communities overwhelmingly reject conversion therapy because it lacks scientific validation, poses dangerous health risks to the individuals and communities involved, and contributes to health and social inequities.”

EO 21-25 cites numerous health organizations, professional education organizations, the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee, Minnesota Human Rights Act, Minnesota Department of Commerce, several Minnesota cities, and more than 23 other states that have taken action against conversion therapy.

How Does EO 21-25 Impact the BOSW Licensees?

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Meet the Board

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The Board approved a new 2021-2024 Strategic Framework including new BOSW mission and vision statements.

Mission + Vision + DEI Vision and Values

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  • License renewals are approved within 24 hours of receipt. Verify that your renewal is approved by checking the Public License Lookup on the website. License renewal cards are no longer sent via USPS.
  • License renewal reminder notices are sent via USPS 45 days prior to expiration date.
Did You Know?

Continuing Education (CE) is important in maintaining your social work license and to promote continued competence in practice through lifelong learning.

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CE Content Requirements at Renewal as part of the total 40 hours:

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NEW content area Cultural Responsiveness 4 hours required (for all license types)

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 Ethics 2 hours required (for all license types)

LICSWs need 12 hours of Clinical content

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Licensing Supervisors need 6 hours of Supervision content

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GOOD LUCK to our former colleagues:
Melissa Franzen
Megan Gallagher
Laura Kahle-Burbey
Kate Manley
Thank you all for making outstanding contributions to the BOSW

Lori Moui, on the birth of her beautiful daughter.

WELCOME to new Staff Members:
Jessica Aguilar, Compliance Coordinator
Rebecca Moskow, JD Compliance Unit Manager
We are so happy that you joined our team!

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There are 3 scheduled vacancies for board member terms ending January 3, 2022. All 3 are professional licensed members. Applications open mid-November. Find out more!

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Visit the Resources page to see Online Learning Tools

Licensing and Compliance Videos

Connect with BOSW

The BOSW moved effective September 1, 2021.
335 Randolph Ave Suite 245
Saint Paul MN 55102-5502

The office remains closed to the public, due to COVID, but all services continue.

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