Remove Licensing Requirements for Social Work Professors in Louisiana

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We are Louisiana social work professors, graduate students, and practitioners who support Louisiana Senate Bill 24. Senate Bill 24 will remove licensing requirements for social work professors in Louisiana who are not engaged in clinical or private practice. This bill will place Louisiana universities in a more competitive position when recruiting new teaching faculty, as it more closely aligns with requirements in other states.  It will also better align the licensing requirements for the social work profession in Louisiana with other professions, such as law and psychology, that exempt professors not engaged in practice from maintaining current in-state practitioner licenses.  Finally, it will eliminate the ongoing confusion about licensing requirements for social work doctoral students who must fulfill teaching assistant and research assistant requirements in order to complete their degrees.