House Approves Grove Social Worker Licensing Bill

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives recently approved legislation authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) that would clarify the experience requirements for clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. 


 “House Bill 816 is about allowing highly educated and competent individuals to practice in their field of expertise,” said Grove.  “I represent a constituent who is extremely qualified to serve as a professional counselor, but she cannot receive her license because, having been educated out of state, she is subject to a minor technicality in the education component of Pennsylvania licensing standards.  Our licensing standards were enacted to protect citizens and ensure the highest level of professionalism in all regulated industries.  My legislation will maintain those strict standards, while acknowledging the hard work and dedication of individuals who are qualified in the field of counseling and passionate about helping others.”


House Bill 816 would reduce the number of supervised experience hours required to obtain a license from 3,600 to 3,000 for marriage and family therapists and professional counselors, and would remove the specified number of years.  It would also extend a grandfathered provision of the law to allow applicants who graduated prior to June 30, 2009, to receive a license even if they were awarded a master’s degree requiring less than 48 credits. 


The measure will now go before the Senate for consideration. 


More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at and


State Representative Seth Grove

196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Nicole Wamsley


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