Senate Approves Grove Social Worker Licensing Bill
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate this week unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) to clarify the experience requirements for clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.

“I am very pleased the Senate passed my legislation to allow qualified counselors to practice in their field,” said Grove. “House Bill 816 will personally impact a constituent in my district who has been unable to practice in her field because of a technicality in the law. This legislation will allow her, and others who are passionate about helping Pennsylvanians in need, to become licensed social workers and counselors in the Commonwealth.”

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 legislation will now go before Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.

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

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
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