Grove’s Social Workers Licensing Bill Advances

The House Professional Licensure Committee this week unanimously 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. 

“This bill is the result of the experience of one of my constituents who is qualified to serve as a professional counselor, but a technicality of Pennsylvania law is keeping her from receiving her license,” said Grove.  “Our licensing laws were meant to protect consumers and hold professionals to strict standards.  They were not intended to keep highly educated and qualified individuals from participating in their areas of expertise.” 

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 full House for consideration. 

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

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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