An Examination of the Social Work Profession's Efforts to Achieve Legal Regulation

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The social work profession's efforts in achieving legal regulation are explored. Widespread success is found in these efforts, and 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands now have legal regulation. There is variance in terms of the level of legal regulation, however, as reflected in the level of educational or practice attainment required and levels of protection provided. Interdisciplinary collaboration in this area among mental health professions is examined. 1990 American Counseling Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-497
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling & Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


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  • Applied Psychology

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