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IL license defense attorneySocial workers are all around us -- they can be found in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, the military, private corporations and even in private practices. The purpose of social work is to help people and promote overall well being, which is why social workers are licensed and regulated in the state of Illinois by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Illinois provides two options for licensure in the state: licensed social worker (LSW) and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). These licenses are similar, but there are limitations on what each type of license permits a person to do, which is also why the requirements for each license are different.

Licensed Social Worker

If a person holds an LSW, they are permitted to practice social casework, social group work, community-based social welfare, social work education or social work research. LSWs are permitted to administer social services to individuals, groups or communities, along with engaging in clinical social work, as long as it is not conducted in a private, independent practice.

To obtain an LSW, a person is required to:

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IL license defense lawyerThroughout the United States, thousands of people dedicate their lives to clinical psychology and social work. From psychological or mental health counseling to rehabilitation counseling, in the state of Illinois, these professionals are only able to operate within the state after receiving a certified license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). If a psychologist or social worker is accused of some form of misconduct, it is likely that they could face some form of discipline or license revocation. If you face an investigation from the IDFPR, it is critically important to seek out legal guidance, as soon as possible.

Misconduct in Illinois

Every year, the IDFPR conducts thousands of investigations to look into cases of potential misconduct. Common forms of clinical psychology and social work misconduct, include:

  • Sexual Harassment or Misconduct: According to recent studies, approximately 12% of all mental health professionals admit to having had some form of sexual contact with a patient. In all likelihood that number is much lower than the true percentage of sexual misconduct cases within various psychological professions. Even a consensual sexual relationship with a patient constitutes sexual misconduct and could result in an investigation.
  • Confidentiality Agreement Violations: Mental health professionals are bound by federal or statewide confidentiality agreements. Violating confidentiality agreements is a direct form of unethical behavior and misconduct. These violations constitute a breach of contract that professional has with his or her patient, and can lead to a license revocation and further legal consequences.
  • Unethical Conduct: Other common forms of unethical conduct among mental health professionals include the unwillingness to meet with a patient in crisis, the scheduling of unnecessary meetings for insurance payment, and the intentional misdiagnosis of mental health conditions. If you have been accused of any of these forms of unethical conduct, contact a legal professional right away.

Contact a Clinical Psychologist Defense Lawyer in Illinois

If you are contacted by the IDFPR regarding a potential a complaint investigation, it is important to inform your attorney as soon as possible. A qualified attorney can help you move forward during the investigation process, and decide whether a settlement acceptance or a hearing in front of an administrative law judge is the best option for your career. Attorney Joseph J. Bogdan has years of experience helping those involved in complaint investigations and is dedicated to protecting the careers of his clients. To set up a meeting with an Illinois professional license defense attorney, call us today at 630-310-1267.

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Illinois psychologist license defense lawyerUnder Public Act 098-0668, Illinois amended the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act to permit licensed psychologists to issue prescriptions to certain adult patients. Under the newer provisions of the law, a psychologist can apply for a prescribing psychologist license after completing advanced education and training in psychopharmacology and supervised clinical training.  Prescribing psychologists are required to enter into a collaborative agreement with an Illinois physician who generally prescribes medications to his or her patients in the course of his or her normal practice. This change is intended to improve access to comprehensive mental health treatment in Illinois.

The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC can answer your questions about licensing for psychologists, and we can assist with psychologist license defense for those who are facing disciplinary action. Contact an Illinois professional license defense attorney today at 630-310-1267.

Illinois license attorneyEarning a psychology license takes a lot of work. The licensee has to take many classes on different aspects of psychology, depending on his or her chosen field. As there are many different career paths for an aspiring psychologist, the educational requirements are relatively similar. The licensee must obtain his or her Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Master’s, depending on the type of career he or she chooses to pursue. However, maintaining the psychologist license is not necessarily permanent, as there are ways for the licensee to lose his or her psychologist license.

Examples of Psychologist License Misconduct

There are many reasons why a licensee may lose his or her psychologist license. If there is any finding of unethical, unauthorized, and unprofessional conduct, then the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Division of Professional Regulation has the right to suspend or revoke a psychologist license, refuse to issue or renew a license, or take other forms of disciplinary action if necessary

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Illinois license attorneyThe field of psychology can go in many different directions. Although most psychology students choose to pursue a career in counseling and similar services, there are also other career paths, such as psychological research, business development, and organizational communications, to name a few. For those who are pursuing a career in counseling, there are several licensing requirements that must be met before the applicant can receive his or her clinical psychology license.

Requirements for the Clinical Psychology License

To receive the license to practice clinical psychology, the applicant must have graduated from a doctoral program in counseling, school, or clinical psychology that has accreditation by the American Psychological Association and approval from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The applicant must also finish two years of supervised clinical, counseling, or school psychology experience.

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