Private Practice

Social workers in Nova Scotia
may be self-employed as
private practitioners.

Private practice

Private practitioners are social workers who are self-employed, and are solely responsible for the liability of their practice. In Nova Scotia, private practice in clinical social work specializations requires an additional level of registration.

To become a licensed clinical specialist, Registered Social Workers must demonstrate to the Board of Examiners that they have advanced skills in one or more specialized areas of clinical social work practice, and can apply those skills independently.

Non-clinical private practice no longer needs special Board of Examiners authorization at all as of spring 2024; RSWs and SWCs can now pursue non-clinical self-employment in Nova Scotia as long as their NSCSW registration is in good standing and they possess the required competence.

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