The California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners records consists of memorandums, correspondence, minutes, and reports,
1946-1987 (bulk 1975-1980) that describe the primary activities of this body--licensing, examinations for certification, and
professional standards and ethics for registered social workers and licensed clinical social workers.
In 1968 the Board of Social Work Examiners was abolished and its funds and functions transferred to the short-lived Social
Worker and Marriage Counselor Qualifications Board. In the same year Senate Bill 1224 provided for licensing of clinical social
workers, with the designation LCSW required after June 21, 1969 for all clinical social workers in independent practice. Social
workers who had earned the RSW administered by the Board of Social Work Examiners were "blanketed" into the LCSW program.
Some 1,500 school social workers and others who did not consider their practice to be primarily clinical nevertheless chose
to maintain their RSW standing. But the program declined over the next decade and in 1979, when no more than 50 applicants
took the RSW examination, the legislature effectively killed social worker registration by denying further funding.
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