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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 34TEXAS STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKER EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 781SOCIAL WORKER LICENSURE
SUBCHAPTER BCODE OF CONDUCT AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
RULE §781.216Advertising and Announcements

(a) Social workers' advertisements and announcements shall not contain deceptive, inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date, or out-of-context information about services or competence. Advertising includes, but is not limited to, any announcement of services, letterhead, business cards, commercial products, website entries, email, cell phone communications, social media communications, and billing statements.

(b) The board imposes no restrictions on the advertising medium a social worker uses, including personal appearances, use of personal voice, size or duration of the advertisement or use of a trade name.

(c) All advertisements or announcements of a licensee's professional services, including website pages, social media communications, or telephone directory listings, shall clearly state the social worker's licensure designation and any specialty recognition, if any.

(d) A social worker shall not announce or advertise any information or reference to the social worker's certification in a field outside of social work that is deliberately intended to mislead the public.

(e) A licensee who retains or hires others to advertise or promote the licensee's practice remains responsible for the statements and representations made.


Source Note: The provisions of this §781.216 adopted to be effective January 27, 2011, 36 TexReg 242

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