Social workers in Texas devote their lives to working tirelessly for our most vulnerable citizens. You probably entered this profession because you are deeply committed to helping people and providing them with the resources they need. Texas is a better place thanks to your hard work and dedication.
If someone files a complaint against you, claiming you didn’t do your job right, you may feel surprised and hurt. Even if you think there’s no basis for such a complaint, it is critical to address the allegations head-on from the start. Otherwise, your license, career, reputation, and livelihood could be in jeopardy.
If A Complaint Is Filed
If you are notified of a complaint filed with the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE), we urge you to hire a professional license defense attorney immediately. At the Bertolino Law Firm, we can work with you to get your complaint dismissed and prove you did nothing wrong.
We encourage all licensed Texas social workers to be proactive about avoiding complaints in the first place. Here are just a few tips to lessen the likelihood of a complaint being filed against you.
Tips to Avoid A Complaint for Texas Social Workers

  • Familiarize yourself with the licensing law and regulations, including the code of conduct.
  • Offer services only within your area of expertise. Give referrals to clients who need other services.
  • Develop a clear, written agreement with the client covering the nature and conditions of the services to be provided.
  • Maintain and discuss with the client an ongoing plan of service that is amended as necessary.
  • Document termination of services and again, make referrals where appropriate.

Following the above tips will help you decrease the chances of a complaint being lodged against you.
Defending Your Social Work License
Our professional license defense attorneys are familiar with handling complaints filed against Texas Social Workers with the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. We know how to gather evidence and build a strong, successful case.
Your career could be in jeopardy due to a complaint filed against you. Don’t underestimate the seriousness of such matters. Make sure you have an experienced, aggressive attorney who thoroughly understands state and federal laws and how they apply to your case. Contact BERTOLINO LLP. We work hard for Social Workers. Your case matters here.
Our law firm helps professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack by a state agency or board.
BERTOLINO LLP represents licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. If you are facing disciplinary action from a professional licensing board, contact us today or call (512) 476-5757 and schedule a case evaluation.
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