Social Work Licensure
Licensure is an important part of the field of social work. It ensures that all social workers are held to the same high standards and can provide their clients with approved counseling and outstanding practice. In order to lawfully practice social work in any of the 50 states, a social worker must obtain a license from the state they will work in. The rules for licensure vary in each state. There are several different types of social work licensure, all of which depend on your degree and the amount of experience you have.
Licensed Social Workers (LSW) possess a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school, or a bachelor’s degree in another subject and sufficient experience working in the field of social work under the direct supervision of a licensed social worker. This is the most basic type of social work licensure that you can gain.
To become a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) you must posses a master’s degree in social work from an accredited school and pass the licensing exam in your state of practice. With a master’s or doctorate your may also qualify for the exam to become a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker you will be able to provide individual, marital, couple, family, and group counseling and psychotherapy from a social work approach. You will also be qualified to assess, diagnose and treat mental and emotional conditions and addictions.
Earning your Master of Social Work degree online from The University of New England School of Social Work helps you prepare for a career as a licensed social worker. It’s a comprehensive program that fits into your schedule. In addition, the UNE School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). It is the premier accrediting body for social work programs in the United States. The CSWE can help you learn more about social work licensure, exams, and the licensing procedure in your state.
There are licensure exam resources available online. These websites are NOT managed by the University of New England. The University of New England does not review, control, or take responsibility for the content of these sites.
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POSTED BY: ec_admin - November 16th, 2009 at 11:20pm ( 6 )