• Social workers help people of all races, economic backgrounds and disabilities, both mental and physical. They can help in big ways and small, whether it is helping people obtain financial assistance or community services or just listening. There are a variety of levels of licensure and experience in the social work field.


    To obtain licensure as a clinical social worker, you must have, at a minimum, a master's degree in social work and take an exam issued by the state in which you wish to obtain certification.

    After Certification

    After you pass the exam and obtain your LICSW certification, you are typically required to practice under direct supervision for at least five years, depending on the state in which you are certified.

    Care Settings

    Licensed clinical social workers typically work in clinical settings, for example counseling centers, mental health centers, substance abuse practices and hospitals.

    Patient Population

    They are able to provide care management, therapy, substance abuse counseling, individual and group psychotherapy, play therapy and behavior modification to both children and adults.


    Social workers also can refer patients to psychiatrists for medication management.

    Private Practices

    After their introductory period during which direct supervision is required, licensed clinical social workers can open their own practices.


    National Associate of Social Workers

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