Discussion 2: State Licensure

13Sep 2021 by
Discussion 2: State Licensure

Licensure represents the ability to practice under the title of social worker. Each state regulates the profession and sets the requirements to be licensed to practice in that state. Even when regulations vary, all states require licensed social workers to have graduated from a CSWEaccredited program and pass the national ASWB exam. This assures that those who receive the title of social worker have met the criteria developed to demonstrate proficiency in meeting the demands associated with the profession. This is referred to as title protection, and protecting the title means that individuals not appropriately trained for the profession cannot call themselves a social worker.
In this Discussion, you research the licensure requirements in your state and share them with your colleagues. Sharing the various states requirements can be useful should you be planning a relocation, or if you have ever worked in this or a related profession in another state. 

To Prepare

Research the criteria for assuming a social work license in your state or country. You will want to research the regulations put forth by your states licensing board.
Consider the benefits offered by title protection and maintenance of licensure standards.

Note: For this Discussion, your must post your response before you will be able to view your colleague’s posts.

By Day 6

Post response to the following:

Identify the types of social work licenses available in your state.
Describe the criteria required to earn an LCSW in your state. Specifically,

What are state requirements for education?
How many hours of post-MSW practice are required?
How many hours of supervision are required?
How much does it cost for initial licensure?

Describe the criteria to maintain an LCSW in your state. Specifically,

How often do you need to renew your license?
How much does it cost to renew a license?
How many continuing education credits are required?
What, if any, specific education hours are required (e.g., suicide, ethics, substance use, cultural competence)?

Explain the benefits for licensure and title protection.

You are encouraged to read your colleagues posts to understand how licensure varies across states; however, no response posts are required.

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