Supervision Hrs Require LSW

LSW* Requirement for LCSW

In March 2009 the DORA Board voted to clarify the rule on the LSW requirement.  Going forward from Aug 31, 2009 if you are working toward your LCSW it is REQUIRED that you be an LSW (or in the Unlicensed Psychotherapy Database*). If you are not in compliance, DORA will not count any supervision or work experience hours that are earned after August 31, 2009. NASWCO strongly encourages all masters level social workers to get their LSW, rather than register in the Unlicensed Psychotherapy Database, as this is the license specific to our profession. We also recommend getting an LSW even if you are not working toward clinical licensure, as having an LSW gives you the status of being a licensed professional and gives you the option to earn your LCSW later if you decide to do so.

This deadline does NOT mean that you must have all your experience and supervision hours completed by August 31st, 2009 if you do not have an LSW.  It is interpreted to mean that any hours earned before August 31, 2009 may count without an LSW, but for any hours earned after August 31, 2009 to be counted you must have an LSW*.  Dependiing on your situation, you may be submitting an LCSW application at some point in the future with "mixed" hours - some earned before August 31st without an LSW, and some earned after that date with an LSW.  What is most important is that after August 31, 2009 you get your LSW* if you are earning hours toward an LCS