What is the Difference Between the LCSW and the LMSW?
A career in the field of social work might be enhanced by earning an LSW, LCSW, or an LMSW. Figuring out what kind of licensure you need, and what you need to do to earn it can be a challenge. Understanding the basics of the licensure process and the different types of licenses available to Social Workers is an important step in determining your next steps.
Each state has different requirements for social work licensure and you will find that they can vary quite a bit from state to state. All states require different things, but some of the more common requirements might include; passing a master’s level licensing exam; accumulating training in specific areas of social work; accruing supervisory hours under the supervision of a licensed social worker; and accruing a state specified number of hours working directly with clinets. In order to learn the specific qualification for your state, please consult the links below:
In most cases, social work professionals are required to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work in order to qualify to earn the distinction of being a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
While earning your MSW degree you should begin thinking about the type of work you want to do as a social worker upon graduation, as you can steer your coursework in that direction. An LMSW does not generally do clinical social work, and might focus more on things like case management, administration, work with public or private organizations, and consultation work. An LCSW, on the other hand, would be licensed to do clinical work, and therefore might find his/herself working as a therapist and providing clinical services, psychotherapy, and/or counseling.