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Becoming a Licensed Social Worker. Jessica C. Smith March 30, 2007. Agenda. Application Process Application and licensing information for graduate level licensure in different jurisdictions Requirements for advanced licensure Exam Information Test content Study tips and review guides.

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Becoming a licensed social worker

Becoming a Licensed Social Worker

Jessica C. Smith

March 30, 2007


Agenda

Agenda

  • Application Process

    • Application and licensing information for graduate level licensure in different jurisdictions

    • Requirements for advanced licensure

  • Exam Information

    • Test content

    • Study tips and review guides


Application process

Application Process

  • Different rules apply for different states.

  • Each state has a state board of social work that can provide valuable information.

    • Alabama: www.socialwork.alabama.gov

    • Maryland: www.dhmh.state.md.us/bswe

    • D.C.: www.dchealth.dc.gov


Alabama lgsw

Alabama, LGSW

  • Licensed Graduate Social Worker

    • Requires MSW from accredited school and passing exam score

    • Application includes: Application form (including work history), transcript showing degree conferred, and $75 fee

    • Complete and submit application

    • Receive permission to take national Master’s level exam


Alabama lcsw

Alabama, LCSW

  • Alabama, Licensed Certified Social Worker

    • Requires 2 years full time or 3 years part time supervision

    • 4 hours per month of supervision for a total of 48 hours per year

    • Supervisor can be an LCSW in agency or a PIP (private independent practice) out of agency


Maryland lgsw

Maryland, LGSW

  • Maryland, Licensed Graduate Social Worker:

    • Requires MSW from accredited school and passing exam score

    • Application includes application form, 3 professional references, a letter from the school indicating academic status and pending graduation, and $100 fee

    • Complete and submit application

    • Receive permission to take national Master’s level exam


Maryland lcsw and lcsw c

Maryland, LCSW and LCSW-C

  • Maryland, LCSW (Advanced Generalist, Licensed Certified Social Worker)

    • 3000 hours work experience over 2-6 consecutive years

    • 144 hours direct supervision, individual or group (group may not exceed 72 hours)

    • Supervisor must be LCSW/LCSW-C and board approved

  • Maryland, LCSW-C (Clinical, Licensed Certified Social Worker, Clinical)

    • Same as LCSW except 1500 of 3000 work hours must be direct face-to-face client contact


District of columbia lgsw

District of Columbia, LGSW

  • District of Columbia, Licensed Graduate Social Worker:

    • Requires MSW from accredited school

    • Application must be submitted after applicant passes national Master’s level exam

    • Application includes: application form, 2 passport type photos, 3 character reference forms (2 professional), transcript showing degree conferred, an official copy of exam scores, and $176 fee


District of columbia lisw and licsw

District of Columbia, LISW and LICSW

  • District of Columbia, LISW (Advanced Generalist, Licensed Independent Social Worker)

    • 3000 work hours over 2-4 years

    • 1 hour of supervision (individual or group) for every 32 practice hours

    • LISW supervisor

  • District of Columbia, LICSW (Clinical, Licensed Independent Social Worker, Clinical)

    • Same as LISW, except supervisor must be an LICSW


The master s level exam

The Master’s Level Exam

  • This is a national exam that applies to all states except California. It costs $175.

  • The exam is administered through ACT centers across the country.

  • There are 5 exam levels:

    • Associate

    • Bachelor

    • Master

    • Advanced Generalist

    • Clinical


Exam format

Exam Format

  • 170 multiple choice questions

  • 150 questions count towards score

  • Questions are pulled randomly from a large bank of questions

  • Computer testing

  • You have 4 hours to take

    the exam


Scoring the exam

Scoring the Exam

  • Different scores for different states

  • Calculating your score is not so simple…


Master s exam content

Master’s Exam Content

  • Human Development and Behavior in the Environment (18%)

    • Theories and concepts

    • Application of knowledge

  • Diversity and Social/Economic Justice (7%)

    • Diversity

    • Social/economic justice and oppression

  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning (11%)

    • Biopsychosocial history and collateral data

    • Assessment methods and techniques

    • Assessment indicators, components, and characteristics

    • Indicators of abuse and neglect

    • Intervention planning


Master s exam content cont

Master’s Exam Content (cont.)

  • Direct and Indirect Practice (22%)

    • Intervention models and methods

    • The intervention process

    • Intervention techniques

    • Intervention with couples and families

    • Intervention with groups

    • Intervention with communities and larger systems

    • Consultation and interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Communication (7%)

    • Communication principles

    • Communication Techniques

  • Professional Relationships (5%)

    • Relationship concepts

    • Social worker and client roles

    • Ethical issues within the relationship


Master s exam content cont1

Master’s Exam Content (cont.)

  • Professional Values and Ethics (11%)

    • Professional Ethics

    • Legal and ethical issues

    • Confidentiality

  • Supervision, Administration, and Policy (8%)

    • Supervision and staff development

    • Human resources management

    • Finance and administration

  • Practice Evaluation and the Utilization of Research (2%)

    • Data collection

    • Data analysis

    • Utilization of research


Master s exam content cont2

Master’s Exam Content (cont.)

  • Service Delivery (9%)

    • Service delivery systems

    • Obtaining services

    • Effects of policies and procedures on service delivery


Studying and exam tips

Studying and Exam Tips

  • Spend the most amount of time on:

    • Areas with largest percentage of questions

    • Areas you are weakest

  • Pay attention to qualifying words like:

    • MOST and FIRST

  • Always read the stem carefully!

  • Flag questions for review


Study aids

Study Aids

  • www.socialworkexam.com

  • www.aatbs.com

  • www.ebay.com

  • www.licensingprep.com

  • www.socialworksearch.com/jewell

  • Books!

    • Study guides through ASWB

    • Books from school


References

References

  • Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners. www.socialwork.alabama.gov. Accessed March 26, 2007

  • Association of Social Work Boards. (2004). Study Guide, 5th ed. Virginia: Author.

  • Association of Social Work Boards. (2006). Candidate Handbook, 2006-2007. Virginia: Author.

  • Association of Social Work Boards. www.aswb.org. Accessed on March 26, 2007.

  • District of Columbia Board of Social Work. www.doh.dc.gov. Accessed on March 26, 2007.

  • Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. www.dhmh.state.md.us/bswe. Accessed on March 26, 2007.


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