Credentialing

Index

LMSW
LCSW
LCSW ”R”
School Social Work Certification


LMSW-Licensed Master Social Worker

General Requirements

“The practice of licensed master social work and the use of the title “Licensed Master Social Worker” and the designation of “LMSW” or derivatives thereof in New York State requires licensure as a licensed master social worker, unless otherwise exempt under the law.”

To be licensed as a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character as determined by the Department;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet examination requirements; and
  • complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider.”

For complete information including application, fees, education, examinations, etc. go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/lmsw.htm

Professional opportunities can be enhanced by obtaining an LCSW and/or “R” Psychotherapy Privilege.


LCSW-Licensed Clinical Social Worker

General Requirements

“The practice of licensed clinical social work and the use of the title “Licensed Clinical Social Worker” and the designation of “LCSW” or derivatives thereof in New York State requires licensure as a licensed clinical social worker, unless otherwise exempt under the law.

To be licensed as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • have an education that includes a masters degree in social work (M.S.W.) with at least 12 semester hours of clinical coursework acceptable to the Department;
  • have at least 3 years of post M.S.W. supervised experience in diagnosis, psychotherapy and assessment-based treatment planning acceptable to the Department;
  • meet clinical examination requirements; and
  • complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider.

Note: In most cases you must be licensed and currently registered to practice as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in New York to complete the supervised experience for licensure as an LCSW. Effective September 1, 2004, the practice of licensed clinical social work is restricted to those licensed or authorized under New York law.”

For complete information including application, fees, education, examinations, supervision, etc. go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/lcsw.htm


LCSW “R” Psychotherapy Privilege

“New York State Insurance Law authorizes a privilege to the LCSW license. This privilege requires the LCSW license and three years of supervised experience in psychotherapy obtained after receiving the LCSW. A separate application and fee are required for this privilege.”
General Requirements

“To secure a licensed clinical social worker psychotherapy “R” privilege in New York State you must:

  • be a licensed and currently registered New York State licensed clinical social worker;
  • meet professional work experience for the privilege; and
  • file an application for the privilege and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the
  • Professions at the address specified on each form.”

“Psychotherapy “R” Privilege: An LCSW who fulfills the requirements of the insurance law for supervised experience providing psychotherapy, is recognized in New York State as a reimbursable psychotherapist. The “R” privilege requires insurance carriers to provide reimbursement for psychotherapy services whenever a health insurance contract includes reimbursement of qualified psychologists and psychiatrists. The “R” statute has been called “mandatory legislation.” This designation is added to one’s license number (e.g., LCSW R123456) and the practitioner’s clients must receive reimbursement for mental health services under the regulation and limitations of the insurance law. Information on LCSWs who have the “R” privilege is available here, listed by name of Licensed Clinical Social Worker.”

For complete information including application, fees, experience, supervision, etc. go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/lcswprivilege.htm


Certification

Position Statement on Certification Standards for School Social Workers
by the New York State School Social Workers’ Association

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Certification Requirements:

In order to be a School Social Worker in a NYS Public School setting you will need to obtain a provisional certificate as a School Social Worker. When visiting the New York State Department of Education website school social workers information can be found under the “Pupil Personnel Services” designation.  After 2 years of service you will be eligible to apply for a permanent certificate. Each of these certificates has a list of requirements which we offer access to through the links below.

Provisional Certification:
The Provisional Certificate is New York State’s entry-level certificate for pupil personnel professionals and school administrators.  To Access Guidelines go to: http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/CertRequirementHelp.do

  • School Social Workers are included in the drop down for Administrators and Pupil Personnel Services
  • Under Subject area you will find “Social Worker”
  • Under Select a Grade Level Certification for Social Workers is for grades “Pre K-12” All Grades
  • Under Title is “School Social Worker”
  • Select Type of Certificate interested in

Please note:

  • As a requirement of the certification process you must obtain a Licensed Master Social Worker.
  • Workshop – Child Abuse Identification (2 clock hours)
  • Workshop – School Violence Intervention and Prevention (2 clock hours)
  • Workshop – Dignity For All Students Act   (6 clock hours)
  • Finger printing clearance    See Instructions

Permanent Certification:

To Access Guidelines go to: http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/CertRequirementHelp.do

  • To progress to a Permanent Certificate, the applicant must hold a valid Provisional Certificate in the title of the Permanent Certificate sought. i.e. “School Social Worker”.
  • Paid, full-time Pupil Personnel experience – School Social Worker – 2 Yr
  • Citizenship Status – INS Permanent Residence or U.S. Citizenship

Questions?

Certification:  Contact NYSED at https://secureforms.nysed.gov/ohe/tcert/ContactOTI.cfm

Licensure:  Contact the Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services:  opunit5@nysed.gov
Please provide your name, the last 4 digits of your social security number, date of birth, and the name of the profession in any correspondence.

For Practice Alerts and Guidelines from NYSED Office of the Professions for Social Workers Click Here