A Licensed Clinincal Social Worker ~LCSW~ holds the highest level of license in the social work profession.
A LCSW is uniquely qualified, skilled mental health professional who is authorized to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals, families, couples, and groups of all ages, social, economic and ethnic groups.
A LCSW is qualified to treat a range of human issues including behavioral disorders, substance use disorders, mental health and emotional dysregulation via counseling, therapy, mediation, direct practive and psychotherapy.
A LCSW is qualified by skills and training to provide mental health services, and diversity/social justice services/support to at risk individuals, families, groups, and communities.
To be licensed and practice as a LCSW in Texas the requirements are:
- Hold an undergraduate degree
- Hold a Master of Social Work degree: 60 semester hours and a 900 hour Practicum
- Pass a National Exam to become a Licensed Master Social Worker~LMSW~
- Complete 3000 hours of supervised clinical service delivery experience with clients
- Complete 100 hours of direct supervision by a LCSW Supervisor with an approved plan by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
- Pass a National Advanced Clinical Examination by the Association of Social Work Boards
- Pass the Texas Jurisprudence Examination by the State of Texas
- Provide proof of 30 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEU's), including 6 hours of Ethics Training, every 24 months
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor~LCDC~#13565, Texas Department of State Health Services
Scope of Practice: An LCDC is licensed to provide chemical dependency counseling services involving the application of the principles, methods, and procedures of the chemical dependency profession as defined by the profession's ethical standards and the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAs) as defined by CSAT Technical Assistance Publication (TAP 21) "Addictions Counseling Competencies: the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice." https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/...
Master Addiction Counselor~MAC~#510195, National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals
- Official Master's Degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
- Evidence of current credential or license as a Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselor or Professional Counselor (social worker) issued by a state or credentialing authority.
- Evidence of three years full-time or 6,000 hours of supervised experience as a Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselor.
- Written verification of competency in all skills groups by a supervisor or other health care professionals who have personally observed the candidate’s Substance Use Disorder/Addiction work.
- Evidence of 500 contact hours of education and training in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction. At least 50% of training hours must be face-to-face. Must include at least six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/other pathogens training within the last six years.
- Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics.