License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
A licensed clinical social worker can engage in the independent practice of mental health therapy. The LCSW license is the highest level of social work licensure in Utah.
Qualifying for an LCSW License
After practicing under supervision as a CSW for 4,000 hours * (in no less than two years), you can apply for licensure as an LCSW. Complete the following steps:
IF YOU HAVE TAKEN THE ASWB CLINICAL EXAM ALREADY:
-You do not need to submit transcripts if licensed as a CSW in the State of Utah. If you are not licensed as a CSW in Utah and are applying for licensure from another jurisdiction, please refer to section on "Licensure by Endorsement”
- Download and complete the application for LCSW licensure available here Utah Social Work Licensing Applications
-Make sure you complete the "Verification of Clinical Social Work and Mental Health Therapy Training for Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker”. Make sure that your supervisor completes this form (do not even write your own name on it!)
* Of these hours, 1,000 hours must be supervised practice in mental health therapy and not less than 100 hours must be direct individual face-to-face supervision
IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN THE ASWB CLINICAL EXAM ALREADY:
-Print license application, including Verification of Clinical Social Work and Mental Health Therapy Training for Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker” (have your supervisor complete this form IN ITS ENTIRETY!) from www.dopl.utah.gov, complete it, and submit it (with $120 fee) to DOPL. Must submit OFFICIAL transcripts verifying awarding of degree with the application.
-Receive letter from DOPL confirming you are pre-approved to take the ASWB clinical exam. Letter will provide ASWB exam registration information. YOU HAVE ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF APPROVAL TO PASS THE EXAM.
- Call ASWB and register for the ASWB Clinical examination
-If you pass the exam, the LCSW license will be mailed to you.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Checklist
-Download and complete the application for LCSW licensure
-Submit an unofficial score report verifying that you passed the Clinical social work exam
-If you did not take the Clinical exam after graduation, submit license application to DOPL in order to get pre-approved to take the exam.
-Register with ASWB to take the Clinical exam
-Download and have your supervisor complete the "Verification of Clinical Social Work and Mental Health Therapy Training for Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker”
-Send in the application, transcripts, and verification form with a $120 fee