What is an LCSW?

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker is a license issued by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The license requires a masters degree from a university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, two years of postgraduate social work employment in a clinical environment, professional supervision by an LCSW supervisor during that time, and passing an exam administered by the Association of Social Work Boards. In addition, every two years the State of Illinois requires an LCSW to complete 30 hours of clinically focused continuing education.

Social Work incorporates all social sciences, applying theory and research methods to study and improve the lives of individuals, groups, and communities, by enhancing the quality of life, preventing and alleviating distress, pursuing social justice, and effecting positive change through development of the full potential of each individual, family, group, and community.