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IL license defense attorneySocial workers are all around us -- they can be found in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, the military, private corporations and even in private practices. The purpose of social work is to help people and promote overall well being, which is why social workers are licensed and regulated in the state of Illinois by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Illinois provides two options for licensure in the state: licensed social worker (LSW) and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). These licenses are similar, but there are limitations on what each type of license permits a person to do, which is also why the requirements for each license are different.

Licensed Social Worker

If a person holds an LSW, they are permitted to practice social casework, social group work, community-based social welfare, social work education or social work research. LSWs are permitted to administer social services to individuals, groups or communities, along with engaging in clinical social work, as long as it is not conducted in a private, independent practice.

To obtain an LSW, a person is required to:

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social work license, social worker license, clinical social work,  Illinois professional license defense lawyer, license defense attorneyA career that can help others in the clinical social work field is a commendable opportunity for those who have a passion for people. However, if someone wants to pursue this type of job, he or she will need to obtain at least a Master’s in Social Work, and he or she will need to apply for a Clinical Social Work license before starting a career in social work.

Who Can be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?

A licensed clinical social worker is a person who holds a license to practice clinical social work in the state of Illinois. This person will be authorized to provide mental health services in order to evaluate, treat, and prevent mental and emotional disorders in affected individuals and groups. A licensed clinical social worker can also assist in assessing a client’s psychological development, behavior, and interpersonal relationships.

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