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Frequently Asked Questions:

Social Work Licensure in NJ

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NASW-NJ has developed answers to FAQs regarding Social Work licensure and certification. The answers to these FAQ are organized according to topic. Answers to these questions are taken from the NJ Social Work Statutes (N.J.S.A. 45:15BB, written by the NJ Legislature) and the NJ Social Work Regulations (N.J.A.C 13:44G, written by the BSWE).

Each answer below includes a link to the PDF document with the section code. Please refer to the specific section for additional information.

NASW-NJ Licensing Consultation

NASW-NJ now offers social workers the opportunity to ask specific questions about licensing. If you cannot find an answer to your question in these FAQs or the NJ Social Work Licensing Regulations, you can contact us by filling out the Licensing Consultation Form.

PLEASE NOTE:
NASW-NJ Licensing Consultation is a benefit of NASW membership.

It is provided at no charge to our members.
If you are an NASW Member, click
here for Licensing Consultation.

If you are not an NASW member, please consider joining.

There are many benefits including Licensing, Ethics and Legal Consultation.

Click here for NASW benefit information. Click here to join NASW.
You can also request Licensing Consultation. There is a fee for non-members. Click here for information.

 

PLEASE READ: We discourage people from calling the BSWE as their small staff is extraordinarily busy and often unable to answer or return phone calls. Calling the BSWE can be a very frustrating experience which is why NASW-NJ offers these FAQs to the NJ Social Work community.


Important New Jersey Licensing Contacts
 
NJ Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE)
PO Box 45033
Newark, NJ 07101
 
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
Questions: 800-225-6880
Exam Registration: 888-579-EXAM (3926)
  
Pearson VUE Testing Sites
Phone number will be on your letter from BSWE
 
 
Hyperlinks
Listed below are hyperlinks to various sections of these FAQs. If you have a question in a particular area, click on that link to go directly to that FAQ section.

General Information 

What is Social Work Licensure and Certification? 
In May of 1991, the State of NJ passed legislation requiring social workers to be certified or licensed as a way to protect the public. This law is administered by the Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE), whose members are appointed by the Governor. The BSWE is under the Division of Consumer Affairs, whose primary responsibility is to protect the public from fraud, deceit and misrepresentation in the sale of goods and services. 

The Statutes and Regulations outline the law and practice of social work in NJ. All licensed and certified social workers should be familiar with these documents. Licensure and certification also serve to preserve social work as a unique profession.

 

Who must be licensed or certified to practice Social Work in New Jersey?
You must be licensed or certified as a social worker if you are practicing social work or being called a social worker EXCEPT in exempted situations which include (but are not limited to) the following: 

  • Students enrolled in a program accredited (or in candidacy) by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), as long as the students are in a supervised course of study and are designated by the title "social work intern.”  

  • Social workers in a non-profit organization who perform any social work service other than psychotherapeutic counseling;

  • School Social Workers, certified by the NJ Department of Education, but only when performing services on behalf of a local school district to students for whom the school district is responsible to provide services.

  • Civil service employees of the state, county, or local government.

REVIEW: NJ Social Work Statutes (N.J.S.A. 45:15BB, subsection 5) for more information.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Once you graduate, you must have your NJ social work license or certification number, issued by the BSWE on their Web site (http://tinyurl.com/NJLicenseVerify), to work as a social worker unless you work in an exempt setting (see above). 

  • If you want to provide clinical social work (psychotherapeutic counseling), you must have a license in order to practice as an LCSW, or as an LSW under the supervision of an LCSW who meets the supervision requirements, unless you work in an exempt setting (see above).

  • If you work in a for-profit organization - even if you are working under a government contract - you must be licensed or certified in order to practice social work.

  • If you are a social worker providing Drug and Alcohol counseling, you must have an LSW or an LCSW, or have a credential from the Alcohol & Drug Counseling Committee (CADC/LCADC).

 

How long is my license/certification valid?
The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) issues licenses and certifications for a two-year (biennial) period. The current period is 09/01/2018 – 08/31/2020.
REVIEW: SUBCHAPTER 7, 13:44G-7.1

 

What are my responsibilities as a licensee?
You must follow the Statutes and Regulations of the Social Work Licensing Act. Included in the Regulations are ethical practices, specific content requirements for client records, information about confidentiality and a description of violations and penalties.

What is the best way for me to contact the BSWE?
We discourage people from calling the BSWE as their staff is extraordinarily busy and often unable to answer or return phone calls. When you need to contact the Board, we recommend that you do this by email or by mail.

You can email your question to:
askconsumeraffairs@dca.lps.state.nj.us
and put "BSWE" in the subject line.
The mailing address is: Board of Social Work Examiners, P.O. Box 45033, Newark, NJ 07101.
Be sure to keep copies of anything you send to them for reference purposes.

Is a background check/fingerprinting required for my license/certification?
Yes, fingerprinting is now a requirement for your social work license or certification. A Certification and Authorization Form for a Criminal History Background Check is included in your application documents. Complete it and send along with other documents when you file your application.

You will receive a letter from the BSWE explaining how to make an appointment for fingerprinting. Once you have been fingerprinted, your fingerprints are electronically forwarded to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) to conduct the criminal history background check. The results will be forwarded directly to the BSWE.

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Even if you have been fingerprinted for another government agency such as the New Jersey Department of Human Services, or a law enforcement agency, you will have to be fingerprinted again. Prior fingerprinting will not be accessible to the BSWE unless it was done for the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) for licensing purposes.

  2. If you need to be fingerprinted, you will have to pay the fingerprinting fee. If you were previously fingerprinted for DCA, then you will need to pay a rescanning fee (which is less) instead of the full fingerprinting fee.

  3. School Social Workers (those credentialed by the NJ Department of Education- DOE) must be fingerprinted as the DOE does not share fingerprint information with the DCA.

I have recently moved. Do I have to update the Board with my new address?|
Yes. Licensees and certificate holders shall notify the Board, in writing, within 30 days of any change in the address on file with the Board and shall specify whether the address is a residence or employment address.  

NOTE: the US Postal Service does not forward license/certification renewal applications to your new address.
REVIEW: SUBCHAPTER 9, 13:44G-9.1

 
I recently changed my last name. How can I update my license?
You need to forward the following information to the BSWE by certified mail, return receipt requested, no later than 30 days following the change of name:
  1. Legal evidence of this change; and
  2. A copy of your original license or certificate with proof that you are the same person to whom the BSWE issued the license or certificate.
Upon receipt of the items, the BSWE shall issue you a new license or certificate. Upon receipt of the new license or certificate, you have to immediately send your original license or certificate to:
BSWE, PO Box 45033, Newark, NJ 07101

 
 

What is Social Work?

"Social work" means the activity directed at enhancing, protecting or restoring a person's capacity for social functioning, whether impaired by physical, environmental, or emotional factors.

 

"Social work services” means concrete, non-clinical services, which may be performed only by a Board licensee or certificate holder. 

 

What is Clinical Social Work?

"Clinical social work" means the professional application of social work methods and values in the assessment and psychotherapeutic counseling of individuals, families, or psychotherapy groups.


"Clinical social work services" means social work services which may be performed only by an LCSW or an LSW under supervision pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:44G-8.

 

Details of what services you can provide through social work or clinical social work are also listed in this subchapter.


 
Can I obtain a social work license if I have a degree in a field other than social work?
Generally, you must hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in social work from a program accredited or in candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
 
If you received a bachelor’s degree in a related field prior to April 6, 1995 please request a Licensing Consultation (see above).
REVIEW: SUBCHAPTER 4, 13:44G 4.3

Can I obtain the application on-line for a certification/license?
You can download, print and complete the appropriate forms from the BSWE Web site. You will need to determine your license level based on your education in order to fill out the appropriate application (see below for descriptions).
  • CSW - If you have received a baccalaureate degree in social work from an educational program accredited, or in candidacy for accreditation, by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); or you have an official transcript indicating that you acquired a baccalaureate degree prior to April 6, 1995, from an accredited institution of higher education in one of the following fields: guidance and counseling, human services, marriage and family counseling, psychology, sociology, vocational/disability rehabilitation.
  • LSW - If you have a Master’s Degree in Social work from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or in candidacy for accreditation by the CSWE, and DO NOT have two years of full time clinical social work experience subsequent to earning the Master's Degree.
  • LCSW - If you have a Master’s Degree in Social work from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or in candidacy for accreditation by the CSWE, and have at least two years of full time clinical social work experience subsequent to earning the Master's Degree.

 
 
Is it true that only LCSWs can supervise student internships?
No. The BSWE Regulations now allow all levels of social workers (CSW, LSW, LCSW) to supervise student internst However, if you are doing clinical work as a student, your supervisor should be an LCSW.
 

 

Can my MSW internship hours be counted toward my LCSW?
No. You cannot start counting the required hours of face-to-face client contact until you have earned a master's degree in social work and have an LSW or proof that you are engaged in social work practice in an exempt setting for which licensure is not required. (see above for information on exempt settings)
 
I just graduated with my MSW and have been offered a job at my internship. Can I work as a social worker if I intend to get my LSW?
  • You can work in an exempt setting (see above) or a non-profit organization as long as you are not doing psychotherapeutic counseling.
  • Remember - You are not licensed after you pass your ASWB exam. You are not licensed when you send in your application. You are not licensed immediately after graduation.
    You are only licensed once the BSWE has approved your license application and assigns a license number to you. You can find this number on the Verification section of the BSWE Web site. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: There is no grace period and no provisional license status in the state of New Jersey. Therefore, under most circumstances, you must have your LSW to work as a Social Worker in NJ.

What can I do with my MSW degree if I have no license/certification?

You can work in an exempted setting (see below for examples). However, if you want to earn hours toward your LCSW, you must be doing work that is considered "clinical social work services" and be supervised by a qualified LCSW.

REVIEW: N.J.A.C. 13:44G-1.2 - Definitions and 8.1 - Clinical Supervision.

 

Examples of exempt settings include but are not limited to:

  • A person certified as a school social worker by the State Department of Education, but only when performing services on behalf of a local school district to students for whom the school district is responsible to provide services.
  •  An employee of the State or a political subdivision thereof which is subject to the provisions of Title 11A, Civil Service, of the New Jersey Statutes, but only in the course of this employment.
  •  A social worker in a non-profit organization, if that person is not doing clinical work. To do clinical work (psychotherapeutic counseling) in a non-profit organization, you must have an LSW and be supervised by a qualified LCSW. 
  • A rabbi, priest, minister, Christian Science practitioner or clergyman of any religious denomination or sect, when engaging in activities, which are within the scope of the performance of the person's regular or specialized ministerial duties and for which no separate charge is made.

REVIEW: N.J.S.A. 45:15BB-5 for more information. 

 

If you are not working in an exempt setting, you need to be licensed as an LSW to provide services noted in the Scope of Practice for Licensed Social Workers.

REVIEW: N.J.A.C. 13:44G-3.2

 

Do I need to have a Social Security Number (SSN) to take the ASWB Exam and/or to get my license?
If you do not have an SSN but wish to take an ASWB Examination you can be authorized to do so by the BSWE. However, you do need to have a SSN in order to apply for your license and before you begin working as a social worker in the state of New Jersey.
 
First you should complete the pre-approval request form (see above). Include a cover letter to the BSWE explaining your situation and ask for approval to take the ASWB Examination.
 
Once you have received your letter of approval, you must contact the ASWB at their Candidate Registration Center number (1-888-579-3926). When you call, explain that you received written approval to take the examination from the New Jersey BSWE. They should be able to register you for your exam. If they inquire further, explain that the New Jersey BSWE does not require individuals to have a SSN to take the examination.
  
 
Does NJ accept out of state licenses?
No. You will have to apply and become licensed in NJ to practice social work in this state. However, under certain circumstances, you may be able to apply for a NJ license under N.J.S.A. 45:1,  (the Uniform Enforcement Act) which could be a simpler process. If you meet the following criteria, click here to review Subsection 7.5 of this law. It will help you determine whether you might be eligible for licensure in NJ based on your active out-of-state license.
  • If you are currently licensed in good standing in another state;
  • If have practiced social work there within the last 5 years;
  • If your state’s requirements meet or exceed those of NJ; and
  • If you have taken and passed the ASWB exam
If you believe you are eligible to apply under this law, contact the BSWE and ask for a Uniform Enforcement Act application form.
 
You can email the BSWE at askconsumeraffairs@dca.lps.state.nj.us. Be sure to put "BSWE" in the subject line. Or you can send a letter to Board of Social Work Examiners, P.O. Box 45033, Newark, NJ 07101.

Be sure to keep copies of anything you send to them for reference purposes.

 

If you do not meet the criteria to apply under this law but you have already taken and passed the ASWB Masters or Clinical exam, then you can submit the regular application for your NJ license. You can access these applications on the BSWE Web site.

 
You should write a brief cover letter to go with your application stating that your are currently licensed in another state. Include a copy of your active license and your current resume as well as documentation of having passed the ASWB exam. These documents will help the BSWE staff and the Board to process your application as quickly as possible.
 
PLEASE NOTE: You cannot practice in NJ until the NJ BSWE has approved your application and granted you a license number which you can find on the Verification section of the BSWE Web site. This is true whether you file under the Uniform Enforcement Act or not.
 

 

Do I have to take the licensing exam again if I already took it for another state?
If you passed the ASWB exam for your license level, you have an active license in another state and you have been practicing within the past 5 years, you probably will not have to retake the exam. However, if you did not take and pass the ASWB exam, or if you have not had an active practice in the past 5 years, the NJ BSWE will need demonstration of your current competency and may ask you to retake the exam.
 
Which NJ license should I apply for?
NJ has three certification/licensing levels:
  • Certified Social Worker (CSW) - Bachelor of Social Work;
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) - Master of Social Work;
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)  - Master of Social Work and at least 2 years of clinical social work experience under appropriate supervision.
Please determine the NJ license level equivalent to your current license from another state. You can get more information and access the appropriate application on the BSWE Web site
 
In addition, you must have taken and passed the ASWB exam to be eligible for an LSW or LCSW in NJ.
ASWB Exams:
  • Masters (LSW Exam):  A generalist test for social workers with an MSW and limited or no post-degree experience.
  • Clinical (LCSW Exam):  A more advanced test for social workers with an MSW and at least two years of post-degree experience in direct clinical practice settings under appropriate supervision.
Complete the application and include ALL information required. Be sure to include a current resume and copy of your license from the other state.

Do I have to take the licensing exam if I did not pass or if my state’s requirements did not require it?
Yes. You will need to follow the steps outlined in the LSW Application Checklist or the LCSW Application Checklist

Will my supervision from the state where I currently live count toward my LCSW?
The BSWE will evaluate your application including your supervisor’s qualifications and make that determination on a case-by-case basis. The Board will often approve a supervisor who is a licensed mental health professional qualified to supervise social workers in that state as long as she/he can document licensure and at least 3 years of practice as a licensed clinical professional prior to the beginning of supervision. The BSWE prefers supervision by an LCSW but does approve other mental health professionals if the other state allows them to supervise social workers.
 
 
When are the licensing exams given?
Exams are given by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) at Pearson VUE testing sites throughout the state. Information about how to schedule your exam will be available in the pre-approval letter you receive from the BSWE which allows you to take the exam.

 

When can I take the exam?

You may take the Masters Level (LSW) exam after you have registered for your last semester of coursework for your Master's program. You can take the Clinical Level (LCSW) exam while you are acquiring the hours of clinical work required to apply for your LCSW. However, the BSWE and ASWB recommend you take the Clinical exam after you’ve had 1-1½ years of clinical experience.

In order to sit for either exam, you must receive prior approval from the BSWE. Go to the BSWE Web site to access information about the application process and to access Applications for the ASWB Masters or Clinical Level Examination pre-approval forms.
  
How can I prepare for the exams?
The NASW-NJ Chapter offers exam preparation courses for both the Masters (LSW) and Clinical (LCSW) exams.  The course includes a full day of instruction, as well as a professionally published study guide and mobile app. Practice questions are also included. ASWB offers a study guide and other organizations offer Test Prep, too.

 

If I fail the exam, may I take it again?
Yes. The ASWB requires that you wait 90 days before taking the exam again. According to ASWB: Day 1 of the 90-day wait begins the day after your test date, and is a straight counting of days (in other words, not 90 business days, weekdays only, etc.).
 
The BSWE has set no limit on the number of times you can take an exam; however, you must pay each time you take it.

How long will the exam take?
You have four hours to complete the exam, which is administered electronically. The test itself consists of 170 multiple-choice questions, 20 of which are "pre-test” items and will not be scored. For more information, visit the ASWB Web site

How soon after taking the Master's level exam (LSW) can I take the Clinical exam (LCSW)?
90 days. However, the BSWE and ASWB recommend you take the clinical exam after you’ve had 1-1½ years of clinical experience. In addition, we suggest that you wait until you have your LSW in-hand before requesting the LCSW application so that there is no confusion in paperwork at the BSWE office.   

 

  
How can I get my Certification as a social worker (CSW) in New Jersey?
Generally, you must have graduated with a BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) from a CSWE accredited program or one in candidacy for accreditation, in order to be eligible for a CSW.
 
*If you received a Bachelor’s degree in a related field prior to April 6, 1995, you may qualify under an exception.
If you are an NASW Member, please complete the Licensing Consultation Form. If you are not a Member, please see the NJ Social Work Regulations (Subchapter 4.3 (a) 4ii) or click here for more options.
 
To apply for certification:
  • Check your eligibility and download the "Certified Social Worker” application
  • Complete and submit your application to the BSWE. You will receive information about fingerprinting in the mail after your application has been reviewed. Prior fingerprinting does not provide a waiver unless it was for the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) for licensing purposes. If you need to be fingerprinted, you will have to pay the fingerprinting fee. If you were previously fingerprinted for DCA then you will need to pay a rescanning fee in lieu of the full fingerprinting fee.
  • Application packets are reviewed by staff for completeness, then formally approved by the BSWE during their monthly meeting. If you need to send additional information, you will received a letter from the BSWE with details of what you need to send.
  • After approval you will receive a letter requesting final payment for your certification fee. Once the BSWE has cashed your check, your certification will be printed in another government office and sent to you in 6-8 weeks. However, once your certification number is posted on the BSWE Verification Web site, you are officially certified and can practice as a CSW.
Can I provide clinical services once I have my CSW?
No, you cannot provide clinical social work services as a CSW.
 
The practice of a CSW includes, but is not limited to, social work services. Social work services include, but are not limited to, social work assessment, social work consultation, social work counseling, social work planning, social work community organization, social work policy, social work administration, social work research, and social work client-centered advocacy.
 
These terms are more specifically defined in N.J.A.C. 13:44G-1.2.
 
 
 

How can I get my LSW in New Jersey?

NASW-NJ has developed an LSW Application Checklist that gives a step-by-step list of how to proceed. You can also go to the BSWE Web site to download and print an application.

 

Can I practice clinical social work as an LSW?
Yes, but ONLY under appropriate supervision. In NJ, a clinical supervisor must be an LCSW who has practiced as an LCSW for at least 3 years, and who has taken at least 20 continuing education credits of post-graduate coursework related to supervision before supervision begins.
 
Clinical social work services include, but are not limited to clinical assessment, clinical consultation, psychotherapeutic counseling and client-centered advocacy and clinical supervision of individuals pursuant to the standards set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:44G-8.1. However, an LSW may not provide clinical supervision. These terms are more specifically defined in N.J.A.C. 13:44G-1.2.

 

Also, no LSW is permitted to perform custody/parenting time evaluations as described in Subchapter 13.
  
Can an LSW provide clinically-focused volunteer work to acquire hours toward an LCSW?
Volunteer work is accepted as long as there is documentation that proves the work is fully compliant with the NJ Social Work Regulations as if it were an employment situation, and the LSW is supervised according to the Regulations. Supervision must be provided weekly and face-to-face by a clinical supervisor who meets the requirements outlined in the Regulations. See Clinical Supervision Guidelines for more information.
Does a 50-minute face-to-face session count as 1-hour toward my required clinical hours?
Yes
Do I need to get my LSW before I apply for my LCSW? 
In most situations, yes. You need to pass the Masters level exam and hold an LSW to be eligible to apply for the LCSW UNLESS you can document that you work in an exempt setting or have equivalent credentials from another state or jurisdiction. REVIEW: NJ Social Workers N.J.S.A. 45:15BB-5 and 45:15BB-7 
 
Are LSWs eligible to take the Clinical Supervision course?
LSW's can take the course and may find it useful if they are supervising (other LSWs, BSWs, etc). The Board requires that you take the course only once after receiving your MSW so this credential will "last". But if you are NOT supervising now, it might make more sense to wait and take the course closer to when you will supervise since an LSW is at least 3 years away from supervising LSWs for their LCSWs.
 
 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Requires MSW and clinical experience under appropriate supervision

 

How can I get my LCSW in New Jersey?

NASW-NJ has developed an LCSW Application Checklist that gives a step-by-step list of how to proceed. You can also go to the BSWE Web site to download and print an application.


What clinical experience do I need to get an LCSW?

If you began your clinical social work experience (accruing hours) under a qualified supervisor prior to September 17, 2018 then your work will be subject to previous Regulations. You will need to document completion of 1920 hours of face-to-face client contact that meet the definition of “clinical social work” (see the NJ Social Work Regulations, Subchapter 1.2–Definitions).

 

If you began accruing hours on or after September 17, 2018, you will follow the current NJ Social Work Regulations. You will need to document a total of 3,000 hours of work completed within 2-4 consecutive years (24-48 months) after earning a master’s degree in social work. At least 1,920 of these hours shall be in face-to-face client contact that meet the definition of "clinical social work services." At least half of the 1,920 hours (960) shall be providing psychotherapeutic counseling (see the NJ Social Work Regulations, Subchapter 1.2–Definitions).

PLEASE REMEMBER: You must be supervised by an appropriate supervisor while providing clinical social work services. See below for information about Clinical Supervision and review the Clinical Supervision Guidelines to be sure your supervision will be accepted by the BSWE.

The rest of the 3,000 hours (up to 1080) can include time spent in supervision (individual or group) or other social work-related activities including documentation in case records.

 

What kind of job will allow me to get my clinical hours? 

You need a job where you can provide clinical social work services to clients face-to-face. The BSWE uses your official job description (provided by your employer) to determine whether your work meets the definitions and requirements established in the NJ Social Work Regulations (see Subchapter 1.2 - Definitions).
 
If your job description does not show that the work you are doing meets the definition of “clinical social work” and/or “psychotherapeutic counseling,” then your hours probably will not be accepted in these categories.

 

Is there a specific form I can use to keep track of my hours toward my LCSW?
Yes. Forms are available in this section (see below). These forms may be useful but are not required by the BSWE. The BSWE does not want you to send them with your application, but they will help you make sure you have all necessary documentation prior to applying for your LCSW. NASW-NJ recommends that you keep these documents until you have your LCSW in-hand (or longer), just in case the BSWE has any questions.
 
How to use these forms:
You should complete 1 Cover Page for EACH LCSW who is providing you with supervision during the time you are acquiring clinical hours. 
  • The Cover Page asks for documentation of LCSW Supervisor's credentials and their signature.
  • The Excel Spreadsheet will allow you to keep the file electronically and will calculate the hours for you.
    BE SURE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE DOCUMENTATION FORM BEFORE USING IT.
  • The Progress Report should be completed by your supervisor on a quarterly basis. A copy should be given to you, and to your employer if you have "outside" supervision (see below for details).
 
Who can supervise me?
Clinical supervision may only be provided by an LCSW who has a minimum of three years experience as an LCSW and who has completed at least 20 hours of continuing education credits of post-graduate course-work related to supervision.
NOTE:  The supervisor must complete this course before supervision begins.
 
PLEASE NOTE: It is strongly suggested that you receive a copy of your supervisor’s proof of the 20 hours of post-graduate continuing education credits related to supervision before you start working together. Otherwise, if it turns out that they have not taken the required course, then your hours will not be accepted by the BSWE. NASW-NJ has developed Clinical Supervision Guidelines which outline the requirements for Clinical Supervision.

 

NASW-NJ also offers a Clinical Supervision Course that meets the BSWE requirements. Other approved courses are listed on the BSWE Web site (go to Continuing Education page).
How often do I have to meet with my supervisor?
Supervisors must provide at least one-hour of face-to-face individual or group clinical supervision per week. A group can include not more than 4 LSWs working toward their LCSW.

 

Can I meet with my supervisor using Skype or other videoconferencing systems?

Superviosrs can provide one hour of individual clinical supervision through synchronous video conferencing, which complies with the confidentiality requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), for no more than half of the total supervision hours. Note that Skype and Facetime are not HIPAA compliant. Google HIPAA compliant videoconferencing for options.


Can I see private clients while under supervision for my LCSW?
No. Only LCSWs may engage in independent (private) practice. An LSW under LCSW supervision may provide clinical social work services in an agency or private practice owned by a healthcare professional licensed to provide clinical mental health services. The LSW can be an employee or volunteer, must have appropriate clinical supervision as outlined in the Regulations, and meet all other requirements of Subchapter 8.1. REVIEW: SUBCHAPTER 8: Clinical Supervision 

Is the clinical supervisor course the same as the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) course?
No, they are two distinctly different courses. The Clinical Supervision Course is designed to train supervisors  of LSWs. The SIFI course is designed to train supervisors of social work students. Each course only needs to be taken once but neither can substitute for the other.
  
I have my LSW and I want to work toward my LCSW but there is no one who meets the state requirements to provide Clinical Supervision where I work. Can I pay for outside Supervision?
Yes, you can pay for outside or "off premises" supervision. However there are additional steps that need to be taken in order to comply with the Regulations.

 

  • Be sure the supervisor has an LCSW with a minimum of three years of experience as an LCSW and has completed at least 20 hours of continuing education credits of post-graduate work related to supervision;
  • Receive written permission from your employer for off-premises supervision with that specific supervisor;
  • Tell clients that you are practicing under supervision, and identify the supervisor for the client;
  • Obtain the client's written consent if you choose to share documents/case records with the supervisor;
  • In addition, the supervisor must provide written progress reports concerning the social worker to the social worker and the employer on at least a quarterly basis. Here is a sample Progress Report which may be used but this specific document is not required by the BSWE. A list of information that needs to be contained in the progress report can be found in SUBCHAPTER 8.1(h) 1 i-ix: Clinical Supervision 
PLEASE NOTE: It is strongly suggested that you receive a copy of your Supervisor’s proof showing that s/he has taken at least 20 hours of continuing education credits of post-graduate course-work related to supervision before you start working with her/him.
 
 
 
How many continuing education hours (CEUs) am I required to complete for my license?

When you renew your license or certification online (summer, 2020), you will need to confirm that you have or will have completed the necessary continuing education requirements for your license or certification level. The information below is for a full 2-year licensing cycle (currently September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2020).
  • Certified Social Worker (CSW): CSWs must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education (5 hours of which must be in ethics and 3 hours in the area of social and cultural competence). CSWs who have completed more than the 20 hours during the biennial period may carry over a maximum of 4 surplus hours into the next cycle.
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW): LSWs must complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education (5 hours of which must be in ethics and 3 hours in the area of social and cultural competence). LSWs who have completed more than the 30 hours during the biennial period may carry over a maximum of 6 surplus hours into the next cycle. 
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): LCSWs must complete a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education (5 hours of which must be in ethics and 3 hours in the area of social and cultural competence). At least 20 must be courses or programs related directly to clinical practice. LCSWs who have completed more than the 40 hours during the biennial period may carry over a maximum of 8 surplus hours into the next cycle.
How many continuing education hours (CEU) am I required to complete if I got my license in the middle (second year) of the licensing cycle?
If an applicant initially obtains a license or certificate during the second year of a biennial license period (dated September 1, 2019 or later), the applicant shall complete not fewer than one-half of the minimum required credits of continuing education. Three credits shall be in ethics-related courses, two credits shall be related to social/cultural competence. An LCSW shall complete a least 10 of the 20 required credits in programs which directly relate to clinical practice.

REVIEW: SUBCHAPTER 6, 13:44G-6.2 (b)

 

Can I count some courses for more than one type of credit?
Continuing education credits that could be allocated to general social work, clinical practice, ethics, or social and cultural competence shall only be counted once and shall not be allocated for more than one category. For instance, a course which could be allocated towards clinical practice or ethics shall count towards either clinical practice or ethics, but not both.
REVIEW: SUBCHAPTER 6, 13:44G-6.2 (d)

 
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