Clinical Supervision

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A person seeking licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Texas must hold the following qualifications:

  1. Hold a Masters Degree in Social Work from CSWE accredited program in accordance with §781.301 of the board rules.
  2. Be currently licensed as an LMSW or LMSW-AP with the TSBSWE or be currently licensed at the master’s level in another jurisdiction by having passed the ASWB national examination. 

If an applicant is not currently licensed at the master’s level, the applicant with qualifying experience must apply to the board as a Licensed Master Social Worker and pass the ASWB master’s examination.  The applicant may also apply for a temporary LMSW license (use Form C).  Once the applicant has passed the national masters examination and been granted a LMSW license by the board, the person may apply to upgrade their license to LCSW.  If the applicant’s qualifying experience is verified and approved, the applicant may sit for the clinical examination (see §781.301 of the board rules).

  1. Accrue qualifying supervised clinical experience per board rule §781.301.
  2. Apply for the LCSW license.
  3. Pass the national clinical examination administered by the ASWB.

A person starting clinical supervision toward licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Texas must:

  1. Be employed in clinical position in an agency as defined in §781.102 of the board rules.
  2. Submit a supervision plan with a board approved LCSW supervisor in accordance with §781.302 of the board rules within 30 days of initiating supervision. 
    • In order for a plan to be approved, the social work services performed must be clinical in nature as defined in §781.102.  Key clinical duties that must be performed include assessment, diagnosis and treatment (clinical therapy or psychotherapy). 
    • If a supervisor is not employed in the same agency as the supervisee, a letter from the agency director granting approval for obtaining supervision outside of the agency must accompany the submitted plan. 
    • The supervisee’s official position description on agency letterhead must accompany the supervision plan.  The position description will be used to assist in determination of whether the experience is clinical.
    • The board staff will review of Supervision Plan for approval.  If approved by staff the TSBSWE will send a letter notifying the LMSW of approval of the plan.  The LMSW may proceed with accruing hours of supervision and months of experience (see number 3 below). 
    • If documentation submitted is not adequate, staff may call or write the LMSW to explain what additional information is needed.  If the plan is not approved, the board will send a letter notifying why the plan was not approved.  A LMSW may appeal the staff decision not to approve a plan to the appropriate board committee.
  1. Complete minimum of 24 months and 100 hours of supervision of full-time (30 hours or more a week) position, in accordance with plan.   
    • If the LMSW changes supervisors, the LMSW should submit a Clinical Supervision Verification Form documenting the supervision completed by the supervisor of the approved plan.  The LMSW should also submit a new plan for approval, updated with the new approved supervisor (see §781.302 of the board rules).
    • If the LMSW changes jobs or their job duties change, the LMSWS should submit a Clinical Supervision Verification Form documenting the supervision completed under the approved plan.  The LMSW should also submit a new plan for approval, updated with the new information regarding their clinical duties and supervisor (see §781.302 of the board rules).
    • New plans submitted are subject to approval and notice of deficiencies or rejection as described in number 2 above.

A person who has completed clinical supervision under a board approved plan toward licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Texas must:

  1. Submit application for upgrade of licensure with appropriate fee and remaining documentation.
  2. Submit a Clinical Supervision Verification Form documenting the supervision completed by the supervisor of the approved plan (see §781.302 of the board rules) for approval, along with a current social work employment history form.
    • In order to be approved, the form must verify that hours of experience were accrued and supervision was provided in accordance with the approved plan.  The LMSW must have completed a minimum of 24 months full-time (30 hours or more a week) supervised clinical social work experience and received at least 100 hours of supervision as defined in §781.102 of the board rules.
    • If the Clinical Supervision Verification is approved, the board will notify both the applicant and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) in writing that applicant has been approved to sit for the national clinical examination.  If the Clinical Supervision Verification is not approved by staff, the social worker may appeal the staff decision to the appropriate board committee.
    • The applicant who has been approved for the clinical examination may submit an application for examination to ASWB and pay the examination fee.  (The process used by ASWB may change from time to time.  Applicants may contact ASWB for more information regarding the examination process).

If the LMSW fails to submit a supervisory plan within 30 days of initiating supervision, then the LMSW will  not receive credit for supervised experience hours.

  1. Complete Examination. Score report is issued at testing center.
    • If passing score (70 or above):
      1. The board will receive examination score from ASWB within 2 weeks of the date of examination.
      2. Upon receipt of the score, the board will enter examination information into database and print and mail new license with in 14 days. 

NOTE: A LMSW is not licensed as a LCSW by virtue of having received a passing score at the test center.  A person is not licensed as a LCSW until a license has been issued by the board.

    • If failing score (69 or below):
      1. Must wait 90-days to apply to retake the exam.
      2. Contact board office near the end of the 90-day waiting period for process on retaking the examination. You must petition the board in writing to retake the examination.
      3. Re apply for examination per the procedure outlined above:
        • You may take the exam up to three (3) times. If you fail the exam on the 3rd attempt you must wait one year and then reapply for licensure or the upgrade of a license in accordance with §781.310 of the board rules.
        • There are no provisions for temporary licensure (§781.309) or the alternative method of competency (§781.311) at the clinical level of licensure.
        • Upon receipt of the new license certificate the new LCSW must:
  1. Display the new license in place of employment or practice.
  2. Update all materials utilizing professional uses of your name with new credentials including business cards, letterhead, computer databases and computerized signatures.

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