Clinical Social Work
Clinical social work is a specialty practice area of social work which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, and other behavioral disturbances. Individual, group and family therapy are common treatment modalities. Social workers who provide these services are required to be licensed or certified at the clinical level in their state of practice. Clinical social workers perform services in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, community mental health, primary care, and agencies. NASW advocates for clinical social workers through the legislative and regulatory process.
NASW Practice Perspectives are valuable members-only resources that provide insight on trends affecting social work practice.
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Beyond the MSW degree and professional clinical license, clinical social workers should obtain voluntary credentials which denote advance practice expertise and achievement. NASW Credentialing Center offers a variety of certifications for clinical social workers.
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Requires Private Practice Specialty Section Membership
Requires Mental Health Specialty Practice Section Membership