According to the Association of Social Work Board all 50 states have laws which govern social work practice and each set their own criteria to obtain licensure. There is no reciprocity between states, you must reapply to change your license to another state and be aware regulations may be different. Most states require an application, school transcripts, passing a background check, and exam.

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Association of Social Work Boards

The Association of Social Work Boards is the organization that produces the required licensure examinations for 49 states. The process of applying for licensure is located on the website.

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About licensing and regulation

Recommended Course Titles That May Be Used for Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) for MSW Students

Disclaimer: It is the ultimate responsibility of the applicant for course selection

Complete Twenty-seven (27) semester hours or forty-one (41) quarter hours of graduate course work that must include graduate level course credits with material in at least the following content areas (see associated MSW courses that include the necessary content-courses may be listed for more than one area):

Course Content Foundation Mental Health & Addictions
Addiction counseling theories and techniques S508 S685, S686
Clinical Problems S518 S683, S685, S686
Psychopharmacology S517 S686
Psychopathology S517
Clinical appraisal and assessment S517, S518 S685
Theory & practice of group addiction counseling S518 S686, S687
Counseling addicted family systems S518 S686
Multicultural counseling S507 S683, S686
Research methods in addictions

S502

S502 Note: Students are advised to focus assigned projects on individuals with co-occurring disorders.

S623

S623 Note: Students are advised to focus assigned projects on individuals with co-occurring disorders.

, S683,
Legal, ethical, and professional standards… S506 S686
Appraisal & assessment for individual or interpersonal disorder or dysfunction S517 S685

The following requirements are met with S651 & S652 (please note that students must complete 700 field hours to qualify for the LCAC):

PRACTICUM, INTERNSHIP, and ADVANCED INTERNSHIP Applicants must complete not less than one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting, which must include a minimum of seven hundred (700) clock hours with a minimum of two hundred eighty (280) face-to-face client contact hours of addiction counseling services with a minimum of one hundred five (105) hours of supervision from a LCAC who has at least five (5) years’ experience as a qualified supervisor. A "qualified supervisor" means an individual who is supervising within his or her scope of experience and training and holds an active license at the time of supervision as: (1) A clinical addiction counselor; Page 5 of 9 (2) A clinical social worker; (3) A marriage and family therapist; (4) A physician with training in psychiatric medicine; (5) A psychologist; (6) A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing; or (7) Another state-regulated addiction counseling professional or, if the experience was gained in a state where no regulation exists, by an addictions or behavioral health professional of equivalent status; who has at least five (5) years of experience in providing addiction services.

Note: It is the responsibility of the student to document the above for the purpose of LCAC licensure.

POST GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE/SUPERVISION Applicants must have at least two (2) years of clinical addiction counseling experience that must include at least two hundred (200) hours under supervision, one hundred (100) hours of which must be under individual supervision and one hundred (100) hours of which must be under group supervision. The supervision required must be provided by a qualified supervisor, as determined by the board. The experience requirement may not be performed away from the qualified supervisor’s premises if: (1) The work is the independent private practice of addiction therapy; and (2) The work is not performed at a place that has the supervision of a qualified supervisor. As used in IC 25-23.6-10.5-8, "qualified supervisor" means an individual who is supervising within his or her scope of experience and training and holds an active license at the time of supervision as: (1) A clinical addiction counselor; (2) A clinical social worker; (3) A marriage and family therapist; (4) A physician who has training in psychiatric medicine; (5) A psychologist; (6) A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing; or (7) Another state-regulated addiction counseling professional or, if the experience was gained in a state where no regulation exists, by an addictions or behavioral health professional of equivalent status; with at least five (5) years of experience in addictions counseling. The verification of clinical experience and supervision forms must come directly to our office from the individual(s) verifying the clinical experience and supervision hours.

Note:  It is your responsibility to keep records of your clinical supervision post-graduation.