Nebraska differs from other states regarding social worker licensing. While most states require that people have a license before engaging in social work, you can do so in Nebraska without a certificate or license. However, you cannot use the title of “social worker” without obtaining the proper licensure. If you do so, you could face serious repercussions in the state that could derail your career, including plans for the future.
Thus, it’s important to go through the proper channels so you can use the title of “social worker.” The state offers two paths, allowing you to choose between becoming a certified social worker or a certified master social worker. Then you will be able to call yourself a social worker while engaging in non-clinical social work. That means you’ll have the power to help individuals and communities but won’t be able to provide mental health services.
The Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit is the licensing body, and you can reach out at any time with questions. If you run into trouble when working toward your license, you can call the licensure unit at 402-471-2117 or email DHHS.Licensure2117@nebraska.gov.
Fortunately, though, the process for becoming a certified social worker or certified master social worker is relatively straightforward in Nebraska. Thus, this guide should put you on the path needed to get your social worker license.
Once you complete the steps, you can get your certification from the state and let others know you are a certified social worker. While the scope of work might not change, having the title next to your name will give you an air of authority and help you build trust with clients and the community you serve. You’ll also discover that the title makes it much easier to obtain work as a social worker.