Idaho Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Guide - 2022

AKA: Idaho LCSW License

Last Reviewed: April 18th, 2022

Licensor: Idaho DOPL

Idaho LCSW Licensure Process

The LCSW is the third and highest licensure an Idaho social worker can attain. The social worker can work at a mental health facility and perform clinical services with this credential. They can also establish a private practice, take on clients without supervision, and provide clinical counseling.

Education Requirements

Since this is the only social worker’s license that allows you to practice privately, an MSW is required from a CSWE-approved school or program and 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work.

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Experience Requirements

You’ll need an active LMSW license to finish 3,000 hours of supervised clinical social work experience within 2-5 years. For at least 1,750 hours, you should have direct patient contact, and half of your supervision should be completed by a licensed clinical social worker. Other qualified supervisors are licensed counselors, psychologists, and other independent behavioral health providers. You will have to submit an Application For Approval of Supervisor and Supervision Plan For Clinical Licensure before you can begin accruing hours.

Application Process

Your next step is to submit an LCSW Application to the Board for approval. The application fee is $70, and no further documentation is required for in-state applicants. Out-of-state applicants need to send a copy of their driver’s license or birth certificate to verify their identity, a professional reference, and an official copy of their final transcript.

Examination Requirement

Now it’s time to pass the ASWB Clinical exam, which has a $260 fee. The test comprises 170 multiple-choice questions that check your knowledge about social work and clinical practice. The Board will receive your scores within two weeks of completing the exam. Once approved, you’re granted the ability to practice clinical and non-clinical work independently and operate a private practice.

Background Check

Before being placed in the field, the applicant must complete a current criminal background and fingerprint check. A current criminal background check is when the fingerprint report must have been done within the 12 months before the applicant begins their field practice. The background check results cannot indicate the student is a risk to or may harm potential clients. While a criminal history does not instantly disqualify an applicant, they may be limited to where they can gain practice experience.

The applicant is responsible for scheduling and obtaining the background check before working out in the field. Most background checks are performed through CastleBranch, where applicants will be sent instructions for setting up an account. Anyone with a criminal conviction can submit a Disclosure Statement for Inquiry on Impact of Criminal Conviction form. The Board will formulate an opinion on whether the conviction disqualifies the applicant from obtaining a license. There is also a Disclosure Statement Regarding Criminal Conviction form to make the Board aware of all criminal convictions. Failing to accurately report a conviction may result in denial of licensure.