Wyoming Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Guide - 2023
AKA: Wyoming LCSW License
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If you want to practice social work in Wyoming independently, you need to acquire the Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LCSW license.
Because the license grants you unsupervised application of social work practice, you need to acquire enough experience under a provisional license.
You need to have a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work degree or a doctorate in social work. Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in Wyoming.
The first step towards LCSW is to get a Provisional Clinical Social Worker license. To do so, submit the PCSW application form to the licensing board along with:
After the application gets approval, the licensing board will provide you with a PCSW license valid for 36 months and a supervision agreement.
With the PCSW license, you can start accruing 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, the requirement to get an LCSW license. You need to spend at least 1,200 of these hours with direct contact with clients.
You have to be supervised by an LCSW, professional counselor, psychologist, or therapist while working. The supervisor needs to have been licensed for at least two years and have four years of post-graduate experience.
You also need to acquire 100 hours of in-person supervision. It can be in an individual setting or a group of no more than three people, including yourself and the supervisor.
In the event that you change supervisors in the middle of acquiring work experience, you will need to notify the licensing board about it. A new supervisor plan should be submitted based on the change of supervisors.
Once the PCSW license is approved, you can take the ASWB exam as part of the license requirement. You can take either the Clinical or the Advanced Generalist exam. The latter covers non-clinical social work practice questions, while the former deals with clinical applications.
The ASWB will directly send the test results to the licensing board within two weeks of your examination date.
If everything is in order, you will receive your license. The PCSW is valid for up to three years. You can complete the requirements to apply for the next level during this time.
In case you need more time to complete your supervised hours or take the ASWB exam, you can request an extension from the licensing board. There is no guarantee that it will be granted. It depends on the situation and individual case.
The next step is to apply to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Once you have accrued enough work experience and passed the exam, you can submit your LCSW application. All supervisors who are part of your work experience need to complete the Verification and Evaluation of Supervised Experience forms included within the application.
While waiting for the licensing board to review your application, you must continue to work supervised. You will be notified if your application is approved. The LCSW license will be granted after this allowing you to practice clinical social work unsupervised in the state.
After two years, you can supervise other trainees.