Clinical Supervision

The Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) allows a social worker in DC to provide a full range of clinical and non-clinical social work services without supervision. To earn an LICSW license, you must have an MSW from a CSWE-accredited program or a doctoral degree in social work. Like LISW candidates, individuals pursuing an LICSW license must complete a certain amount of supervised experience before becoming licensed. If you accrue your supervised hours in DC, you must hold an LGSW or LICSW license before completing the licensure steps below.

LICSW candidates must complete 3,000 hours of supervised post-graduate experience in clinical social work. This experience must occur within a period of two to four years, during which time you must be supervised by an LICSW (or an individual with an equivalent license if you are completing your experience outside DC). For every 32 hours of work, you must receive at least one hour of supervision and you must accrue a total of at least 100 hours of face-to-face supervision.

Areas of Focus:

Case Review

DSM-V Diagnostic Criteria


Crisis Response

Level of Care

Intervention Strategies