The State of Social Work in Florida
Social Work in Florida is a rapidly growing field, with an increasing need for trained and qualified professionals to meet the diverse needs of the state’s population. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2021, there were approximately 27,280 social workers employed in the state of Florida. This number is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, as the demand for Social Work services increases due to factors such as an aging population and rising rates of mental health issues.
The field of Social Work in Florida is diverse and includes a wide range of specialties such as child welfare, substance abuse, medical social work, and veterans’ services. Social workers in Florida play a vital role in helping individuals, families, and communities to overcome challenges and improve their overall well-being. Additionally, they work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, government agencies, and non-profits.
In 2021, a total of 20,657 social workers took the Clinical Level ASWB exam and it’s estimated that close to 1,000 of those social workers were from the state of Florida, though this exact breakdown is not released by the ASWB.
Prerequisites for Clinical-Level Licensure (LCSW) in Florida
Clinical-Level Licensure candidates need:
- An MSW or DSW degree from a CSWE-accredited institution
- To complete 1,500 hours of supervised experience and 100 hours of direct supervision
- To pass the Clinical Level ASWB exam
- To complete the LCSW application for the State of Florida
- To complete fingerprinting and a background check
Additional information about licensing requirements and rules for licensure can be found on the ASWB website. The fee in Florida for the LCSW license is $175.
Steps to Get Your Clinical License (LCSW) in Florida
1. Complete Your Masters or Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) Degree in Social Work
Your Masters or DSW Degree in Social Work must be from a CSWE-accredited institution. See a list of accredited institutions here.
A Masters or DSW degree in Social Work is required because it provides the necessary education and training including coursework in areas such as human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, and research methods.
Additionally, many programs often include a supervised field placement, where students can apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting and gain hands-on experience. This combination of classroom education and practical experience is necessary to prepare individuals for the complex and challenging work of being a licensed Social Worker.
2. Complete 1,500 Hours of Supervised Experience and 100 Hours of Direct Supervision
In Florida, 1,500 hours of supervised experience is required for obtaining Clinical level licensure in the field of Social Work. This requirement is in place to ensure that individuals who are seeking licensure have the necessary level of practical experience to work effectively and competently as professional Social Workers.
Supervised experience provides an opportunity for individuals to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their Master’s degree program in a real-world setting. Additionally, it allows individuals to gain experience working with a diverse range of clients and develop the ability to use professional judgment in complex and challenging situations.
The supervisor’s role is to provide guidance and support, to help the individual to develop their professional judgment and to ensure that the work done is ethical and in line with professional standards. The 3,000 hours requirement is set to ensure that individuals have adequate supervised experience to meet the competencies required of a licensed Social worker in Florida.
In Florida, 100 hours of direct supervision is also required to be eligible for your LCSW license. Learn more about Florida’s supervision requirements here: Florida Supervision Requirements
3. Register for and Pass the Clinical Level ASWB Exam
Before you take your exam, make sure to review our Pre-Test Checklist and ensure that you are ready to take your Clinical Level exam!
4. Complete the Application for Your Florida LCSW License
To apply for your Florida LCSW license, you will use the state’s online licensing system. This system allows the user to apply for the license and upload any required first-person documentation. A user guide for applying online can be found here.
5. Complete Your Background Check + Fingerprinting
Upon submission of your LCSW application, you will be sent information from the Florida Board of Clinical Social work on fingerprint submission. The fingerprinting is done electronically and in locations throughout the state.
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