Clinical Social Work Licensure

Washington State

Clinical Social Work is the largest category of licensed professionals providing outpatient mental health care (2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Clinical Social Work facts

Independent clinical social workers are often assumed as being identical to employees in institutional employment (hospitals, child/senior protective services, prisons, etc. whose job titles include the term “social worker”. In fact, clinical social work is one of the oldest, largest specializations practicing psychotherapy in the United States.


The LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker) designation is the highest level of licensure for Clinical Social Work in the State of Washington.  My licensure is current. You can verify that here (select “Social Worker Independent Clinical License”, type in my name & security code, and click “Search”.)

Continuing professional education

A minimum of 36 hours of certified continuing professional education (including law & ethics) every 24 months is required to maintain state licensure. Here is the most recent three years of my professional learning coursework.

To search for any state licensed provider’s current license status, or file a complaint, visit the Washington State Department of Health Social Work program website.