Accreditation and Licensure
The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through 2021. Accreditation is reaffirmed on a seven year cycle.
In our social work courses, students learn the knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and behaviors for social work practice. These nine competencies are provided to us through our accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education:
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
- Engage in policy practice.
- Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
A Certified Social Worker (CSW) is the designation for professionals who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree. In Nebraska this certification allows them to use the title “social worker” and represent themselves as such. Certified Masters Social Worker certification (CMSW) requires successful completion of the appropriate Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam.
Social workers who provide mental health services must be licensed by the state as Licensed Mental Health Practitioners (LMHPs). Having an LMHP license and a CMSW certification grants a social worker an additional title: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or LCSW. This is a credential that is widely recognized around the nation.CREDENTIAL INFORMATION FOR MILITARY SPOUSES (updated 4/26/18)
Temporary Credential: If you have an active credential in another state and you are a military spouse, you may be issued a temporary credential pending completion of the permanent credential requirements. A temporary credential specifically for military spouses is available under Neb. Rev. Stat. 38-129.01 and is issued for a period not to exceed 1 year. Please review the following requirements to obtain a temporary credential and those listed for a permanent credential on the profession-specific application page to determine which process is right for you.
To apply for this temporary credential, you need to be a resident of Nebraska and submit the following:
- The application
- A copy of your military dependent identification card identifying you as the spouse of an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces
- A copy of your spouse's military orders reflecting an active-duty assignment in Nebraska
- A copy of your credential from another state or jurisdiction
- A copy of the statutes, rules, and regulations governing your credential which indicate standards that are similar to Nebraska's licensing requirements.
- The fees required for the application for the credential and for the temporary credential (if applicable).
More information on ASWB examinations can be found here: https://www.aswb.org
More information about Nebraska social work licensure can be found here: https://www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/pages/crlMHPSWHome.aspx
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