Social Work Licensure and Certification
Anyone seeking professional licensure is encouraged to review social work licensure requirements applicable for the state in which they intend to practice. In most states, licensure requirements will include graduating from an accredited social work degree program, passing an examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), and successfully completing a supervised practice experience (practicum hours may count as supervised practice hours).
Accreditation and Credentials
The GASSW is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and qualifies our BSSW and MSW students to seek professional credentials upon graduation. The GASSW offers free preparation seminars each fall (December) and spring (May) to assist students with the licensure and credentialing process in Nebraska. Click here for more information regarding mental health and social work practice in Nebraska.
Social work is the professional application of social work values, knowledge, principles, and methods in all areas of social work practice. CSWs cannot practice privately, independently, or autonomously and cannot provide mental health services. Adding a certification to your license allows you to use a different title - it does not offer a different scope of practice/activity. (source: dhhs.ne.gov)
Types of credentials issued by Nebraska are as follows. For information on exemptions, see regulation 172 NAC 94.
|•||Licensed Independent Mental Health Practioner (LIMHP) includes diagnosis and treatment of major mental illness/disorders, without supervision or consultation.|
|•||Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) holds both an LMHP and CMSW license.|
|•||Licensed Mental Health Practioner (LMHP) does NOT include diagnosing major mental illness or disorder except in consultation with a LIMHP, qualified physician, or licensed clinical psychologist.|
|•||Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practioner (PLMHP) - requires 3,000 hours of supervised experience in mental health practice in Nebraska.|
|•||Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW) requires successful completion of the ASWB exam.|
|•||Provisional Certification as a Master Social Worker (PCMSW) - requires 3,000 hours of supervised experience in social work in Nebraska.|
|•||Certified Social Worker (CSW) requires a bachelor's or master's degree in social work.|
If you have an active credential in another state, and you are a military spouse, you may be eligible for a temporary credential pending completion of the permanent credential requirements. A temporary credential, specifically for military spouses, is available under Nebraska Revised Statute 38-129.01, and is issued for a period not to exceed one year. To apply for a temporary certificate, you must be a resident of the Nebraska. Click here for more information regarding temporary credentialing for military spouses.