After obtaining a Master's Degree in Social Work and completing training in child abuse identification and reporting in New York State, there are a few other steps graduates must take in order to become a licensed social worker. The process for licensure involves first applying for a license through the NYSED. Only after a candidate's application is on file with the New York Board may they register for a master's level exam through the ASWB (Association of Social Work Boards). An LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) who has not completed the exam may only practice under a limited, non-transferable permit for up to a year at a specific workplace, however, such a permit requires an additional fee outside of the cost of the application for licensure.
Due to the heavy workloads and time constraints towards the end of the semester and during the time leading up to an exam, we know how difficult it can be to focus on studying. Fortunately, Dewey is here to help with multiple resources and study guides to help prepare you for the licensing exam. We have multiple copies of two different study guides available on reserve as well as resources such as the DSM-V Online, The Encyclopedia of Social Work, and the Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare if you need to refresh your memory on any number of topics.
As always, if you need any extra assistance, don't be afraid to ask for help. Contact Elaine Lasda-Bergman, at (518) 442-3695 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments available - or drop in during weekly Social Welfare office hours from 5-8pm on Tuesdays.
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