LC - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

"Licensed Clinical Social Worker" (LCSW) is a person who has received a license as a Clinical Social Worker from the board, and may engage in Clinical Social Work Practice: The professional application of social work theory and methods to the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of psychosocial dysfunction, disability or impairment, including emotional and mental disorders. It is based on knowledge and theory of psychosocial development, behavior, psychopathology, unconscious motivation, interpersonal relationships, environmental stress, social systems, and cultural diversity with particular attention to person-in-environment. It shares with all social work practice the goal of enhancement and maintenance of psychosocial functioning of individuals, families and small groups.

How to apply

  • License Fee of $70
  • Criminal History Records Check Fee of $21
Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".
  • Biennial

If applying, you must submit:

  • A completed Application for Licensure;
  • Official transcript of an earned MSW degree and transcript from a CSWE accredited program;
  • Verification of Consultation Form which documents clinical social work consultation hours. Please refer to Chapter 13, Section 1(H)(3) of Board rules for further clarification; and
  • Proof of passage of the required examination (Clinical).

If you are currently licensed in another state and are applying for licensure in Maine, you must submit all of the required documentation (as listed above) as well as the items listed below:

  • A copy of the state or county licensure act under which the applicant is licensed;
  • A copy of the applicant's social work license; and
  • A completed verification of licensure form.

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Renewal fees and information

  • $70
Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".
  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed after the license expiration date.
  • A person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants and is required to reapply with an original license application, documentation and fees.
  • Renewal reminders are emailed to the email address on file at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Board informed of current contact information and to see that the license is renewed absent the renewal application. Reminder includes licensee's access code which, along with license number, is required for online renewal.
  • Continuing Education: 25 hours of continuing education pursuant to board rules.
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Do you have questions? Email the Board.

Last Updated: January 9, 2020