Clients often ask me this question.
An LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) is a mental health professional who has had at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical training after receiving a master’s degree from an accredited school of social work.
LCSWs don’t do psychological testing, nor can we prescribe medication. We tend to have more training in community mental health and medical settings than marriage and family therapists.
I passed both written and oral exams to become licensed and must attend 30 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain my license (plus additional coursework for my BCD credential).