The 3,000 hours of post-masters supervision that the Board requires
is 3,000 hours of work experience over a two calendar year period.
This is referred to as your "Clinical supervision" (see below)
or "Supervised practice" for non-clinical social workers. It is
basically the 40 hours of work per week that you work at your
agency. You can provide counseling and psychosocial interventions
without supervision; and social psychotherapy under the supervision
of an independent social worker, a professional clinical counselor,
a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or a registered nurse with a master's
degree in psychiatric nursing.:
(1) "Clinical supervision" of social workers performing social
psychotherapy and social workers employed in a private practice,
partnership, or group practice means the quantitative and qualitative
evaluation of the supervisee's performance; professional guidance
to the supervisee; approval of the supervisee's intervention plans
and their implementation; the assumption of responsibility for
the welfare of the supervisee's clients; and assurance that the
supervisee functions within the limits of their license. The assessment,
diagnosis, treatment plan, revisions to the treatment plan and
transfer or termination shall be cosigned by the supervisor and
shall be available to the board upon request.
(2) A non-clinical social worker will have to document how s/he
uses psychosocial interventions in their practice in order for
work hours to be accepted toward a LISW license.
"Training supervision" is the one hour of face-to-face supervision
for every 20 hours that you work. This supervision can only be
provided to you by a LISW with supervision designation (LISW-S).
Over the two calendar year period you must have a minimum 150
hours of supervision with a LISW-S. If the 150 hours are completed
prior to the 3,000 hours, two years of work experience the LSW-MSW's
will still need to continue the supervision on a limited basis
until the two years of work experience is completed.
"Training supervision" means supervision for the purposes of obtaining
a license and/or development of new areas of proficiency while
providing services to clients. Training supervision may be individual
supervision or group supervision.
(a) "Individual supervision" means face-to-face contact between
a supervisor and an individual supervisee in a private session
wherein the supervisor and supervisee deal with problems unique
to the practice of that supervisee.
(b) "Group supervision" means face-to-face contact between a supervisor
and a small group (not to exceed six supervisees) in a private
session wherein practice problems are dealt with that are similar
in nature and complexity to all supervisees in the group.
NOTE: It is extremely important that you document your face-to-face
supervision on some sort of a log. TEN PERCENT (10%) OF ALL LSW-MSW's
WHO APPLY FOR A LISW ARE RANDOMLY REQUIRED TO SUBMIT COPIES OF
THEIR SUPERVISION LOGS. A sample supervision log is on the web
site under Social Work Forms.