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Hawaii

Social Work Licensure in Hawaii

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Situated in the tropical region of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is unique among the states. A chain of tropical islands known for their majestic beaches, beautiful forest, active volcanoes and surfing few states can rival Hawaii for sheer beauty. If you enjoy warm weather and beautiful beaches then Hawaii is a great state to start a career as a Licensed Social Worker. It is important to check in with each state’s Social Work board to get accurate and up to date information on the states licensing process. Here is the website for the State of Hawaii:

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Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Bachelor Social Work (LBSW) in Hawaii, you must first get a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You must apply for your license and pass a criminal background check. You then need to receive a passing score on the basic or Bachelor’s national exam from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

  • If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Hawaii, you must first get a Master or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college. You may also hold a Doctorate of Social Work from a program that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or a comparable accreditation agency.
  • You must then pass the intermediate, advanced or clinical national exam from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Social Worker (LCSW)

  • If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Hawaii, you must first get a Master or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You must also provide verification of a minimum of 300 hours of post-graduate clinical social work experience supervised by a qualified supervisor per the Board’s requirements. The 300 hours must be completed in more than 2 and less than 5 years. The 3000 hours must include at least 2000 hours of assessment, psychotherapy and clinical diagnosis. No more than 900 hours may be client-centered advocacy, evaluation or consultation. At least 100 hours must be in the form of direct face-to-face supervision.
  • Alternately you can apply for your LCSW if you possess a qualified clinical social worker (QCSW) or a diplomate in clinical social work (DCSW) credential issued by the National Alliance of Social Workers (NASW) or a board certified diplomate (BCD) issued by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE).
  • By following the above steps you will be eligible to hold the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Hawaii.
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