Human Services Guide

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

It is the role of the Licensed Master Social Worker to provide the special skills and knowledge of a Social Worker in the context of mental health therapy for their clients. This specialized branch of Social Work is dedicated to enriching the lives of clients by helping them to overcome perceived obstacles in their lives as well as to transcend their personal problems and difficult emotional pasts. By facilitating the client into investigating the root causes of their challenging emotions and negative behavioral patterns, the Licensed Master Social Worker assists the client in freeing themselves from the burdens of self-imposed limitations and painful emotional blockages. The goal is to help their clients achieve the kind of freedom and happiness in their lives that they have always wished to achieve. The Licensed Master Social Worker might further narrow the focus of their skillset by focusing on certain clientele such as athletes, business people, adolescents or the elderly.

* Request information about the CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work degree from USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. GRE not required. USC enrollment without relocating Contact USC here to learn more.

* Simmons College School of Social Work is an advanced program that offers a CSWE-accredited Online Master of Social Work program. There is no GRE required. Request Socialwork@Simmons information here.

* Capella University offers an online Master of Social Work in CSWE candidacy status. The MSW program helps prepare students to enter the general or clinical practice role (in most states). Capella also offers an online Doctor of Social Work and a Bachelors in Psychology. Contact Capella University Here.

How this Job is a Service to Society

The Licensed Master Social Worker provides an extremely valuable service to those who come to them for therapy. By coaching the client through difficulties in their personal lives, helping to dissolve harmful behavior patterns and helping the client to be free of past pain, the Licensed Master Social Worker provides a unique take on a critical human service, mental health therapy. This empowers the client to create new choices and patterns of behavior that help them to release their full potential as human beings, becoming happier, more energetic and immensely more creative than before they began the therapy process.

Impact on Society

The impact of this kind of therapy on society is one that may not be immediately obvious to the outside observer in that it is working at the level of the individual. However, over the career of the Licensed Master Social Worker, they will treat and help thousands of individuals to overcome their own personal hardships so that they can have an additive effect on society as a whole. By freeing individuals from their past pains and helping them to find untapped potential within themselves the Licensed Master Social Worker creates and ever larger group of individuals who are able to operate at their maximum potential which in turn helps society to grow and flourish in new and unforeseen ways.

Range of Salaries for an LMSW

As shown by data accumulated by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics a Licensed Master Social Worker can expect yearly wages to average between $40,740 and $70,600. There are many factors that can influence one’s pay. For example, you can expect a significant difference in pay if you are working in Fargo, North Dakota rather than Los Angeles, California. There are numerous other things that can impact your pay, so this should be taken as a guideline for earning potential only.

What’s Next to Pursue a Career as a Licensed Master Social Worker?

Once you have decided to pursue licensure, you will need to earn the appropriate academic credentials. You must first begin by completing a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program or a highly related Social Science degree. A Bachelor of Social Work is preferred by most Master of Social Work (MSW) programs so it is advisable to earn your BSW. Once you have been accepted into a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited MSW program you must determine what your degree concentration will be. The most useful degree concentration will be one that focuses on Clinical Social Work although the concentration title may vary, the focus should be on therapeutic approaches to Social Work. You can review information about MSW programs in your state by clicking on the name of your state in our section here:

MSW@USC
University of Southern California