To become a registered clinical social work intern in Florida you must have:
- OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: A master’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school of social work. Ensure your program is accredited by visiting https://cswe.org/. Transcripts must be sent in the official sealed envelope from the university or they will not be considered official.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you received your social work degree from a program outside the U.S. or Canada, documentation must be received that the program was determined to be equivalent to programs approved by the Council on Social Work Education by the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service provided by the Office of Social Work Accreditation (OSWA). To contact the OSWA, please visit https://cswe.org/ or call (703) 683-8080. For a list of approved Foreign Education Evaluators, please click here.
- COURSEWORK: Completed 24 semester hours or 32 quarter hours in theory of human behavior and practice methods as courses in clinically oriented services, including a minimum of one course in psychopathology. Courses not considered to be clinically oriented are: policy, administration, organization and communities. Complete the Education Worksheet for clinical social work to determine if you have satisfied the coursework requirements for licensure. NOTE: You may become a registered intern having met 15 semester or 22 quarter hours of the required coursework. The remaining courses must be met prior to obtaining exam approval and licensure.
- PRACTICUM: A supervised field placement that was part of the applicant’s master’s program, during which the applicant provided clinical services directly to clients. An official of the school (Dean, Department Chair) that awarded your graduate degree must provide a letter on university letterhead verifying that the supervised practicum, internship, or field experience was completed. Please review the specific requirements on the Education Worksheet for clinical social work.
- ADVANCED STANDING LETTER: If you are an advanced standing student, you may need to request an advanced standing letter from the school of social work listing the courses completed at the bachelor’s level that were not required at the master’s level. Review the Education Worksheet for clinical social work to determine if the coursework requirements for licensure have been satisfied. The letter must include the course title and number of credit hours completed.
- QUALIFIED SUPERVISOR: Applicants must obtain a letter from a Board approved qualified supervisor and submit to the Board Office. The letter may be sent by mail or electronic mail. To submit via electronic mail, click here. The correspondence must originate from the supervisor, include the supervisor’s license number and the applicant’s name as it appears on the application, and state that the supervisor has agreed to provide the applicant with supervision while a registered intern. NOTE: Your registered intern number will not be issued until the Board has received this information.
HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT SUPERVISION
Find A Qualified Supervisor:
Did you know that you can obtain a list of supervisors in your area at any time 24 hours a day 7 days a week? Simply use the Department’s Public Data Portal to download a current list of Board approved Qualified Supervisors. For detailed instructions, use the Licensure Data Download Guide. Obtain a letter from your selected Qualified Supervisor and send to the Board Office.
Before Supervision Begins:
Verify that your intern registration number has been issued by the Department and that the Board Office has approved your qualified supervisor. To verify, click here. Supervision experience will not count towards licensure until the intern registration has been issued and the Board has approved your supervisor.
Two (2) years of post-master’s supervised experience under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker is required for full licensure.
The supervision experience must have consisted of:
- At least 100 hours of supervision in no less than 100 weeks;
- 1,500 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy with clients; and,
- One (1) hour of supervision every two weeks.
NOTE: Please see Rule 64B4-2.002, F.A.C., for information regarding group supervision and supervision by electronic methods.
Need to Change or Add a Qualified Supervisor? Follow the steps below:
STEP ONE: Obtain a letter from your new or additional Qualified Supervisor and send to the Board Office. The correspondence must originate from the supervisor, include the supervisor’s license number and the applicant’s name as it appears on the application, and state that the supervisor has agreed to provide the applicant with supervision while a registered intern.
STEP TWO: Receive letter from the Board Office stating that your supervisor has been approved and note the date of approval. Supervision under the new or additional supervisor will not count until he/she has been approved.
Need to Remove a Qualified Supervisor? Follow the steps below:
STEP ONE: Ask the supervisor you are removing to complete the Verification of Clinical Experience Form and select “I am no longer providing this intern with supervision.” Please make sure a supervision end date is listed.
STEP TWO: Submit Verification of Clinical Experience Form to the Board Office. To submit electronically, click here. The Board will remove your supervisor from your intern file and place a copy of the required form on file for review upon submission of a full licensure application.
Your post-master’s clinical experience hours obtained under supervision must be documented on the Verification of Clinical Experience Form by the qualified supervisor or they will not count towards licensure. To submit electronically, click here. This form is not required until the intern is ready to submit his/her full licensure application. For information on full licensure requirements and to apply, click here. Please limit one (1) form per qualified supervisor.
NOTE: Registered interns must remain under supervision until fully licensed pursuant to Rule 64B4-3.008, F.A.C.
Applicants with Health History
The Board reviews each applicant’s history to determine that the applicant is able to practice the profession with reasonable skill and competence. If you have a history of serious, chronic, or recent mental health problems or addiction to drugs, you must submit a current mental health status report. Mental health status reports must come from a licensed mental health professional, with which you have no personal or professional relationship.
The report should include: a description and summary of the diagnosis, onset, course of treatment, medications, inpatient treatments, outpatient treatments, group settings, factors which have triggered setbacks, compliance with treatment, prognosis, and recommendations for continued treatment.
Applicants with Discipline History
Applicants with prior disciplinary actions are required to submit the following:
Board Actions – Certified copies of document(s) relative to any disciplinary action taken against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.
Self-Explanation – A detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid future occurrences. It would be helpful to include factors in your life, which you feel may have contributed to your disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.
Applicants with Criminal History
Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following:
Final Dispositions/Arrest Records – Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions – Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
Self-Explanation – Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in their own words describing the circumstances of the offense. Include in your letter the date of the original offense, the charge, and the jurisdiction where it occurred.
To review the conviction record guidelines adopted by the Board, click here.
Health Care Fraud; Disqualifications for License, Certificate, or Registration
Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
- For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
- Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
- Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
- Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities. The section above does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.
New Graduate Information Packet
For helpful information regarding applying for the Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern license once you have graduated from your graduate program, please refer to the GRADUATE INFORMATION PACKET CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK.
The following steps apply to graduates of masters level social work programs ACCREDITED by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) who have not completed 2 years of post-master’s supervised experience.
- Applicant must request an official transcript from their graduate school of social work
- Applicant must request a practicum letter from their school of social work indicating they provided “clinical services directly to clients”
- Applicant must provide course descriptions or syllabi if courses listed on transcript don’t indicate they are clinically oriented or a course in psychopathology. (Courses that are not clinical are courses in: policy, organization, administration or communities)
- Applicant may* need to request an advanced standing letter from their school of social work listing the courses they took at the bachelor’s level that did not need to be taken at the master’s level. *(If you did not complete 24 semester hours of clinically oriented coursework, one of which is in psychopathology, within your master’s degree, this letter would be required)
- Applicant must provide the name of a qualified supervisor
- Request written documentation from your qualified supervisor indicating their agreement to provide you with supervision
The following documents are required prior to obtaining a number as a registered intern:
- Official transcript from your master’s degree
- Practicum letter
- Letter from qualified supervisor
- Course descriptions/syllabi (if applicable)
- Advanced standing letter (if applicable)
|Total Fee||$150.00 (non-refundable)|
You do not need to apply for full licensure to take the exam. For more information visit Exam Services ->
For Clinical Social Work: Upon Board approval, the clinical level exam fee is paid directly to the ASWB
Make checks or money orders payable to the “Department of Health.”
If you are mailing just a payment, please include your name, profession, and file number. All payments must be mailed to:
Department of Health
Board of Mental Health Professions
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330
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