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Social Work at the Master's Level

The scope of practice for social workers is divided by levels, depending on the education and experience of the professional, as well as, successful completion of a licensure exam. In Texas, as in most states in the U.S., the practice of social work is regulated by a state board. According to the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, social work practice at the master's level (Licensed Master Social Worker or LMSW) involves the following: Applying social work theory, knowledge, methods and ethics and the professional use of self to restore or enhance social, psychosocial, or bio-psychosocial functioning of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities. An LMSW may practice clinical social work in an agency employment setting under clinical supervision, under a board-approved supervision plan, or under contract with an agency when under a board-approved clinical supervision plan. Master's Social Work practice may include applying specialized knowledge and advanced practice skills in assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and evaluation, case management, mediation, counseling, supportive counseling, direct practice, information and referral, supervision, consultation, education, research, advocacy, community organization and developing, implementing and administering policies, programs and activities. An LMSW may engage in Baccalaureate Social Work practice. Learn more at the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners

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