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What kind of training does a clinical social worker have?

Clinical social workers possess a master’s degree in social work or social sciences (M.S.W., M.A.) followed by supervised experience leading to state licensure and eligibility in the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). Clinical social workers offer psychotherapy and, compared with other mental health professions, specialize in community work. Tip: Look for a social worker extensively trained in clinical work and psychotherapy, not in social services or administration.

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