Clinical social work is a specialty practice area of social work which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, and other behavioral disturbances.
In the state of New Jersey, clinical social workers in independent practice are required to be Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).
Clinical social workers perform services in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, community mental health, primary care, and agencies. Social workers have a responsibility to their clients to be knowledgeable and qualified in their field of practice. Belonging to NASW, and becoming familiar with the support and resources offered to you, helps you to serve your clients more efficiently.
NASW offers a free private practice Q&A session for members monthly, a HIPAA toolkit containing sample policies and forms adaptable to a specific social work practice setting, and many other useful tools and resources available at your fingertips.