A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is a social worker who has a license to practice from a licensing or credentialing body. Licensure signals a certain level of knowledge and proficiency required to become licensed.

LCSWs help clients dealing with issues related to their mental and emotional health. These professionals may specialize in a number of areas and may work with individuals dealing with:

  • mental health issues
  • substance abuse
  • public health
  • school social work
  • medical social work
  • marriage counseling
  • children and family therapy