Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

A Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) is a professional who has completed a Master of Social Work degree and obtained a state license to practice within the field.

While their scope of practice may vary based on state regulations, LMSWs typically engage in tasks such as assessment, case management, advocacy, counseling, and providing support to individuals, families, and communities.

Social Workers can hold LMSWs and bring an understanding of social and emotional factors to their practice. They can address a wide range of mental health challenges, including the Grief that may occur after the death of a loved one.

LMSWs often work in various settings, including social service agencies, healthcare institutions, schools, mental health clinics, and community organizations, and are supervised by social workers with more advanced degrees.

To provide clinical therapy and counseling services independently, LMSWs can pursue advanced licenses, such as becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

See the glossary entry for Social Workers for more information.