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California Social Work License

There is only one social work license in California, an LCSW, which allows individuals to perform clinical social work and psychotherapy. California does not require a license to be employed as a social worker.  

NASW-CA Chapter Offers Mandated Pre- and Post-license Courses

California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)

The BBS is the licensing body for LCSW licenses. The following links go to specific pages on the BBS website that explain the LCSW license requirements. Read all information under every navigation link on each page, including “Forms/Pubs.”

NEW Law Changes for 2019

Licensees and applicants should
carefully read the BBS document
highlighting changes that will be
implemented on or after 01-01-19.

View Law Changes for 2019

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