The American Board of Clinical Social Work (ABCSW), founded in 1987, is a national education, advocacy and credentialing organization created by and for the profession of Clinical Social Work.

ABCSW’s main purposes are to issue advanced credentials to Clinical Social Workers based on uniform national standards of practice, and to educate the public and various audiences about the value of these certifications and the services of those who hold them. ABCSW maintains an Online BCD Directory for the use of the public and referral-makers.

To advanced Clinical Social Workers, AABCSW offers standards-based national certifications in the following areas of practice:

  • Advanced generalist (BCD, or Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work)
  • Practice with Children & Their Families (BCD-Children)
  • Clinical Supervision (BCD-Supervisor)
  • Psychoanalysis (BCD-Psychoanalyst)

ABCSW conducts outreach to the public, government, and healthcare systems on behalf of its certificants. This national outreach includes website and social media presence; exhibiting at healthcare conferences; educating service-users; distributing information products and services; interacting with professional and regulatory associations; and intervening with entities and systems that discriminate against board-certified Clinical Social Workers.


The mission of the American Board of Clinical Social Work is to establish and promote uniform national standards for advanced clinical social work practice.


  1. To establish and promote uniform national standards in the areas of education, training, practice competency, and ethical practice, for advanced clinical social workers.
  2. To ensure the survival and vitality of ABCSW board-certification and advance clinical social work ideals and practice.

The Board of Directors

The Staff


Lucia Anna Leo, MSW, LCSW-S, BCD
Mission, TX

Vice President

Ajus Ninan, MSW, BCD
Bethesda, MD


Michelle Dixon George, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Mechanicsburg, PA


Bryan Pyle, MSW, BCD
Bethesda, MD

Immediate Past President

Joseph Ford, LCSW-C, BCD
Morehead, NC


Jana Edwards, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Greenwood Village, CO

Stephanie Felder, PhD, LCSW, LCAS-A, BCD
Silver Spring, MD

Shannon Harrison, MSW, PhD, BCD
Colorado Springs, CO

Marissa Sappho, LCSW, BCD, CED-S
New York, NY

Charu Stokes-Williams, PhD, BCD
Papillion, NE

Monique Worrell-Oriola DSW, LCSWC, BCD
Eloy, AZ

Executive Director

Charles Sapp, CPA, CAE
Mount Royal, NJ

Staff members are based in Mount Royal, NJ.

Charles Sapp is Executive Director and responsible for overall operations. Call 800-694-5285 or send email.

Melissa Baldwin is Program Manager and responsible for all online marketing, publicity, social media, networking and practitioner relations. Call 800-694-5285 or send email.

Mary Prendergast is Program Coordinator and responsible for processing applications, renewals and conducting primary-source verifications. Call 800-694-5285 or send email.

For all other inquiries, please call 800-694-5285 or send email.

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