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topworldguyBoard certification at a high level of practice is essential to every healthcare profession—uniquely, it establishes the standards by which competent practitioners may be identified. The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, founded in 1987, offers advanced-practice certifications based on evaluations by professional peers and available in the following areas of clinical social work:

The Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD) is the profession’s premier advanced-generalist practice certification, embodying the highest standards in the areas of clinical education, training, and experience. It is widely respected by third parties and its holders are often rewarded with higher levels of pay, preference in referral-making, expert-witness standing, etc., unavailable to those whose only qualification is a state license. ABE promotes and defends the abilities of its BCD certificants. Competence in clinical social work is described in ABE’s position statement, Professional Development and Practice Competencies in Clinical Social Work. ABE markets the BCD through social media and other methods and supports the advanced practice of clinical social work through the online resources of ACSWA, the American Clinical Social Work Association. The fee for applying for the BCD is $250.

The successful candidate has mastery of relevant knowledge and skills and excels in practicing effectively with clients. Your competence will be examined in terms of your own achievements as well as the opinions of your colleagues. This credential may be attained online at this website; for those who have no internet connection there is a paper-based application (contact kab@abecsw.org).

Qualify.

Eligibility criteria for national BCD board-certification are summarized as follows:

  • Currency in practice (3,000 hours of direct general clinical social work practice in the past 10 years, including 300 hours in the 12 months prior to applying).
  • Hold a master’s (or doctoral) degree in social work with coursework and fieldwork focused on direct practice. Official transcript to be provided by school.
  • Hold state licensure at the highest clinical level available in the state(s) in which you practice.
  • Five years/7,500 hours’ post-graduate clinical social work practice, including 3,000 hours under supervision (1,500 hours supervised by an advanced clinical social worker)
  • 40 hours of clinical continuing education in the past three years, (standard is waived if licensed in a state not requiring CE by law)
  • Successful completion of an application process with evaluators who are clinical peers, one an advanced clinical social worker who meets all of the above standards, the other an advanced clinical social worker or a psychiatrist (M.D. or D.O.) or a clinical psychologist (doctoral only). Evaluators must be current or former consultants, supervisors, or colleagues who have at least one year of direct knowledge (in the past 4 years) of your clinical practice and at least 6 years of post-graduate practice.

Note: $75 will be refunded to those found ineligible for the BCD; no refund will be made to those who withdraw their application or who receive unfavorable rating(s) from their evaluator(s).

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to re-apply should promptly inform ABE in writing of your intention and submit the re-application fee. You will be sent a new set of Evaluation Packages. ABE will retain the rest of your application information. As before, your evaluators would be of your own choosing.

The “I’ll come back” link allows you to save your work and return later to complete your application.

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Recertify.

BCD clinicians recertify annually on the basis of currency of direct practice, 20 hours of continuing clinical education, maintenance of licensure in good standing (if applicable), and adherence to ABE’s Code of Ethics.

Best wishes for a pleasant experience!

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This credential enables clinical social workers to be publicly recognized for proficiency in Practice with Children & Their Families. It is offered by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE), which has set the standards for competency in this specialty and will promote and defend your abilities as a certificant. ABE markets this certification through social media and other methods, and supports this credential and practice with children and their families through the online resources of ACSWA, the American Clinical Social Work Association. The fee for applying for this certification is $225.

The successful candidate is an expert in problems and disorders affecting children and their families and has the skills and behaviors needed to intervene effectively. For certification purposes, “children” range in age from infancy to early adolescence and “families” are those who have legal responsibility for the child’s nurture and welfare. Your competence will be examined in terms of your own achievements as well as the opinions of your colleagues. Please read the Description of Clinical Social Work Practice with Children & Their Families. You may also wish to read the complete position statement, Practice with Children & Their Families: A Specialty of Clinical Social Work, from which the practice competencies are derived.

This credential may be attained online, at this website, by those who are (or become) BCD certificants. Those who have no internet connection may request a paper-based application by contacting kab@abecsw.org.

Qualify.

In order to qualify, you should meet the following criteria:

Current Direct Practice: You hold the BCD and, in the past year, you practiced at least 500 hours with children and their families.

Specialty Practice Experience: In the past ten years, you engaged in at least 4,500 hours of practice with children and families (including the 500 hours of Current Direct Practice above).

Consultation or Supervision: At any time during your post-master’s practice, you received at least 24 hours of face-to-face supervision/consultation in this specialty area from a consultant or supervisor who was experienced (at least 5 years of post-graduate practice), held licensure at the highest clinical level, and worked as an Advanced Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatrist (M.D. or D.O.), or Clinical Psychologist (doctoral level), for whom about 20% of clients (on average) were children & their families. Note: in the absence of such consultants/supervisors, certain other professionals may be eligible; for more information, contact kab@abecsw.org.

Specialty Practice Experience: In the past ten years, you engaged in at least 4,500 hours of practice with children and their families (including the 500 hours of Current Direct Practice above)

Continuing Education: In the past three (3) years, you amassed at least 20 clock hours of clinical continuing education focused on practice with children and their families (see Standards for Continuing Education).

Evaluators: You can provide two favorable Colleague Evaluations of your current practice (refer to Qualifications of Your Evaluators).

 

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to re-apply should promptly inform ABE in writing of your intention and submit the re-application fee. You will be sent a new set of Evaluation Packages. ABE will retain the rest of your application information. As before your evaluators would be of your own choosing.

Recertify.

Renew this certification annually, based on these criteria:

  • Maintain BCD certification
  • Have at least 150 hours of practice with children/families
  • Have at least 5 hours of clinical continuing education relating to practice with children/families
  • Pay renewal fees for BCD ($125 at present) and specialty credential ($100 at present)

Board certification in Clinical Supervision will help you to achieve the public recognition you have earned in your practice. This credential is offered by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE), which has set the standards for competency in this specialty and will promote and defend your abilities as a certificant. competence in clinical supervision is described in ABE’s position statement, Clinical Supervision: A Specialty of Clinical Social Work, intended to describe the characteristics of advance practice and to educate a third party about this specialty. ABE markets this certification through social media and other methods, and supports the practice of clinical supervision and this credential through the online resources of ACSWA, the American Clinical Social Work Association. The fee for applying for this certification is $225.

The successful candidate has mastery of relevant knowledge and skills, and excels in helping supervisees to practice effectively with clients in many settings and contexts. Your competence will be examined in terms of your own achievements as well as the opinions of your colleagues. Please read the one-page Clinical Social Workers as Clinical Supervisors. This credential may be attained online at this website by those are (or become) BCD certificants. Those who have no internet connection may request a paper-based application by contacting kab@abecsw.org.

Qualify.

In order to qualify, you should meet the following criteria:

Current Direct Practice: You hold the BCD, currently provide clinical supervision, and, in the past year, have practiced at least 500 hours as a clinical supervisor

Supervised Practice Experience: Provided a minimum of 100 hours of clinical supervision over the past three (3) years (refer to Clinical Social Workers as Clinical Supervisors.)

Continuing Education: Over any post-master’s time-span, you amassed 15 clock hours of clinical continuing education related to clinical supervision.

Use of Consultant/Supervisor: You are being advised by a consultant or peer supervision group on issues related to clinical supervision.

Evaluators: You can provide two favorable Colleague Evaluations of your current practice (refer to Qualifications of Your Evaluators).

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to re-apply should promptly inform ABE in writing of your intention and submit the re-application fee. You will be sent a new set of Evaluation Packages. ABE will retain the rest of your application information. As before your evaluators would be of your own choosing.

Recertify.

Renew this certification annually, based on these criteria:

  • Maintain BCD certification
  • Have at least 150 hours of practice in clinical supervision
  • Have at least 5 hours in continuing education about clinical supervision.
  • Pay renewal fees for BCD ($125 at present) and clinical supervision credential ($100 at present).

Best wishes for a pleasant experience!

This credential enables clinical social workers to be recognized for proficiency in Psychoanalysis. Its practice competences are derived from the position statement, The Practice of Psychoanalysis: A Specialty of Clinical Social Work. It is offered by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE), which has set the standards for competency in this specialty and will promote and defend your abilities as a certificant.

ABE markets this certification through social media and other methods, including the online resources of ACSWA, the American Clinical Social Work Association. The fee for applying for this certification is $375.

The successful candidate is an expert in psychoanalysis and has the skills and behaviors needed to intervene effectively. Your competence will be examined in terms of your own achievements as well as the opinions of your colleagues.

This credential may be attained online, at this website, by those who are (or become) BCD credentialees and who are also graduates of a psychoanalytic institute. Those who have not been graduated from a psychoanalytic institute may apply on paper by contacting kab@abecsw.org.

  • Training at a psychoanalytic institute
  • Currency of Practice (past 12 months)
    • 300 hours of clinical social work practice informed by psychoanalytic theory
    • Formal psychoanalysis with at least two clients
  • Personal analysis with a training analyst or equivalent (who had at least 5 years of post-graduate experience as a psychoanalyst), in-person, for a minimum of 40 weeks/300 hours per year, at a frequency of 3-5 sessions per week, on separate days.
  • Supervision:
    • Supervised in practice for a minimum of 150-200 hours by a training analyst or equivalent
    • Supervised in conducting two adult psychoanalysis cases—at least one was supervised to completion—lasting at least 2 years in one instance and at least one year in the other.
  • Specialty Practice Experience:
    • Within the past year a minimum of 300 hours of clinical social work practice informed by psychoanalytic theory and formal psychoanalysis with at least two analysands
    • Within 3 years or more, 4,500 hours of post-master’s clinical social work practice informed by psychoanalytic theory.
  • Continuing Education: within the past 3 years, 40 clock hours of clinical continuing education, of which 50% were psychoanalytically oriented
  • Evaluation of Practice: two favorable evaluations by colleagues-supervisors-consultants who are clinical social worker psychoanalysts or analysts who are clinical psychologists or psychiatrists.

Note: This credential is maintained through annual recertification based on current state licensure, at least 300 hours of clinical practice (including practice of psychoanalysis with at least one analysand), and 20 hours of clinical continuing education, including at least 5 hours related to psychoanalysis.

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to re-apply should promptly inform ABE in writing of your intention and submit the re-application fee. You will be sent a new set of Evaluation Packages. ABE will retain the rest of your application information. As before, you would choose your evaluators.

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