What Does "LMSW" Stand For?


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"LMSW" stands for "Licensed Master Social Worker," according to the NYSED.gov or "Licensed Master's Social Worker," according to Social Work Licensure. Using the title requires the person to first take certain steps to become licensed.

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For instance, in New York, a person must be over 21 years old, have certain education, pass exams, take certain classes and be an ethical person, notes NYSED.gov. In Oklahoma, a person must have a master's degree to take the LMSW title, according to Social Work Licensure. It is the first title a person is eligible to receive after graduation though after periods of supervised practice, she can move to titles such as Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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