The Office of the Professions has established a listserve to share important information about the licensure and practice of licensed master social workers (LMSWs) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs). In order to subscribe to this list, or to update your information, please go to: listserv.nysed.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=OPSWNEWS and click on the "Get Password" option. Once there, you will need to create a new account using your preferred e-mail address and a password that you choose. You can then log in and subscribe to the list and receive up-to-date information, including the new requirements for continuing education.
Social work is a profession that helps individuals, families, and groups change behaviors, emotions, attitudes, relationships, and social conditions to restore and enhance their capacity to meet their personal and social needs.
Social workers are trained to provide a variety of services, ranging from psychotherapy to the administration of health and welfare programs. They work with human development and behavior, including the social, economic, and cultural systems in which people function.
Social workers deal with a wide variety of long and short-term mental, emotional, behavioral and environmental conditions, including:
- mental illnesses and emotional disturbances
- marital and family difficulties
- adjustment problems related to acute and chronic illnesses
- alcohol and substance abuse
- behavioral and learning disorders of children and adolescents
- community problems and social issues