We help prepare students for the Licensing (LMSW) Exam
The social work licensing exam can be a source of stress and fear for many students. Adelphi is committed to providing its students with the guidance, tools and support they need to succeed.
LMSW stands for licensed master social worker. In New York State, the practice of social work and the use of the title LMSW requires professional licensure.
LMSW’s are permitted by law to the broadest scope of professional social work activities, including advocacy, case management, counseling, consultation, research, teaching, administration and management, and the administration of tests and measures of psychosocial functioning.
To legally practice social work in New York State, social workers must be licensed, have a limited permit or practice in an exempt setting. Becoming licensed as an LMSW is essential for any master’s level social worker seeking employment (or wanting to remain employed) as a social worker in New York State.
At the Manhattan Center we offer licensing preparation services to current students throughout the course of their curriculum. Students are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns that they might have– ranging from questions about the application process to worries about time management skills– with the on-site Coordinator for Licensing. There is a three-series test-taking workshop offered to all students each semester. The workshop assists students in learning study skills and strategies important to managing test-anxiety and facilitating effective test-preparation. Current students will receive a licensing practice question on their Adelphi email each week. During their advanced year of curriculum, students are welcome to begin scheduling appointments with the Coordinator for Licensing to attend tutoring sessions for test preparation.
Yes. The School of Social Work provides a five-week Licensure Preparation Workshop for all M.S.W graduates. Adelphi coordinates with a reputable organization with experience in test preparation for the LMSW Exam. The licensure preparation series is provided to graduates at no additional cost as it is included in student tuition fees. This formal workshop is offered onsite at the Manhattan Center campus for students upon completion of graduation.
The LMSW exam is a computer-based test containing 170 multiple-choice questions designed to measure minimum competencies in four categories of social work practice:
Human development, diversity, and behavior in the environment
Assessment and intervention planning
Direct and indirect practice
Professional relationships, values and ethics
The requirements are:
Have an M.S.W. from a New York State Education Department-approved social work program
Be of good moral character
Be at least 21 years old
Complete a two-hour training in child abuse identification and reporting
Submit the application and fee to the New York State Education Department
Pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Masters Examination