Description: Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.
Typical Career path: MSW - LSW/SWC - LCSW positions
Sample Job Titles: Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Therapist, Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist
Licensure: A license is often required for entry-level positions. Graduates should consider obtaining their LSW (or SWC) & LCSW as soon as possible for job eligibility and promotion. *Note if you are a non-Colorado social worker, see the Licensure tab for your state licensure requirements. For those working within Substance Abuse & Addiction Counseling, the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and Colorado Addiction Counselor (CAC) license are needed credentials & should refer to the Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselors.
CSCSW (Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work) -CSCSW*Learn about CSCSW in thisVideo
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Social Work Research and Evaluation Practice Group – International
National Association of Social Workers – NASW’s Official Group
University of Denver: Graduate School of Social Work
There are several salary scales available online; however, these resources are recommended.
US Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health - Wage Statistics