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Supervision of LCSW Applicants

To be qualified for the level of LCSW, the Board requires completion of 3,000 hours of clinical social work practice under the supervision of an LCSW supervisor.  These supervised hours must be completed post-Master's degree. The supervised hours must also be completed in a period of no more than 4 years.

You must also have a current social work license in ND and have a MSW degree to submit the superivison plan form. If you have not yet been licensed in ND, you will need wait until you have been issued a license number to complete a supervision plan form. 

Supervision Plan Requirements 

Once you have graduated with your Master's Degree in Social Work, you may submit a MSW Supervision Plan to meet the requirements for the LCSW level. Prior to earning clinical supervision hours for achieving LCSW status, you must submit a Supervision Plan to the Board for approval.  The applicant must participate in a minimum of 150 total hours of face-to-face supervision. Not more than 50 of the required face-to-face supervision hours may be group supervision. Group supervision is defined in the Administrative Code as one supervisor and more than one supervisee, including health professionals in related professions. Group supervision is facilitated by the supervisor and involves an exchange among all group members. The size of the group shall be limited to seven, including the supervisor. The plan must show how the applicant will complete and document a minimum of 3000 hours of supervised clinical social work experience during the 4-year period.

You may have more than one clinical supervisor as part of your plan.  If so, you must submit a copy of each clinical supervisor's license with your plan.

Qualification of Supervisor: Within a four-year period successfully completed three thousand hours of supervised post-master's clinical social work experience. The initial one thousand five hundred of the required hours must have been under the supervision of a clinical social worker. Additional hours of supervision may be under other qualified mental health professionals approved by the board if barriers due to the geographical location, disability, or other factors determined by the board to create a hardship exist for the applicant. The qualified professional must be registered or otherwise qualified as a clinical supervisor by the board that licenses the other professional. If applicants wish to request a hardship, they should send a statement in writing with their supervision plan explaining what hardship they have and the credentials of the supervisor they wish to have approved.

The applicant must maintain a record of supervision, including dates, time, and content of supervisory sessions, should the Board request same for verification purposes.  

NEW ONLINE FORM! December 1, 2020 - The Board now has a Online Supervision Plan form. You may complete the form and upload the required documents online. If you have documents to submit for the plan at a later date, you will need to email them to the Board office. The online form will not allow you to add more documents once you submit the plan.

To make changes to your plan for a new supervisor or new job position, you will need to complete the online form again. To make changes to your current plan, you will need to use the number assigned to your supervision plan. Plans approved after November 24, 2020, will have a plan number at the bottom of the approval letter sent to you by email. If you do not have the plan # or were approved for a plan before that date, please 
email the Board office. 

If you are unable to complete the supervision plan online, the paper form is still available at the bottom of the page.

Clinical Supervisor Requirements

The clinical supervisor must evaluate the applicant's knowledge and document minimal competencies in the areas of an identified theory base, application of a differential diagnosis, establishing and monitoring a treatment plan, development and appropriate use of the professional relationship, assessing the client for risk of imminent danger, and implementing a professional and ethical relationship with clients and colleagues.

The clinical supervisor must maintain documentation of supervision, including date, time, and content of supervisory sessions.

Board Review and Approval of Plan

All completed plans are reviewed by a Board member. Plans can be approved without a Board meeting. If the Board member has any concerns about the plan, it may be held until the Board can discuss it at a quarterly Board meeting. Incomplete plans will not be reviewed and the Board Office will send an email requesting the missing information. You must have already graduated with your MSW degree before you can earn clinical social work hours. 

You must already hold a social work license in North Dakota to begin earning hours towards your plan. 

Upon review by the Board, you will receive an email or letter notifying you of the Board’s decision regarding your plan. If your plan is approved, a letter of approval will be sent by email to you. If your plan is denied, you will need to submit a new plan to be reviewed. If the Board requests additional information, please submit it as soon as possible to prevent delays with your plan.

The beginning date for approved supervision plans is the date the plan is received by the Board office.  Supervision hours earned before that date will not count.

Past supervision hours will now be accepted if the requirements for clinical supervision are equal or more stringent than what the Board requires. The Board will now accept supervision hours even if the hours were completed prior to a plan being submitted in North Dakota. This does include hours earned in other states. You should submit verification showing how many hours you already completed along with a copy of your supervision plan in the other state, if applicable. Verification may be a copy of a completion form from the other state board. If you previously completed hours in Minnesota, you should submit a copy of the Supervised Practice Report. To have your past hours reviewed, you must submit a supervision plan. The Board cannot review anything without an application. 

Changes to Plan

If you have any employer or job position changes during the course of your plan, you will need to submit a new plan with a new job description, letter of diagnosing and copy of your supervisor’s license. 

If your supervisor changes or a supervisor is added during the course of your plan, please complete a new supervision plan form and a copy of the license for the new supervisor. You do not need to send another job description.  An email or letter will be sent to you and your new supervisor after reviewing the change.

LMSW Upgrading to LCSW

If you are upgrading your license to the LCSW level, you should apply to take the Clinical exam when you are finished or almost finished with your hours. The Board requires that you have completed all requirements for the LCSW level within one year of passing the Clinical exam. If you pass the exam too soon, you will have to retake it. This is in accordance with ND Administrative Code 75.5-02-03-02

Completion of Supervision Plan

Upon completion of the supervision plan, you will need to have your clinical supervisor (s) and employer complete the Verification of MSW Supervision and Verification of MSW Employment forms.  These forms will be required as part of the LCSW license application process.

If you have any questions about your plan, please email the Board office. 


MSW Supervision Plan Form

Verification of MSW Supervision

Verification of MSW Employment