Texas Society for Clinical Social Work is an organization that is devoted to
the professional concerns of the Clinical Social Worker.
The mission of Texas Society for Clinical Social Work emphasizes the hightest level of clinical training
and education, adherence to standards of ethical practice, and a strong presence in the legislature to
advance and protect the integrity of the profession. Society members practice in every venue:
hospitals, agencies, clinics, schools, employee assistance programs and private practice.
Who We Are
Texas Society for Clinical Social Work addresses needs and concerns of our profession.
Members possess graduate clinical social work training and work in public and private settings.
Our membership is representative of a spectrum of theoretical understanding, methodologies,
and psychotherapeutic interventions. Local study groups offer a forum for professional growth,
mentoring, and networking. TSCSW maintains strong state and national lobbying representation giveing
voice to our issues and concerns. There is no better venue for connecting with peers and colleagues
from around the state!
Local monthly study groups throughout Texas offering communciation and networking
with other clinical social workers
A professional lobbyist in Austin who monitors pertinent legislative action
Insurance reimbursement assistance through the "Hassle Factor Log" and attendant legal advice
Monitoring and representation on state regulatory agencies and boards
News bulletins about pertient state and national legislation
Clinically Speaking -- TSCSW quarterly newsletter
Clinical Social Work Journal -- only professional journal devoted entirely to
clinical social work treatment issues
The Texas Society for Clinical Social Work retains a lobbyist/attorney who works for our client's
interests and for the social work profession in the Texas legislature. Two important bills were passed in
the 2003 session:
The "prompt pay" bill which facilitates reimbursement to providers in a timely way.
The Social Work Practice Act that created three categories of social work licensure: LBSW, LMSW,
and LCSW. The effect of these changes is that as of September 1, 2004, anyone wanting to
practice social work in the state of Texas must have a social work degree from an accredited
school of social work.
Who May Join
Approved applicants shall be admitted to the highest category of membership for which they qualify
at the time of admission and their memberhsip class shall be automatically changed upwards as their
General: Master's degree from a School of Social Work approved by the Council on Social Work
Education (CSWE) with a clinical sequence. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas).
Associate: Master's degree from a School of Social Work approved by the Council on Social Work
Education (CSWE) with a clinical sequence. Licensed Master Social Worker (Texas).
Student: Full-time graduate student in a CSWE approved school with a clinical sequence and field
Retired: Completely retired from clinical practice.