CSW/LCSW/LSW/LISW/LISW/MSW (Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Social Worker/Licensed Independent Social Worker/Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Master of Social Work): A healthcare professional with developed expertise of biological, psychological and social development as they pertain to an individual’s interpersonal relationships, environment and circumstances including trauma, mental illness or substance abuse issues. LCSWs are designated licensed because they have two years of supervised experience and passed a licensing exam in their state. Social workers often facilitate clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment execution and aftercare. The designation of “independent” or “clinical” varies depending on the state.
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