Supervision

SUPERVISION FOR LICENSED SOCIAL WORKERS (LSWs)

Do I need supervision hours for the LSW?

  • If you obtained a degree from a CSWE–approved graduate program of social work, you do not need to obtain supervision hours.

  • If you obtained a degree from a CSWE–approved undergraduate program of social, you will need to obtain three (3) years of supervised professional experience subsequent to obtaining the degree.

 

What qualifies as “supervision” for the LSW?

Supervised professional experience is that experience directly related to social work as defined in Section 3(9) of the Act. The experience shall be:

  1. ​Obtained under the direct supervision of a certified social worker registered under the Social Workers Registration Act, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, diplomate in clinical social work, designated member of ACSW, or other appropriate supervisor as approved by the Board (including other licensed clinical mental health professionals).

  2. Satisfactory as evaluated by the supervisor. The supervisor shall have met with the individual an average of at least 4 hours each month.

 

Do my supervision hours expire?

While the hours of supervision themselves do not expire, the licensure application expires after three years (from the date it is received and entered into IDFPR's system). If a person waited two years after their application expired to reapply, they would be told that they needed to resubmit all supporting documents, including proof of experience. (Expired applications are generally destroyed after 6 months unless the applicant reapplies before then.)

SUPERVISION FOR LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS (LCSWs)

Do I need supervision hours for the LCSW?

  • Persons holding a master's degree  in social work shall have completed 3,000 hours of satisfactory, supervised clinical professional experience subsequent to the receipt of the degree.

  • Persons holding a doctorate degree in social work shall have completed 2,000 hours of satisfactory, supervised clinical professional experience subsequent to the receipt of the degree.

 

What qualifies as “supervision” for the LCSW?

The required number of hours may have been obtained in the following manner:

  • For full-time experience, a minimum of 30 hours per week but not more than 40 hours per week.

  • For part-time experience, a minimum of 15 hours per week but not more than 29 hours per week.

 

Supervised experience shall be experience directly related to clinical social work practice as defined in Section 3(5) of the Act:

  • The supervisor shall have met with the applicant an average of at least 4 hours each month to discuss client cases and treatment procedures.

  • Only experience supervised by an LCSW will be acceptable to meet the professional experience requirement.

  • The experience shall have been evaluated by the supervisor as satisfactory.

  • An applicant may contract with an LCSW to provide supervision

  • Supervision may be provided within an agency of employment or outside the agency.

  • Supervision may be paid or unpaid.

  • Supervision may be on an individual or group basis. When group supervision is provided, the number of supervisees may not exceed five.

 

Do my supervision hours expire?

While the hours of supervision themselves do not expire, the licensure application expires after three years (from the date it is received and entered into IDFPR's system). If a person waited two years after their application expired to reapply, they would be told that they needed to resubmit all supporting documents, including proof of experience. (Expired applications are generally destroyed after 6 months unless the applicant reapplies before then.)

SUPERVISOR REGISTRY

Where can I find a supervisor?

Most agencies have a licensed clinical mental health professional on staff that will qualify as a supervisor. This person does NOT have to be your direct supervisor, but you do have to meet with them the minimum required hours per month.

We also created the NASW-Illinois Chapter Supervisor Registry (see right) for social work graduates who are looking for a supervisor outside of their current employment. Program participants listed in the registry supplied all personal information contained in the following pages. The NASW-Illinois Chapter is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in this document. Supervisees should confirm license status with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) prior to obtaining supervision. Listing in this document does not denote endorsement or recommendation by the NASW-Illinois Chapter; rather it only indicates that listed social workers meet criteria for inclusion in this registry. Fees or supervision requirements are set by the supervisor; the NASW-Illinois Chapter is not part of that arrangement. ​

BECOMING A SUPERVISOR

Oftentimes we get questions from first-time supervisors asking, What do I need to do or complete in order to become an supervisor in Illinois? Unfortunately, the long and short of it is that beyond what is defined in the Social Work Rules, (Section 1470.20 Professional Experience), the state doesn’t have a clear definition of best practices for being a good supervisor.

The NASW-Illinois Chapter feels it is essential for training supervisors to be good and ethical supervisors who engage effectively with their supervisees. As such, we have developed our Supervision Series, a series of three courses aimed at new and experienced supervisors on how to effectively, legally, and ethically engage with their supervisees as well as basic strategies for effective individual or group supervision:

  • Fundamentals of Individual Clinical Social Work Supervision

  • Clinical Social Work Supervision II

  • Group Supervision in Social Work

​​Don't see a date below that works with your schedule? Please note that these courses are offered on a rolling basis, dependent on interest. Click here to add yourself to the Supervision Course Waiting List for alerts about future trainings. 

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

  • Fundamentals of Individual Clinical Social Work Supervision
    Thu, Jun 09
    Zoom
    This course is aimed at new and experienced supervisors and will cover what all supervisors need to know in order to engage most effectively, legally, and ethically with their supervisees. Presenter: Natalie K. Holzman, LCSW Cost: 4.0 CEUs / $100 Nonmember / $60 NASW Member
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  • Group Supervision in Social Work
    Tue, Jul 19
    Zoom
    This course covers the basics of clinical supervision in a group format and examines the purpose & function of supervision, best practices, and strategies for effective group supervision for social workers. Presenter: Jackie Anderson-Carter, PhD, LCSW Cost: 3 CEUs / $75 Nonmember / $45 NASW Member
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