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NY LCSW (NYSED) Licensure FAQs

Below are answers to FAQs related to seeking licensure as an Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York.  TrackYourHours applies to NYSED rules to your hours as you log them and alerts you whenever there is a potential issue.  TrackYourHours also assists you with completing the state required forms that document your supervised experience.

How many hours of experience do I need to complete for LCSW licensure in New York?

You must complete a minimum of 2,000 client contact hours.  All client contact hours in diagnosis, psychotherapy and assessment-based treatment planning may be counted toward licensure, if appropriately supervised.  You may not claim hours of experience that do not involve direct client contact.

What are the supervision requirements?

The supervision must consist of 100 or more hours of in-person individual or group clinical supervision distributed over the period of the supervised experience.

Who is qualified to supervise my hours of experience?

A psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker who is satisfactory to the department, may supervisor experience hours for licensure.

Are there any minimum or maximum time limits on my hours of experience? 

Experience hours must be over the course of three calendar years (minimum), but not to exceed six calendar years (maximum).

What forms must be submitted to seek licensure?

When submitting your application for licensure you must submit documentation of your supervised experience on the following forms:

  • Clinical supervision verification
  • Form  4 – Applicant Experience Record
  • Form 4B – Certification of Experience for Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Learn More about how TrackYourHours can assist you in tracking your hours for licensure as an LCSW in New York.

NY LMHC (NYSED) Licensure FAQs

Below are answers to FAQs related to seeking licensure as an Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York.  TrackYourHours applies to NYSED rules to your hours as you log them and alerts you whenever there is a potential issue.  TrackYourHours also assists you with completing the state required forms that document your supervised experience.

How many hours of experience do I need to complete for LMHC licensure in New York?

You must complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised experience providing Mental Health Counseling.

How many hours of direct contact with clients are required?

A minimum of 1,500 hours must consist of direct contact with clients.

Can I log and claim hours that are not direct contact hours?

Of the total 3,000 hours required, you may claim up to 1,500 hours of other activities that do not involve direct client contact, including but not limited to, recordkeeping, case management, research, supervision and professional development.

What are the supervision requirements?

An average of one hour per week or two hours every other week of in-person individual or group supervision must be provided in order to claim the hours of experience.

Are there any other requirements/restrictions that I should be aware of? 

When an applicant completes less than 3,000 hours in a setting, at least one-half of the hours must be direct at that setting; the remainder may be indirect. It is not acceptable to complete direct and indirect activities in different settings under different supervisors and attempt to combine these hours to meet the experience requirement.

What forms must be submitted to seek licensure?

When submitting your application for licensure you must submit documentation of your supervised experience on the following forms:

  • Form 4 – Applicant Experience and Endorsement
  • Form 4B – Certification of Supervised Experience

Learn More about how TrackYourHours can assist you in tracking your hours for licensure as an LMHC in New York.

Why is it beneficial for a pre-licensee to complete continuing education courses? (California AMFTs, APCCs and ASWs)

Although you are not required to complete continuing education courses until you are licensed, these courses are a great way for pre-licensed clinicians to earn additional hours of experience and expand their knowledge and skills.  In addition, as of January 1, 2021 there is a new Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention requirement that can be satisfied with a continuing education course.  Continue reading

How do I log continuing education credits when I am pre-licensed?

Until you are licensed as an LMFT, LPCC or LCSW, continuing education hours do not technically count as CEs.  Continuing education hours should be logged in the category of workshops and trainings.  The BBS does not require you to submit or retain any documentation of the training.  As long as your supervisor approves the training and the hours are documented on a signed experience verification form, they can be claimed toward licensure.

New 2021 BBS Forms

The BBS has released new experience verification and weekly summary forms dated January 1, 2021.  The experience verification forms have only one minor change on page 1.  “*If licensed in California for less than two years on the first date of experience claimed, provide out-of-state license information.” was changed to “*If licensed in California for less than two years on the first date of experience claimed, attach out-of-state
license information.”  Note that only the Option 1 (New Requirements) forms were updated and the Option 2 forms have been removed from the BBS site.  TYH will continue to produce the Option 2 forms until December 31, 2021.

The weekly summary forms were changed from 8 rows with the weeks as column headers to 5 rows with the weeks as row headers.  Note that only the Option 1 (New Requirements) forms were updated and the Option 2 forms have been removed from the BBS site.  TYH will continue to produce the Option 2 forms until December 31, 2021.

Example of new Option 1 LMFT Weekly Summary Form