Center for Professional Development

IMPORTANT NOTICE for persons seeking initial PA licensure and those renewing existing PA licensure in health-related fields (including LSWs, LCSWs, LPCs, and MFTs)

ACT 31 OF 2014
– Initial Training and Continuing Education in
Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Requirements

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LSW/LCSW Exam Preparation



$140 (payment expected at time of registration)


Saturday, June 13, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015

PROGRAM YEAR FALL 2015 through SUMMER 2016
Dates tbc

      Bryn Mawr's Social Work License Exam Prep Course is designed for anyone seeking to prepare themselves for the social work license exam, and is not limited to Bryn Mawr College students and/or alums. Special attention is given to practice theory, social work terminology, therapeutic strategies, treatment, practice techniques, ethics, social work values, DSM, psychopharmacology, and diversity sensitive practice. The course includes helpful practice test questions, a study manual, and discussion. Participants provide their own lunch.The social work exam is administered through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).  
      Each session date is a free-standing one-day course that addresses both the master’s (LSW) and clinical (LCSW) social work license exams. A recent survey of past participants of the prep course revealed a 90% exam pass rate after taking the course.

Social Work Licensure Requirements
How to Apply to take the LSW Exam
How to Apply to take the LCSW Exam

The DSM-5 and Social Work Licensing Exams
The current ASWB examinations reflect the content contained in the DSM-IV-TR. ASWB is always committed to providing sufficient information to social work candidates to prepare for ASWB examinations. No content related to DSM-5 will appear on the exams before July 2015. (Source:

Cost of the one-day prep course includes a study manual. No discounts will apply to an individual's multiple registrations for the prep course.

In Pennsylvania, the LSW license is granted after applying to the state, passing the Master’s level exam administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and providing documentation of graduation from an accredited Graduate School of Social Work. Following completion of the MSW degree, the advanced clinical LCSW license may be earned after completing at least 3000 hours of post masters supervised clinical experience. This can be accumulated in no less than 2 years and no more than 6 years with no less than 500 hours and no more than 1500 hours per 12 month period credited towards the supervised clinical experience. Bryn Mawr offers an opportunity to acquire group supervision hours toward the LCSW through its Clinical Certificate Program

David B. Landsman-Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW, Diplomate and Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy,  is co-founder of The Boca Raton Center for Psychotherapy in Boca Raton, FL, and is an adjunct faculty member in Florida Atlantic University's MSW program. He was formerly an adjunct faculty member at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy.