Social workers in Oregon are licensed mental health professionals who work in a variety of settings from schools and social service agencies to hospitals and hospice facilities. The State Board of Licensed Social Workers was created to ensure that individuals serving the public as social workers have the education and skills to do the job safely, effectively and efficiently. Currently, there are about 5,500 licensed social workers in Oregon, and that number is growing as social workers’ skills are used to provide services in communities across the state.
The board has seven members, four who are social workers and three who are not social workers and who represent the public. The board has its office in Salem and has six staff members: three working to issue and renew licenses, two working to monitor and investigate complaints and an executive director to oversee the operation of the agency. Board meetings are held monthly in Salem and are open to the public.
The board was created in 1979 to set policy and adopt rules for social workers. Currently, the board offers four license types: Registered Baccalaureate Social Worker (RBSW), Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW), Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). These four licenses allow license holders to call themselves “social workers” and, in the case of the CSWA and LCSW, to work with clients directly as clinical social workers.
Mailing Address: 3218 Pringle Rd. SE, Suite 240, Salem 97302-6130
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 675