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Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW)

Bachelor Social Worker is an entry-level license similar to Licensed Social Work Associate. States license Social Workers within a multi-tiered system to reflect differences in education, training and work experience.

Social Workers work with clients dealing with daily life issues, or work in an advocacy role for clients with social services agencies. In contrast to Professional Counselors, Social Workers tend to work more from the perspective of society and the surrounding environment, rather than focusing on an individual's personal motivations.

A Bachelor Social Worker holds a Bachelor's degree in social work, and has completed 2000 to 3000 hours of supervised work experience. The full license level used with Bachelor Social Worker is usually Master Social Worker, Certified Master Social Worker, or Licensed Graduate Social Worker; but other titles such as Licensed Certified Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical, and Licensed Advanced Social Worker are commonly used as well. Full Social Work licensure usually means a Master's degree or higher in social work, and additional 2000 to 3000 hours supervised work experience beyond that completed for the entry-level license.