Becoming a Social Worker in Wyoming
You may pursue a social worker education in Wyoming at the bachelor's or master's level; you will achieve a higher level of credentialing more quickly if you pursue social work at both levels. Here are some guidelines for getting started.
If You Are in High School
Take the standard college prep curriculum in high school. Meanwhile begin volunteer service or other career exploration.
Decide where you want to earn your undergraduate degree. In order to be licensed at the baccalaureate level, you will need to graduate from a program that holds accreditation through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). However, you will apply to the university that houses the social work program before you apply to the program itself.
Enroll and begin general studies courses and social work prerequisites. Wyoming social work programs may require psychology, sociology, biology, statistics and economics. You will need to maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 at this stage. You may be required to have a background check before formal admission to the major.
Complete Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) requirements – this will include an extended field experience. Both your field evaluation and social work GPA will be important if you continue on for a Master of Social Work (MSW) as an advanced standing student.
You may submit your certification application to the Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board as you are nearing degree completion. You will need to take and pass a national board examination offered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). At this stage, you may opt for either the bachelor's or master's level examination.
As a Certified Social Worker (CSW) in Wyoming, you can provide mental health services, but only when working under approved supervision.
Consider your post-degree options. You may take an entry-level social work position or enroll full-time as an MSW student. With an MSW, you can eventually be qualified to work as a mental health practitioner.
If You Have a College Degree
Prepare for admission to a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work program. It is not necessary to have a closely related undergraduate degree. However, Wyoming programs sometimes favor candidates who have 600 or more hours of professional or volunteer experience. Expect to submit letters of recommendation and personal and academic essays. You may need statistics, human development, and social science coursework as prerequisites; generally, these classes are taken at the undergraduate level.
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Complete MSW requirements. You will complete generalist/ foundations social work courses first, then specialist or ‘concentration’ courses. If you have an accredited social work bachelor’s, you may move straight into concentration coursework, or do so after a short bridge program.
Whatever format you choose to do your academic coursework, you will spend a good deal of time out in the field, generally in an agency setting.
Apply to the Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board to become a Provisional Clinical Social Worker. You will submit references at this stage. Seek a position and make sure that you have the supervision that is required by the Wyoming Board.
Work under an approved supervision plan until you have accrued at least 3,000 hours of experience.
While working under the provisional license, take the examination that will be required for the professional level license. You may opt for either the clinical or advanced generalist exam (whichever one corresponds best to your practice area); both are offered by the ASWB.
After you have met all requirements, your Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credential will be issued.