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Important Licensing Updates for MSW Grads

We know that there have been many questions regarding shifts and changes to licensure and access to testing. The drop-down box below contains an email from Heather McLaughlin, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers Colorado Chapter, summarizing the latest information and advice. In addition to this email, Heather has provided the following statement:

“There are no changes to the LSW category and process, including the ASWB exam process. ASWB has been reporting that its testing centers are open, though there is a backlog. Although NASW has advocated for workarounds to that backlog and testing issue, we've been unsuccessful in making changes with ASWB and the Governor's Office on that issue. However, the next paragraph here describes the way that MSW graduates can move forward:

Among the changes to the Sunset of the MH Practice Act that NASWCO advocated for, we successfully added a NEW category of "Candidate" for Clinical Social Worker status. This change will allow all MSW graduates (of accredited CSWE programs) to step directly into the Candidate status and begin accruing hours toward the required Clinical Supervision as an LCSW. To become a Clinical Social Worker Candidate, a DORA application and passage of the Jurisprudence exam are required but it is not required to take an ASWB exam (which IS required to become an LSW). Clinical Social Worker Candidates are able to maintain the Candidate status for up to four years before needing to pass their ASWB Clinical Exam.” -- Heather McLaughlin, Executive Director, NASWCO

If you have any question about the licensure process, please contact us at We are working to update our licensure resource webpages to reflect this new information.

NASW-CO ANNOUNCES: In the final days of the Legislative Session, our Mental Health Practice Act Sunset bill, HB20-1206, passed with all of our key requests intact! We expect the bill to become law on July 16th. The improvements in this bill for MSW graduates (in bold), LSWs, and LCSWs are enormous and only made possible by NASW Member dues supporting lobbying efforts. Here are bill highlights, which continues the regulation of mental health professionals until 2029:

  • Finally, after decades of working on this issue, the bill ceases new Registered Psychotherapists and renames current RPs to Unlicensed Psychotherapists;
  • Creates a new option for MSW graduates, in addition to the LSW, of Clinical Social Worker Candidate, which has no ASWB exam requirement thus allowing immediate accrual of clinical hours toward the LCSW (upon passage of Jurisprudence Exam and completion of DORA application);
  • Permits 100% tele-supervision for clinical hours toward the LCSW;
  • Expedites licensing by allowing DORA staff to approve applications for licensure without ratification from the respective board unless the board deems ratification necessary;
  • Allows fulfillment of all 40 hours (rather than 20) per license renewal cycle of continuing competency requirements through “coursework” (i.e. CE such as academic courses, seminars, conferences, in-service trainings, and workshops);
  • Requires a mental health professional to disclose to clients that the client's medical records may not be maintained longer than 7 years (in lieu of sending follow-up notifications);
  • Clarifies that a mental health professional may (permissively) disclose confidential communications if there is a threat to a school or its employees and personnel;
  • Clarifies that it is not a prohibited activity for a mental health professional to offer or accept payment for services provided from a referral;
  • Clarifies that mental health professionals are not required to form a professional service corporation;
  • Clarifies that mental health professionals may administer opiate antagonists;
  • Repeals the requirements that members of the mental health boards must be United States citizens; and,
  • Creates a workgroup to make recommendations regarding 1) Letters of Admonition and 2) non-violent felony records of applicants.


Heather McLaughlin, MSW, MPH
Executive Director
National Association of Social Workers,
Colorado Chapter
Office: 303-753-8890; Cell: 720-272-8054
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Job Search Resources

Bookmark the Classroom 2 Career Hub Career Services and explore their resources as they develop and become available:

The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub is available to support your job search needs. We are working to incorporate new job postings into the Career Link database.

Career Lab is open for virtual drop-in sessions!

  • Monday: 1 PM to 3 PM
  • Tuesday: 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Wednesday: 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Thursday: 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM to 12 PM 

To schedule a virtual appointment, email, call 303-615-1133, or follow these directions: Virtual Career Lab Student Log-in Instructions

Professional Development Resources for Students

Graduate School Entrance Exam & Professional Licensure Program - designed to assist MSU Denver students looking to further their education and career preparation by covering the cost of graduate school entrance exams and certification or licensure exams/courses (including the ASWB exam).

Online Professional Development Program - developed to support students looking to participate in professional development opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering financial support for students participating in online professional development events.

Job Postings & Job Fairs

Job Posting: AmeriCorps Program Coordinator at Colorado Youth for a Change

The AmeriCorps Program Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Director of Ameri-Corps Programs in fully integrating all AmeriCorps programs into CYC’s culture and identity. The Coordinator helps guide the direction of alternative service activities due to the Covid 19 pandemic, while ensuring the detailed nuances of AmeriCorps funding regulations are met with thoroughness and integrity at every step. This position is also responsible for assisting the Director of AmeriCorps Programs with program reporting; ensuring CYC/AmeriCorps mission alignment; coordinating and facilitating monthly member meetings; and providing bi-weekly supervision to members. This position is full-time and temporary; ending July 31, 2020.

Job Description and Application: AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Job Position Description

Job Posting: Collaboration Manager at The Civic Canopy

The Collaboration Manager will manage and facilitate Canopy projects that provide capacity building for individuals, organizations and coalitions to enhance skills and knowledge in complex collaboration for social change. Responsibilities will adjust relative to specific project deliverables but will incorporate the activities and duties outlined in the job description.

Application and Additional Information

Job Posting: Industry Navigator and Experience Coordinator at MSU Denver

This position will support the coordination of student engagement and progress in a wide range of programs in the areas of mentoring, career readiness, employer relations, and experiential activities. The Industry Navigator and Experience Coordinator employs project management skills to plan, market, and execute personalized industry events of various sizes. This requires budgeting, managing RSVPs, collection and tracking of student data, and other logistics as necessary. In addition, this position will coordinate with industry partners, faculty, staff, and students. Examples of events range from workshops and panels, to career fairs. On a limited basis, the Industry Navigator and Experience Coordinator will also steward and leverage a portfolio of prospective and current employers serving as the primary liaison for the university.

Application and Additional Information

Job Posting: Industry Navigator at MSU Denver

Each Program Manager for Industry Partnerships will serve as a career navigator and will be responsible for deep understanding of specific industry trends and the ways in which our students can acquire the skills, expertise, and career readiness to transition their student experience into meaningful careers. Additionally, the Program Manager works closely with local employers, MSU Denver faculty, staff, and students to ensure all are prepared for mutually beneficial and impactful experiential learning opportunities. This position develops internship and career development opportunities for students, meets with students to assist them in the process of readiness for these opportunities, and supports bridging that gap between student and employer. Additionally, the Program Manager for Industry Partnerships is responsible for stewarding and leveraging a portfolio of prospective and current employers serving as the primary liaison. The Program Manager also participates in projects related to the promotion and development of the Classroom to Career Hub with a keen focus on post-graduation career outcomes including employment for current students and alumni.

Application and Additional Information

Job Posting: Psychotherapist (LCSW) at Vivent Health

Vivent Health (formerly known as Rocky Mountain Cares) is recruiting for a full-time LCSW that would work exclusively with individuals living with HIV. At Vivent Health, their mission is to be relentless champions for people affected by HIV and do all they can to help them thrive because they believe every person has value and should be treated with respect.

Application and Additional Information

Job Posting: Service Coordinator at Denver Housing Authority

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) is looking for a Service Coordinator for its Resident and Community Services department. DHA’s Resident and Community Services (RCS) Department is dedicated to improving the lives of low income families and individuals living in public housing and Section 8. RCS provides vital programs and services that help residents enhance their skill-sets to achieve economic or aging-in-place self-sufficiency. The position assists with the design and implementation of DHA programs: providing client outreach, client assessments, client case management coordination, resource development, and service coordination. It provides case management and resources to clients to meet self-sufficiency and aging in place goals.

Application and Additional Information

Navigating Social Work Profession Changes and Updates During COVID-19

NASW Steps to Colorado Licensure - LSW & LCSW (March 2020)

ASWB - Regulatory provisions for social work emergency responders and COVID-19 policy and action (as of 4-27-2020)

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