Skip to main content Skip to main content

Social Work Jobs and Career Guidance

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!

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

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)

Edit this page

Contact Information

Main Office Phone:



Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

Maps and Parking

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation logo

Our MSW and BSSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the sole accrediting body for social work education.