By the Division of Professional Licensure

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100

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Erin M. LeBel, MS, LICSW, Executive Director
Patricia M. Breslin, MSW, LCSW, Associate Executive Director
Erin Murphy, LICSW, Board Administrator

Social workers provide services to consumers as defined by the statutes and described in the regulations. Generally, social work professionals provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities directed towards specific goals. They may also assist or refer individuals or groups with difficult day-to-day problems, such as finding employment or locating sources of assistance. Social workers at an advanced level (LCSW, LICSW) may diagnose and treat emotional and mental disorders. Some social workers organize community groups to work on specific problems and help to create social policy and planning.

The Board of Registration of Social Work protects the public through regulation of the practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It determines eligibility for admission to examinations for social work, conducts examinations and licenses qualified individuals at one of four levels of licensure (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW; Licensed Certified Social Worker, LCSW; Licensed Social Worker, LSW; Licensed Social Work Associate, LSWA). The Board holds meetings, hears complaints, and takes action as required with the assistance of the Division's legal counsel and investigators.