NASW maintains that supervision and mentoring is an essential and integral part of the training and continuing education required for the skillful development of professional social workers. Supervision protects clients, supports practitioners, and ensures that professional standards and quality services are delivered by competent social workers. In Michigan, all limited licensed social workers must obtain supervision in order to obtain a full license.
What is licensure supervision?
Licensure supervision is the mandatory professional mentoring required by the State of Michigan in order for a limited licensed social worker (both at the BSW and MSW level) to achieve a full license..
In order to become fully licensed, you must complete 4,000 hours of supervised practice in the practice modality in which you want to be licensed -- clinical or macro (the BSW license is a generalist license). Supervision must be provided by a fully licensed MSW (LMSW). If you are pursuing the clinical license your supervisor must have a clinical license. If you are pursuing macro licensure your supervisor must possess a macro license.
You can work no less than 16 hours but no more than 40 hours per week. You can earn credit for up to 2,000 hours of social work experience per year. You cannot be granted more than 2,000 hours per year. Supervisory review must be conducted for at least 4 hours per month with at least 1 hour of review being on an individual basis. Supervision may also be conducted in a group setting as long as 50% of the group supervision includes individual contact in which active functions and records of the limited licensee are reviewed.
Where can I find a supervisor?
If your place of employment does not have on site supervision, NASW-Michigan has developed a Michigan Social Work Supervision Registry. The Supervision Registry is a free benefit of membership for those who are looking for a supervisor to complete the necessary hours for independent licensure. The supervisors who have joined the registry are listed by county where the supervision will occur. All supervisors listed on this registry have completed NASW-Michigan’s Certification in Core Supervision, are fully licensed in the state of Michigan, and have at least three years of experience in the field. As of the writing of this article there are over 80 supervisors listed on the registry.
Check out the registry and find other supervision resources at http://bit.ly/1UwzNpu.