Navigating LCSW Supervision in Texas: A Guide for Aspiring Clinical Social Workers

Navigating LCSW Supervision in Texas: A Guide for Aspiring Clinical Social Workers

Posted on June 20th, 2024.

(Professional Development) 


At Therapy Central, we understand the importance of professional development and the role of supervision in shaping the careers of aspiring clinical social workers. If you're considering pursuing a career as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Texas, it's essential to understand the requirements and guidelines for LCSW supervision. In this blog, we will provide a comprehensive overview of LCSW supervision in Texas, ensuring that you have the knowledge needed to embark on this important journey.

Understanding LCSW Supervision in Texas:

Becoming an LCSW in Texas requires fulfilling certain requirements set by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE). The purpose of LCSW supervision is to provide guidance, mentorship, and oversight to aspiring clinical social workers as they gain the necessary experience and skills to become licensed professionals.

Supervision Hours:

To obtain an LCSW license in Texas, candidates must complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised practice. These hours must be accrued over a period of no less than 24 months and no more than 60 months. It is crucial to keep detailed records of the supervision hours, including dates, duration, topics discussed, and any feedback received.

Face-to-Face Supervision:

Of the total 3,000 supervision hours, a minimum of 100 hours must be face-to-face supervision. Face-to-face supervision involves direct in-person interaction between the candidate and the supervisor. This personal connection allows for a deeper level of guidance and support throughout the supervision process.

Qualified Supervisors:

Supervision must be conducted by a qualified supervisor who meets the requirements set by the TSBSWE. The supervisor must hold a license issued by the TSBSWE as either an LCSW, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Licensed Psychologist (LP). The expertise and experience of the supervisor ensure that candidates receive proper guidance and mentorship during their supervised practice.

Post-Licensure Experience:

Supervisors must have a minimum of two years of post-licensure experience in their respective field. This requirement ensures that supervisors have the necessary knowledge and expertise to effectively guide and mentor LCSW candidates. Their experience can provide valuable insights and practical advice to help candidates navigate the challenges of clinical social work.

Supervision Training:

Supervisors in Texas are required to complete a supervision training program approved by the TSBSWE. This training equips supervisors with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide effective supervision to LCSW candidates. By completing this training, supervisors enhance their ability to support and guide candidates on their path to becoming licensed professionals.


LCSW supervision plays a vital role in the development of aspiring clinical social workers in Texas. It provides a structured framework for gaining practical experience, receiving guidance, and honing essential skills. At Therapy Central, we prioritize the growth and professional development of our team. We encourage aspiring LCSWs to familiarize themselves with the requirements and guidelines set by the TSBSWE and seek supervision from qualified supervisors.

Remember, LCSW supervision is not just a requirement; it is an opportunity for growth and mentorship. By embracing the supervision process, you can lay a solid foundation for a successful career in clinical social work. Therapy Central is committed to supporting you on your journey towards becoming a licensed clinical social worker in Texas.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is based on general guidelines and should not substitute official regulations and guidelines set by the TSBSWE. It is advisable to refer to the official sources for specific and accurate information.


- Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE)

- Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Sedrick W Jackson, LCSW-S, CCM, ACC

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