Welcome to PSCSW

The Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW) was established in 1971 to promote and advance specialization of clinical practice within the social work profession. It is an organization of clinical social workers who practice in a variety of settings including family agencies, mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, medical facilities, geriatric settings, schools, and private practice throughout Pennsylvania.

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Legislative Update - HB 1415

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A letter from our Legislative Chair, Carol Henning-Franczyk, LSW, ACSW :

As you all know, PSCSW has been working very hard to gain the passage of HB 1415 in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. HB 1415 would update the licensure act for LCSWs, primarily to provide full practice protection for clinical social work professionals, and would allow LCSWs to legally diagnose a client's condition before beginning treatment or referring to another provider.

We were at the last step of the process and just needed one more vote to take place. Unfortunately in the early hours of Thursday, October 27, 2016, the 2015-2016 legislative session ended without taking a final vote on our bill. While we are very disappointed with this result, we are vowing to come back again when the 2017 session starts in January and push just as hard then. This was not a rejection of our bill....click here to read more

Student Awards Program is Accepting Papers!

The PSCSW Awards for Clinical Excellence were established by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work to acknowledge the outstanding clinical work of students. The Awards are presented annually to students who submit a paper for review by distinguished judges. The program is open to all graduating Masters of Social Work students in Pennsylvania. The Awards program is dedicated to four distinguished PSCSW leaders who have provided inspiration for future clinicians: Patricia Burland, Mary Montague, Judith Kasser, and Anna Wiggins.

The deadline for submission is April 17, 2017.

Please link to Student Awards Program for more information including application procedure; application form; and submission guidelines.