A Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW)

...is a separate class of the Registered Social Worker designation which recognizes advanced practice skills in mental health and clinical social work, typically counselling and psychotherapy, human development, and mental health disorders.

To qualify as a RCSW, the following additional minimum requirements must be met:

  • Graduation with a Master of Social Work degree from an accredited and approved university
  • Approved, extensive coursework in the areas of counselling / psychotherapy, human development, mental health disorders
  • 3000 hours of post-graduate supervised clinical experience
  • Passing a comprehensive North American clinical board exam
Sun Under Chin

RCSWs are authorized in the province of British Columbia to use and apply the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).


For more information about the British Columbia College of Social Workers (the Regulatory body for RCSW’s in British Columbia), go to BCCSW