LISW: Licensed Independent Social Worker

If you’re looking for opportunities to help people in a variety of settings, you might be thinking about a career in social work. In particular, if you’d like some flexibility in the types of work you can do within this field, you might consider becoming a licensed independent social worker, or LISW.

After all, this job lets you pursue a few different career paths within the social work field. You can choose to work with clients one-on-one and even open your independent practice. Either way, this career will let you help families and individuals find stability, get the counseling they need, and obtain the services that might assist them in improving their lives.

You might also choose to serve as an advisor, where you're using your knowledge of social work to create or improve current policies. And if you have a passion for social work — but prefer helping people from behind the scenes — you can explore positions that focus on researching ways to improve the social work system.

Consider an online counseling program: Syracuse University’s CSWE-accredited online Master of Social Work program is preparing the next generation of social work leaders. Learn more.
MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine