Scope of Practice
This page will explain the types of jobs and services social workers are able to perform dependent on their education level and licensure status. The scope of practice for each level of regulation is defined in the Public Health Code and the administrative rules that support the statute. Additionally, the Michigan Mental Health Code also provides some guidelines as to what tasks can be done for specific license types.
Social workers should also be aware of the laws and administrative rules that govern other professions such as counselors, psychologists, nurses, psychiatrists (physicians), marriage and family therapists, and others.
Only LMSWs with the Clinical designation can perform psychotherapy and diagnosis of DSM conditions. An LLMSW can perform these functions only under the supervision of an LMSW with the Clinical designation. An LBSW is not trained or authorized to perform psychotherapy or diagnosis of DSM conditions.
Can LLMSW's bill for services? Check out an article from the May 2015 issue of The Bridge.
Please click here to view the Grid for Social Work Scope of Practice, created by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
This grid is intended as a guide to assist people in understanding the differences in the levels of regulation and to show who would typically be responsible for various activities and functions. This grid is not an authoritative restatement of the law or regulations governing the practice of social work in the State of Michigan.