Alberta College of Social Workers

Clinical Registry

The ACSW Clinical Registry recognizes Registered Social Workers who have an advanced standing in clinical social work practice. Per Section 2, Schedule 27 of the Health Professions Act, “Clinical Social Worker”, “Registered Clinical Social Worker”, and “RCSW” are protected titles in Alberta. Therefore, the ACSW is authorized to establish and regulate the voluntary Clinical Registry. Section 10 (2) of the Social Workers Profession Regulation outlines the base criteria for admission to the clinical registry.

While Registered Social Workers (RSWs) on the General Registry may also have the knowledge, skill, and expertise to practice clinical social work and perform diagnostics with the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM), all Registered Clinical Social Workers are deemed to have this expertise by virtue of their designation.

All RSWs who meet the minimum application requirements are welcome to apply to the voluntary Clinical Registry.

Registered Social Workers on the ACSW Clinical Registry are Entitled To:

  • Use the protected titles of RCSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker, and Clinical Social Worker
  • Be recognized as an advanced clinical practitioner
  • Be recognized by certain 3rd party insurers
  • Be recognized as qualified for use of DSM
  • Become an Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor

More Information

There are three application streams for RSWs on the General Registry of the ACSW who have completed a master’s in social work (MSW) to apply through. All applicants must complete and submit Form A.1, which details required documentation for each application stream.

Please review the Clinical Policy and Procedures for more detailed information. You can also contact the Clinical Registry administrative support team for any additional information, clarification, or guidance at clinical@acsw.ab.ca

Which application stream is appropriate for my level of clinical social work experience?

  • Pre-Supervision Stream: For recently graduated MSWs, or MSWs with limited to no post-MSW clinical direct clinical practice, supervision, or experience
  • Post Supervision Stream: For experienced clinicians, who have a minimum of five years of post-MSW clinical practice, supervision and experience
  • Porting Stream: For experienced clinicians who have been designated as a Registered Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker in another jurisdiction recognized by the ACSW

Pre-Supervision Stream

The typical applicant to the pre-supervision stream is a new clinical practitioner, or a RSW who recently completed their MSW. The pre-supervision stream process is as follows: 

  • Applicant submits application fee and fully completed application package to the Clinical Committee to be reviewed and approved.
  • Once approved, the applicant, now a candidate to the Clinical Registry, begins to complete 1600 hours of direct clinical practice as set out in the supervision plan, overseen by the identified Clinical Supervisor of Record. Interim evaluations must be submitted to the Clinical Committee for review every six months.
  • Once 1600 practice hours, 100 hours of supervision and any outstanding course work requirements have been completed, the candidate may be approved to take the ASWB Clinical Exam.
  • Upon passing the ASWB Clinical Exam, the candidate will be added to the ACSW Clinical Registry and will be able to use the protected titles of “Clinical Social Worker”, “Registered Clinical Social Worker”, and “RCSW”.

It takes a minimum of two years and up to five years from the time of application to complete supervised hours and pass the ASWB (Association of Social Work Boards) clinical exam. 

Post-Supervision Stream

The typical applicant to the post-supervision stream is an experienced clinician who has 5 years of post-MSW clinical experience and has completed the requisite 3000 hours of direct clinical practice and 100 hours of supervision by an advanced clinical practitioner. The post-supervision stream process is as follows:   

  • Applicant submits application fee and fully completed application package to the Clinical Committee to be reviewed and approved.
  • Once approved the applicant, now candidate to the Clinical Registry, will have their name referred to take the ASWB Clinical Exam.
  • Upon passing the ASWB Clinical Exam, the candidate will be added to the ACSW Clinical Registry and will be able to use the protected titles of “Clinical Social Worker”, “Registered Clinical Social Worker”, and “RCSW”.

Porting Stream

A Registered Clinical Social Worker (or Licensed Clinical Social Worker), regulated in another recognized jurisdiction, may apply to port their clinical credential to ACSW within one year of registration with the ACSW by submitting the following:

  • a letter of intent
  • proof of clinical registration
  • verification of good standing from the other regulatory body
  • If the ASWB Clinical Exam has not been written, the applicant will be required to write it.

The Clinical Committee, a legislative Committee of the ACSW, meets four times a year to review and approve submissions. All documents (application packages, interim evaluations etc.) must be emailed, faxed, dropped off or received by mail at the ACSW office 10 days prior to the scheduled meeting in order to be reviewed. The administrative support team for the Clinical Registry prefers documents to be emailed. Please find below dates for our upcoming meetings:

Deadline for Document Submission Clinical Committee Review
January 28, 2020 February 7, 2020
April 21, 2020 May 1, 2020
September 8, 2020 September 18, 2020
November 10, 2020 November 20, 2020

Email
clinical@acsw.ab.ca

Mailing Address
ACSW – Clinical Committee
550-10707 100 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 3M1

Fax
780-421-1168
1-866-874-8931 (Toll Free - Alberta Only)

All application and evaluation forms for the various streams to join the Clinical Registry and to become an Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor can be found below:

Application and Evaluation Forms for Admission to the Clinical Registry

Form A.1:         Application for Membership to Clinical Social Work Registry 
Form A.2:         Supervision Plan 
Form A.2a:       Supervision Plan Change
Form A.3:         Letter of Agreement
Form A.4:         Guidelines for Reference Letter
Form B.1:         Evaluation Form – Clinical Supervisor of Record
Form B.2:         Evaluation Form – Other Clinical Supervisors
Form C.1:         Application to be a Clinical Supervisor of Record 

Form E.1:         Post Supervision Applicant Clinical Practice & Supervision Form

Application Forms to become an Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor

Form D.1:         Application to be an Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor 
Form D.2:         Application to be an Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor - Reference Form

Registered Clinical Social Workers must pay an additional fee and complete the following continuing competence requirements for their annual registration renewal in order to maintain their clinical designation.  

Registered Clinical Social Workers Continuing Competence Requirements:

  1. Full time: receive a minimum of 10 hours of clinical supervision, minimum of 20 category A credits, and a total of 50 credits
  2. Part time*: receive a minimum of 5 hours of clinical supervision, minimum of 10 category A credits, and a total of 25 credits 
  3. Inactive: No competence requirements
*Less than 1000 hours a year

Recommendations for Registered Clinical Social Worker Continuing Competence:

  • It is recommended that clinical social work competence is considered when planning category A opportunities
  • The provision of clinical supervision does not satisfy the clinical supervision requirement, it must be received
  • Up to 20 credits may be recorded as a result of preparing for and taking the ASWB Clinical exam.
  • Giving Practice/Clinical Supervision and receiving clinical supervision beyond the minimum required can be recorded in Categories A & B
  • Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisors should consider clinical supervision competence while planning Category A opportunities

Contact competency@acsw.ab.ca for any questions regarding your continuing competence.