MSW private practice in Colorado

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Kristina in Cabot, Arkansas

57 months ago

I know that in Colorado you can open your own private practice without LCSW. I also noticed that people with some strange degrees open pracices there.. How does it work? I have MSW and wondering , if you can bill any insurances without LCSW? I know you cant bill medicare though.

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Tamara G. Suttle in Castle Rock, Colorado

56 months ago

Hi, Kristina. I moved to CO with my licensure as a professional counselor and am in private practice. You are correct. Anyone including the street sweeper can hang a shingle out here in the wild west of Colorado. It's a little bit scary in that way. Unlicensed therapists simply "register" with the state. However, it is not a wise way to practice and it's certainly not in the public's best interest. And, no, insurance companies will not allow you to bill without a license.

You may want to check out my blog at www.AllThingsPrivatePractice.com to help you get started over. And, if I can answer any more of your questions, feel free to email!

Tamara G. Suttle, M.Ed., LPC
www.AllThingsPrivatePractice.com
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Kristina in Cabot, Arkansas said: I know that in Colorado you can open your own private practice without LCSW. I also noticed that people with some strange degrees open pracices there.. How does it work? I have MSW and wondering , if you can bill any insurances without LCSW? I know you cant bill medicare though.

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Mary in Peoria, Arizona

36 months ago

Really. I am hoping that Colorado will allow for me to take the LMSW exam. Arizona is very strict with their laws on who takes what exam. I had 2 years of Supervision years ago, however did not take the state exam, because I didn't have to, worse mistake I made. In Arizona I qualified to take the MSW exam, but I wanted to take the LCSW exam. I guess my 2 years of Supervion with professionals, and working in a School District for 5 years, under another LCSW did not qualify me, because I am a Behavior Specialist. Working with BI Polar, Autism, ADHD and every diagnosis under the sun, I still did not qualify. When I asked how to qualify I was told to volunteer and work for an Agency under an LMSW. With all the extra time, sure. Just to let you know that having a license is important to me, but an exam does not in anyway tell anyone how bright a person is. I have help change others, and I have integrity, but it does not have anything to do with a license. There are some pretty messed up therapist, who should re think their careers. If you want to get a license in Social Work California and Arizona are the most difficult States to get re-licensed in. It happens to be the two states I have lived in the past 6 years.

I hope Colorado will give me a chance.

I just want to be allowed to take an exam.

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