Remote LCSW & LMFT Jobs in Louisiana

Find work opportunities and resources for remote LCSW & LMFT jobs in Louisiana.

Louisiana has a severe shortage of mental health professionals and resources that has worsened because of demand associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the shortage is statewide, rural areas have been hit the hardest.

The demand has resulted in a need for master’s level therapists throughout Louisiana. Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Licensed Family and Marriage Therapists (LMFT) are in especially high demand. Although both have different paths to licensure, therapists with either degree will find a wealth of job opportunities in hospitals, non-profit agencies, and other mental health care facilities.

How To Become a LCSW or LMFT in Louisiana

How to Become an LCSW in Louisiana

Do you want to become an LCSW in Louisiana? Here are the requirements for licensure:

  • Education and additional coursework: You must earn a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from an accredited graduate program.

  • Experience: LCSW candidates are required to complete 3,000 hours of post-graduation work. Those hours must include 96 hours of face-to-face supervision work.

  • Exams: You must pass the examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Candidates will answer 170 questions that cover topics such as assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and interventions. It also covers ethics and values.

  • Fees: Louisiana requires a $103 fee for LCSW licensure application and a $260 fee for the ASWB clinical exam. Expect to pay additional fees for specialized certification.

How to Become an LMFT in Louisiana

The first step to becoming an LMFT in Louisiana is to meet all the criteria to become a Provisional Marriage and Family Therapist. You can find those requirements and those for the full LMFT designation below:

  • Education and additional coursework: You must earn a master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy (MFT). A related program with similar coursework may be accepted, and either program must include a practicum.

  • Experience: Candidates must complete 3,000 hours of post-graduate marriage and family therapy practice, including 2,000 hours of direct client contact. Candidates may count up to 500 hours of graduate training toward the total. Your training must include 1,000 hours of indirect work experience and 200 hours of qualified supervision. At least 100 hours of the qualified supervision must be individual supervision.

  • Exams: Candidates must pass the "Examination in Marital and Family Therapy" developed by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).

  • Fees: Louisiana requires a $200 fee for LMFT licensure and a $365 fee for the AMFTRB exam.

Requirements for Remote Mental Health Workers (LCSWs & LMFTs) in Louisiana

Once you receive licensure to practice as an LCSW or LMFT in Louisiana, you can decide which type of position suits you best. If you choose to provide remote social work, you can live in New Orleans, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, or anywhere else in the state and take on clients from throughout Louisiana.

As a remote LCSW or remote LMFT, you will find plenty of full-time and part-time virtual work opportunities. Here’s what you should know before applying for a role as a remote mental health therapist:

  • Work-from-home therapist: All mental health therapists have the same duties and responsibilities, whether you’re remote or in-person. However, remote therapists conduct virtual therapy sessions with clients using a website, telephone, mobile application, or other virtual media. Note that all therapists can only treat clients in the state in which they are licensed.

  • Skills of successful remote therapists: All therapists need excellent verbal and written skills. But when you provide teletherapy, you must also have superior technology skills so you can easily use virtual mental health therapy tools and testing materials.

  • Necessary documentation: When applying for remote jobs, be sure to update your resume and provide appropriate documentation showing your education and credentials.

  • Additional training: Telemedicine companies often provide training to educate clinicians on how to use relevant technology and platforms, as well as best practices for good webside manner. This may require on-site training and work for various periods.

Companies hiring remote LCSWs and LMFTs in Louisiana often post open positions on job posting sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn, so this is a great place to start looking for virtual therapy work opportunities.

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