Remote LCSW & LMFT Jobs in Mississippi

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

Mississippi ranks highest in poverty in the U.S. and is also considered the least safe state in the nation, with the highest homicide rate. The Magnolia State also has the highest number of adults who say they skip healthcare because of the costs. These are just some of the factors contributing to a growing mental health crisis in Mississippi.

To address this emergency, there is demand for social workers throughout Mississippi, particularly Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Family and Marriage Therapists (LMFT). If you’re licensed to practice in these specialties in this state, you’ll find plenty of remote opportunities in mental health care facilities, hospitals, and clinics, among others.

How To Become a LCSW or LMFT in Mississippi

How to Become an LCSW in Mississippi

A bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited four-year college or university is the foundation of a career as an LCSW in Mississippi. Once you earn that degree, you must pursue the following:

  • Education and additional coursework: You must earn a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or Southern Association of College and Schools.

  • Experience: LCSW candidates in Mississippi must complete a minimum 1,000 hours of direct client contact. You’ll need to receive at least one hour per week of face-to-face supervision with an LCSW supervisor for a total of 100 hours. You must complete this work in no fewer than 24 months and no more than 36 months.

  • Exams: Candidates must pass the examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), along with any required jurisprudence examinations. The exam includes questions on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and interventions. It also covers ethics and values.

  • Fees: You must pay a $25 application fee and a $100 license fee. There is also a $260 fee for the ASWB clinical exam.

How to Become an LMFT in Mississippi

LMFT candidates must first earn a bachelor’s degree to begin the path toward licensure. Once you obtain this degree, your other requirements include:

  • Education: At a minimum, you must obtain a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE-accredited program.

  • Experience: To qualify for licensure, candidates must complete two years of post-graduate degree work, including 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact. Candidates must also complete 200 hours of direct supervision, 50 of which must be individual.

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

  • Fees: In Mississippi, there’s a $25 application fee for the AMFTRB exam and a $100 application fee for licensure. The fee to take the AMFTRB exam is $365.

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

Mental health therapists who hold a license as an LCSW or LMFT in Mississippi will find there are a number of roles available that suit their needs. That’s true whether you live in Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, or elsewhere. If you want to work from home, you’ll find a plethora of full-time and part-time virtual therapy opportunities available in the state for remote LMFTs and LCSWs.

Before applying for a role in remote social work, here’s what you should know:

  • Work-from-home therapist: Remote LCSWs and remote LMFTs must offer the same quality of care as their counterparts who work at a physical facility. The only difference is that remote mental health therapists use websites, phones, web platforms, and other technology to connect with their clients. Note that if you want to offer teletherapy, you can only treat clients in the state where you are licensed.

  • Skills of successful remote therapists: All therapists must have excellent communication skills, especially those who offer virtual therapy. This is why many therapists start their careers with face-to-face sessions. The in-person time helps them polish their one-on-one skills before they switch to virtual mental health therapy.

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

  • Additional training: As a remote social worker, you’ll need to stay up to date on the latest technology and platforms. Telemedicine companies often provide training to educate clinicians on how to use relevant technology, as well as best practices for good webside manner. You may need to attend these training sessions at your employer’s facility.

Job posting sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn, are great places to start looking for virtual therapy work opportunities in Mississippi. Companies hiring for these positions will often post on these sites.

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