Remote LCSW & LMFT Jobs in Oklahoma

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

Oklahoma policymakers reported that many residents are seeking treatment for mental illness, substance use, and related issues, and they only expect that the need for this care will grow. To better serve community needs, officials began to earmark funds to improve access to care.

The move to boost mental health access has resulted in many open remote social work positions for master’s level therapists. Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Licensed Family and Marriage Therapists (LMFT) are among the two most in-demand specialties. Those professionals are needed in hospitals, non-profit agencies, and other mental health treatment centers. This guide outlines the path to licensure for both specialities.

How To Become a LCSW or LMFT in Oklahoma

How to Become an LCSW in Oklahoma

LCSW candidates in Oklahoma must have a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited four-year college or university. Once you earn that degree, you must complete the following for licensure eligibility:

  • Education: The minimum educational requirement for an LCSW in Oklahoma is a master’s degree in social work (MSW).

  • Experience: LCSW candidates must complete two years of supervised, full-time postgraduate practice experience totalling 4,000 hours. The equivalent of part-time experience is also acceptable. Of that total, 3,000 hours must be direct clinical contact. It must also include 100 hours of face-to-face educational supervision.

  • Exams: Candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examination. It is a 170-question exam covering topics such as assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and interventions. It also covers ethics and values.

  • Fees: Oklahoma requires a $150 application fee and a $260 fee for the ASWB clinical exam.

How to Become an LMFT in Oklahoma

As a candidate for LMFT licensure, you must first earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university. You then need to pursue the following:

  • Education: LMFT candidates must have a master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or related discipline from an allied health field.

  • Experience: You must complete two years of post-degree supervised work experience as an MFT. The experience must include at least 1,000 hours of direct client contact, and 250 hours of direct client contact with families, couples, and/or groups. The direct supervision should be for no less than 6.25 hours for each 42 hours of direct client contact. At least 150 hours must be face-to-face supervision. Not that more than 75 hours can be of group supervision.

  • Exams: Candidates must pass two exams. One is the Oklahoma LMFT Examination (OLMFTE), a true-false and multiple choice jurisprudence exam. You must also pass the Examination in Marital and Family Therapy, developed by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).

  • Fees: Oklahoma fees for LMFT licensure vary from $25 to $100 depending on the monthly application. Candidates must also pay a $365 fee for the AMFTRB exam. The OLMFTE exam fee is $45.

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

Once you earn a license as an LCSW or LMFT in Oklahoma, you can decide which type of position suits you best, whether you live in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, or anywhere else in the state.

If you want to become a remote LCSW or remote LMFT, you will find plenty of full-time and part-time virtual work opportunities available in Oklahoma.

Here’s what you should know before applying a remote social work position:

  • Work-from-home therapist: As a remote mental health therapist, you must perform the same duties as your on-site colleagues. The difference is that you will conduct virtual sessions with clients using websites, telephones, mobile applications, and other media. Remember that you can only accept clients from the state in which you are licensed.

  • Skills of successful remote therapists: Excellent communication skills are a requirement for all therapists, remote or in-person. Many work-from-home therapists begin their careers with face-to-face therapy sessions to sharpen these skills. Also, when providing teletherapy, you must become adept at virtual mental health therapy tools and testing materials.

  • Necessary documentation: All professionals should keep resumes and other professional documentation up to date for employers, accrediting agencies, and other governing bodies.

  • 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 Oklahoma 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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