Remote LCSW & LMFT Jobs in Oregon
Find work opportunities and resources for remote LCSW & LMFT jobs in Oregon.
Oregon was facing a shortage of social workers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which worsened the need for advanced behavioral health jobs. Although the crunch is felt throughout the state, it became especially apparent in rural areas.
This shortage has led to a demand for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Licensed Family and Marriage Therapists (LMFT) throughout Oregon. Although the path to licensure for these positions is different, both specialists will find a host of openings in hospitals, non-profit agencies, and other mental health care facilities.
How To Become a LCSW or LMFT in Oregon
How to Become an LCSW in Oregon
If you want to become an LCSW in Oregon, you must first earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university. You must then meet the following requirements:
Education and additional coursework: You must earn a master’s degree in social work (MSW).
Experience: Candidates must have 3,500 hours of post-MSW experience, including 2,000 hours of direct contact and 100 hours of supervision. The supervised experience must include 50 hours of individual practice. You must complete the supervised experience over a minimum of 24 months.
Exams: You must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam. The exam’s 170 questions cover topics including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, interventions, ethics, and values.
Fees: Candidates must pay $460 in application fees. You must also pay a $260 fee for the ASWB clinical exam. Expect to pay additional fees for specialized certification.
How to Become an LMFT in Oregon
In Oregon, LMFT candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a topic related to the behavioral sciences from an accredited four-year college or university. You must then meet the following requirements:
Education and additional coursework: You must earn a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy or a related topic.
Experience: You must complete at least 700 clock hours, including 280 direct client contact hours, before you meet eligibility for licensure. You must also finish three years of post-graduate supervised clinical experience comprising at least 2,400 supervised direct client contact hours. At least 1,000 of those hours must be with couples and families.
Exams: You must pass the "Examination in Marital and Family Therapy” developed by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).
Fees: Oregon requires a total of $300 in fees for licensure and a $365 fee for the AMFTRB exam.
Requirements for Remote Mental Health Workers (LCSWs & LMFTs) in Oregon
Once you earn a license as an LCSW or LMFT in Oregon, you can decide which type of position suits you best, whether you live in Portland, Eugene, Salem, or anywhere else in the state.
If you want to become a remote LCSW or remote LMFT, there are plenty of full-time and part-time virtual work opportunities available in Oregon.
Here’s what you should know before applying for a role as a remote mental health therapist:
Work-from-home therapist: Remote therapists conduct teletherapy sessions with clients using a website, telephone, mobile application, or other virtual media. All therapists can only treat clients in the state in which they are licensed, so a LCSW or LMFT licensed in Oregon must only accept clients from that state.
Skills of successful remote therapists: All therapists must have excellent communication skills. This is why some remote therapists begin their careers with in-person sessions to hone their skills. Remote therapists must also become familiar with relevant 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. The company may require on-site training, so be sure to ask about this if it is a concern for you.
Companies hiring remote LCSWs and LMFTs in Oregon 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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