After coming from Japan, I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education (B.Ed), majoring in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon. While working in the field of social services in San Francisco Bay Area, I obtained a QMRP license. I then enrolled in the master's program in social work at San José State University While being a graduate student, I studied at the University of Guaradajara, Mexico in 2006. In 2007, I obtained a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW), focusing on Health and Mental Health, and also received Spanish Speaking Counseling Certificatefrom San José State University. Licensed in California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (License Number 29111) since 2012.
What is LCSW?
The title of LCSW stands for Licensed Clinical Social Worker. It is a license issued by the state of California to practice psychotherapy including private practice. In order to obtain and maintain the license, one must hold a master's degree in social work, complete 3200 hours of post-graduate mental health training, and pass two exams governed by the state of California Board of Behavioral Science. Different from psychiatrist, LCSW cannot prescribe medications. However, LCSW can collaborate with psychiatrist or other medical professionals in order to provide mental health care necessary for clients. Also, based on DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder), which is issued by American Psychiatric Association, LCSW can diagnose the clients and provide psychotherapy. Basically, LCSW is a mental health professional who can help resolve issues when clients are facing problems in life.
What is QMRP?
The title of QMRP stands for Qualified Mental Retardation Professional, which is a license issued by the state of California Department of Developmental Disabilities. Intellectual Disability means that an individual has intellectual limitations and adaptability limitation in daily living, and it develops in early childhood. This is an acronym used by the United States federal government in regard to care facilities for people with developmental disabilities. In the state of California, QMRP is responsible to monitor the safety of clients in a 24 hour residential treatment programs, including supervision of their daily life, occupational training, and activities with others per state licensing regulations.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, LCS 29111
State of California, Department of Developmental Services, QMRP