SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hi, What MSW programs have a strong clinical focus that would best prepare someone to become a LCSW? I've looked at sites for a few programs, but I'm having a hard time finding a way to tell which ones will better suit a prospective LCSW and which won't. Any tips? My goal is work in Alaska, and I don't really have the financial resources for a PhD/PsyD, so if I end up persuing a clinical focus an MSW seems like it would be the best fit. Plus, I figured given the demographics in AK (excluding big cities), an MSW might give me a wider variety of opprotunities for other work outside of therapy. Is this incorrect? My preferred geographic area is the Western US (excluding CA), but I'm open to pretty much anywhere if the training and finances look good. Also, to be licensed as an LCSW in AK, you must have an MSW from an "approved program." Does this just refer to an accredited MSW program, or are there specific programs designed to train LCSWs? Thanks for your time!