The Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD) certification is a national hallmark of quality practice, recognized by insurers, professionals, courts, and consumers. The BCD goes to those whose ability to practice advanced-generalist Clinical Social Work at a high level of competency is verified through an examination process.
For healthcare delivery systems seeking a true measure of advanced competency, the BCD is the gold standard. Some insurance systems strengthen their practitioner panels by extending preferred status to BCD Clinical Social Workers; and in the U.S. uniformed services, the BCD is a criterion for up to $6,000 in bonus pay.
BCD Clinical Social Workers affirm annually that they meet standards for continuing education, currency of clinical practice, and state licensure in good standing. Annual recertification, unique in Clinical Social Work to BCD certification, enables the American Board of Examiners (ABE) to serve as an official verifier of advanced credentialing, compliant with NCQA, URAC, and other criteria.