The only difference between a provider that is licensed as an LCPC or an LCSW-C is the type of master’s degree the clinician has completed. LCPC and LGPC licensed clinicians hold a master’s in professional counseling or psychology. Clinicians with an LCSW-C, LCSW, or LGSW hold a master’s in social work. These master’s degree’s differ from school to school based on course work and clinical concentrations. Both degrees prepare clinicians for the provision of individual, group, and couples therapy through course work and intensive clinical internships. Following the obtainment of either a counseling or social work master’s degree a clinicians in the state of Maryland must pass a provisional level licensing examination (LGPC or LGSW) to begin practicing therapy immediately following graduation. Once this examination is passed a clinician must work for two years under the direct supervision of a fully-licensed supervisor (LCPC or LCSW/LCSW-C) before sitting for a second examination. Once completing the necessary supervised hours a clinician sits for their final examination before beginning work as a private practicing/fully licensed clinician.