Social work practice mobility and license portability are a public safety issue, a workforce issue, and a technology issue in this era of increasing use of electronic practice in health care professions and increasing mobility of the workforce in general. In 2014, the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), whose members include the social work regulatory and licensing bodies in the U.S. and Canada, adopted social work practice mobility as a strategic initiative and began the challenging work to bring greater consistency to regulation of the profession throughout North America. To support these efforts, the organization has created a website, www.movingsocialwork.org, to serve as a central resource to distribute information about the mobility initiative to and solicit feedback from social workers, social work regulators, and social work educators.
“When ASWB included practice mobility in the strategic plan, we knew communication would be critical to making mobility a reality,” said ASWB CEO Mary Jo Monahan, MSW, LCSW. “We will use this site to share information as we learn more and make decisions and to gather input and insights from our varied stakeholders. The success of this initiative depends on collaboration like this. We anticipate that the website will become a hub for activity.”
The site was developed by The Ivy Group of Charlottesville, Virginia, using mobile-first design principles. Mobile-first design emphasizes making the entire website easy for users to access—from reading to contributing content—whether they are using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. “Given how much technology is a driving force in social work practice mobility,” said Monahan, “it only makes sense to create a site that works on all mobile platforms and works well for social workers who are on the move.”