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Amanda Duffy Randall (NE)


AMANDA DUFFY RANDALL of Nebraska received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nebraska chapter of NASW at the chapter’s virtual conference in September. AMANDA, recently retired from her role as director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is a former ASWB president, a former member of the Nebraska Board of Mental Health, and a current item development consultant for ASWB’s exam development program.

The chapter recognized AMANDA for demonstrating throughout her career “the highest form of social work values and ethics at every turn. She was not only a leader within the field but also a trailblazer.”

More congratulations!

LISA CROCKWELL, executive director and registrar of the newly named (as of September 30) Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers, wrote to share the news of the name change from the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers. The name change represents a milestone that the college has worked to achieve. A press release detailed the reasons: “This change stems from legislative amendments to the Social Workers Act and was needed to 1) ensure our responsibility under the Act to operate in the public interest was clearly understood and 2) bring us in line with our provincial and national regulatory counterparts who have also undergone a similar name change.”

Solar success

During the first full month of operation in ASWB’s new headquarters, the solar parking canopies produced so much electricity that the association was able to put power back on the grid.

photograph of ASWB headquarters solar parking canopy

Steal this idea

The Minnesota Board of Social work shared the ASWB item writer recruiting messaging in an email to those subscribed to its licensing news and updates bulletins.

In memoriam

KIP COGGINS of New Mexico died on September 1, 2020. He was known as one of the most prolific item writers ever to write questions for the social work licensing exams. KIP served between 1990 and the early 2000s.

photograph of Denise Capaci wearing ASWB branded facemask
Denise Capaci (MD) models the latest ASWB PPE.

Send all news and pictures to Jayne Wood, newsletter editor, at or call Jayne at 800.225.6880, ext. 3075.

Test center transition

The transition to PSI test centers has begun. Test-takers who register for the exam beginning November 1, 2023, will be testing with PSI.