• “The Contributor Award recognizes individuals in the social work community for their efforts to promote regulation and public protection,” said ASWB CEO Mary Jo Monahan. “The award is an important support to the strategic framework goals of regulatory research and advancing acceptance of social work as a licensed profession.” Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D., is the […]

  • But Exam Committee members aren’t the only volunteers pondering important questions. Five other ASWB committees met in Alexandria, Virginia, in July to consider issues facing the association. Their charges, delivered to each committee by the ASWB Board of Directors, are, in essence, questions that committee members need to work on together to answer. Who should […]

  • Member boards have a role in achieving the strategic framework—ASWB staff are ready to assist Exemptions allow social work practice to occur without requiring the practitioner to be licensed.  Generally, exemptions are based on practice setting. During early legislative wrangling to get licensing laws on the books, exemptions were often viewed as a politically necessary […]

  • The Association of Social Work Boards is a not-for-profit organization whose membership is composed of government boards that regulate the profession of social work. ASWB delegates from the member boards are empowered with decision-making related to elections, resolution processes, business and educational programming, and setting the general direction of the organization through committee participation and […]

  • August 30, 2019

    Association Asides, July/August 2019

  • “The ASWB social work examinations measure competencies to safely practice from day one of a social worker’s career,” said Lavina Harless, director of examination development, “so involving subject matter experts who understand the elements of safe practice in a firsthand, personal way is crucial.” Consequently, the first step in exam development involves a practicing licensed […]

  • Licensure is required as a prerequisite to lawful practice of the profession, and practice without a license may result in criminal and/or administrative sanctions. Licensure qualifications are set in law and enforced by the board. Qualifications for licensure eligibility include components related to education, experience, examination(s), and personal history/moral character. In the interest of consumer […]

  • The agendas that we are facing, although we come from different disciplines, are very similar,” Benton said. “I would encourage you to work collaboratively across jurisdictions, whether you be in the United States or Canada, but also think about how you might actually draw from related disciplines as well.” Benton pointed out that challenges to […]

  • She assigned the speakers and participants to the roles of regulator, public, social worker, and lawmaker. “We’ve had several sessions about what to say, who to talk to, how to talk to them,” Henkel said. “This session is really about switching up points of view.” So that attendees could easily identify the alter ego each […]

  • Regulatory research and ASWB have gone hand in hand for decades, so much so that it is a central purpose of the association’s bylaws. By incorporating research into the strategic framework, the ASWB Board of Directors acknowledges its continuing importance to members and the regulatory community at large. Although nursing and medicine are at the […]

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