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  •   In 2016, ASWB drew a line. To protect the validity and reliability of the licensing examinations, the Board of Directors established a five-year time frame for member boards to bring their use of the ASWB licensing exams into compliance with ASWB examination policy 2.1, Procedures. “We are past the halfway point for compliance review,” […]

  • Dennison, who joined ASWB as candidate services manager in July 2018, clearly brings the same upbeat attitude to her work. Her management of the Candidate Services Center focuses on “growth for the individuals in the call center and growth for the department,” she says. Like many call centers, increased traffic on online platforms has resulted […]

  • Beginning April 1, 2019, ACE began offering individual course approval in addition to the provider approval that has been the program’s cornerstone service to member boards. Continuing education providers now have more flexibility to choose either to seek approval as providers or to submit an individual course for approval. The change came about after the […]

  •   Social work is called a “helping profession.” This attribute was at the forefront during the first meeting of the 2019 Examination Committee in Charleston, South Carolina, March 27–31. Eight new members joined the Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical exam committees that review questions (called items) before they debut as unscored pretest questions on the licensing […]

  • When ASWB members voted to change the Model Social Work Practice Act in 2018 by adopting licensure by endorsement language, you indicated that the best, most efficient, way to enhance practice mobility is to allow, in the words of the strategic framework, “a licensed or registered social worker in good standing in one jurisdiction to […]

  • As part of this delegated statutory authority, social work boards should be delegated with the right to summarily suspend a license under certain circumstances. Summary suspension basically involves an immediate action by the board before a hearing. As an adverse action is being taken against a license without a hearing, summary/emergency suspensions are an extraordinary […]

  • Each offered a wide-angle look at regulation, bringing a historical and multiprofession perspective to an audience of social work regulators whose daily concerns may be more tightly focused on their own licensees, their jurisdiction’s statutes, and the professions their regulatory bodies regulate. The two speakers shared the history of professional regulation in the United States […]

  • Providing customer service to exam candidates is a large part of what ASWB does, Monday through Friday. Our Candidate Services Center representatives handled 69,485 telephone calls in 2018. Think about that number. Despite a growing number of online registrations annually, candidates are still placing approximately 70,000 calls per year to talk to another person—not a […]

  • Association Asides, March/April 2019

  • Politicians, regulators, licensees, and consumers should be asking why government is involved in regulation. It is suggested that very few reflect on government regulation, especially consumers. Thus, political reaction to and modifications of government regulation are generally based on information generated by special interest groups. It is time to embrace regulatory reform and expand the […]