• Dear Social Work Regulatory Board Members and Staff: Society as a whole, inclusive of the social work regulatory community, is under intense scrutiny and political pressures based upon a host of factors. A changing regulatory climate, demonstrations and protests, justice and injustice, race, gender, sex, elections—not to mention COVID-19—are shining a light on our individual […]

  • Adjusting continuing education requirements has stood out as an important way that regulators have shown flexibility while preserving the importance of public protection. Three members—North Carolina, New York, and West Virginia—share how their jurisdictions responded to the pandemic by adjusting CE requirements for license renewal. And ASWB’s Approved Continuing Education program has continued to approve […]

  • October 26, 2020

    Association Asides, September/October 2020

  • Delegate and member board presence is what fuels ASWB and provides direct input into the policy setting and evolution of the organization. Without the need for physical travel, ASWB looks forward to a record number of delegates, members of member boards, and administrators taking part in the virtual annual meeting. Please note the dates and […]

  • For those unfamiliar with the process recording tool, it’s a written record of an interview between an intern and a client. In one part of this tool, students document, verbatim, the conversation that occurs between the student and the client. In another part, students record thoughts and feelings experienced throughout the interview. This section helps […]

  • Policy enforcement initiative beginnings When the initiative began in 2016, the Board of Directors established a five-year time frame to allow member boards that were not following policy to make needed changes. The primary reason for the initiative was outlined in a letter from ASWB to boards: “Enforcing appropriate use of the exams helps maintain […]

  • Over the past several months, ASWB staff have reviewed proposed initiatives and provided information to members on a variety of issues not related to COVID-19. Staff uses data compiled in the Laws and Regulations database and conducts additional research when needed to assist with member requests. The Model Social Work Practice Act informs ASWB’s review […]

  • Among the benefits of ASWB’s Board Member Exchange meetings is the opportunity for member board members to share successes and challenges with one another and gain new perspectives. The September 2020 virtual BMX produced an exchange between two members who are geographically distant but close together in concerns. John Shalett, chair of the Louisiana State […]

  • The idea seems simple enough: Walking gives one time away from the rushed pace of life and allows the mind to consider ideas and alternatives that may not have been previously considered. It can calm us physically and emotionally and, maybe most importantly, get us into nature. But I think the most important part of […]

  • Further complicating these discussions are the legal issues around what license is required and which board has authority over the person/licensee. Substance over form carries the day in resolving some of the issues, and regulatory boards are encouraged to exercise their authority when deemed appropriate. Consider the following. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory […]