Model Social Work Practice Act

The ASWB Model Social Work Practice Act reflects best practices in social work regulation.

Because professions like social work are regulated at the state and provincial level, licensing requirements vary across jurisdictions. Developed by ASWB members, the Model Social Work Practice Act strives to suggest best practice in social work regulation. This tool can help jurisdictions make practice mobility easier for social workers who want to add a license in a new state or province.

ASWB’s Regulation and Standards Committee reviews the model law annually to ensure that the language of the sample statute and regulations keeps pace with changes in social work practice and the regulatory environment. The model law was first adopted by the ASWB Delegate Assembly at the 1997 annual business meeting. Delegates continue to review and affirm updates to the document.