Regulatory research

ASWB prioritizes and shares high-quality research about best practices in social work regulation. ASWB has funded and commissioned peer-reviewed research.

Research priorities

  • Ethical boundary violations/licensee misconduct
  • Clinical supervisor qualifications and continuing competence for supervisors
  • Electronic practice and where practice occurs
  • Supervised practice and supervision for clinical licensure
  • Unlicensed practice and/or exemptions to licensure
  • Scope of practice consistency
  • Evaluating and ensuring continuing competence for licensees

 

Legislative updates

ASWB subscribes to U.S. state-based research services to monitor and track proposed regulatory and legislative changes that can affect social work professional regulation. The information is provided as a service to ASWB members and stakeholders. ASWB has selected topics for tracking from state and federal regulatory and legislative proposals received in the current sessions.

Laws and regulations database

ASWB maintains information about social work regulations and licensure/registration requirements as a service to ASWB members and the public.

Spotlight on Regulation

Spotlight on Regulation provides snapshots of jurisdiction requirements that quickly convey key information to users.

Request licensing data

How many licensed social workers are in the United States and Canada? How often do jurisdictions require social workers to renew their licenses? What’s the average number of supervision hours required for a clinical license?

We can help you find out. Use this form to request information on a particular topic.

Data request

Are you a member of a social work regulatory board?(Required)
Regulatory board members serve as volunteers on the boards that issue licenses, handle disciplinary issues, and make decisions about regulation.