When CSWE began production of its 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series, ASWB recognized that collaborating to publish a new guide presented an opportunity to help educators better understand the relationship between the EPAS competencies and social work regulation. A significant volunteer effort was launched, one that drew together the expertise of a 63-member group of social workers and educators.
It was important to ASWB and CSWE that the task force represent diversity along many dimensions, including race, ethnicity, and geography. They chose educators from both large and small schools and from BSW and MSW programs, representatives from a variety of specialties in social work practice, teachers of all aspects of social work education, educators with master’s degrees and doctorates, experienced researchers, as well as those with little to no research experience.
Task force members worked in committees to develop the guide’s nine chapters. They met virtually through videoconferencing and conference calls to work on their chapters. The committees also used document-sharing services such as Google Docs and Dropbox to gather ideas and edit drafts. The steering committee cochairs reviewed all chapter drafts and then researched and wrote the introduction.
Through its Path to Licensure program, ASWB is prepared to help educators implement the ideas and activities presented in the Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation. Before graduation, students need to understand the three Es of becoming licensed social work professionals: Education, Experience, and Exam. The intersection of social work education, practice, and regulation represented by the curricular guide supports students in the development of professional identity and commitment to lifelong prudent practice.
CSWE, ASWB, and NASW Risk Retention Group are committed to supporting safe, competent, and ethical social work practice. They share the belief that the Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation is an essential tool for guiding the education of aspiring social workers.