Bridge boundaries of social work regulation

Increase consistency of regulation across jurisdictions

  • ASWB Member Services conducts a Jurisdictional Mobility Assessment and receives input from 76 percent of membership on provisions affecting mobility in all states (reciprocity, endorsement, temporary license, provisional license, license by credential, electronic practice).
  • ASWB’s Regulation and Standards Committee completes a three-year review of the Model Social Work Practice Act, or model law. Recommended changes reflect survey responses from membership about current practice at the jurisdictional level and integrate content from the Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice. Delegates adopt the proposed changes at the Annual Meeting.

Develop processes to verify continued competence across jurisdictions

  • ASWB exams are updated to reflect changes in DSM-5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by licensed clinicians.
  • The sixth practice analysis in the history of ASWB gets under way. The practice analysis is conducted to ensure the exams reflect current social work practice. The Practice Analysis Task Force is appointed, comprising 20 licensed social workers from throughout the U.S. and Canada selected to represent diversity in racial, ethnic, geographic, and practice demographics.