Vision: All social workers are licensed

CEO Mary Jo Monahan and ASWB President Tim Brown wrote or were featured in articles addressing the role of regulation and licensure.

In Social Work Today:
Get Licensed, Live Licensed — Next Steps for New Social Work Graduates
Six Degrees of Social Work — A Social Work Education Connects Professionals on Diverse Career Paths
On The New Social Worker website:
Case in Point: How Social Work Regulation Advocates for Client Protection
Professional Regulation and Licensure: A Foundation for Client Advocacy

International outreach

Influencing change

At the FARB National Policy Summit and Leadership Conference, ASWB participated in discussions about practice mobility, commonsense regulation, and exam translation.

As a member of the Professional Licensing Coalition collaborative, ASWB attended meetings about state action immunity doctrine and was a signatory organization to testimony presented to the House Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at a hearing on occupational licensing.

As a member of the Healthcare Regulatory CEO group, ASWB and other regulatory associations shared their professional knowledge and discussed regulatory issues and research initiatives.


At the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation conference, Lavina Harless, director of examination development, presented on updating the exams and exam products. She also presented on ASWB’s practice analysis process at the Association of Test Publishers conference.

For the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, Jennifer Henkel, director of member services, and CEO Mary Jo Monahan designed and presented an online webinar, “Governance Success: Effective Recruitment, Motivated Engagement, and Dynamic Orientation and Training.”

As the 2018 Joan Greenstone lecturer at Loyola University School of Social Work, CEO Mary Jo Monahan spoke about social work regulation as a foundation for social justice.

At the National Association of Black Social Workers conference, ASWB Board members presented a workshop, “ASWB Fulfills the Dream of Competent Practice for African Americans.”

Social Media

10,500 social workers used this photo frame on their Facebook page, resulting in 35,000 views.