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School of Social Work selected to pilot new path to licensure campaign

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
August 20, 2013

The School of Social Work at Texas State University has been selected by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to partner with the association in developing a curriculum known as the ASWB Path to Licensure Campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to provide social work educators with up-to-date information about social work professional regulation and licensure in their jurisdictions so that they can help their students understand and embrace licensure as an integral part of their professional development—much like doctors and nurses in the medical professions. Like medical professions, social work is a regulated profession in the United States and Canada. Unlike medical professions, however, the importance of regulation has not been emphasized consistently in the education of social work students.

As the school chosen to pilot the Path to Licensure Campaign as part of its social work program, Texas State’s School of Social Work will help ASWB design educational activities that will engage faculty and students and raise awareness of:

  • The critical role of regulation in public protection
  • The critical role of regulation in setting quality assurance minimum standards for the profession
  • The licensure process and the roles of key organizations including ASWB, social work regulatory bodies, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD)

The selection of Texas State was made because the school has a stellar social work program and also because its director, Dorinda Noble, has a long association with ASWB. Currently, Noble is serving as president-elect of the ASWB board of directors and will become its president in November. As director of the school of social work, Noble also stays at the forefront of technology and brings that forward thinking to all aspects of the school’s curriculum. Under her tenure as director, the Texas State MSW curriculum became the nation’s first online social work program.

“ASWB has a long and collaborative association with Dr. Dorinda Noble, LCSW, who is director of the School of Social Work at Texas State University,” said ASWB Chief Executive Officer Mary Jo Monahan. “Dr. Noble has served in many volunteer capacities at ASWB, both during her tenure as vice-chair of the Texas Board of Social Worker Examiners and afterward. As a former regulator, she sees the potential value our Path to Licensure program can offer educators. As an educator, she can use her creative talents and deep knowledge of social work to help ASWB develop a model program that will ensure that students gain an appreciation of social work regulation as an essential component to practice in their chosen profession.”

For more information about the ASWB program, contact Jayne Wood at (800) 225-6880 ext. 3075 or via email at jwood@aswb.org.

About the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work at Texas State is a vibrant unit of the College of Applied Arts. It offers both the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), which prepares students to engage in generalist social work practice, and the Master of Social Work (MSW), which prepares students to engage in advanced specialized social work practice using a generalist framework. Both these degree programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The school is closely connected with the university’s Center for Children and Families, and many of the school’s students are pursuing careers working with children and families.

About ASWB

The Association of Social Work Boards is the nonprofit association of social work licensing boards in the United States and Canada. Members include 49 states and Washington, D.C., all 10 Canadian provinces, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The association owns and maintains the licensing examinations used by its member boards and also provides services to boards and social workers, such as the Approved Continuing Education program, the ASWB Social Work Registry and the Public Protection Database. ASWB’s mission is to strengthen protection of the public by providing support and services to the social work regulatory community in order to advance competent and ethical practices. The Path to Licensure Campaign is a new initiative developed to give social work educators the information they need to help their students embrace regulation as an essential component of the practice of social work. Following the successful launch of the pilot programs, ASWB’s outreach will focus on the expansion of the Path to Licensure Campaign to other schools with CSWE-accredited social work programs. Visit www.aswb.org for more information.