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NASW is your license advocate

Sunday, August 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Danielle Smith
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NASW is your advocate with the state licensing boards and with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) who administers the exam. NASW is concerned about access to licensure and testing during the COVID-19 pandemic and has sent a letter to ASWB to advocate for changes. (Accessible here:…. )

The delays in testing for the ASWB Licensing Exam are posing a barrier to urgently needed mental health services and to economic security for social workers in the many states that have not implemented exemptions to social work licensing requirements due to the pandemic. In Hawaii, no test dates are available until February 2021. A similar delay exists in New Jersey. In Colorado, no test dates are available until December. In the Pacific Northwest, no test dates are available until October. (In Ohio we have heard of a several month delay.)

NASW is asking for other solutions to be developed, including potentially online testing or more provisional licensing in states.

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