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Message from ASWB - 4-20-16

20 Apr 2016 9:03 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

Dear CSWA Members,

CSWA received this message from the Association of Social Work Boards today and has requested that we send it to members.  To summarize, ASWB does a practice review of social work every 7-10 years and is beginning one now.  Approximately 250,000 of the 600,000 social workers in the country will receive a copy of the survey on social work practice.  Please participate if you receive this survey.

Below is the message:

I am writing on behalf of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to let you know that ASWB has launched its latest practice analysis of social work, the study of current social work practice that serves as the foundation for content included in the ASWB social work licensure examinations. Conducted every seven to ten years, the practice analysis begins with a survey of licensed social workers in the United States and Canada. The survey is designed to gather information about the knowledge and skills needed by those in the social work profession. It was sent to more than 250,000 licensed social workers, including social work practitioners and educators, earlier this month.

We are contacting your organization to let you know what was happening and to encourage you to  forward to ASWB any questions or concerns you might receive from your members about the survey.  

To explain more fully, the survey requires social workers to respond to statements about tasks that social workers perform (or do not perform) or about the knowledge that social workers need to perform those tasks safely and competently. All responses are confidential and will be combined with those from other social workers responding to the survey. Additional information on the process—including the results of the last practice analysis conducted by ASWB—may be found at  

ASWB remains committed to producing a valid and reliable social work licensing examination, and we are excited about the next chapter in its development. We look forward to the responses from the practice analysis survey.

Thank you for your commitment to our profession and the public it serves.

Lavina G. Harless, LCSW
Examination Development Manager
Association of Social Work Boards

PO Box 10
Garrisonville, Virginia  22463

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