Because the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives states the authority to use regulation to protect public health and safety, it is not possible for the United States to offer a national social work license. ASWB has worked for several years to help state regulators and lawmakers adopt policies and laws that promote practice mobility. Social work was recently selected as one of five professions to work with the Department of Defense and the Council of State Governments to develop licensing compacts to support social work practice mobility.
Follow ASWB on social media for more in the ASWB Answers series. You’ll also stay up to date on the development of a social work licensing compact.