Credentialing and Licensing
This section provides information about licensing and the various laws and regulations regarding the practice of social work in Ohio. It also lists organizations engaged in preparing social workers for licensing examinations and granting credentialing. Most have links to information for all states. For information on states not listed here you can search your favorite search engine (we suggest Google) with the term: “social work licens*” AND (your specific state here).
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network is a nationwide resource for addiction-related information funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). “ATTC vision is to unify science, education and services to transform the lives of individuals and families affected by alcohol and other drug addiction.” Resources on this site include: Licensing & Certification Requirements for all U.S. States; SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator; full text cutting-edge research articles taken from the journal,Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research; and much more.
This organization sets national practice standards in clinical social work. Site includes the ABE’s Code of Ethics and various advocacy positions related to standards of clinical practice in social work. The site also provides access to the ABE Directory of Board Certified Diplomats and their newsletter
The Diplomate now available free online. Students can also find information about their “Student Awards Program”, a cash award for second year students, given to five students annually.
The Association provides information on social work licensing and certification. The site includes links to state boards of social work, selected schools of social work, test centers, and ACE continuing education providers. Check out their new web-based version of Social Work Laws and Regulations: A Comparison Guide. Replacing the biennially print edition this new free database system makes comparative data on social work licensing widely available and allows for more frequent updating.
Information on certification, credentialing fees, and the Chemical Dependency Counselor Code of Ethics can be found on this site. Once you get to the site setting a bookmark is suggested. The links have been redesigned for easier access to information.
In addition to credentials, this site also gives you access to appropriate state laws, renewal forms, “provider verification” and license verification. Also check out their “What’s New” link.
SWES provides on-site review courses and home study programs designed to prepare social workers for license exams. The site includes links to State Licensing Boards as well as information on SWES products and services.
A test preparation site for the ASWB Social Work Examination. It is designed for social workers that are trying to become licensed and includes exam tips, test strategies, and advice from people who have taken the exam. The site offers additional services (such as sample exam questions) through its subscription service.
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Continuing Education Department offers workshops and licensure exam review courses to help participants understand and prepare for the exam. Check this site for further information.