Education and Workforce

Providing Safe, Ethical and Competent Mental Health Support

Social Work Responds (March 27, 2020) — The COVID-19 crisis presents a new opportunity for social workers to demonstrate that we can safely, ethically and competently use a variety of technologies to provide a broad range of social and health services.  Educational institutions also are moving to virtual learning and offering remote-based field activity to meet student needs during the pandemic.

Read "COVID-19 Telehealth: Providing Mental Health Support Safely, Ethically, and Competently"

Social Work Leaders Urged to Eliminate Workforce Barriers

Social Work Responds (March 20, 2020) — The three largest social work organizations in the United States are calling social work practitioners, students, faculty, employers, regulators, policy makers, and all interested parties to action. We need a competent social work workforce to be available now, and to be prepared to enter the workforce in a timely manner, to meet the growing need for health and human services. Whatever barriers that threaten the supply of social workers entering the field must be evaluated to determine their necessity in this time of crisis. 

Read "Social Work in This Unprecedented Time"

Social Work License Testing Schedules Disrupted by Pandemic

ASWB Alert (March 23, 2020) — Pearson VUE, the ASWB test vendor, has shut down all test centers in the United States and Canada from March 17 through April 15, 2020.  All testing appointments during those dates have been canceled. Individuals may reschedule exams on or after April 16. ASWB encourages individuals to schedule a testing appointment as soon as possible and take the first-available slot offered.

Read ASWB's letter about testing

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News Release

$2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package Will Support Social Workers, Clients They Serve

COVID-19 and Student Loan Management

Student loan borrowers can apply for income-driven repayment plans if their income is reduced as a result of COVID-19.

Learn more about student debt relief