Matthew Cohen, MSW

Matthew Cohen, MSW

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Licensure/Certification of Social Workers

Post Submitted by Victoria Brewster, MSW

This is a huge issue facing social workers in the U.S. and Canada; licensure/certification for professional social workers.

Many posts are up on Linkedin along with others sites and blogs that focus on this issue.

Once a person has graduated with a BSW or MSW, obtained some work experience they often are required to become licensed and/or certified as a social worker for insurance purposes or an employer may require it.

The issue is states and provinces/territories do not have the same rules and/or regulations for this process and if a licensed or certified social worker relocates to another state/province they often are required to retake the exam, become supervised again and fork over more money for the whole process.

This to me should become a national issue in both the states and Canada. Every state and province should have the same rules, regulations, requirements and social workers should be able to relocate to another state or province and have their license or certification follow them.

I am curious as to how other social workers feel about this?

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Clearly there is a lack of cohesion within social work nationwide, this is one of many issues that face social work on a national level. Thanks to Victoria for the submission!

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