Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
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9/12/22  5:56 pm
Commenter: Karen J. Mayhew, LCSW

Petition 371

I support the petition for rule making #371 and appreciate how essential it is in two respects: 1) to facilitate interstate portability of licensure (through parallel regulations among states), so needed when practice is done increasingly online between clients and practitioners living in different states, and 2) ensuring that social workers at all levels of their post-degree practice demonstrate the knowledge required for safe, competent and ethical practice. I am deeply concerned by the ASWB's findings of disparities in the pass rate of the ASWB exam.  I agree with the CSWA's recommendations (Sept. 2022) that the identified issues with the ASWB exam be addressed fully and forthwith, including the corrective actions announced by the ASWB.  My support for petition 371 and its dual importance - to the Interstate Compact and our profession's ongoing obligation for accountability - is based on a perspective that spans 29 years of experience as an LCSW in both the public and private sectors. I do appreciate the Board of Social Work's consideration of public comment in this matter. 

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