Nothing Was The Same: 3 Reasons Post-COVID-19 Social Work Practice Is Never Going Back

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Good stuff@

Loved the Drake analogy
This was very strengths based and empowering in regards to using a national crisis to move social work to moving forward with better practices.

Aj Williford more than 2 years ago


Thank you so much for focusing on the possibilities as a result of these challenges! First and foremost, license mobility and portability is critical for our profession to finally address. We have the potential now to serve many populations that have not had the opportunity to take advantage of social work supports. We need to be looking forward rather than going back to what we saw as "normal." Letting go of normal has been long overdue! Thanks for your work and looking forward to hearing more from you. Thanks.

Barbara Biancone, LSW more than 2 years ago

Yes to all of this!

This is a wonderful and concise article. I am a social worker who works primarily with trauma, and see the power of the transformational nature of trauma every day. I truly consider it the gift of the work. I shared this with my local NASW chapter as many of us have asked for increased advocacy to ensure Telehealth continues.

Sarah Lockhart-Palladino more than 2 years ago

License Mobility and Portability is Critical

Thank you for your sage words. For Social Workers (like me) who have been screaming from the rooftops about license mobility for years, it is great that academics like yourself are publicly discussing this issue. If Social Work boards do not enact permanent license mobility/ portability in this pandemic, they will cause thousands of young, motivated social workers to shift to life coaching or other disciplines that do not have restrictive laws about multistate practice. I have been supervising Social workers for over 20 years, and young social workers are making decisions not to join NASW because they feel unsupported and to add life coaching to their resume so they have the freedom to practice across state lines. I love social work and want to see it survive-but this pandemic has caused one of the largest paradigm shifts in mental health service delivery in history and the boards must adapt. Systems that do not adapt dissolve. Thank you for this article.

Gretchen Morgan more than 2 years ago

Importance of License portability

I support Dr. Miller's observation: "more robust portability or state compacts related to practice would have assuaged the need for individual action by states." If states fear giving up control of licenses I suspect many social workers and other mental health practitioners would maintain those state licenses but also would support and apply for a national license if it were available so they could practice anywhere in the U.S. The question is how to make this happen now.

Betty more than 2 years ago

Importance of License Portability

I worked in Ohio for 16 years and moved to Texas, I was refused my clinical license because supposedly I didn’t meet the supervision requirements here. I fought this for several years and just simply gave up. I think it is ridiculous that a seasoned clinical social worker can’t become licensed in any state in the nation. We need improved mental health and more mental health workers in Texas, which has very poor access. Please NASW help push for this portability and continued Telehealth, especially for seniors shut in by physical health issues and severe lack of transportation.

Andrea Zaite more than 2 years ago

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