Exploring graduate students’ perceptions about social work licensing

J. Jay Miller, Stacy M. Deck, Erlene Grise-Owens, Kevin Borders

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Social work practice is regulated in all the 50 USA, 10 Canadian Provinces, Great Britain, and Australia, to name a few. Though practitioners, educators, and researchers are increasingly attentive to regulatory dynamics, there remains a dearth in the literature related to social work licensing, specifically within the context of social work education. This exploratory study examined the US graduate social work students’ (N = 223) general knowledge and perceptions about social work licensing. Data suggest that though students value and have a desire to be licensed, some ambiguity and ambivalence persist around the topic. This paper explicates key findings and discusses implications derived from this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-1004
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 17 2015

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  • Continuing professional development
  • Education
  • Education, assessment
  • Education, practice assessment
  • Social work regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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