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Social Work Licensure

IA Board of Social Work

The entity responsible for all aspects of social work licensing in Iowa is the Iowa Board of Social Work. Their contact information is:

Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street, Fifth Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-4422
Website: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure/SocialWork.aspx

License Exam Preparation Course

Annually, the Iowa Chapter arranges for a Licensure Examination Preparation Course. The course is usually offered in the late Winter. The course is taught by Dr. Sophia Dziegielewski,LISW.

Key highlights from the training include:

  • Targets the latest requirements by ASWB
  • Overview of Test Construction
  • Standardized Test Taking Strategy
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, Social Work Intervention Strategy
  • Models & Methods of Social Work Practice
  • Human Growth & Development Issues
  • Social Work Values & Ethics
  • Minority Issues
  • Research & Supervision

Supervision Resources

The Iowa Chapter is currently offering Supervision Training across the state. The training is a one-day course and each participant will earn 6.0 hours of continuing education.

Highlights of the training:

  • Discuss the purpose, role, and functions of Supervision;
  • Theories and models of supervision;
  • Oversight and guidance of supervisees who diagnose, create treatment plans, and treat clients;
  • Individual and group supervision facilitation;
  • Parallel process and the importance of modeling strengths-based principles in supervision;
  • Ethical issues that arise in supervision;
  • Cross-cultural supervision practices;
  • A review of recent literature regarding the practice of supervision in social work.

The Iowa Chapter will be maintaining a list of social workers who complete this training and are available for supervision services. This list will be made available to members at no cost. There is a nominal fee for non-members, please contact the Iowa Chapter Office.


**Please note that supervisors are on this list upon their request; they have not been vetted by NASW-IA in any way.

Association of Social Work Board

The Association of Social Work Boards is the association of regulatory boards for the social work profession. The ASWB is also responsible for the development and implementation of social work licensure exams used in most states in the U.S. Additionally, the organization is a resource for legal regulation of the social work profession. CLICK HERE to visit their website.


The Council on Social Work Education

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing over 3,000 individual members as well as 158 graduate and 453 undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country. CLICK HERE to visit their website.

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