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Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board

The Social Work Licensing Board was created by Act 791 of 1981 for the purpose of regulating the practice of social work in Arkansas

The mission of the Social Work Licensing Board is to protect the public by setting standards of qualification, training, and experience for those who seek to represent themselves to the public as social workers and by promoting high standards of professional performance for those engaged in the practice of social work.

Online Services

Upcoming Board Meetings and Deadlines

Board Meeting Dates Deadline for completed paperwork
June 13, 2022 June 9, 2022
July 11, 2022 July 7, 2022
August 8, 2022 August 4, 2022
September 12, 2022 September 9, 2022

The Board meets on the second Monday of each month in The Freeway Medical Building at 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR. The meetings are open to the public.

Click here for a list of the scheduled board meetings/hearings for 2022.

Please note: Meeting times and dates may be subject to change. Every effort will be made to keep the most current information available.

The deadline for submitting documentation for review at a Board meeting is always Thursday before the meeting. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted at https://portal.arkansas.gov on the Public Meeting Calendar Page.

Continuing Education

Social Workers must complete thirty (30) hours of social work continuing education during the two-year license period to be eligible for license renewal. 

Social Work Continuing Education (SWCE) has been defined as those formalized activities that are directed at developing and enhancing an individual's social work knowledge base and service delivery skills in the applicable area of planning and administration, education, research, or direct service with individual, couples, families, and groups. These activities may include short academic courses, audit courses in colleges and universities, independent study courses, internet courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and lectures oriented toward the enhancement of social work practice, values, skills, and knowledge. 

The Board does not have the capacity to pre-approve all continuing workshops. It is the licensee's responsibility, using his/her professional judgment, to determine the workshops that are applicable and appropriate to his/her professional development as a social worker. The continuing education guidelines may be found here.

Forms

Pdf Forms below require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader to View or Print. Forms that are not available for download or submission on the internet must be obtained by contacting the Board office at swlb@arkansas.gov.

Complaints and Disciplinary Actions

The Board is authorized to receive complaints against licensees or applicants from any person. A complaint form may be obtained from the board office or this website. The Board may in its own motion, in the absence of a written complaint, initiate its own complaint and conduct an investigation of a suspected violation if reasonable cause exists to believe a violation has occurred.

Laws & Rules

Laws and Rules of the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board.

Licensing Information and FAQs

"Social work practice" can only be performed with specialized knowledge and skills related to human development, the potential for human growth, the availability of social resources, and the knowledge of social systems.

Other Resources​

Staff:

Ruthie Bain, Director of the Board
Chere' Johnson, Administrative Specialist III

Office Address Phone
Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board

Mailing:
P.O. Box 251965
Little Rock, Arkansas 72225

Physical:
Freeway Medical Tower Building
5800 West 10th St., Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72204

Office:(501) 372-5071
Fax: (501) 372-6301

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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