ACCREDITATION

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On behalf of CSWE’s Commission on Educational Policy (COEP) and Commission on Accreditation (COA) Practice Doctorate Committee, CSWE has published the timeline and framework for accreditation of social work practice doctoral programs, which is now available for public review, comment, and feedback. In March 2016 the CSWE Board of Directors voted for the COEP and the COA to move forward with developing a process for the accreditation of practice doctoral programs in social work. Following a careful analysis of the recommendations from a number of groups and activities since 2010 that examined the role of the advanced practice doctoral program in social work and its implications for the social work profession, the CSWE Board of Directors concluded that accreditation of practice doctoral programs would protect and enhance the preparation of social work practitioners in specialized social work practice. That practice doctorates in every other field of professional practice are accredited by the respective accrediting bodies was particularly persuasive.

The practice doctorate subcommittee of each commission have been working to conceptualize and create a timeline and framework for accreditation of social work practice doctoral programs. The development of an accreditation process and standards will be a thoughtful 2-year inclusive and collaborative process that includes public comment periods and feedback sessions as outlined on the timeline here.

The intent of the Practice Doctorate Committee is to solicit feedback from as many constituents as possible in as many ways as possible.  CSWE invites and encourages all individual and program members and interested organizations/groups to provide feedback on the timeline and framework proposed for the accreditation of practice doctoral programs.  Feedback can be submitted as a group or individually in one of the following ways:

  • Submit feedback online as an individual and/or program member of CSWE, group, or organization at https://research.zarca.com/r/4SQarj by December 31, 2017.
  • Submit a feedback letter directly to CSWE at Office of Educational Initiatives and Research, 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314 or an e-mail to pracdocprograms@cswe.org by December 31, 2017.
CSWE suggests reading two documents in their entirety prior to offering feedback: (1) a timeline that provides an overview of the activities leading to the development of a process and accreditation standards for practice doctoral programs in social work; and (2) the Report on Framework for Accreditation of Practice Doctoral Programs in Social Work, which identifies the definition and scope of the practice doctoral program in social work that will be accredited and a framework and key features being proposed for practice doctoral program accreditation standards.

The COEP, COA, and Practice Doctorate Committee are committed to developing an appropriate structure and process that will be transparent, inclusive, and responsive to CSWE members and other stakeholders’ feedback. Updates from these meetings and opportunities for feedback on the process developed will be regularly communicated.
 
We look forward to hearing from you regarding the accreditation of practice doctoral programs and welcome collegial feedback and expertise to this process as well as help in disseminating this information widely among all interested parties.  If you have questions about the feedback process or experience technical problems with the online feedback system, please contact the CSWE Office of Educational Initiatives and Research at pracdocprograms@cswe.org.