Calm waters or tidal wave?
Regulatory evolution 2020 as predicted through a historical lens

1 CE credit


Dale J. Atkinson, ASWB Legal Counsel

Julie Maciura, Managing Partner, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc


Endsley Real, REAL Committee


Attorneys will provide a working knowledge of:

  • Shared waters—The history of government regulation of the occupations and professions from both U.S. and Canadian perspectives
  • Estuaries—Various trends in regulation
  • Surf’s up—The influence of regulatory trends on future government involvement in regulation of the occupations and professions

Learning Objectives

After completing this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the history of social work regulation in the United States and Canada.
  2. Name three trends in regulation.
  3. Identify one implication for how a trend may affect the future of social work regulation in their jurisdiction.


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