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Closing the Gap: Addressing Racial Disparity in Licensure Exam Rates

March 14 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EDT


Every year, the human services sector experiences a staggering loss of licensure-track therapists from its workforce due to candidates struggling to pass licensure exams. In addition, there is a large racial disparity in outcomes. Pass rates for Black-identifying test takers are more than 30% lower than for white-identifying test takers.

In addition to discussing this critical issue that negatively impacts therapists, organizations, and communities, this session will provide strategies for increasing pass rates and ensuring an even distribution of educational and exam preparation resources to promote equity in standardized exams. Join this webinar with Social Current’s Strategic Industry Partner Triad to gain insights to help your staff and close the achievement gap.


  • Overview of Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) pass rate data
  • A discussion about the ASWB response to this critical issue
  • Insights and strategies employers can use to actively support their pre-licensed therapists to improve retention rates and promote more equitable outcomes

Who Should Participate

  • Licensure track therapists
  • Mental health supervisors
  • Training and professional development staff
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion staff


Brandon Jones