Mission Statement

To help protect the public health, safety and welfare through the licensure and regulation of those who practice social work in Idaho.

Welcome to the Board's webpage! Information and announcements will be posted here. Please click the links on the left for specific areas of interest.

UPDATE:  On May 19, 2017, Executive Order 2017-06 – “Idaho Licensing Freedom Act” was signed, and comments are being accepted from interested persons in response to that Executive Order. Please click here for more information or to comment.

Click the Calendar link on the left for scheduled Board meetings and agendas.

NOTE: The 2015 Idaho State Legislature passed the Idaho Telehealth Access Act, which is linked here. The act governs telehealth in Idaho and allows the Board to promulgate rules.

ASWB, of which Idaho is a member, adopted the Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice, which is linked here. These standards are intended to serve as guidelines while the Board considers promulgating rules related to the growing and evolving practice of providing electronic social work practices.

"Social work" is defined as the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, families and communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to this goal. Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior of social, economic and cultural institutions and of the interaction of all these factors.

Social workers are regulated in Idaho and are required to be licensed.

Please contact the Board if you have questions via phone at (208) 334-3233 or via E-mail at