CAU Faculty Member Darrin Wright selected as ASWB Path to Licensure Institute Scholar


ATLANTA, GA & Culpeper, VA—May 2, 2019 -- The Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work today announced that Darrin E. Wright, Ph.D., MAC, SAP, LMSW, associate professor and director of field education, will participate in the 2019 Path to Licensure Institute taking place this summer. Dr. Wright is one of six scholars selected by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to take part in the Institute.

The Institute is part of ASWB’s Path to Licensure program, designed to help schools of social work infuse information about professional licensing and social work regulation into their coursework. The Institute comprises a five-day intensive at ASWB’s Culpeper offices June 10–14, when the scholars will develop a Path to Licensure program customized for their school’s needs; program implementation at the scholar’s school of social work in the fall; and completion of social work regulation-specific research by August 2022. In preparation for the institute, scholars participated in ASWB New Board Member Training and attended a regulatory board meeting in their jurisdiction to become more familiar with the purpose of regulation and the role of a state or provincial regulatory board.

Dr. Wright plans and manages field education and practicum placement experiences of social work students at Clark Atlanta University. He develops and facilitates continuing education workshops for social work field supervisors; teaches field seminar classes; has oversight of student field manuals, policies, and procedures; and chairs the field placement advisory board committee.

“This year’s institute will be a rich training experience for the scholars,” said Janice Fitts, Senior Manager, ASWB Education and Research, who manages the Path to Licensure program. “They will be supported as they develop programs that will increase students’ and faculty knowledge about social work regulation and the obligations of licensed social work practice. We anticipate their research will contribute to knowledge needed for effective regulation.”


About ASWB and the Path to Licensure program

ASWB created its Path to Licensure program in 2013 and held the first Path to Licensure Institute in 2017. The goal of Path to Licensure is to help social work students transition successfully to professional practice with the understanding of how to get licensed and lived licensed. Faculty interest in the program has increased steadily since the program began. Currently, 460 individuals from 274 schools are in the program.

The Association of Social Work Boards is the nonprofit association of social work regulatory bodies in the United States and Canada. Members include 50 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, and all 10 Canadian provinces. ASWB’s mission is to provide support and services to the social work regulatory community to advance safe, competent, and ethical practices to strengthen public protection. Founded in 1979, the association is celebrating 40 years of service to the social work regulatory community in 2019. Learn more at


About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access to academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit .