Robert Payne, (MSSW ’88), Elected to 2017 Board of Directors of the Association of Social Work Boards

Robert Payne (MSSW, ’88), was elected director at large to serve on the 2017 Board of Directors of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) at the conclusion of the association’s 2016 Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly in November. He will serve a two-year term.

Mr. Payne, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Idaho, has been a social worker for more than 28 years. He currently has a successful private practice and is a mental health consultant for Higher Ground, a therapeutic recreation program for military veterans. He previously was employed as a school social worker and was the first clinical supervisor for Lutheran Family Services in Astoria, Oregon. Mr. Payne has served as adjunct faculty at The College of Idaho, Boise State University, and Linfield College, Astoria, Oregon. He has B.A. in social work from Boise State University and an MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Payne was appointed in 2000 to the Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners, a member organization of ASWB. He has been active with ASWB for the last 13 years. Most recently he was a co-facilitator of a membership forum at ASWB’s 2015 Education Conference and a presenter at the 2014 Education Conference.

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, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and all 10 Canadian provinces. ASWB’s mission is to strengthen protection of the public by providing support and services to the social work regulatory community in order to advance safe, competent, and ethical practices. M. Jenise Comer, ACSW, LCSW, MSW, of Missouri is the current ASWB president, and Timothy Martel Brown, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, of Texas is president-elect.