By Ariel C. Emberton, staff writer/photographer, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Anne Adcock, associate professor of social work and Bachelor of Social Work program director at Campbellsville University’s Carver School of Social Work, was recently reappointed to the Kentucky Board of Social Work by Gov. Andy Beshear for a second consecutive term.
Adcock’s four-year term began June 21 and will end June 21, 2024.
In order to serve in a position such as this, an application process has to be completed with the Kentucky Commission on Boards and Elections. “The commission makes recommendations to the governor and the governor approves those recommendations,” Adcock said.
When Adcock first served in 2008, she said she was recommended by an acquaintance who was serving at that point. “I felt it would be a good way to serve both the public and my profession. I also saw it as a great learning opportunity, and it has definitely been all of those things,” Adcock said.
The board Adcock serves on approves candidates to be licensed for the practice of social work to ensure that those in the profession have the needed knowledge, skills and values to serve clients adequately. The primary function of the board is to protect the public from being harmed due to licensed social workers who are not following the laws and regulations of the profession.
“I also serve on the disciplinary committee, the part of the board that investigates complaints of improper practice. When our investigations find inappropriate practice, we issue disciplinary sanctions against the licensee up to and including revocation of their license,” Adcock said.
Through her position on the board, Adcock said she has had the opportunity to serve at the national level with the Association of Social Work Boards.
“I have attended their national conferences twice yearly for the past three years and am on a planning committee for the spring 2021 conference. This association is made up of social work boards from all US states and territories as well as all the provinces and territories in Canada,” Adcock said.
“The Carver School of Social Work is currently developing an intentional, strategic plan to incorporate social work licensure throughout the curriculum,” she said. “This will both expand the knowledge of our students about the importance of licensure and prepare them to be ready to achieve licensure upon graduation,” she said.
Adcock is entering her ninth year of full-time teaching at Campbellsville University. She taught as an adjunct for one year before becoming full time.
Adcock said licensing is an important aspect of the social work profession, although some social work positions do not require that social workers be licensed.
Prior to entering the social work profession, Adcock worked in newspaper advertising sales. After obtaining her social work degrees, she worked as a social worker in the Hospice setting and as a behavioral health therapist in a mental health agency.
Adcock received her Bachelor of Social Work from Eastern Kentucky University, Master of Social Work from Campbellsville University and Doctor of Social Work from St. Catharine University and University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
She has been married to Allen Adcock for 34 years. He is the food operations manager for Walmart Neighborhood Markets. They have a daughter, Ashley, and a son, Nathan, who graduated from Campbellsville University in 2018. Their daughter-in-law, Jordyn Bray, is also a Campbellsville University 2019 graduate.
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