The National Task Group on BSW Gatekeeping Standards that collaborated to shed light on the topic of BSW gatekeeping comprised the core group of individuals who brought this project to fruition. However, without the support, assistance, and influence of many people, both the substance and presentation of this work would have been dramatically different.
I (Patty) am deeply indebted to Eleanor, “Ellie,” Blakely, who deserves rich praise for joining the project as coeditor when it was well into its second year. In addition to her excellent critique of manuscripts and help with the myriad tasks associated with such a massive undertaking, her high energy level, commitment to gatekeeping, and pleasant collegiality made very tedious work a lot more enjoyable.
Because the project was not funded, the School of Social Work (more recently the Division of Social Work) at West Virginia University shouldered much of the cost associated with the development of this book over the years. We (Patty and Ellie) give special recognition to Karen Harper and Barry Locke, both of whom have held leadership positions in the school/division and have supported this project in direct and indirect ways.
We extend appreciation to Robert Madden from Saint Joseph College's Department of Social Work in Connecticut for graciously lending his expertise in order to ensure that the sample policies, as well as the chapter content, advanced in this book are