Chapter Information

Purpose of NASW Alabama Chapter

The Alabama Chapter is constituted to advance the purposes of the National Association of Social Workers in Alabama and to encourage and facilitate participation by all members. It is a basic administrative unit of the National Association of Social Workers, Inc. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Chapter Office Staff

Executive Director

Gwen Bouie-Haynes, PhD, LMSW

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Gwen brings years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors at the local, state, and national levels leading a well-known local organization in its growth and development of victim and survivor services serving the central Mississippi counties. Through her work, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to issues of advocacy, mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and Veterans and under-served populations.

Looking forward to her new role, Gwen comments, “As a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), I am honored to serve as the Executive Director of Alabama.  It will be a great challenge and privilege for me to develop and improve social policies in the state and enhance the professional growth of NASW’s members.”  I look forward working to advance equity in social policies, so that every individual and family can thrive in the State of Alabama.

Her professional social work practice experiences include program development and implementation, legislative advocacy work, non-profit development, grant-writing, consulting, and community organizing.  She is a former Board member of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV).  Her professional areas of interest are legislative advocacy, mental health, childcare, poverty, child witnesses of domestic violence and trauma, substance use, homelessness, teenage and dating violence.

Most recently, Gwen served as an adjunct professor at Jackson State University in the Master of Social Work program College of Health Sciences, teaching courses focusing on children and youth, oppression, field education seminar, as well as health and human behavior of individuals.  She has also expanded her teaching capacities to include hybrid classes and online based learning courses.  During her previous work experience, she was responsible for developing a program with one emergency shelter to a program with over five services including: transitional housing, legal services, services to immigrant victims, court advocacy, and a therapeutic day program.

She is a graduate of Tougaloo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health.   Gwen received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Work with a concentration in Social Policy, Planning, and Administration from Jackson State University. She is a Licensed Master Level Social Worker.  Serving as Executive Director of Mississippi and Alabama will allow her to combine these experiences to best serve the membership in two contiguous states.  She is poised to work collaboratively with the NASW membership on a local, statewide, regional, and national level to bridge partnerships, increase membership, and the professional development of the state’s social workers.

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NASW Fact Sheet

NASW is the largest membership organizations of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain standards for the profession, and to advance sound social policies. NASW also contributes to the well-being of individuals, families and communities through its work and advocacy. NASW was founded in 1955 through a merger of seven social work organizations:

  • American Association of Social Workers
  • American Association of Medical Social Workers
  • American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers
  • National Association of School Social Workers
  • American Association of Group Workers
  • Association for the Study of Community Organization
  • Social Work Research Group


NASW has chapters in every state in the United States, plus Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and an International Chapter. Washington DC and New York City also host NASW chapters.

An elected Delegate Assembly sets organizational policy for NASW, and an elected Board of Directors establishes strategic priorities for the association. Each NASW chapter also has a staff, a board of directors, volunteer committees, and task forces that help to advance the mission of the association. NASW employs about 220 people at the chapter and national levels. NASW and its chapters manage a $40 million budget. NASW has four subsidiaries:

  1. NASW Foundation supports scientific, philanthropic, and educational activities that advance the social work profession.
  2. NASW Assurance Services provides competitive insurance services to members.
  3. Legal Defense Fund provides technical advice and financial assistance to members involved in legal proceedings as a result of upholding the NASW Code of Ethics.
  4. Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) raises funds to contribute to the political campaigns of candidates who support the goals and objectives of social work.


Ninety percent of NASW members hold master's degrees in social work. The average NASW member has practiced social work for 16 years and earns over $45,000 per year. Nearly 40% of NASW members say that mental health is their primary practice area. The health sector employs 8% of NASW’s members, and 8% practice in child welfare or family organizations. Six percent of NASW members say school social work is their primary practice area, and another 3% work primarily with adolescents. Ninety-three percent of all NASW members maintain some type of license, certification, or registration in their state; 70,000 also hold advanced credentials from NASW.


  • Advocacy: NASW works to shape legislation and public policy that protects and strengthens the social work profession; promotes health, welfare and education; or in some way strengthens opportunities and social supports for individuals and families.
  • Ethics:To protect the public and ensure high quality social work services in communities, NASW enforces a Code of Ethics and works to improve regulation of social work in every state. Thanks to these efforts, all states in the U.S. now license or otherwise regulate social work practice.
  • Continuing Education: NASW provides extensive continuing education programs, including professional development conferences, through its chapters. We also offer membership in Specialty Practice Sections
  • Publication: NASW annually publishes numerous scholarly reference materials, four quarterly professional journals, comprehensive research abstracts, and a monthly newspaper. It also develops practice updates, newsletters, blogs, position papers, public education materials and other resources to improve social work practice and promote the profession. Learn more at NASW Press.


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