- NASW is one of 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
- American Association of Psychiatric
- National Association of School Social
- American Association of Group Workers
- Association for the Study of Community
- 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
sets organizational policy for NASW, and an elected Board of
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:
supports scientific, philanthropic, and educational activities that advance the social
- NASW Assurance
provides competitive insurance services to members.
- Legal Defense
provides technical advice and financial assistance to members involved in legal proceedings as
a result of upholding the NASW Code of Ethics.
- 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
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
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.
- 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
Web: Visit www.socialworkers.org for more
information about NASW members and association activities.