Breaking Barriers with NASW Membership

Breaking Barriers with NASW Membership

Becoming a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an important step for Social Workers looking to advance their careers and make a positive impact in their communities.

What is NASW you ask?

The National Association of Social Workers, founded in 1955 by a merging of 7 different Social Work organizations, is now the largest professional membership association for Social Workers in the United States – consisting of 55 chapters.

NASW is committed to:

  • Members’ professional growth and development
  • Maintaining professional standards of practice
  • Prioritizing member voices in decision-making
  • Advancing social policies that align with our professional values through advocacy with governmental bodies and public education​

Here are a few reasons why joining NASW is so valuable:

  1. Professional  Growth and Development: NASW offers a wide range of resources to help Social Workers improve their skills and stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in the field as well as reach their career goals. Members have access to online training courses, webinars, and conferences that can help them advance their careers and improve outcomes for their clients. NASW also offers a Career Center, JobLink, and career development webinars.
  2. Protection in Practice: NASW offers legal and ethics consultation, HIPAA resources, discounted liability insurance, risk management education, and code of ethics training
  3. Advocacy: NASW advocates for Social Workers and the people they serve at the local, state, and national levels. By joining NASW, Social Workers can add their voices to a powerful network of advocates working to promote social justice and improve access to services for vulnerable populations.
  4. Networking: NASW provides opportunities for Social Workers to connect with each other and build professional relationships. Members can join local chapters, attend conferences, and participate in online forums to share ideas and collaborate with colleagues from around the country.
  5. Recognition: NASW offers a variety of awards and recognition programs to honor Social Workers who are making a difference in their communities. By joining NASW, Social Workers can showcase their achievements and gain recognition for their contributions to the profession.

Bonus: NASW offers a discount for student and retired memberships

  1. Student Membership – will open doors of learning and experience in Social Work at the national, state, and local levels NASW membership includes both national and chapter memberships. Gain real-world knowledge of the profession and the communities Social Workers serve that goes beyond a textbook and degree.
    1. Students who join NASW before graduation save up to 75% on regular membership dues.
    2. Students who maintain continuous NASW membership after graduation continue to receive discounted rates for the first 2-3 years after graduation.
    3. NASW also offers events beneficial to students and new professions, don’t miss out on this upcoming event below.
      1. Building Your Professional Brand as an Emerging Social WorkerThursday, June 22, 2023 6:00 -7:30 pm ET (5:00-6:30 pm CT,  3:00- 4:30 pm PDT) Join NASW and nationally known Social Work career coach Harleny Vasquez, LMSW, as she facilitates a conversation on how emerging Social Workers can build your personal brand to market themselves effectively to get hired using platforms such as LinkedIn. 
  2. Retired Membership – is open to any current active member who is at least 55 years of age, is fully retired from Social Work practice, and has been a full dues-paying member of NASW. Retired Membership annual dues: $74

In conclusion, becoming a member of NASW is an important step for Social Workers looking to advance their careers, improve outcomes for their clients, and make a positive impact in their communities.

By joining NASW, Social Workers can access valuable resources for professional growth and development, protection in practice, advocacy, networking, and recognition (don’t forget the discounts!).

Membership Types Annual Dues
BSW Membership $158
MSW, DSW and PhD Membership  $236
BSW and MSW Student Membership $60
Doctoral Student Membership $179
Associate Student Membership  $60
BSW students are eligible for two years of transitional membership $116
MSW students are eligible for three years of transitional membership $116 in years one and two

$179 in year three

Associate Membership annual dues $236
Associate Membership annual dues $236

Stay Connected with NASW

Twitter: @NASW

Facebook: @naswsocialworkers

Instagram: @naswsocialworkers

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About the Instructor, Meagan Mitchell: Meagan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing individualized and group test prep for the ASWB for over five years. From all of this experience helping others pass their exams, she created the Agents of Change course to help you prepare for and pass the ASWB exam!

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Disclaimer: This content has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or clinical advice, diagnosis, or treatment


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