Start with national social work organizations
Joining a national professional organization is a valuable way to learn more about the profession and stay connected to the social work community. Some of the benefits of membership include opportunities for mentoring, networking, and professional development. Start by exploring these organizations:
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)—CSWE has the information you need to plan your social work education. Our members include more than 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s-level social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Because our organization is the sole accrediting authority in the United States for social work, we are a great go-to resource for getting started on your education path.
- National Association of Social Work (NASW)—Over the last 60+ years the NASW has grown to be the largest social work association. As a member, you’ll be able to earn continuing education credits through webinars and webcasts. You’ll also have access to informative podcasts and presentations, as well as networking and job search help. There is even a special section just for students!
- Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)—This nonprofit organization comprises and is owned by social work boards and colleges across the United States. ASWB is focused on social work regulation. It owns and maintains social work licensing exams, and its website has sections dedicated to continuing education. Along with an annual conference, membership benefits at ASWB include assistance with license application and issues, updates on changes in regulations, and access to its social work registry.