As a social worker, you face difficult challenges every day. You work hard to improve the lives of your clients and help them confront and resolve their personal dilemmas and cope with loss and change. You are a skilled professional who helps people help themselves by providing useful information and a wide range of resources available for those in need. This requires access to cutting-edge ideas, current information, and high-quality resources to be familiar with all of the available resources for your clients. Your NASW membership entitles you to a wide variety of benefits and special offers that range from business services that save you time and money to publications and programs that can help advance your career.
· Insurance Protection
o The NASW Assurance Services, an affiliate of the National Association of Social Workers, gives members access to valuable member benefits.
· Professional Development
o Professional Credentials and Specialty Certifications
o Special Practice Sections
o Continuing Education
· Advancing the Profession
o Code of Ethics
o Professional Review
· National and State Chapter Membership
o Join now! If you are in the DC Metropolitan Area, Request “DC Metro Chapter” to CHAPTER LOCK your membership! Otherwise, membership is determined by your zip code.
· Leading Edge Information
o NASW News
o NASW DC Metro Chapter electronic updates
o Free access to Social Work, our professional journal
· Legislative Advocacy and PACE
o NASW is instrumental in assuring that the social work perspective is incorporated into pending legislation before Congress and in state legislatures
- Unlimited access to NASW’s toll-free information service, providing answers to practice and membership questions. Simply call 1-800-638-8799.
- Volunteer, leadership, and networking opportunities at the state and national levels on NASW board committees and task forces.
- Advocacy listserv for legislative alerts and Congress Web for contacting Congress.
Reasons to Join NASW: From A to Z
A ccountability as a profession to clients
B ecoming involved/invested in your profession
C redentials for your profession
D iscounts on workshops, car rentals, credit cards
E ducation-support of social work education
F riendship & support from colleagues in NASW
G roup efforts for community activities as social workers
H igh ethical standards
I ndividual attention to member’s questions & concerns
J ournals- bi-monthly
K eeping informed of developments in the profession
L obbying for legislative activities on behalf of social worker and client concerns
M alpractice insurance- lowest rates
O pportunities for employment through NASW
P romotion of social work profession
Q uality of profession is monitored
S ocial action opportunities
T errific opportunities for CEU’s with discounts for members
U nited voice for the profession
V endorship laws for professional social workers
W orldwide social welfare cooperation & communication
X pertise in meeting the needs of members
Y our personal advancement as a NASW member
Z ealous attention to social work causes