Social Work Resources
The Congressional Social Work Caucus (CSWC) was founded in 2010 during the 110th Congress by former Congressman Edolphus Towns who represented New York’s 10th District. The current Chair of the CSWC is Rep. Barbara Lee who represents California’s 13th District. The purpose of the CSWC is to create a platform on the Hill representing the interests of over 650,000 social workers throughout the United States who positively impact the lives of the elderly, the disadvantaged, children, veterans, or other individuals in need of guidance and direction in their lives.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
The Society for Social Work and Research was founded in 1994 as a free-standing organization dedicated to the advancement of social work research. SSWR works collaboratively with a number of other organizations that are committed to improving support for research among social workers. Our members include faculty in schools of social work and other professional schools, research staff in public and private agencies, and masters/doctoral students.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.
The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research. In collaboration with national, international, and other appropriate groups, NABSW will continue to leverage its collective expertise to strategically develop capacity of people of African ancestry to sustain and flourish.
Socialworkhelper.com (SWHelper) is an online magazine providing news, information, and resources for students, helping professionals, nonprofits, and social good organizations. Socialworkhelper.com is also a free professional networking community of practitioners and students from helping professions with a free repository of resources whose mission is to connect like-minded individuals and organizations around the globe to help increase collaboration, engagement, and support for one another. Users can create groups, forums, events, blog, import blogs, upload photos, videos, and more.
Social Justice Solutions is a forum for social workers created by students at the Stonybrook School of Social Welfare to promote the exploration of social welfare policy, and social work practice in keeping with the NASW Code of Ethics in order for Social Workers to better connect with the needs of the public they serve. By unifying social workers they seek to create the foundation needed to promote social workers for public office.
Founded by professor and former Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, the Nancy A Humphreys Institute works to expand the growing role of social workers in politics. Dr. Humphreys believes that social workers should seek elected partisan political office and that political social work practice is a legitimate specialization in the profession. The institute offers a two-day Campaign School that teaches social workers about political campaign strategies and how to run successful political campaigns.
The Association is a national individual membership organization dedicated to providing essential services, products, professional support, and national identity for Clinical Social Workers. The Association membership consists of clinical social workers, new professionals (clinical social workers who have graduated within the last four years), emeritus members, and students.
ACSSW advocates for the practice of school social work and supports school social workers in their service to students, schools, and families to overcome social, systemic, economic and mental health barriers to student learning.
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is a global organization striving for social justice, human rights and social development through the promotion of social work, best practice models and the facilitation of international cooperation. The International Federation of Social Workers supports its 90 member organizations by providing a global voice for the profession.
The National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD) is a volunteer membership organization working to promote excellence in social work education. NADD achieves this by enhancing the leadership of social work education programs. Our membership is comprised of Deans and Directors of graduate social work programs that are accredited or advanced to candidacy. NADD supports Deans and Directors in their professional development and effectiveness as academic administrators.
The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE), founded in 1987, is a national certification board created by and for the profession of Clinical Social Work. It is the credentialing unit of the Center for Clinical Social Work, a national education and advocacy organization. ABE’s main purposes are to issue advanced credentials to Clinical Social Workers based on uniform national standards of practice, and to educate the public and various audiences about the value of these certifications and the services of those who hold them.
The mission of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work is to adhere to ethical standards of practice, to advance the field of multidisciplinary forensic social work through training for our members, to engage in policy and program development and evaluation, to facilitate expertise related to civil and criminal law and alternative dispute resolution, and to provide services that improve the effectiveness of our members and the lives of our clients.
School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. In particular, School Social Workers are trained in mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as with individual and group counseling techniques.
The Social Work Research Network (SWRnet) housed at the Boston University School of Social Work provides timely information about research resources for all areas of social work practice and research. Subscribers to SWRnet receive weekly email updates about funding opportunities, calls for papers, conference deadlines, and newly published research.