While it is important for every social worker to stay connected to others within the profession, there is a multitude of associations and organizations to consider. Keep in mind your specific career path and needs as a social work professional in selecting organizations where you can both grow as a professional and contribute to the organization.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
Association of Veteran Affairs Social Workers (AVASW) helps us show the strength and vitality of VA social work. We are committed to helping to solidify our sense of identify, independent voice and Social Work Community throughout the VA healthcare system.
Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) is a national individual membership organization dedicated to providing essential services, products, professional support, and national identity for Clinical Social Workers.
The purpose of the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work is to provide a collegial association that advances the profession by providing opportunities for education, setting practice standards, promoting public recognition of the profession and advocating for protection of clinical social workers and their clientele.
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is a nonprofit organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members and loved ones, and mental health professionals and researchers around the world.
International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is the global body for the profession. The Federation and its national members strive for social justice, human rights and inclusive, sustainable social development through the promotion of social work best practice and engagement in international cooperation.
The National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) was incorporated in 1980 for the purpose of promoting, expanding, and enhancing the role of social work in perinatal health care. The NAPSW helps individuals, families, and communities respond to psychosocial issues that emerge during the period from pre-pregnancy through an infant’s first year of life.
Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 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.
School Social Work Association of America (SSWA) empowers school social workers and promotes the profession to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students nationally and globally.
Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) promotes advancement of knowledge and best practices for hospice and palliative care social workers to ensure access to expert social work services for all patients and families facing serious illness.
Society for Social work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) is an association of 500+ members who are dedicated to promoting the universal availability, accessibility, coordination, and effectiveness of healthcare, with a focus on the psychosocial components of health and illness.
Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), incorporated in 1994, is a non‐profit, professional membership organization. SSWR supports social workers, social welfare professionals, social work students, social work faculty and researchers in related fields.
Society for Transplant Social Workers (STSW) is a professional membership organization dedicated to clinical excellence; research and education on psychosocial issues; and peer support among solid organ transplant social workers.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - The agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.