The National Association of Social Workers is your professional association with services and advocacy designed with you in mind. Everything we do at NASW is focused on making your professional life better. As the largest and most recognized membership organization of professional social workers in the world, NASW is the only professional association advocating for the entire social work profession. Learn more about NASW.
Students: Employers want to see commitment to the field and NASW is the way to show your commitment. Everyone in your class is graduating with a degree and at least one field placement. Start answering the question, why should someone hire you over anyone else? Find that answer with NASW membership.
Practitioners: NASW membership is your career protection. We provide you with the most up-to-date information concerning your practice; professional development resources; professional liability insurance designed just for social workers; and all your CEUs for free. NASW advocates for you at the licensing board and with decision-makers at the state and national levels.With NASW membership, you are a member at the national, state and local levels. Click here for questions about member types and dues. Can’t afford your membership? NASW offers discounted membership to those social workers who are unemployed or retiring. Call 1-800-742-4089 for details. Wonder what your return is for investment in NASW membership? We've broken it down for you.
Advance Your Career
Get a Better Job
- Online Job Bank: Need a job? Looking for consulting work or interested in practicing part-time? Access the Ohio Job Bank, where there are 60-90 jobs listed at any given time, or search for national listings on the NASW Career Center.
- Guide to Getting a Social Work Job: Feeling uneasy about your interviewing skills? Not sure what your cover letter should include? Learn how to write an impressive cover letter, access sample social work resumes, and get insider tips on interviewing like a pro with our online Professional Development Booklet.
- Resume Review & Business Cards: Get your résumé ready to stand out from the competition and highlight your commitment to the field. Email your résumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive our feedback within 30 business days. Don't forget to request your 20 free NASW business cards, guaranteed to facilitate enhanced networking.
- Professional Development Webinars: Learn the secrets to a successful job search, how to negotiate your salary, what every student should know before graduation, and what it takes to reach your professional goals throughout your career.
- Salary Calculator: Feeling valued is important to protect yourself against burnout. See if your salary is in line with other social workers in your area and then decide to negotiate a higher salary while your agency is setting next year’s budget!
- License Preparation: Still using any excuse not to take your licensure exam? Instead of procrastinating, start preparing. Register for our in-person course (discounted for members) to get 6 hours of face-to-face instruction, 5 study volumes, and access to 6 web-based practice exams. Can't make it to the in-person course? Check out our online course!
Build Your Skillset
- Free Online CEUs: You can get all of your required CEUs for free by watching the 1-hour monthly members-only webinars, live or recorded. Topics include healthcare reform, training supervision for the LISW candidate, human trafficking, court and documentation training, ethics of social media, and much more!
- Discounted Workshops: As a member, you receive a 40% discount on all of our in-person workshops, and during your birthday month, you'll receive an additional 20% off coupon. NASW workshops are an excellent resource to build your knowledge and develop professional connections.
- Ethics Consultation Line: When you're in a pinch, give the national NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review a call. They can help guide you through an ethical dilemma by offering constructive dialogue and considerations which point to areas of the Code of Ethics that address the ethical concern.
- Supervision Registry: Are you looking for a LISW-S who can provide supervision for your independent license? Or are you a supervisor wanting to provide supervision? The Supervision Registry is an affordable and efficient method to connect those in need of supervision to those who are qualified and interested in supervising.
- Leadership Ladder Series: Designed to help you successfully navigate your career, this series features articles on working as a consultant, obtaining a doctorate, transitioning your license across state lines, ensuring organizational sustainability, maximizing the flexibility of a social work degree, publishing as a practitioner, and more!
- NASW Specialty Credentials: Take the next step to further your social work career and potentially get an increase in pay by obtaining a NASW credential, a "license plus" that shows you have nationally certified knowledge and skills.
- Tools & Techniques: Get answers to some of the most challenging situations, such as discussing traumatic events with children, managing clients who present with anger, and changes in Medicaid. Save time with sample HIPAA privacy forms and office policies and review information on billing codes.
- Legal Issue of the Month: With your NASW membership, you get access to an archive of 100 free legal articles, designed to answer commonly asked questions on hot-button emerging legal issues related to social work.
- Latest Research: Expand your knowledge base by perusing the latest in social work research in the free, online, peer-reviewed journal, Social Work. Widely read by practitioners, faculty, and students, it is the official journal of NASW and is provided to all members as a membership benefit.
- Ohio Update: The bimonthly, printed newsletter includes updates from the Ohio licensing board, relevant legal issues, legislative alerts on issues affecting you and your clients, and articles on various social issues written by local experts. Delivered right to your door, this is the easiest way to stay up-to-date on social work practice in Ohio.
#2 Protect Yourself
Protect Your License, Practice, and Career from Lawsuits
- Liability Insurance: Every social worker needs career protection. With NASW membership, you gain access to significantly discounted liability insurance with coverage tailored just for social workers, including up to $35,000 for licensing board defense coverage, unique features such as subpoena coverage, and a risk management helpline.
#3 Support Your Profession
Give Back to the Social Work Community
- Advocacy: Your membership directly impacts NASW's ability to make progressive change for our profession. With the support of members, we can advocate for you at the licensing board and be a vigilant voice for social workers at the Ohio Statehouse.
- Social Work Advocacy Group: Stay up-to-date on what may impact your practice and clients by participating in the Social Work Advocacy Group. It's easy to participate and puts you ahead of the curve, allowing you to be more connected to NASW’s work and your fellow colleagues.
- Political Action for Candidate Election: Interested in being a catalyst for change? Help us support social workers and officials running for public office who support social justice. With your help, we will be one of the most influential organizations at the Statehouse for human services, mental health, and equitable financing of state services.
#4 Save Money
- Discount Programs: Get discounts on products and services to help you in your professional life and save money in your personal life, including office furniture and supplies from Office Depot, software from Constant Contact, cell phone savings from T-Mobile, hotel stays and car rentals, and access to Dorland Health National Directories.
- CEU Savings: With your NASW membership you can apply a 40% discount to any Ohio workshop, obtain at least 30 free online CEUs, and attend the largest gatherings of Ohio social workers at regional and state conferences for just a fraction of the price non-members would pay.