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At NASW we work to make your professional life better. Whether you're a student or a recent graduate, just starting your career or looking to further develop your skill set, NASW has services designed just for you.

 

We understand that you work hard every day to advocate for your clients, so we want to make getting the most out of your membership easy for you. That’s why we put this list together.

 

You can take one step each week to advance and protect your career with NASW.


Week 1 – Be proud of your membership! List NASW membership on your résumé and include it in your email signature or tag.

 

Week 2 – Every social worker needs professional liability insurance. Start the year off right by protecting your career with coverage designed just for social workers. Sign up at www.naswassurance.org.

 

Week 3 – Submit an awards proposal by September 1 to honor a deserving social worker in your area. Complete the nomination form online here.

 

Week 4 – Register for our licensure preparation course to get face-to-face instruction from an experienced social worker, five in-depth study volumes, and six online practice exams.


Week 5
 – Get your résumé ready to stand out from the competition. Email your résumé and cover letter to info.naswoh@socialworkers.org to receive our feedback within 15 business days.


Week 6
 – Make the conscious decision this year to call yourself a social worker, no matter your job title.


Week 7
 – Stay up-to-date in your practice with NASW Practice Tools. Take 15 minutes this week to read a few of these concise overviews of various social issues.


Week 8
 – Highlight your commitment to the field. Email info.naswoh@socialworkers.org to request your 20 free NASW business cards, guaranteed to facilitate enhanced networking.


Week 9
 – Attend a NASW Ohio Chapter 3-hour supervision course and/or a 3-hour ethics course to fulfill your license requirements! Register at www.naswoh.org/calendar.


Week 10
 – Celebrate Social Work Month by planning to attend the Cuyahoga County Conference and the Social Work Month Celebration Gala.


Week 11
 – Keep working on those CEUs! Watch the monthly members-only webinars recorded live on the second Wednesday of every month at www.naswoh.org/webinars.


Week 12
 – Join 600 social work professionals and students at the Ohio Statehouse during Advocacy Day, a time to promote the social work profession and the issues that impact our clients.


Week 13
 – Graduating this year? The Graduation Q&A Webinar presented by NASW Ohio will answer your questions regarding licensure, job searching, and life after graduation.


Week 14
 – Make sure your voice is heard. Sign up for regular national legislative updates from NASW here. Already signed up? Take action today and email or call your legislator.


Week 15 
– Need a job? Access the Ohio JobBank here or search national listings on the NASW Career Center here.


Week 16 
– Register for a discounted in-person NASW Ohio Chapter workshop to develop professional connections and show off those NASW business cards.


Week 17
 – Learn the secrets to a successful job search and how to negotiate your salary by watching the NASW Ohio Chapter professional development webinars.


Week 18
 – Get tips on writing an impressive cover letter and interviewing like a pro with our job search how-to guide available online here.


Week 19
 – Spend 20 minutes with the latest Legal Issue of the Month article, designed to answer commonly asked questions on hot-button emerging legal issues related to social work.


Week 20
 – Help NASW influence how the entertainment industry and news media depict the social work profession at www.socialworkersspeak.org.


Week 21
 – Join the Social Work Advocacy Group to get the latest news on state issues impacting the profession and social justice.


Week 22
 – Browse the NASW Professional Education & Training Center for recorded CEU presentations. You can get all 30 of your required CEUs for free through NASW.


Week 23
 – Feeling valued is important to protect yourself against burnout. Check out NASW's salary guidelines and then decide to negotiate a higher salary while your agency is setting next year’s budget!


Week 24
 – Take the next step to further your social work career by getting a NASW Specialty Credential, a "license plus” that shows you have nationally certified knowledge and skills.


Week 25
 – Maintain an effective clinical practice by getting the latest information on billing codes at www.socialworkers.org/practice/clinical.


Week 26
 – An easy way to advance your career with NASW is to curl up with your copy of the bimonthly Ohio Update and the quarterly NASW News in print or online!


Week 27
 – Strengthen the social work community. Encourage and successfully recruit a fellow social worker to join, and NASW Ohio will provide you with a free annual offer in return.


Week 28 
– Use your birthday discount! As a member of NASW Ohio, you will receive a coupon for 20% off a NASW in-person workshop during your birthday month in recognition of your membership.


Week 29
 – The NASW Ohio Supervision Registry connects those looking for a supervisor to complete the required hours for independent licensure with NASW members with the credentials to do so.


Week 30
 – Start your holiday shopping early and take advantage of members-only discounts at NASW Press, a leading scholarly press in the social sciences.


Week 31
 – Save time with sample HIPAA privacy forms and office policies available at NASW's HIPAA Help for Social Workers.

 

Week 32 – Set aside 30 minutes this week to delve into the Leadership Ladder series, designed to help you successfully navigate career challenges and catapult you to the next level in your career.


Week 33
 – Flex your leadership muscles by volunteering for the Ethics Committee or Political Action for Candidate Election Committee.


Week 34
 – Cross "renew NASW membership” off your to-do list. Renew online at socialworkers.org or by calling 1-800-742-4089.


Week 35
 – Hang your NASW member certificate on your wall. You can download both your membership card and certificate from the Member Center at socialworkers.org.


Week 36 
– Invite NASW to speak to your class or agency here. NASW Ohio staff regularly present CEU trainings at agencies and career development presentations at colleges and universities.


Week 37
 – Celebrate social work accomplishments this week by encouraging your colleagues to present their scholarly work at the poster presentation at NASW Ohio's Annual Conference.


Week 38
 – NASW members are given free online access to the peer-reviewed journal, Social Work. Enhance your skills by perusing the latest in social work research.


Week 39
 – Be a catalyst for change and support social workers and officials running for public office who support social justice. Donate to our political action fund here.

 

Week 40 – Stay informed on the issues you care about by periodically checking the national NASW blog at socialworkblog.org.


Week 41
 – Get helpful tips for opening or closing a private practice with NASW’s Tools and Techniques series.


Week 42
 – "Like” NASW Ohio Chapter and your region on Facebook to connect to an online community of local social workers.


Week 43
 – Brush up on your ethical decision-making skills by watching Code of Ethics: Boundaries, Confidentiality and Ethical Decision-Making in NASW Ohio's Wake Up to Social Work Series.


Week 44
 – Exercise your right to vote on Election Day to elect decision-makers who care about issues of equality, and inclusion and who share our common goals as social workers.


Week 45
 – Protect your career with by watching the NASW Assurance Services webinar, Understanding Malpractice Risk: What Social Workers Should Know.


Week 46
 – Plan to attend the largest gathering of social workers in Ohio and get 12 CEUs at the NASW Ohio Chapter’s Annual Conference.


Week 47
 – Skim the weekly e-newsletter to get the latest practice updates and to stay abreast of upcoming events.


Week 48
 – During the Giving Season, choose to invest in the future of social work by donating to the NASW Foundation, the organization created to fund social work scholarships and research.


Week 49
 – Register to get your supervision designation in one nine-hour CEU program, divided into three units so you can choose the delivery method that works best in your schedule.


Week 50
 – Show everyone why social work is critical to the fabric of society with social work themed merchandise for your office or your home, available at the NASW Store.


Week 51
 – Engage in your local social work community by getting involved in the social events and CEU opportunities available in your region.


Week 52
 – Use December to ensure you’re aware of any major national changes affecting clinical practice. NASW summarizes these major changes for social workers for the upcoming year.

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