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Why Join NASW?
The National Association of Social Workers supports and advocates for you at every level of your career.
  • Students & Recent Graduates: As a student or recent graduate, your membership in NASW shows a true commitment to your new field. This kind of dedication helps future employers answer the question, "why you over someone else?"
  • Practitioners: Wherever they work, NASW members tell us they value the wide range of resources they get with membership, as well as our deeply discounted liability coverage.

Join now to become an NASW member at local, state, and national levels.

Questions about membership or dues?

Call 1-800-742-4089 for discounts for retired or unemployed social workers. Keep reading for details about NASW member benefits like advocacy, ethics support, liability coverage, professional resources and guidance, training, discounts and job search help.

Advocacy for Social Workers

Advocacy on Your Behalf

  • With your support, NASW advocates for social workers at the state licensing board to balance the public’s interest with our professional needs as social workers.
  • NASW advocates on your behalf by voicing the concerns of social workers like you during state discussions of compensation, reasonable caseloads, and more.
  • NASW helps inform policy on social justice and client-based issues.

Your Voice During Elections

  • With your help, we’ll continue to be influencers at the Statehouse, working to meet the needs of Ohio social workers in human services, mental health, and equitable financing of state services.

Ethics Support

Ethics Consultation Hotline

  • When you need it, the national office offers resources to help you through ethical dilemmas, with constructive dialogue and considerations consistent with the Code of Ethics.

Career Protection

Liability Insurance at a Discount

  • Protect yourself from lawsuits with up to $35,000 for licensing board defense, subpoena coverage, and a risk management helpline. All at a significant discount with your NASW membership.

Resources to Keep You Informed

Legal Issue of The Month

  • Membership gives you access to an archive of 100 free legal articles, designed to answer commonly asked questions about key emerging legal issues related to social work.

NASW Risk Management Hotline

  • Members with liability insurance can call the hotline for legal resources on responding to a subpoena, ending therapeutic relationships, HIPAA, client suicide and more.

Current Research

  • The official journal of NASW is the peer-reviewed, research journal of choice for social work practitioners, faculty, and students. Get it free online with your membership.

Ohio Update

  • This newsletter, mailed bi-monthly or viewable online, features the latest on social work practice in Ohio. Look for updates on the licensing board, legal issues, and legislative alerts that affect you and your clients, plus articles on social issues by local experts.

On-Demand Professional Guidance

Supervision Registry

  • Membership gives you access to this affordable, efficient tool to connect you with an LISW-S who can provide supervision for your independent license. Interested in providing supervision? The Registry can connect you too.

The Leadership Ladder Series

  • Think of it as your career navigation library. This series of articles includes information on working as a consultant, transitioning licenses across state lines, publishing as a practitioner, and more. 

Practice Tools

  • Membership tools offer situational recommendations, like how to discuss traumatic events with children and managing clients who present with anger, as well as domestic violence and elder abuse toolkits. You’ll also get logistical updates on billing codes, HIPAA forms and Medicaid.

Private Practice Support

  • NASW offers consultations to help you manage the day-to-day details of private practice - with free practice resources, updates to diagnostic tools and FAQs about new laws, as well as access to monthly, national private practices Q&A sessions.

Training that Counts

Free Online CEUs

  • Get all of your required CEUs - free with your NASW membership - just by watching our monthly, one-hour webinars (live or recorded). Topics include healthcare reform, training supervision for the LISW candidate, social media ethics, and more.

Workshop Discounts

  • As a member, you’ll get a 40 percent discount on in-person workshops, plus an additional 20 percent savings during your birthday month.

Specialty Credentialing

  • The next step in your social work career (and salary) could be one credential away. NASW specialty credentials like certified healthcare or hospice and palliative care are nationally certified.

Members-Only Discounts

CEU Savings

  • Get more than 30 online CEUs free, or use a 40% member discount on all Ohio workshops. You can even attend regional and state conferences (the largest gatherings of Ohio social workers) for just a fraction of the full price.

Reduced Graduate Membership Dues

  • NASW offers discounted memberships for recent BSW and MSW graduates, as well as retired or unemployed social workers. Call 1-800-742-4089 for details.

License Exam Prep

  • You’ll get 6 hours of face-to-face instruction, 5 study volumes, and access to online practice exams—all at a discount with your NASW membership. Can't make it in person? We’ve got you covered with an online course too.

Discount Programs

  • Get discounts on products and services for your professional and personal lives. Partners include Office Depot, Constant Contact, T-Mobile, Dorland Health National Directories, and many hotel companies and car rental services.

Job Search Resources

Online Job Bank Access

  • The Ohio Job Bank lists 60-90 job openings at any given time, so use it to help you find a full- or part-time job, or even consulting work. Your NASW membership also gives you access to national listings, through the NASW Career Center.

Free Job Search How-To Guide

  • Learn how to write an effective 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

  • Is your résumé ready to stand out to a future employer? Just email it to us and get expert feedback within 15 business days. We’ll even get you interview-ready with 20 free NASW business cards.

Professional Development Webinars

  • Learn more secrets for a successful job search and how to negotiate your salary. We’ll also show you how to plan and reach your career goals—plus, information that every student needs to know before graduation.

Access to NASW Salary Calculator

  • See if your salary is in line with other social workers in your area. Then use your results to negotiate a higher salary in your current position, or during job searches.

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