Social Work Organizations

There are dozens of professional organizations in the field of social work. They range from very large organizations like the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which has over 120,000 members, to smaller more niche organizations like the National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW). There are also social work organizations that focus on specific ethnic groups, like the Hispanic or African American communities, or have religious affiliations.

While every social work organization is different, organizations provide their members with a variety of resources that could include: professional development, continuing education, certifications, annual conferences and events, newsletters and journals, social networking, job boards, research, and more. In addition, many social work organizations act as an advocacy group on behalf of their members in order to promote their profession at the local, state and national levels.

We have grouped social work organizations by the following categories:

Click on the name of the social work organization to visit the site.

General Social Work Organizations

Association for Community Organization and Social Administration  
Address: P.O. Box 510191 Livonia, MI 48151 United States of America

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) 
Address: 400 Southridge Parkway Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 
Address: 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 450 Arlington, VA 22202

Association of VA Social Workers 

Canadian Association of Social Workers 
Address: 383 Parkdale Avenue Suite 402, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4R4

International Association for Social Work with Groups  (formerly the Association for the Advancement of Social Work With Groups, Inc.)
Address: 101 West 23rd Street Suite 108 New York, NY 10011

National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD)  
Address: 1701 Duke Street Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  
Address: 750 First Street, NE – Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241

Click here for a List of NASW State Specific Chapters

National NETWORK for Social Work Managers  
Address: 905 E. 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021

Social Welfare Action Alliance 

Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI)  

Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)  
Address: 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030

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Social Work Organizations with a Clinical/Medical/Healthcare Focus

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 USA

Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA)  
Address: PO Box 10, Garrisonville, VA 22463

National Association of Perinatal Social Workers  

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization  
Address: 1731 King St Ste 100, Alexandria, VA 22314-2771

National Kidney Foundation of Nephrology Social Workers  
Address: 30 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016-5337

Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV and AIDS  
Address: PO Box 130159, Birmingham, AL 35213, US

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network  
Address: 1521 Second Avenue, #609 Seattle, WA 98101

Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care  
Address: 295 E. Swedesford Road Wayne, PA 19087

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Clinical Social Work Organizations

Unlike the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), state-specific clinical social work organizations are not part of a larger national organization. Each state’s organization is independent from the organizations in other states. Some state organizations are affiliated with the Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA), but they are not a single organization like the NASW.

While each clinical social work organization has a different mission statement, in general, their focus is to represent and advance the profession of clinical social work. This could include:

  • Setting standards for professional practice, ethics, and education
  • Promoting the values and roles of clinical social workers to the public
  • Protecting the rights of licensed clinical social workers through advocacy at the state level
  • Providing mentoring and continuing education opportunities to its members

In addition, many state clinical social work organizations have conferences or workshops for their members to attend. These are a great opportunity to network and meet other licensed clinical social workers.

For clinical social work professionals who are not already members of their state’s clinical social work organization, we have compiled a list of state specific organizations below. We definitely recommend contacting an organization if you have questions or want more information before potentially becoming a member.

National Clinical Social Work Organizations:

State Specific Clinical Social Work Organizations:

The following table contains state-specific clinical social work organizations for which we could find websites. States not listed below may still have a clinical social work organization.

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School Social Work Organizations

State Specific School Social Work Organizations

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Social Work Organizations with an Ethnic Affiliation

National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW)  
Address: 2305 Martin Luther King Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020

National Association of Puerto Rican / Hispanic Social Workers 
Address: PO Box 651, Brentwood, NY 11717-0651

Social Work Organizations with a Religious Affiliation

North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) 
Address: PO Box 121, Botsford CT 06404-0121

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International Social Work Organizations

International Association of Schools of Social Work  

International Association for Social Work with Groups   (formerly the Association for the Advancement of Social Work With Groups, Inc.)
Address: 101 West 23rd Street Suite 108 New York, NY 10011

International Federation of Social Work (IFSW)  
Address: Maiengässli 4, 4310 Rheinfelden, Switzerland

Forensic Social Work Organizations

National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW)  
Address: 498 184th St. Osceola, WI 54020

Social Work Organizations with Job Boards / Listings

Many of the NASW state chapters have job boards on their website. Some of these are free to the public while others require membership to view listings. View our NASW State Specific Chapters page to find the website of your state’s NASW chapter.

Information about social work organizations was updated in April 2020.

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