About Us

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 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.

NASW National Office


The NASW Bylaws are the written rules and regulations of the Association that provide a framework for the Association’s governance and operation.


There are 55 chapters serving nearly 132,000 members.

Code of Ethics

The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers.

Membership Benefits

Advance Your Career

Get a Better Job 

Understand the competitive job market with interview tips and salary trends or search through job listings in the Social Work Career Center. See if your salary is in line with other social workers in your area with the salary calculator. Access information on licensure or apply for a credential. Earn Continuing Education credits and build your skills through education and training courses. NASW provides you with the tools you need.

Do Your Job Better

Review practice information, navigate career challenges with the Leadership Ladders series, get guidance on everyday professional conduct with the Code of Ethics, and access practice updates for your area of practice. Learn more about your practice area with Specialty Practice Sections and save time with sample HIPAA privacy forms and office policies. Review tips on opening or closing a practice as well as information on billing codes. Reference legal resources on social work issues. Use EAPrefer to supplement or strengthen your practice. Order reference materials, journals and books from the NASW Press.

Develop Your Leadership Skills

Volunteer for your chapter or research and write for the social work profession. Write posts for SocialWorkPulse.org

Stay Informed

Access the latest news and journal articles on the profession and review the legal issue of the month. Follow legislative alerts on issues affecting you and your clients. Learn and connect with other social workers on issues and challenges through social media. 

Protect Yourself

Protect Your Practice and Yourself from Lawsuits

Get insurance (from malpractice to long-term care) and risk management education from NASW Assurance Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of NASW.

Fund Your Defense

Get financial assistance to defray your legal expenses. The NASW Legal Defense Fund has supported members for more than 40 years.

One-on-One Consultations

Use one-on-one consultations for answers to your legal, ethics and practice questions. Call NASW Member Services at 800-742-4089 for more information.

Support Your Profession

Give Back to the Social Work Community

Advocate for your profession by participating in grassroots efforts. Donate to the NASW Foundation, to support scholarships and research. Stay informed about political candidates (or learn why social workers should run for office) with NASW-PACE. Influence how the entertainment industry and news media depict the profession on SocialWorkersSpeak.org

Be Proud of Your Profession

Participate in Social Work Month by organizing an event or visit your state capitol. Show off social work themed merchandise in your office or at home – visit the NASW Store

Save Money

Members-Only Discounts

Get discounts on products and services to help you in your professional life and save money in your personal life - like office furniture and  supplies, hotel stays and car rentals, Dorland Health National Directories and much more.  Learn more about NASW member savings!