Associations for Social Workers

Associations for Social Workers

Many associations for social workers exist at the national and state level. These associations help to keep workers in a given field, network or group stay informed of changes that may affect them. Social worker associations also provide legislative advocacy services and are instrumental in passing laws, such as social worker title protection, that maintain the quality and reputation of the profession.

Joining a social worker association may also present outlets for earning continuing education credits, networking opportunities that lead to employment, access to research and databases or other benefits and services.

Below is an extensive, but by no means comprehensive, list of associations for social workers that may prove beneficial. The associations have been grouped by category. Follow the links for more information on what each association offers.

Global Social Worker Associations

International Federation of Social Work

International Association of Schools of Social Work

International Association for Social Work with Groups

National Social Worker Associations

Association of Social Work Boards

Society for Social Work and Research

Social Work Policy Institute

Association for Community Organization and Social Administration

Network for Social Work Management

Social Work Education Associations

Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors

Council on Social Work Education

Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work

National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work

Network Associations

National Rural Social Work Caucus

North American Association of Christians in Social Work

National Association of Black Social Workers

National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers

Latino Social Workers Organization

Social Workers Helping Social Workers

Clinical Associations

Clinical Social Work Association

American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

Health Care Associations

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care

American Case Management Association

American Public Health Association Social Work Section

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network

Association of Oncology Social Work

Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work

National Association of Perinatal Social Workers

National Kidney Foundation of Nephrology Social Workers

Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV and AIDS

School, Children and Families Social Worker Associations

American Council for School Social Work

School Social Work Association of America

Child Welfare League of America

Social Welfare Action Alliance

Other National Associations

National Organization of Forensic Social Work 

Association of VA Social Workers 

Kentucky State Social Worker Associations

Kentucky Board of Social Work 

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work

Kentucky Association for School Social Work

National Association of Social Workers Kentucky Chapter