Professional Associations

Professional organizations are good sources of information for not only what is happening in the professional organization but also in the field in general. Professional organizations often promote policies and best practices that reflect the professional organizations own goals and values. The organizations here represent a variety of interest groups for social and human services workers.

In addition to providing information about themselves, these organizations also provide information around credentialing for practitioners. More information on licensing and credentials can be found under Credentialing and Licensing.

American Counseling Association (Ohio Branch)

The Ohio branch chapter of the Midwest Region of the American Counseling Association. Activities focus on the advancement of the discipline of counseling. Offers a discussion list (OCAN) that can be subscribed to by all counselors. Links back to the national American Counseling Association web site. (See also: Ohio Counseling Association.)

Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)

This organization is a division of the American Counseling Association. It provides resources for teachers, students and practitioners of group work. The site provides information on the Association as well as professional resources of interest to group workers.

Association of Oncology Social Work

The Association of Oncology Social Work “is dedicated to increasing awareness about the social, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of cancer patients. It supports its members’ commitment to helping and advocating for cancer patients by providing continuing education through conferences and publications; promoting clinical research; and fostering networking to address common issues and concerns.” –From the website.

Association of Social Work Boards

The Association provides information on social work licensing and certification. The site includes links to state boards of social work, selected schools of social work, test centers, and ACE continuing education providers.

Clinical Social Work Association (Formerly: Clinical Social Work Federation)

The Association is concerned with clinical social work practice. The site has links to information on conferences and workshops as well as a job board. “The Association’s mission is to promote excellence in clinical social work practice through the advancement of the profession for the benefit of clients and the clinicians who serve them.  The Association fulfills its mission through advocacy at the national and state level on matters related to the profession, mental health, education, and information distributed to its members.”

Community Action Partnership (Formerly: National Association of Community Action Agencies)

“The Partnership’s mission is to be a national forum for policy on poverty and to strengthen, promote, represent, and serve its network of member agencies to assure that the issues of the poor are effectively heard and addressed.”–From the website.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

The CSWE site includes information about accreditation of undergraduate and graduate social work programs, CSWE publications (including abstracts of the latest issue of the Journal of Social Work Education), and an informative list of frequently asked questions. You can also find a comprehensive list of master’s and baccalaureate social work programs maintained by the Council on Social Work Education. The site allows you to search by state or by institutional name. Also provides a link to a list of doctoral programs published by the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work.

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Human Service Information Technology Applications (HUSITA)

HUSITA is an international association of information technology innovators in human services.

International Federation of Social Workers

A global organization geared to international cooperation among social workers. Site includes the Federation’s Code of Ethics and related publications.

Latino Social Workers Organization

They “Advocate for Quality Bilingual/Bicultural Services to the Latino Community and other oppressed communities; Advocate for a “La Familia Perspective” in Clinical, Research, and Public Policy Practice; … and “Promote the Strengths of our Cultural and Language.” –From the website.

National Association of Black Social Workers

“The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research. …” –From the website.

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National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers, Inc.

This association is a professional organization offering workshops, advocacy, lobbying, and scholarships.

National Association of Social Workers

The web site for the largest professional organization for social workers. Includes professionally related material and a job section.

National Association of Social Workers (New York City Chapter)

New York chapter of NASW and distinct New York focus for licensing and credentialing but with articles around various “local” issues with national impact.

National Association of Social Workers (Ohio Chapter)

The web site of the Ohio Chapter of NASW focuses on issues pertinent to the regions within the state.

North American Association of Christians in Social Work

Social work with a Christian perspective.

Ohio Counseling Association

The OCA is “a state branch of the American Counseling Association, making it the officially sanctioned link” to the national organization.

Society for Social Work and Research

SSWR is an independent organization that “works collaboratively with other organizations that are committed to improving the support for research among social workers.” Their Web site is primarily geared to membership information, although there is a Resources link to external resources relating to social work research. Check out their brand new open-access online journal.

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