The North Carolina Chapter is an administrative unit of the National Association of Social Workers which is headquartered in Washington DC. NASW-NC was developed in 1955 and the Chapter currently has 5 staff and 5,000 members. The Chapter owns office space located in historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh, within walking distance of the North Carolina General Assembly, legislative and state offices.
Most NASW-NC members are master's level educated social workers who work in various practice settings across North Carolina. The Chapter also has significant numbers of bachelors (BSW) level members and student members.
As a membership association NASW-NC provides numerous membership benefits such as newsletters, consultation on professional issues, malpractice insurance, lower fees at association conferences, etc. The Chapter is also involved in professional advocacy through lobbying efforts in the NC General Assembly and representation on numerous statewide coalitions, committees and task forces, as well as with numerous departments with NC state government. The Chapter's advocacy efforts also cover issues that would be of concern to social workers clients, such as health care for all.
NASW is a membership organization that promotes,
develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers.
NASW also seeks to enhance the effective functioning and well being of
individuals, families and communities through its work and advocacy.
Experts and leaders in creating and sustaining systemic change through ethical social work practice.
To be a vital part of every professional social worker in North Carolina.
The history of the North Carolina Chapter of NASW begins with documentation as early as December of 1954. Originally there were four autonomous chapters of NASW located in North Carolina. These four autonomous chapters formed a state council in 1955 that allowed the 4 chapters to communicate and connect while at the same time maintaining autonomous status. The Western chapter of NASW was particularly strong and active. In early 1974 the former chapters were dissolved and one state association, the North Carolina Chapter of NASW was formed and the Chapter office was established in Asheville. The first Board of Directors meeting was held in June of 1974 and the first Executive Director, BJ Smith was hired.
In 1975 the first President, Wally Hill, MSW was installed and the Chapter office was moved to Raleigh. Throughout NASW-NC's history, the Chapter has focused on social work salaries, licensing and certification, insurance reimbursement, social policy and legislation, membership recruitment, conferences and continuing education and general advocacy for social work employment and the social work profession.
Currently the North Carolina Chapter has over 5,000 members and is considered a large chapter. NASW-NC has 5 staff members and the Chapter owns office space in the Historic Oakwood District of downtown Raleigh, convenient to state government, the Governor's office, and our state legislature. Our office space is a 100 year old rehabbed house which was purchased by NASW in 1992.
PO Box 27582
Raleigh, NC 27611-7582
412 Morson St
Raleigh, NC 27601
In NC: 1-800-280-6207
Out-of-State/Triangle Area: 919-828-9650