The National Association of Social
Workers is your professional association with services and advocacy
designed with you in mind. Everything we do at NASW is focused on making
your professional life better. As the largest and most recognized
membership organization of professional social workers in the world,
NASW is the only professional association advocating for the entire
social work profession. Learn more about NASW.
Students: Employers want to see commitment to the field and NASW is the way to show your commitment. Everyone in your class is graduating with a degree and at least one field placement. Start answering the question, why should someone hire you over anyone else? Find that answer with NASW membership.
Practitioners: NASW membership is your career protection. We provide you with the most up-to-date information concerning your practice; professional development resources; professional liability insurance designed just for social workers; and all your CEUs for free. NASW advocates for you at the licensing board and with decision-makers at the state and national levels.
With NASW membership, you are a member at the national,
state and local levels. Click here for questions about member types and
dues. Can’t afford your membership? NASW offers discounted membership to those current and active NASW members who are unemployed or retiring. Call
1-800-742-4089 for details.
#1 Advance Your Career
Get a Better Job
NASW-NC Career Center: Members can access a number of career
resources such as job search engines, North Carolina job resources, resume and
cover letter examples, interview questions, and social work salary information.
Online Job Bank: Need a job? Looking for consulting work or
interested in practicing part-time? Access the NASW-NC Job Bank or search for
national listings on the NASW Career Center.
Resume Review: Get your résumé ready to stand out from the
competition and highlight your commitment to the field. Email your résumé and
cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive our feedback within 30 business
Salary Calculator:Feeling valued is important to protect
yourself against burnout. See if your salary is in line with other social
workers in your area and then decide to negotiate a higher salary while your
agency is setting next year’s budget!
License Preparation: Still using any excuse not to take your
licensure exam? Instead of procrastinating, start preparing. Register for our twice
a year exam prep session (discounted for members) to get 6 hours of
Build Your Skillset
Free Online CE: You can get 20 hours of your required CEs for
free through NASW.
Topics include healthcare reform,
human trafficking, court and documentation training, ethics of social media,
and much more!
Discounted Conferences: As a member, you receive an average
30% discount on all of our in-person conferences. NASW North Carolina
conferences are an excellent resource to build your knowledge and develop
Professional Consultation: NASW-NC staff are exclusively
available to members who have questions about practice situations, continuing
education, licensure, mental health reform, etc. Call 919-828-9650 for your
Supervision Registry: Are you looking for a LCSW who can
provide supervision for your license? Or are you a supervisor wanting to
provide supervision? The Supervision Registry is an affordable and efficient
method to connect those in need of supervision to those who are qualified and
interested in supervising.
Leadership Ladder Series:Designed to help you successfully
navigate your career, this series features articles on working as a consultant,
obtaining a doctorate, transitioning your license across state lines, ensuring
organizational sustainability, maximizing the flexibility of a social work
degree, publishing as a practitioner, and more!
NASW Specialty Credentials: Take the next step to further
your social work career and potentially get an increase in pay by obtaining a
NASW credential, a "license plus" that shows you have nationally
certified knowledge and skills.
Tools & Techniques: Get answers to some of the most
challenging situations, such as discussing traumatic events with children,
managing clients who present with anger, and changes in Medicaid. Save time
with sample HIPAA privacy forms and office policies and review information on
Legal Issue of the Month:With your NASW membership, you get
access to an archive of 100 free legal articles, designed to answer commonly
asked questions on hot-button emerging legal issues related to social work.
Latest Research: Expand your knowledge base by perusing the
latest in social work research in the free, online, peer-reviewed journal,
Social Work. Widely read by practitioners, faculty, and students, it is the
official journal of NASW and is provided to all members as a membership
NASW-NC Newsletter:The quarterly newsletter includes
updates from the NASW-NC chapter and members, relevant legal issues,
legislative alerts on issues affecting you and your clients, and articles on
various social issues written by local experts.
#2 Protect Yourself
Protect Your License, Practice, and Career from Lawsuits
Ethics Consultation: The NASW-NC Ethics Committee can help guide you through an ethical dilemma by offering constructive dialogue and considerations which point to areas of the Code of Ethics that address the ethical concern.
Liability Insurance: Every social worker needs career
protection. With NASW membership, you gain access to significantly discounted
liability insurance with coverage tailored just for social workers, including
up to $35,000 for licensing board defense coverage, unique features such as
subpoena coverage, and a risk management helpline.
#3 Support Your Profession
Give Back to the Social Work Community
Advocacy: Your membership directly impacts NASW's ability to
make progressive change for our profession. With the support of members, we can
advocate for you at the licensing board and be a vigilant voice for social
workers at the North Carolina General Assembly.
Social Work Legislative Committee: Stay up-to-date on what
may impact your practice and clients by participating in the NASW-NC Legislative
Committee. It's easy to participate and puts you ahead of the curve, allowing
you to be more connected to NASW’s work and your fellow colleagues.
Political Action for Candidate Election: Interested in being
a catalyst for change? Help us support social workers and officials running for
public office who support social justice. With your help, we will be one of the
most influential organizations at the Statehouse for human services, mental
health, and equitable financing of state services.
#4 Save Money
Discount Programs: Get discounts on products and services to
help you in your professional life and save money in your personal life,
including office furniture and supplies from Office Depot, software from
Constant Contact, cell phone savings from T-Mobile, hotel stays and car
rentals, and access to Dorland Health National Directories.
CE Savings:With your NASW membership you can apply an
average 30% discount to any NASW-NC conference, free and reduced Local Program Unit events, and free and discounted online CE from NASW.
Reduced Membership Dues: We offer recent graduates a
discounted membership for up to 3 years, meaning if you graduated with your
BSW, you pay only $94 for 2 years following graduation and if you graduated
with your MSW, you pay only $94 for 2 years and $143 for the third year
following graduation. Retired or unemployed? We can offer you a discounted
rate. Call 1-800-742-4089 to get more information.
You may also call NASW National at 1-800-742-4089to join.
Call the North Carolina Chapter office at 1-800-280-6207 if you would like a membership application mailed to you, or email email@example.com.
Two-for-One Membership: Your NASW membership includes membership in your state NASW Chapter
as well, at no additional cost. Access continuing education events in
your state, news and updates from your chapter newsletter, and a
network of colleagues near where you live and work through your chapter.
To view a list explaining NASW membership category costs and rules associated with each type of membership, click here.