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The Benefits of NASW Membership


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 membership (including membership levels)!



NASW membership offers a variety of benefits for the social worker at every stage of her or his career: BSW/MSW students and recent graduates, clinical and macro practitioners, new and seasoned social workers. Check out a few of the MANY member benefits NASW offers below, and please reach out to Seth Maid, NASW-NC Director of Membership and Communication, with any questions at


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  • 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 resume ready to stand out from the competition and highlight your commitment to the field. Email your resume and cover letter to to receive personalized feedback within 30 business days.
  • 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.
  • NASW-NC Career Connect: Receive monthly emails featuring articles to further your career and professional development, as well as selected job openings across the state.
  • License Preparation: Still using any excuse not to take your licensure exam? Instead of procrastinating, start preparing.
    • Register to attend one of our LCSW Exam Prep Sessions (held twice a year) to get 6 hours of face-to-face instruction. Members save $57!
    • Looking for resources sooner? NASW-NC members can request our LCSW Exam Preparation Packet, FREE for NASW North Carolina members to borrow from the NASW-NC Lending Library for up to 30 days. This packet features:
      • DSM-5 Overview-Quick Study Guide
      • Social Work ASWB Clinical Exam Guide
      • ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams

  • 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 connections.
  • 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 consultation.
  • 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 billing codes.
  • 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 benefit.
  • 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.


  • 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 consultation.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


NASW understands the financial commitment of an education—so student dues are reduced up to 75% for BSW and MSW student members who maintain continuous membership and by 25% for doctoral student members who maintain continuous membership.



BSW and MSW student members who maintain continuous membership pay reduced dues for up to three years after graduation, discounted up to 50% to help ease the transition into their social work careers.


To Join:

  • You may also call NASW National at 800-742-4089 to join over the phone. 
  • 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.
  • 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.


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