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Advocacy FAQs

I want to become involved but do not know how.

The first thing to do is to contact the chapter office. You will find a wealth of information on NASW and what social workers in NC are doing. You will find a myriad of committees and opportunities to volunteer  to help you become engaged in our mission to advance, educate and promote the profession.


I want to intern with NASW-NC.

NASW-NC does take both BSW and MSW students for field internships. You will be asked for a resume and required to set up everything with your school on your end. We do require interviews and references for placement. Our office is located downtown Raleigh and our internships are non-paid internships. Students will be required to come into the office to complete internship hours. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 with some weekend and week night events required as well. Students must be enrolled in a social work program in NC. 

I am frustrated by the licensure process and am not sure what to do or who to talk to.

This is a common experience of our members. NC is experiencing massive system reform within the MH/DD/SA arena. First, discuss your unique experience with your clinical supervisor and the NC Social Work  Certification and Licensure Board. Second, join the LCSWA Practice Area Network (PAN) if you are an LCSWA. If you are fully licensed, volunteer as a mentor to LCSWAs. Third, communicate, communicate, communicate. Stay up on the changes in the licensure law by being active with the LCSWA PAN, communicate with the licensure board, communicate with your agency and clinical supervisor, and communicate with the LME/MCO. We are all in this experience together. The consumers and families we serve need us!

Where do I find information about Social Work Advocacy Day?

You can find information about Social Work Advocacy Day here. The event is held during every long legislative session in March!

Where can I find information about North Carolina's Legislative Process?

Check out the Advocacy Page on our website! Here, you will find how to track information, how the budget is developed and tips for advocating.

I am looking for "what is happening now" information.

Go to our Current Issues page for more information. Here, you will find legislation and other issues that NASW-NC is currently working on.

Where can I get constant updated advocacy information?

Check out the NASW-NC blog at

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