Unlike the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), state-specific clinical social work organizations are not part of a larger national organization. Each state’s organization is independent from the organizations in other states. Some state organizations are affiliated with the Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA), but they are not a single organization like the NASW.
While each clinical social work organization has a different mission statement, in general, their focus is to represent and advanced the profession of clinical social work. This could include:
- Setting standards for professional practice, ethics, and education
- Promoting the values and roles of clinical social workers to the public
- Protecting the rights of licensed clinical social workers through advocacy at the state level
- Providing mentoring and continuing education opportunities to its members
In addition, many state clinical social work organizations have conferences or workshops for their members to attend. These are a great opportunity to network and meet other licensed clinical social workers.
For clinical social work professionals who are not already members of their state’s clinical social work organization, we have compiled a list of state specific organizations below. We definitely recommend contacting an organization if you have questions or want more information before potentially becoming a member.
National Clinical Social Work Organizations:
State Specific Clinical Social Work Organizations:
The following table contains state-specific clinical social work organizations for which we could find websites. States not listed below may still have a clinical social work organization.