WHAT LEVEL OF MEMBERSHIP WORKS BEST FOR YOU?
Each level of membership has it's requirements.
MSW + 5 Years Experience; 2 Supervised
Any social worker holding a Master's or Doctoral degree from an accredited graduate school of social work who has a minimum of five (5) years full-time (30 hours per week) practice as a clinician following their social work professional graduate degree, may apply for membership. At least two (2) years of experience will have been under the supervision of a Clinical Social Worker.
Their social work professional graduate degree preferably will have been earned in a clinical sequence of course work and field training. If their social work professional graduate degree was earned in a non-clinical (i.e., administrative or community organization) sequence, then the five (5) years of post-graduate clinical social work experience must include (3) years under qualified supervision.
Clinical Supervision Requirement
Clinical supervision may have been either individual or group, but may not have been less than seventy-five (75%) percent individual supervision.
A minimum is one hundred (100) hours of clinical supervision for a graduate degree earned in a clinical sequence and one-hundred fifty (150) hours of clinical supervision for a graduate degree earned in a non-clinical sequence is required.
Clinical supervision shall be from a Social Worker whose predominant training and experience are in an applied clinical field. Preferably, the supervisor will be currently practicing as a clinician. The supervisor should be sanctioned through training, experience, or both as qualified to provide clinical supervision.
MSW with Less Than 5 Years Experience
Any social worker holding a social work professional graduate degree from an accredited graduate school of social work, currently practicing in a clinical setting or who has an interest in clinical social work.
Current Enrollment in Accredited MSW Program
Any student currently enrolled in a Master or Doctoral degree program in an accredited school of social work in the clinical sequence or its equivalent, and who has an interest in clinical social work.
No Longer Working in a Clinical Setting
Any social worker holding a social work professional graduate degree from an accredited graduate school of social work and who has practiced in a clinical setting prior to retirement may apply as a retired member.
A Non-Social Worker Who Holds a Clinical License
Already a member of NASW?
The Society for Clinical Social Work specializes in the needs of clinical social workers. NASW is a large organization dedicated to important issues that cover a very broad range - the social services, child welfare and many others. It is vital that we in our profession support these efforts. But because in our practices as clinical social workers we have needs that other social workers may not have, the Society for Clinical Social Work's aim is to address those clinical and advocacy needs. NASW cannot provide in-depth "coverage" for all the many and varied aspects of social work so we as clinical social workers need to address these ourselves.
“It's a terrific chance to meet people in the field/broaden your social work community, learn about many clinical topics, obtain CEU's, and protect our profession by supporting our clinical society lobbyists. Without these lobbyists, bills could have been passed that would forbid us to make assessments/diagnosis which would, in effect, reduce the need for clinical work.”
– MARGARET DePRATER, MEMBER