If you are a social worker and would like to join an organization that will further your career, consider joining the National Association of Social Workers (NASW.) Founded in 1955, the NASW is considered one of the US’s best professional social work groups. Kentucky is home to a local chapter:
The Kentucky Chapter of NASW (NASW-KY), with 1,600 members, represents Kentucky’s professional social workers across 10 branches including Northern, Northeast, Eastern, South Central, Southeast, Western, Purchase, Lake Cumberland, Jefferson, and Bluegrass.
The NASW offers its members many opportunities to enhance their professional growth and advance social work policies in the US. According to “The History of the NASW,” the organization’s primary functions are to:
- Promote the professional development of its members.
- Establish and maintain professional standards of practice.
- Advance sound social policies.
- Provide services that protect its members and enhance their professional status.
Social workers might recognize NASW’s name because the association sponsors professional conferences and continuing education programs. The NASW aims to help social workers take charge of their professional development by offering a variety of services, so they can be aware of new trends in their field as well as continue to grow their knowledge base.
Paula Hollis, a Family Preservation Specialist for KVC Kentucky, is a proud NASW member. By taking advantage of the NASW’s continuing education courses and available information, she has been able to serve her clients better.
“Being a member of the NASW has provided me with information that has helped me be more beneficial to my clients when doing case management,” Hollis said. “It also provides a forum to learn about updates in clinical practices. But most importantly for me, the NASW has helped me better understand the profound impact social policy and legislation can have on our clients.”
Both KVC Kentucky and the NASW stress that professional development is essential to maintaining the best practices and standards for helping children and families.
Check out the NASW Kentucky Chapter to learn more about educational opportunities and how to join.