NASW promotes the quality and effectiveness of social work practice. Professional Review is a
collaborative process between Chapters and the national office to provide a peer review of alleged unethical conduct of its members. The process is designed to correct and improve the practice of individual social workers as needed. The actions of the process are intended to be constructive and educative rather than punitive. Only in cases of serious misconduct may penalties be imposed.Â For information on how to file a complaint and for a copy of the procedures go to:
Automatic Revocation of Membership
Automatic revocation of membership will be implemented based on action taken by a state licensing board to revoke a member’s license or as a result of a felony conviction of a crime in a publicly reported forum.Â The action taken will be as follows:
- If a social work licensure board action requires revocation of the member’s license: NASW membership will be revoked.
- If a member is convicted of a felony: NASW membership will be revoked.
- Criminalization of Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct (NASW LDF Legal Issue of the Month, May 2013)
This will not require a review by the National Ethics Committee or NASW Board of Directors’ Executive Committee. Membership Services will facilitate the revocation of membership.