Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in legislative processes. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors.
Free Q & A Sessions on Private Practice - Members Only
You’re invited to spend an hour with us each month through August to discuss timely topics affecting your work. “An Hour With Private Practice” is a monthly call-in question-and-answer session focused on a specific private practice subject. Callers can join in the discussion, ask questions, and comment. These sessions will provide you with important clinical social work updates affecting the delivery of mental health services. [read more+]
Tools & Techniques *New Series*
- A Consumer's Guide to the 2014 Affordable Care Act Changes
- Families & Immigration: A Quick Resource Guide
- Upcoming Changes in Medicaid: What Social Workers Need to Know
- Discussing Traumatic Events with Children Whether it is a school shooting, natural disaster, or death of a colleague, social workers are often part of the community affected by the crisis.
- Programs for Medicare Beneficiaries with Limited Incomes & Resources This publication provides an overview of public programs, such as Medicare Savings Programs and Part D “extra help,” available to Medicare beneficiaries with limited resources and incomes.
- Domestic Violence Legislation: Opportunities for Social Work
Recent federal legislation addressing domestic violence contains many opportunities in health, criminal justice and social
services for social work practice, advocacy and research.
- Frequently Asked Questions About the New Psychotherapy Codes
- Ten Start-Up Tips for a Private Practice Clinical social workers frequently open a solo or group private practice to provide mental health services. There are several start-up items clinical social workers should incorporate into their new psychotherapy practice.
- Assessing Agency Readiness to Engage a Multigenerational Social Work Workforce In their efforts to recruit and retain a diverse and competent workforce, agencies need to educate and engage their staff regarding generational differences. Effectively engaging this dynamic workforce can help to successfully address the needs of at-risk individuals, families and communities.
- Making Interdisciplinary Collaboration Work Interdisciplinary collaboration can be one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, aspects of social work practice. This resource offers ways for NASW members to work more effectively with other disciplines.
- Quick Guide to the Upcoming Changes in the ACA What should members expect as a result of changes made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010? This guide lists the key changes that social workers should expect to see.
- Managing Clients Who Present with Anger As social workers can be on the receiving end of complex emotions from their clients, NASW offers members tips on how to handle a client who may display strong feelings of anger, hostility and violence.
- NASW and ASWB Best Practice Standards in Social Work Supervision (2013)
- NASW Guidelines for Social Worker Safety in the Workplace (2013)
- NASW Standards for Social Work Case Management (2013)
- NASW Standards for Social Work with Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for School Social Work Services (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Clients with Substance Use Disorders (pdf file - Revised 2012)
- NASW and ASWB Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Clinical Social Work in Social Work Practice (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Child Welfare (pdf file -- Revised 2012)
- NASWStandards for Social Work Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care
- NASW Standards for Social Work Services in Long-Term Care Facilities (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Continuing Education and the Social Work Profession (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for the Practice of Social Work with Adolescents (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Integrating Genetics into Social Work Practice (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (pdf file)
- NASW Standards for Indicators For Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (pdf file)