NASW views professional development as an essential activity for ensuring quality social work services. Regardless of career stage, social workers are ethically required to keep informed of current research, theory, and techniques that guide social work practice to better serve clients and constituents, and our goal is to help you do that. NASW is committed to helping social workers meet their professional development needs. This strong dedication has led to the creation of multiple professional development programs and products such as credentials, education and training courses, newsletters, employment information, resources, and publications. NASW members receive both free CEs and CEs at discounted rates to fill their licensing or credentialing requirements when they participate in our professional development programs.
NASW is committed to helping social workers meet their professional development needs. This strong dedication has led to the creation of multiple professional development programs and products such as credentials, education and training courses, newsletters, employment information, resources, and publications.
NASW members receive both free CEs and CEs at discounted rates to fill their licensing or credentialing requirements when they participate in our professional development programs.
The NASW Professional Development Department consists of:
NASW’s Credentialing Center establishes and promotes NASW Professional Credentials (member only), Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials (open to all qualified candidates), and the Continuing Education Portal required for excellence in the practice of social work.
A professional credential is a voluntary process for the dedicated careerist seeking differentiation from the usual or the average. Because most credentials include the word “certified,” many times you will see the terms intermingled. A certificate is given for the successful completion of training. A credential is earned through the transfer of that learning; The credentialing process seeks to capture the incorporation of specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities as applied to the practice area.
The Continuing Education Portal is a searchable database of NASW approved state and national CE programs that give you the information, skills, training, continuing education contact hours, and networking opportunities you need for professional and personal development.
NASW offers hundreds of CE courses in a variety of formats—webinars, webcasts, podcasts, presentations, and more. All courses offered through this program are accredited by either the NASW National Office or one of NASW Chapters and NASW members receive discounted prices. Please note that NASW accreditation does not imply automatic acceptance by all State Boards, individuals should check with their licensing Board on whether a specific program will be accepted for continuing education purposes.
All courses offered are NASW accredited and members receive discounted prices on CEs. Click here to access the Center’s start up course catalog.
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NASW Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) help members stay in-the-know in their specific area of practice and offers individual online communities of committed, like-minded peers. Along with the trusted communities, SPS offers more than 45 additional CE opportunities through live practice-specific webinars, newsletters, continuing education credits and other professional development activities.
Customize your NASW membership by joining one of the following specialty practice sections: Administration and Supervision, Aging; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD); Child Welfare; Children, Adolescents & Young Adults (CAYA); Health; Mental Health; Private Practice; School Social Work; and Social and Economic Justice & Peace; and Social Work and the Courts.
At the Social Work Career Center, social workers can search national job listings and find professional development and career resources that span across the duration of a social worker’s professional career. Begin utilizing our Career Center today by setting up your personal profile, posting your résumé, and searching for social work jobs. If you don’t have a résumé or cover letter, use our social worker résumé and cover letter reference page to help you to create a professional and marketable portfolio. Keep your career options open—post your résumé online and allow employers that are interested in you to reach out. The Social Work Career Center provides additional resources, including social work salary trends, interview tips, publications, and information on the various social work practice areas.