Social Work education and practice is influenced by these key organizations, focusing on education, accountability and practice.
Council on Social Work Education
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) establishes guidelines all accredited social work programs must follow. Key features on the CSWE website include:
Association of Social Work Boards
- Listing of accredited social work programs by state
- Educational Program Assessment Standards that highlight curricular components required.
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is a membership organization of credentialing boards across the United States and Canada. To become credentialed as a social worker in Wisconsin, one must pass the appropriate examination; ASWB examinations determine if an individual possesses minimal competence to practice Social Work. The ASWB website contains:
National Association of Social Workers (National Organization)
- Information and resources, referring to credentialing examination.
- Results of the national workforce study outlines knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) for each category of practice.
- Links to licensing information for all states.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest organization for social work practitioners and policies and ethics provide the framework for practice. On the NASW website you can access:
National Association of Social Workers (Wisconsin Chapter
- Resources for social work practice.
- The NASW Code of Ethics (2021).
- Legislative Advocacy
- Publications specific to social work practice.
- Continuing Education opportunities.
While leading the national umbrella, Wisconsin's National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Chapter serves Wisconsin social workers and the public through a network of volunteers. Wisconsin's NASW Portal contains:
- Legislative Policy Statements specific to Wisconsin.
- Opportunities for involvement on committees and with sponsored activities (Advocacy Day, Annual Conference, other Continuing Education activities).
- Application for organizations requesting Continuing Education approval for upcoming trainings consistent with MPSW 19.