Professional Program in

Social Work

Social Work Resources

Professional Organizations

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:
  • Listing of accredited social work programs by state
  • Educational Program Assessment Standards that highlight curricular components required.
Association of Social Work Boards
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is a membership organization of credentialiing 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:
  • 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 (National Organization)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest organization for social work practitioners and policies and ethics provide the framework for practice. Using the NASW website access

  • Resources for social work practice.
  • The NASW Code of Ethics (2017).
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Publications specific to social work practice.
  • Continuing Education opportunities.
National Association of Social Workers (Wisconsin Chapter)
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 (Lobby Day, Annual Conference, other Continuing Education activities).
  • Application for organizations requesting Continuing Education approval for upcoming trainings consistent with MPSW 19.

Other resources of interest include:

  • The Department of Safety and Professional Services outlines credentialing requirements for social workers in Wisconsin. This is also where one can look up credential holders and links to all regulations related to social workers in the state.
  • MacroSW is a series of twitter conversations related to issues of importance to the profession and communities we serve. You can read archived conversations and join in using #macrosw during scheduled chats. You can also sign up to follow their blog via e-mail.
  • Information on best practice in child welfare can be found through the Child Welfare Information Gateway. The site is continually updated with resources for practitioners. Links on the site include a range of resources and easily accessed links to federal agencies.
  • Social Work Today is bi-monthly publication with articles of current interest to social workers. All copies are digitized and it is also possible to subscribe to a paper copy.
  • The New Social Worker is designed to meet the needs of practitioners new to the field but provides useful information. Available online, the magazine is published quarterly.
  • A great repository of self-care resources has been compiled by Carolyn Szafran of Washburn University in their Self-Care Center. The site includes activities and information on all domains of self-care as well as videos and a bibliography of resources for those interested in learning more about self-care.

Social Work Research Sites

As part of an Honors in the Major Project, Mary Simac created this downloadable document that outlines sources for social work-related research. The Research Database lists sources that are freely available to practitioners, highlighted and categorized by practice concentration areas.
 

Opportunity to Obtain Supervision of 3000 hours of Clinical Practice (Post-Graduate)

Jennifer Sovey-Fahey is looking to provide supervision of post graduate experience (3000 hours) to professionals attempting to obtain their license for independent practice. Professionals currently employed in a human service profession without a supervisor to oversee hours for independent license, can connect with Jennifer via email to discuss the opportunity. Jennifer has been providing supervision to Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) with training licenses and Advanced Practice Social Workers (APSW) looking to obtain LCSW credientials (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) for years, and she has been approved by the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Individual and/or group supervision are possible, and minimal paperwork is needed for Department approval.

Please email: Jennifer.soveyfahey@gmail.com