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About National Association of Social Workers - MN Chapter




The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, currently boasting a membership of approximately 150,000 in 56 state, territorial and international chapters. NASW-MN is the state chapter of NASW, and currently maintains a membership base of over 2,000 professionally trained social workers. NASW works nationally, and through chapters in every state of the country, to enhance the professional growth and development of its
members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. 
Mission Statement
The mission of the Minnesota Chapter of the NASW is to promote the profession of Social Work by establishing and maintaining professional standards and by advancing the authority and credibility of Social Work; to provide services to its members by supplying opportunities for professional development and leadership and by enhancing communication among its members; to advocate for clients by promoting political action and community education.
History of NASW

The National Association of Social Workers was established in 1955 through the consolidation of the following seven organizations:

- American Association of Social Workers (AASW)

- American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (AAPSW)

- American Association of Group Workers (AAGW)

- American Association of Medical Social Workers (AAMSW)

- Association for the Study of Community Organization (ASCO)

- National Association of School Social Workers (NASSW)

- Social Work Research Group (SWRG)


NASW's primary functions include promoting the professional development of its members, establishing and maintaining professional standards of practice, advancing sound social policies, and providing services that protect its members and enhance their professional status. The Association developed and adopted the NASW Code of Ethics and other generalized and specialized practice standards. Certification and quality assurance are promoted through the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), the NASW Register of Clinical Social Workers, and the Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (DCSW). Among NASW's political action programs are Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) and Educational Legislative Action Network (ELAN). The Association also sponsors, through its 56 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, professional conferences and continuing education programs, and produces journals—such as the flagship Social Work—books, and major reference works for the profession.


Chapter Activities

NASW-MN offers several workshops each year with current topics and dynamic presenters from a variety of practice settings. Early in April, we make ourselves heard on the policy level with our Annual Social Work Day at the Capitol. And we cap off our program year with the Annual Conference, held in June each year. This two-day event includes exciting plenary speakers, numerous breakout sessions, exhibitors, and special luncheons!


Member Involvement

The Minnesota Chapter thrives on the involvement of its members, and there are many ways to become involved. If you would like to join or are interested in the work of these committees, please contact the chapter office or the committee chair (listed on their committee page). Members of NASW may also volunteer about two hours of time at our continuing education events, such as full-day workshops and the annual conference, in exchange for reduced registration fees. You may also want to consider running for our Board of Directors or Nominations Committee. If you are still not sure how you could be involved, call the office at 651-293-1935, or e-mail us for ideas!







Contact Information:

Office: (651) 293-1935




Mailing address:

National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter

Court West

2610 University Avenue West, Suite 475

St. Paul, Minnesota 55114








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