National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Membership in SWSA opens many opportunities, especially when members are also affiliated with NASW. Some benefits of NASW membership include:

  • Government Relations
    • NASW works to eliminate harmful legislation that limits social work’s ability to help others. They also work to protect social work jobs and educate legislators about the importance of the social work profession.
  • Networking Opportunities
    • NASW activities provide an excellent way for social workers to share ideas and information with colleagues. Members can also meet with potential employers and agency representatives at conferences and workshops.
  • Job Opportunities
    • Members have access to local and national job bank information. Student members can call the Utah Chapter which will help them look for jobs and inform them of typical salaries.
  • Continuing Education
    • Members are welcome to attend monthly branch luncheon meetings.
  • Malpractice Insurance
    • NASW offers malpractice insurance that is affordable and comprehensive.
  • Professional Support
    • An NASW representative is available for free consultation on ethical and professional concerns.
  • Publications
    • Local and national newsletters link members with job opportunities, information on private practice, professional support and continuing education opportunities. Members can also receive Social Work, a journal that connects them to the latest research in the profession.
  • Discount Programs
    • NASW affinity credit cards, member discounts on rental cars, and other financial services.
  • Credentialing
    • Members can enhance their skills and strengthen their resumes by earning professional credentials.


Jefferson "J.C." Sheen

Jefferson "J.C." Sheen

Assistant Professor

Social Work

Office Location: Old Main 244B