Social Work Organizations

Social workers can benefit from one of the dozens of professional organizations available. These groups range from large national organizations like the National Association of Social Workers, which has more than 120,000 members, to regional organizations like the Midwest School Social Work Council or specialties like the National Association for Rural Mental Health. Some social work organizations are based on career specialty, culture identity, sexual identity, racial identity, religious affiliations and more.

These social work professional organizations, while different in their focus, provide their members with a variety of resources that can include:

  • Annual conferences and events
  • Certifications
  • Continuing education
  • Job boards
  • Networking
  • Newsletters and journals
  • Professional development
  • Social networking
  • Timely news and information 

Many organizations for social workers act as advocacy groups on behalf of their members to promote their profession at the local, state and national levels.

Here is a list of national and international social work organizations in a variety of specialties and for different types of social workers.

Social Work Organizations with a Focus on Health

Many social workers work with the medical community and health care professionals, working with those enduring grief, physical changes or illness. These organizations are for those focusing on health or interested in becoming a mental health social worker.

American Holistic Health Association (AHHA)

Address: P.O. Box 17400 Anaheim, CA 92817-7400

American Public Health Association (APHA)

Address: 800 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20001

Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW)

Address: 1325 G St., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005

Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) 

Address: 111 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1412, Chicago, IL 60604 
Email: Jordan Burghardt, Member Services Manager:

Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW)

Address: P.O. Box 9214, Morgantown, WV 26506

Mental Health America (MHA)

Address: 500 Montgomery St., Suite 820, Alexandria, VA 22314

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Address: 4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203

National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)

Address: 660 North Capitol St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20001

Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors (PSWC) Section of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Inc.

Address: 6 Lawrence Square, Springfield, IL 62704
Email: Josh Marx, Membership Services:

Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare (SSWLHC) 

Address: 295 E. Swedesford Road Wayne, PA 19087

Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)

Address: 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030

Organizations for School Social Workers

Another common place to find social workers is in schools working with children. Social workers in a school setting may have different needs than those of their peers in clinical settings. These organizations are meant to help those who already work as or interested in becoming a school social worker

American Council for School Social Work (ACSSW)

Address: 5011 W Fairy Chasm Court, Milwaukee WI 53223-1406

Midwest School Social Work Council

Address: 4204 Boones Grove Way, Louisville KY 40299-7406
Email: N/A

National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADDSSW)

Address: 1701 Duke St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314

School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)

Address: P.O. Box 3068, London, KY 40743
Email: ​

Clinical Social Work Organizations

For those who are interested in becoming an LCSW and working in a clinical practice, there are a number of organizations just for them. 

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)

Address: P.O. Box 67, Boonsboro, MD 21713
Email: Barbara Matos, Membership Administrator:

American Board of Clinical Social Work (ABCSW)

Address: 19 Mantua Road, Mount Royal, NJ 08061 

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

Address: 1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102

Center for Clinical Social Work 

Address: 241 Humphrey St., Marblehead, MA 01945 

Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) 

Address: PO Box 10, Garrisonville, Virginia 22463

Social Work Organizations for Minority Groups

Many social workers work with minority groups and underserved populations. If you focus on minority groups in your work, these organizations may help you. 

Association of Latina/Latino Social Work Educators (ALLSWE)

Address: 4807 Pin Oak Park Apt. 191, Houston, TX 77081-2216
Email: Rocío Calvo, President:

Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) 

Address: 5419 N Sheridan Road, Suite 103A, Chicago, IL 60640

National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) 

Address: 2305 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020

National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers (NAPRHSW)

Address: P. O. Box 651, Brentwood, NY 11717

National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (NCORED)

Address: 750 First St., NE Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002
Email: Rita Webb, Senior Staff Associate:

Learn more about resources for working with ethnic and minority populations.

LGBTQIA Social Work Organizations

The LGBTQIA community can have unique needs in the realms of gender and sexual identity. Focusing on social work in the LGBT community, these organizations aim to help meet those needs. 

Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE)

Address: 1701 Duke St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

Address: 1133 19th St., NW, Suite 302, Washington, DC 20036

LGBT HealthLink

Address: P.O. Box 24490, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33307

National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI)

Address: National Association of Social Workers, 750 First St., NE Suite 800
Email: Rita Webb, Senior Staff Associate:

Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)

Address: 6101 Stevenson Ave., Suite 600. Alexandria, VA 22304

Learn more about LGBTQIA resources for social work.

International Social Work Organizations 

Social workers may need to work with international organizations, especially if they work with minority or immigrant populations. Learn more about international social work organizations. 

International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

Address: Milan, Italy
Email: Annamaria Campanini, President:

International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG), Inc 

Address: 101 West 23rd St., Suite 108, New York, NY 10011

International Consortium for Social Development

Address: N/A
Email: Sharvari Karandikar, Membership Chairman:

International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW)

Address: Risfjellvegen 3, No – 4364 Sirevaag, Norway

International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) 

Address: Maiengässli 4, 4310 Rheinfelden, Switzerland

Other Social Work Organizations 

There are dozens of organizations specializing in everything from religion to veterans affairs. Find more special social work organizations. 

Association for Community Organization and Social Action (ACOSA)

Address: P.O. Box 510191, Livonia, MI 48151

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

Address: 17126 Mountain Run Vista Ct. Culpeper, Virginia 22701

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Address: 1701 Duke St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

Child and Adolescent

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) 

Address: 1706 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Elder, Hospice and Palliative Care

Administration for Community Living

Address: 330 C St. SW, Washington, DC 20201

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

Address: 8735 West Higgins Road, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631


Catholic Social Workers’ National Association (CSWNA)

Address: 620 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20064
Email: N/A

Islamic Social Services Association (ISSAUSA)

Address: P.O. Box 12705, Tempe, AZ 85284
Email: Dr. Aneesah Nadir, President:

JPRO Network

Address: 25 Broadway, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10004

North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW)

Address: PO Box 121, Botsford, CT 06404

Marriage and Family

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Address: 112 South Alfred St. Alexandria, VA 22314-3061

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH)

Address: 15800 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20855


VHA Social Work

Address: 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington DC 20420
Email: N/A

Information on this page was last updated in June 2021.