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ABOUT NASW-VA

NASW-VA is the Virginia Chapter of The National Association of Social Workers, headquartered in Washington, DC, and is the largest membership organization for professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. Located in Richmond, Virginia, the Virginia Chapter (NASW-VA) is the top provider of social work professional development in the Commonwealth and a nonprofit association that advocates for professional practices and social justice in the interest of thousands of social workers and their clients.

The Virginia Chapter members and non-members range from LCSWs to MSWs, early-career professionals and students to retirees, macro and micro social workers to specialized healthcare professionals in various practice settings across the Virginia Region. Membership types and annual dues vary depending on your member status. 

As a membership association, NASW offers membership benefits at the chapter and national levels. As an NASW Virginia member, you have access to Special Interested Groups (SIGs). If you'd like to have your voice heard on our website, please also consider submitting a "voices from the field" form or email your story to marketing.naswva@socialworkers.org.

The NASW Virginia Chapter currently has five active staff members. You can reach the Virginia Chapter office by phone at 804-204-1339.

The Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers works closely in part with the Metro DC Chapter. 

The National Association of Social Workers of Virginia (NASW-VA) strives to assure achievement of the highest standards of Social Work practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia of by:

  • Promoting the core professional value of belief in inherent worth and dignity of each individual​

  • Endorsing and advancing a core, professional, social work identity and presence​

  • Connecting, educating and defining standards to provide the tools necessary for enhancing professional practice.​

  • Assessing and addressing current trends and issues relevant to and affecting, the profession.​

  • Advocating and supporting public policies and legislative efforts further the profession of Social Work and embrace the diversity of human need.

Governance

NASW's governance structure is designed to ensure that the organization is responsive to the needs of our members and the profession. The NASW Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, and it is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the organization's operations.

The NASW Bylaws outline the structure and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, as well as the procedures for electing and removing directors. The NASW also has a number of national committees that advise the Board of Directors on a variety of issues. These committees are made up of NASW members who volunteer their time to represent the interests of the profession. To review the NASW National Bylaws Amendment process please visit the national bylaws website.

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