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About NASW-Virginia

NASW-VA is the Virginia Chapter of The National Associational of Social Workers, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization or 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, as well as 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 LCSW's to MSW's, early-career professionals and students to retirees, macro and micro social workers to specialized health care 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 on the national and chapter level. As an NASW Virginia member, you have access to Special Interested Groups (SIG's), and the chance to submit your own group topic. If you'd like to have your voice heard on our website, also consider submitting a "voices from the field" form or email your story to

The NASW Virginia Chapter currently has six 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.

The National Association of Social Workers Mission:

"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.

"Top Five Reasons" to join NASW from national:

  1. Advance in the workplace with continuing education, practice information, career help and resources for your professional development;

  2. Connect with colleagues through social media, national and chapter-sponsored events;

  3. Protect yourself with legal and ethics guidance, risk management resources and NASW insurance;

  4. Advocate for social work in Washington, DC, and state legislatures, and change public perceptions of our profession; and,

  5. Receive national and chapter membership with one annual dues.

NASW National and at the Chapter level follow the code of ethics. You can read it online here or purchase a physical copy from the NASW press here. To find out more information and to read our DEI statement visit the ethics and racial equity statement on our webpage. 

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