Joining NASW gives you both local and national memberships. In addition to providing YOU with benefits, your membership benefits the entire profession because it empowers a collective voice on behalf of social work.
Students can join for $57/year and are eligible for transitional membership dues for up to 3 years!
Benefits of NASW Membership
Members have access to local and national job bank information. Searches can be customized for members moving out of state.
Career Services, including free resume review
Utah Chapter members can obtain FREE resume and interviewing tips, sample resumes and letters of recommendation and more on the Chapter website. After preparing the final resume, Utah Chapter members may have it reviewed one time by the Utah Chapter executive director. Utah Chapter members may also schedule a free 15 minute MOCK interview with the Utah Chapter executive director.
NASW offers very affordable comprehensive malpractice insurance for members. The program is reported to be one of the best in the county. There is a complimentary, one-year $22,000 term life insurance policy and a $160-a-day hospital indemnity benefit for one year, from the NASW Insurance Trust, for first-time full paying members. Student members become eligible for free coverage.*
NASW, Utah Chapter hosts an annual licensing prep course. This course provides a full day of instruction plus a comprehensive study guide. For NASW members who register early, the Utah course is the second least expensive live prep course in the country! The course not only includes content review, but strategies and "reading for content" skill building.
Members may obtain answers to FAQ about licensing on the Chapter website or by calling the Utah Chapter office. Members also receive discounts on licensing exam study materials.
The national office of NASW offers several scholarships for student members. Visit www.naswfoundation.org for more information.
NASW works to eliminate potentially harmful bills that limit social workers’ ability to perform their jobs. They also work to protect social workers’ jobs, lobby for equitable reimbursements, and to educate legislators about the importance of the social work profession. Highly qualified paid staff represent members on both the national and local level. Members can quickly research issues and correspond with legislators through NASW.
Social Work Advocacy
NASW, Utah Chapter has developed and passed five bills since 2010. We are considered one of the most legislatively successful chapters in the country (even though we are one of the smallest!) We have achieved the following successes:
-Social Work Title Protection
-Two hours of extra time on the ASWB exam for social workers whose first language is not English
-Practice protection for social workers engaging in ABA and bio/neurofeedback
-Licensing eligibility for MSW graduates from programs in candidacy for CSWE accreditation
-Tightening of the scope of practice for SSW's (to protect both SSW's and MSW's)
-45 day licensing exemption after graduation
-Changes to continuing education requirements (congruency of ceu and renewal cycles, "in real-time" webinars counted as live workshops)
-Remote therapy legislation
If NASW doesn't protect professional social work in Utah, who will? This is why membership matters!
NASW members can attend FREE monthly lunch and learn meetings and earn FREE CEUs each year (Layton, Salt Lake, Provo, Cedar City and St. George) In addition, members receive significant discounts on conferences, workshops, and online continuing education classes. Members may also receive FREE online CEUs through the Utah Chapter of NASW. The Utah Chapter provides continuing education approval for workshop organizers throughout the state in order to ensure quality workshops that meet state requirements. See the Chapter website for details.
CE tracker tells you exactly what you need to renew your social worker license in your state – everything from the amount and type of CE’s needed, to renewal deadlines. With your subscription, CE Tracker will tell you the required amount and type of CE’s needed in your state; suggest available, valid, NASW-approved educational content; and automatically load completed CE’s from NASW’s Social Work Online CE Institute into your Tracker profile. $25/members; $40/non-members
Legal and Ethical Consultation
An NASW representative is available for free consultation for professional/ethical concerns. The national office provides legal consulting services for members and legal financial aid opportunities. The Utah Chapter has a Professional Standards Committee that offers assistance with ethical questions. Members can also access articles that provide answers to frequently asked legal questions on the Utah Chapter website (and earn CEUs from reading these articles)!
NASW activities provide an excellent opportunity for social workers to share ideas and information with colleagues. In addition, members can meet with suppliers, potential employers, and agency representatives at conferences and workshops. Local and national volunteer leadership opportunities are also available.
Local and national newsletters link members with job opportunities, information to help manage a professional career, professional support, and continuing education opportunities. Members also receive the Social Work Advocates magazine connecting them to the latest research in the profession. In addition, members can utilize the Chapter library for research needs.
NASW affinity credit cards, member discounts on rental cars, Dell computer products, Therapist Helper Software, Pennywise Office Supplies, hotels, Licensing Exam Preparation Services, LLC (LEAP), and discounts on other financial services (See NASW Commercial Partners at www.socialworkers.org)
Members can enhance their skills and strengthen their resumes by earning
Specialty Practice Sections
Members may enhance their membership by joining a specialty practice section, which offers cutting edge information in practice areas such as Child Welfare; Adolescents and Young Adults (CAYA); Health; Aging; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD); Private Practice; School Social Work; and Economic Justice and Peace.
*Insurance benefits are subject to change. Please check with NASW Assurance Services for a listing of current benefits and related information.