ABE’s parent organization, the Center for Clinical Social Work, warmly endorses the work of state clinical social work organizations and recommends that you become a member in your state. Your professional standing is largely dependent on how the public regards clinical social work, so these organizations deserve your support as they carry out, at the state level, functions such as:

  • lobbying and tracking of legislation
  • introduction/amendment of legislation
  • interventions with payors and regulators
  • workshop sponsorship
  • colleague networking
  • mentorship and consultation programs
  • conferences & publications.

The following state clinical social work organizations are formally affiliated with the The Center for Clinical Social Work/ABE:

Organizations Affiliated with the Center:

Affiliates of the Center for Clinical Social Work are membership organizations which endorse the Center’s purposes and cooperate in marketing and outreach.

California Clinical Social Work Society
The California Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW) is devoted solely to advancing the professional concerns of clinical social workers.

Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers
The Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers (LACSW) is a professional organization for clinical social workers in either administrative or clinical roles who function in diverse settings in both the private and public sectors from medical hospitals, nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, school systems or private practice.

New York State Clinical Social Work Society
The New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. (NYSSCSW) is a professional membership organization which provides education programs, legislative advocacy, mentoring, clinical supervision, and relevant clinical practice information to support, develop, and promote the clinical social work profession, and to offer information and psychotherapy referral services to the general public and the professional community.

Ohio River Valley Clinical Social Work Society
Ohio River Valley Clinical Social Work Society (ORVCSWS) advances and promotes the practice of clinical social work through continuing education, collegiality and professional action in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care is an association, 1300 members strong, dedicated to promoting the universal availability, accessibility, coordination, and effectiveness of health care that addresses the psychosocial components of health and illness.

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
The AAPCSW is a national membership organization that monitors federal and state legislative activity to safeguard the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy for clinical social workers. It sponsors a national conference and is an active member of a national multidisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium. Members receive discounts on publications, access to self-study CE, liability and office insurance, and the opportunity to participate in an online listserve featuring articles and referrals and an online journal

Other Clinical Social Work Organizations:

Clinical Social Work Association

Connecticut Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc.

Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work

Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work

Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work

Missouri Society for Clinical Social Work

North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work

Pennsylvania society for Clinical Social Work

South Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work

Texas Society for Clinical Social Work

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work

Social Work Organizations:

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Inc.
AASWG is a not-for-profit organization of group workers, group work educators, and friends of group work who support its program of advocacy and action for professional practice, education, research, training and writing about social work with groups.

Association of Social Work Boards
–The ASWB is the association of boards that regulate social work.

California Social Work Education Center
CalSWEC is the nation’s largest state coalition of social work educators and practitioners, based at the University of California, Berkeley.

National Association of Black Social Workers
NABSW was established in 1968 to advocate and address important social issues that impact the health and welfare of the Black community.

National Association of Deans & Directors of Social Work
NADD advances effective leadership and innovation in education, research and service and consists of over 180 graduate schools of social work in the US and in Canada.

National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter

National Association of Social Workers Montana Chapter

National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter

National Rural Social Worker Caucus
The Rural Social Work Caucus is an informal organization; members often say it is an organization that operates by rumor as opposed to structure, established as a “loose” membership body at the First National Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas hosted by the University of Tennessee in 1976.

The Latino Social Workers Organization
The LSWO is a progressive social work organization and is a leader in the development of recruitment and retention strategies over the last 10 years.

Social Work Resources:

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Information for Practice
News & new scholarship from around the world.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives.

Mental Help Net
The Mental Help Net website exists to promote mental health and wellness education and advocacy.

National Association for Home Care & Hospice
NAHC is the nation’s largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations.

National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, Inc.
An educational foundation and advocacy organization serving mental health consumers and professionals.

National Committee on Quality Insurance

Open Minds
OPEN MINDS is a national behavioral health and social service industry market research and management consulting firm.

Pat McClendon’s Clinical Social Work

Psychology Self-Help Resources on the Internet

The American Mental Health Alliance
The American Mental Health Alliance provides people in need with quality mental health services – services that respect the individual’s privacy and allow that individual to help shape the course of treatment.

The Joint Commission
To continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

The Therapeutic Milieu
–Provides a place where mental health professionals can gather information and exchange ideas regarding the treatment of children in out-of-home care.

Help For Depression
–HelpForDepression was founded on the belief that a combination of therapies is most often the best approach to treating depression. They aim to provide a comprehensive (or as comprehensive as possible) explanation of the various approaches and treatments for depression as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.

Government and Other Agency Resources:

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government’s principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Office of the Surgeon General
–The Surgeon General serves as America’s chief health educator by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
–SAMSHA, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services is “Building resilience… Facilitating recovery… A life in the community for everyone.”

United States Department of Health and Human Services
–The DHHS is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Uniformed Services & Other Related Resources:

Uniformed Services:

Department of Defense:

Department of Defense Homepage

Military Homefront (Supporting Our Troops and Their Families)

Military OneSource
–Military OneSource (sponsored by the Department of Defense) is the principal source of assistance for ANY military member or family member (Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserves). For help call 1-800-342-9647 or use the website.

Air Force:

Crossroads (for Air Force Families)

The U.S. Air Force Homepage


Army Behavioral Health

The U.S. Army Homepage

Marine Corps:

Military Life (support for Marines, Families, and Veterans)

The U. S. Marine Corps Homepage


The U. S. Navy Homepage

Other Related Resources:

Coast Guard:

The U. S. Coast Guard Homepage

Department of Veterans Affairs:

Health Care for Veterans

PTSD, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Public Health Service:

Office of Public Health and Science

Medical Reserve Corps of the PHS

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