Frequently Asked Questions

NASW Membership

The Social Work Registry provides a repository for social workers’ credential information while serving as a verification source for social work licensing boards. The Registry lets you establish a permanent file containing primary source records important to your social work career. At your request, this information can be transmitted to any regulatory board to which you may apply for licensure.


Please visit the following website to request credential information https://www.aswb.org/licensees/social-work-registry/.




How do I become a member of NASW? Am I am a member of the National organization or the local chapter?


Please go to https://www.socialworkers.org/nasw/join to join now. You will become a member of the national organization and they will add yo to our local chapter as long as you have an address in Washington State.





Licensing Questions

I have a client that is visiting Washington state and would like to continue teletherapy services with me while visiting. Can you tell me or direct me to someone who knows the rules for out of state Licensed services being provided on a temporary basis?


The location of the client’s location will determine this answer and the rules and regulations in that state. We suggest that you refer to the Department of Health of Washington State for official answers and solutions: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker/Laws




I am an LICSW and supervise mental health therapists. I was recently refreshing my knowledge of the laws around our profession and was left wondering whether an LASW (Licensed Advanced Social Worker) can actually diagnose? My interpretation of what I read was that they cannot, however it is not explicit in the RCW…


For answers to your question we suggest that you refer to the Department of Health, the licensing authority in the State of Washington here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker/LicenseRequirements.




I am an LICSW in Private Practice doing 100% telehealth since Covid. Do you know if we are 'allowed' to be doing sessions with clients who live in Oregon? Prior to Covid, I would see them in my office in Washington. I understood that Oregon was allowing reciprocity for awhile due to Covid but I was wondering what is the latest about that.


The location of the client will determine this answer and the rules and regulations in that state. We suggest that you refer to the Department of Health of Washington State for official answers and solutions: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker/Laws The entity that regulates social work in OR can also be consulted. Go to https://www.oregon.gov/blsw/Pages/index.aspx




Can you please verify whether as a LASW I can provide therapy in a private practice setting? I am currently under the impression that I cannot practice in a private practice setting unless I re-apply and take the exam to become a LICSW


We encourage you to look at the Department of Health website at https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker/LicenseRequirements for the most up to date licensing requirements. The Department of Health is the licensing authority in the State of Washington.




I have a question about providing services over seas. I am licensed in Washington state and have a former client who is now residing in Thailand (less than a month) and working remotely for a company based in Washington state. They are requesting to resume services with me. Can I provide services to this former client? I am paneled with their US based health insurance through their work.


Thank you for reaching out to the National Association of Social Workers - Washington State Chapter. Regarding your question, the client's location usually determines if you can provide service to them based on that jurisdiction's rules/regulations. I know that some jurisdictions have relaxed rules, however, you would want to consult that jurisdiction. For additional details related to questions about practicing across state lines (and internationally), NASW ASI assembled questions and answers related to telehealth: https://naswassurance.org/questions-and-answers/




I am emailing this morning to find some answers in regards to Washington State social work licenses as I am relocating back to Washington. Currently, I hold an Arizona LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker), 2019 graduate of Arizona State Univesity (BSW, MSW), NASW member, and work as the lead therapist at domestic violence shelter. Is there an equivalent to an LMSW in Washington?


Washington State does have associate-level credentials (similar to AZ's LMSW) for those working towards their independent licensure, however, note that there is not true "reciprocity" between the associate levels from state to state. Depending on the setting you hope to work in, you would want to check directly with the Washington State Department of Health which path is best for you. To find out more, please check the Washington State Department of Health website for particulars: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker/LicenseRequirements The Licensed Social Work Associate & Advanced (LSWAA) and Licensed Social Work Associate & Independent Clinical (LSWAIC) are intended for those working towards higher levels of licensure. Note that the LASW allows you to practice psyschotherapy under the supervision of an LICSW (independent license); read the work experience requirements carefully for the LASW. The LASW license is WA state requires work experience and a passing score on the ASWB exam. The Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) requires work experience and a passing score on the clinical exam.




General licensing questions


Washington State Department of Health is the licensing authority in the State of Washington. For details to become licensed please check the Washington State Department of Health website for particulars: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker/LicenseRequirements





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Mailing list

Can I purchase a mailing list?


Chapters are not able to sell/rent mailing lists, but our national office is. Please fill out the form here to see if they can fulfill your request: http://www.infocusmarketing.com/lists/nasw.




I’m interested in purchasing your email listsever to advertise our our program.


Thank you for reaching out to the Washington State Chapter of NASW. We have moved to another method of email list rental through our national office. NASW now uses a company for list rental for research surveys or marketing, by direct mail or email, to selected NASW members. · NASW reviews and approves the content of research surveys and/or direct marketing to ensure the content meets standards and is of use and interest to our social work members. · Researchers may contact our list rental partner, InFocus Marketing at http://www.infocusmarketing.com/lists/nasw. · Researchers will be asked to provide IRB documentation before their list request is approved. NASW’s internal IRB review process for practice research surveys may take up to 30 days.





Continuing Education

Can CE presenters get credit for a course they present multiple times (quarterly, monthly, etc)?


No, a CE presenter can only get credit for the same workshop once. That would fall under sub section 5 in the continuing education rule: https://app.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-809-610. Other learning experience, such as serving on a panel, board or council, community service, research, peer consultation, or publishing articles for professional publications are acceptable but are limited to six hours per reporting period.