Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Social Work Registry?
The Social Work Registry provides a repository for social workers’ credential information while serving as a verification source for social work licensing boards. This is a service provided by another organization, the Association of Social Work Boards. Please visit the following website for more information https://www.aswb.org/licensees/social-work-registry/.
How do I become a member of NASW? Am I a member of the National organization or the local chapter?
Please go to https://www.socialworkers.org/nasw/join to join now.
What is my membership ID number?
Find your membership ID number by logging into www.socialworkers.org.
What are the benefits of NASW membership?
NASW membership has many benefits including providing support to advance your career, protect your practice, networking opportunities, and advocacy for the social work profession.
Are there discounted memberships?
NASW offers discounted membership to students, retired members, and others. To find out more about membership types and pricing, visit: https://www.socialworkers.org/Membership/Membership-Types
How do I get involved with the Washington Chapter?
NASW-WA welcomes volunteers! NASW-WA seeks members to participate in standing and ad-hoc committees to help implement our strategic plan.
Is there a non-clincial license equivalent in Washington?
Washington State does have associate-level credentials 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:
General licensing questions
The Washington State Department of Health is the licensing authority in the State of Washington. For details, consult the Washington State Department of Health website for more information: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker/LicenseRequirements
Can I treat a client via telehealth who is out of state or the country?
Typically, therapists would need to be licensed in the jurisdiction where the client resides. The most recent guidance that we have received, however, includes using the client’s current location, or where the phone is located to determine where you as the provider would need to be licensed. Providers typically cannot practice across state lines. NASW Assurance Services includes FAQ's related to telehealth here: https://naswassurance.org/frequently-asked-questions/teletherapy-faqs/
How do I become an approved supervisor in Washington State?
I'm moving to Washington State from another state. Can I transfer my license?
Can I purchase a mailing list?
Chapters 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.
Can CE presenters get credit for a course they present multiple times (quarterly, monthly, etc)?
No, a CE presenter can only get credit for a particular workshop once.
What are the continuing education requirements for Washington social workers?
If you are licensed in Washington, the Department of Heatlh requires continuing education for social workers. A complete list of continuing education requirements for LSWAIC, LSWAA, LASW, and LICSW licensees is listed here:
Can NASW-WA approve our continuing education workshop for ce credit?
Yes. The Washington Chapter can approve continuing education in Washington. For more information and pricing, go to: https://www.nasw-wa.org/ce-providers