Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in legislative processes. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors.

Free Q&A Sessions on Private Practice

MEMBERS ONLY - You're invited to spend an hour with us each month through August to discuss timely topics affecting your work. "An Hour With Private Practice" is a monthly call-in question-and-answer session focused on a specific private practice subject. Callers can join in the discussion, ask questions, and comment. These sessions will provide you with important clinical social work updates affecting the delivery of mental health services. [read more+]

Practice Tools

Practice Perspectives and Practice Updates are valuable members-only resources that provide insight on trends affecting social work practice.

Tools & Techniques are “at-a-glance” answers to social workers’ most challenging situations.

NASW Standards

NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines provide benchmarks that describe the services that social workers should provide; that employers should support and that consumers should expect.
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