NASW Standards and Policies
NASW Standards for Clinical Social Work in Social Work Practice
Clinical social workers represent the largest group of behavioral health practitioners in the nation. They are often the first to diagnose and treat people with mental disorders and various emotional and behavioral disturbances. Clinical social workers are essential to a variety of client-centered settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, substance use treatment and recovery programs, schools, primary health care centers, child welfare agencies, aging services, employee assistance programs, and private practice settings.
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Clients with Substance Use Disorders
As the largest allied health profession in the United States, social workers regularly encounter individuals, families, and communities faced with substance use disorders (SUDs). Many social workers specialize in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) field, while other social workers provide services to individuals and their families in other specialty and non-specialty settings in which SUDs are often integral to the clientsâ€™ presenting problems.