MSW Student Association (MSWSA) and NASW
MSW students are encouraged to become members of the MSW Student Association (MSWSA). It embraces the mission, vision and philosophy of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which is the largest social work organization in the U.S. NASW's primary purposes include "promoting the professional development of its members, establishing and maintaining professional standards of practice, advancing sound social policies, and providing services that protect its members and enhance their professional status."
Membership in MSWSA opens many opportunities, especially when members are also affiliated with NASW. Some benefits of NASW membership include:
- Government Relations. NASW works to eliminate harmful legislation that limits social work’s ability to help others. They also work to protect social work jobs and educate legislators about the importance of the social work profession.
- Networking Opportunities. NASW activities provide an excellent way for social workers to share ideas and information with colleagues. Members can also meet with potential employers and agency representatives at conferences and workshops.
- Job Opportunities. Members have access to local and national job bank information. Student members can call the Utah Chapter which will help them look for jobs and inform them of typical salaries.
- Continuing Education. Members are welcome to attend monthly branch luncheon meetings.
- Malpractice Insurance. NASW offers malpractice insurance that is affordable and comprehensive.
- Professional Support. An NASW representative is available for free consultation on ethical and professional concerns.
- Publications. Local and national newsletters link members with job opportunities, information on private practice, professional support and continuing education opportunities. Members can also receive Social Work, a journal that connects them to the latest research in the profession.
- Discount Programs. NASW affinity credit cards, member discounts on rental cars, and other financial services.
- Credentialing. Members can enhance their skills and strengthen their resumes by earning professional credentials.
MSWSA Mission Statement (last updated Fall, 2016)
Utah State University’s Master of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) is guided by social work values and focuses on professional development, networking, and service.
Specifically, members of MSWSA:
- Network to advance professional development, and collect community contacts and resources to enhance their future career pursuits.
- Develop necessary social work skills through personal, social, and professional engagement in learning forums, social work practice, and group feedback and support.
- Search out opportunities each semester to engage in service projects that promote social justice.
Faculty Supervisor: Jessica Lucero (email@example.com)
2016-2017 President: Andrea Lauritzen
2016-2017 Vice President: Hailey Maire
Every fall semester, the MSW program recruits new members for the MSWSA at Utah State University. The MSWSA maintains a Code of Ethics for the social work profession.
Membership: MSW students is welcome to participate in MSWSA. Membership fees are $15 a person/year. Dues can be paid to the current President or to the MSWSA Faculty Supervisor, Jessica Lucero. MSW students are also encouraged to join NASW as a student (annual student dues are $57). https://www.socialworkers.org/online-join/join.aspx
Students may choose to be a part of the publicity, service, brown bag, or networking committees. MSWSA also provides leadership opportunities for students by allowing students to become representatives for their class or serve on committees. A president, vice president and secretary are selected based on experience with MSWSA each year.