Chapter membership provides the resources you need to stay current in your field. The profession’s hot topics are highlighted on the Web site and in the newsletter, and include the most current information available. Office staff is also available to provide individualized assistance..
As a member, you are eligible to receive ACSW credentials if you have completed a master’s degree in social work along with other supervisory and work experience requirements. The Academy of Certified Social Workers credential (ACSW) is the oldest, most respected, and best recognized social work credential in the country. Although licensure varies from state-to-state, the ACSW is recognized nationwide. To further increase our stature, the SWR initiative has been introduced in Congress to promote and support social workers, improve salaries and ensure workplace improvements – go to www.socialworkreinvestment.org to find out more.
Licensure for Michigan social workers took effect July 1, 2005. The law requires social workers to earn 45 continuing education clock hours over their three-year renewal cycle. As a Chapter member, you will receive discounted prices on all the continuing education programs that NASW-Michigan offers, including the Annual Conference. Also, FREE WebEd courses and teleconferences are available through www.naswwebed.org to help earn CE credits. NASW-Michigan offers a CE tracking service to ensure all is in order in case of a State audit – first year FREE to members.
Leadership and Networking and Social Change
NASW-Michigan has many Chapter committees and interest groups that provide ways for you to connect locally with colleagues and become a leader within the profession. Whether you decide to influence social and legislative policy or to influence programs that serve children, youth and families in a special interest group, these groups serve as a vehicle to make your voice heard. Be sure we have your latest email address to receive legislative alerts!
Your donations also help to further social change through MPACE which contributes to candidates for office who support social work values.
Promoting the Profession
The NASW National Public Education Campaign, sponsored by the NASW Foundation, is working to change the public perception of social workers to reflect the breadth and depth of our profession. In Michigan, NASW has joined the Public News Service to tap the expertise of social workers in commenting on a wide range of social issues and airing these stories on Michigan radio stations. We have also sponsored billboard campaigns directed to legislators and others who influence public policy. Go to www.SocialWorkersSpeak.org to influence how the entertainment industry and news media depicts social workers. Check out the consumer website at www.HelpStartsHere.org to access tips on topical areas that showcase social work expertise and features the Social Work Finder.
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