Professional Issues

NASW is a professional membership organization that provides support to individual social workers and helps to advance professional social work practice in all settings. The national organization provides professional standards for practice in the following areas:

  • clinical social work
  • school social work services
  • social work case management
  • social work practice with adolescents
  • social work personnel practices ? cultural competence
  • integrating genetics with social work practice

For additional information about these practice standards, please access NASW Professional Practice

The New Hampshire chapter provides professional support to individual practitioners through networking at monthly Clinical Committee meetings. Much of the chapter’s resources are devoted to advocating for social workers and the profession. This occurs through filing and monitoring legislation that protects social workers, the profession and their clients, often through the chapter’s partnership with the New Hampshire Mental Health Coalition. The chapter also works with many other coalitions to advocate and support policy and practice issues.

NASW offers Specialty Practice Sections in the following areas:

  • Aging
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD)
  • Child Welfare
  • Health Mental Health
  • Poverty and Social Justice
  • Private Practice
  • School Social Work

For additional information on joining these sections and member benefits access the national Web site NASW offers practice updates in several different fields of practice. Select the areas below to link directly to the Updates on the national Web site. Adolescent Health, Aging, Behavioral Health, Children, Youth, and Families,Justice, School Social Work, Clinical Social Work, Diversity & Equity, Health, HIV/AIDS, International, Peace and Social Justice , Violence

Additional Professional Issues

  • Credentials and Specialty Certificates NASW offers specialty certificates and credentialing in a number of areas in social work, including health care, drug and alcohol treatment, clinical work, school social work, case management, children, youth, and family services, and more. See the NASW Credentialing Center at for more information on how to obtain these credentials and other continuing education opportunities.
  • Ethical Issues The New Hampshire Chapter has an ethics committee to help social workers with ethical dilemmas.  You also have access to free ethics consultation services provided by Nationals.  Free ethics consultations are a benefit of your NASW membership. Learn more about the NASW Code of Ethics here.
  • HIPAA What is The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)?
    Congress enacted the HIPAA to ensure the portability of health insurance and eliminate preexisting condition clauses. HIPPA also established Administrative Simplification provisions to improve health care quality and reduce costs by simplifying the administration and management of health information through the integration of electronic transactions in the health care industry. However, Congress also recognized that regulations were necessary to protect against the inappropriate and unauthorized use, access, and disclosure of confidential health information. Federal regulations were established in 1996 to protect the medical privacy of clients. The compliance deadline for Medical Privacy regulations was April 14, 2003. How can social workers determine whether they must comply? When do the federal standards become effective? These are a few of the questions answered on NASW’s national Web site. See for more detailed information, including additional deadlines, resources, and compliance/training information.