The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 150,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) was founded by a group of doctoral faculty in the late 1970s who were committed to doctoral education in social work and wanted an independent organization to focus on exclusively on social work doctoral education. The current mission of GADE is to promote rigor in doctoral education in social work, focusing on preparing scholars, researchers, and educators who function as stewards of the discipline. GADE seeks to achieve its mission by building the capacity of doctoral programs, providing leadership in promoting doctoral education in multiple forums, and recognizing excellence in doctoral education among students and faculty. GADE members currently include 92 social work doctoral programs in the United States, Canada and Israel.


CSWE                                      The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association                                                          representing over 3,000 individual members as well as graduate and undergraduate                                                  programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of                                                  educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens                                                  is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole                                                                  accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

CSWE works to ensure the preparation of competent social work professionals by providing national leadership and a forum for collective action. The main responsibility of CSWE is therefore to promote and maintain the high quality of social work education. In addition, CSWE strives to stimulate knowledge and curriculum development, to advance social justice, and to strengthen community and individual well-being.

NADD                                    Founded in 1986, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work                                                                  (NADD) is a volunteer membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in social work                                                         education. Our membership is composed of more than 200 deans, directors, and chairpersons of                                                         graduate social work programs in the United States and Canada. NADD supports its members in                                                           their professional development and effectiveness as academic administrators.


St Louis Group

The St. Louis Group undertakes discussion and activities to further the mission of social work research and the application of that research to social change. The St. Louis Group meets on an annual basis and works to strengthen the role of social work research.