Canadian Association of Social Workers

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The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is the national association for the social work profession in Canada.[1][2]

Introduction[edit]

CASW was founded in 1926[3] to establish standards of practice for social workers.[4] It has individual members, and 10 provincial and territorial partner organizations. Its mission objective is to promote positive social services, protect the professionals of social work from mistreatment in Canada, satiate social needs of Canadians by influencing policies and advancing social justice.[5]

It is a member of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), and evaluates the credentials of foreign-trained social workers.[6] It makes policies and offers advice, decides ethics,[7][8] and provides services to social workers. It is careful not to create any entry barriers.[9][10] CASW provides benefits and advantages associated with a professional organization for its members, such as insurance packages that include professional liability insurance, group life, disability, and a retirement plan.

The CASW's Code of Ethics, last updated in 2005, together with its Guidelines for Ethical Practice, serve as the benchmark for ethical social work practice in Canada.[11]

Non-registered and registration-inclined social workers who have completed a social work degree use LSW or LMSW, the licensed social worker designation is a common designation for career generalists and licensed master's social worker to those entering the profession with a postgraduate degree.

Provincial and Territorial Partner Organizations[edit]

CASW has 9 provincial and territorial partners in Canada, representing all provinces and territories with the exception of Ontario and Québec.[12] Affiliate memberships are offered to Social Workers in provinces not represented by a partner organization.[13]

  • British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW)[14]
  • Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)[15]
  • Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW)[16]
  • Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW)[17]
  • New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (NBASW)[18]
  • Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW)[19]
  • Prince Edward Island Association of Social Workers (PEIASW)[20]
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW)[21]
  • Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada (ASWNC), representing Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut[22]


See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • CASW, "About CASW," http://www.casw-acts.ca/en/about-casw
  • Therese Jennissen; Colleen Lundy (17 February 2011). One Hundred Years of Social Work: A History of the Profession in English Canada, 1900–2000. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-1-55458-280-8.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Francis Joseph, ed. Encyclopedia of Canadian social work. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2005.
  2. ^ Terry Mizrahi; Larry Davis (24 April 2008). The Encyclopedia of Social Work: 4 Volume Set. Oxford University Press. pp. 521–. ISBN 978-0-19-530661-3.
  3. ^ Oxford University Press (1 May 2010). History of Canadian Social Welfare: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide. Oxford University Press. pp. 12–. ISBN 978-0-19-980237-1.
  4. ^ John M. Herrick; Paul H. Stuart (2005). Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. SAGE Publications. pp. 45–. ISBN 978-0-7619-2584-2.
  5. ^ CASW-About
  6. ^ Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials. "Information for Foreign Trained Social Workers." http://cicic.ca/684/Social_Workers.canada?noc=4152
  7. ^ Charles Zastrow (27 January 2009). The Practice of Social Work: A Comprehensive Worktext. Cengage Learning. pp. 62–. ISBN 0-495-59970-0.
  8. ^ Karen Kirst-Ashman; Grafton Hull, Jr. (23 January 2008). Understanding Generalist Practice. Cengage Learning. pp. 387–. ISBN 0-495-50713-X.
  9. ^ Digital Journal. "Promoting Equity for a Stronger Canada: The Future of Canadian Social Policy." http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1935079#ixzz34XxeNVIX
  10. ^ Kirst-Ashman, Karen, and Grafton Hull Jr. Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Understanding Generalist Practice. Cengage Learning, 2011. p. 8, 387-389
  11. ^ Canadian Association of Social Workers. "CASW Code of Ethics". Canadian Association of Social Workers. Canadian Association of Social Workers. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Provincial and Territorial Partner Organizations". Canadian Association of Social Workers. Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Become a Member or Renew". Canadian Association of Social Workers. Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  14. ^ "About BCASW". British Columbia Association of Social Workers. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  15. ^ "About". Alberta College of Social Workers. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  16. ^ "About Us". Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  17. ^ "About the College". Manitoba College of Social Workers. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  18. ^ "About". New Brunswick Association of Social Workers. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  19. ^ "About". Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Membership". Prince Edward Island Association of Social Workers. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  21. ^ "Registration". Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  22. ^ "History of ASWNC". Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.

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