Membership - Why Join the ABCSW?
Membership Options

Membership Options

At last, all clinical social workers – from graduate students to senior practitioners – have one national organization. The American Board of Clinical Social Work (ABCSW) gives you a clinical community and an online home full of news, answers, certification, connections, tools and colleagues. Our mission is to to promote clinical social work as a central health profession based on bio-psycho-social competencies, values and methods that result in superior behavioral healthcare.

Certified Clinical Member: Included in your BCD

This level of membership requires Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) certification from the American Board of Clinical Social Work (ABCSW). This membership is renewed along with your BCD certification at no additional cost.

  • Professional Liability Insurance - Since malpractice lawsuits are real, you need protection and the ABCSW’s partner, HPSO, gives you the best professional liability insurance coverage.  Call today for a quote - 800-982-9491! 
  • Member Discounts - Qualify for Member Discounts on Conferences and Educational Programs. 
  • Free Publications - Get access to great clinical and legal source materials in the form of e-books, position statements, e-journal and more.
  • News Letters - Receive the ABCSW's monthly newsletter.
  • Member Directory - Inclusion in a directory of all ABCSW Members.
  • BCD Directory - Inclusion in a directory of all Board Certified Diplomates.
Learn about the BCD Certification!

Associate (non-clinical) Membership: $100/year

This level of membership is for Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs) or Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) who do not yet meet the requirements to apply for BCD certification.  

  • Professional Liability Insurance - Since malpractice lawsuits are real, you need protection and the ABCSW’s partner, HPSO, gives you the best professional liability insurance coverage.  Call today for a quote - 800-982-9491!  
  • Member Discounts - Qualify for Member Discounts on Conferences and Educational Programs. 
  • Free Publications - Get access to great clinical and legal source materials in the form of e-books, position statements, e-journal and more.
  • News Letters - Receive the ABCSW's monthly newsletter.
  • Member Directory - Inclusion in a directory of all ABCSW Members.
Join now! 

Academic (non-certified) Membership: $125/year

This level of membership is available to academicians who hold a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Doctor of Social Work (D.S.W)., or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution, or one that is in candidacy with the CSWE.  They must have a full-time faculty appointment at an accredited university or college in a social work program with at least 20 semester credit hours of clinical content (one peer reviewed paper approved by the ABCSW or 2 conference presentations, per year, could substitute for the 20 semester hours requirement) and do not hold BCD certification.  

  • Professional Liability Insurance - Since malpractice lawsuits are real, you need protection and the ABCSW’s partner, HPSO, gives you the best professional liability insurance coverage.  Call today for a quote - 800-982-9491!  
  • Member Discounts - Qualify for Member Discounts on Conferences and Educational Programs. 
  • Free Publications - Get access to great clinical and legal source materials in the form of e-books, position statements, e-journal and more.
  • News Letters - Receive the ABCSW's monthly newsletter.
  • Member Directory - Inclusion in a directory of all ABCSW Members.
Join now! 

Student Member: $35/year

This level of membership is for students when enrolled in a CSWE accredited (or one that is in candidacy with the CSWE) in B.S.W., M.S.W., D.S.W., or Ph.D. degree programs with a least 20 semester credit hours of clinical content (one peer reviewed paper approved by the ABCSW or 2 conference presentations, per year, could substitute for the 20 semester hours requirement). Evidence of student enrollment may be requested.

  • Professional Liability Insurance - Since malpractice lawsuits are real in internship settings and field placements, you need protection!  The ABCSW's partner, HPSO, gives our student members who are currently enrolled in a CSWE accredited (or one that is in candidacy with the CSWE) Masters program the best professional liability insurance coverage available at no extra cost. 
    • Other student members are also eligible for insurance through HPSO. Call today for a quote - 800-982-9491!  
  • Member Discounts - Qualify for Member Discounts on Conferences and Educational Programs 
  • Free Publications - Get access to great clinical and legal source materials in the form of e-books, position statements, e-journal and more.
  • News Letters - Receive the ABCSW's monthly newsletter.
  • Member Directory - Inclusion in a directory of all ABCSW Members.
Join now! 

Affiliate Member: $100/year

This level of membership is for all others in related helping professions, who support the mission of the ABCSW. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required

  • Free Publications - Get access to great clinical and legal source materials in the form of e-books, position statements, e-journal and more.
  • Member Discounts - Qualify for Member Discounts on Conferences and Educational Programs. 
  • News Letters - Receive the ABCSW's monthly newsletter.
  • Member Directory - Inclusion in a directory of all ABCSW Members.
Join Now!