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The Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW) is a membership driven, non-profit, all-volunteer organization of over 850 licensed and pre-licensed clinical social workers who practice in a variety of settings in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Together, we envision healthier communities where the role of clinical social work advances everyone’s freedom and ability to reach their highest potential throughout life. We strive to promote the highest standards of clinical social work practice through education, advocacy, and community. Through these efforts, we affirm our commitment to the needs of those in our profession, our clients, and the community at large.

Your Clinical Society Needs YOU!

Now is the time to become a part of the Society Leadership! Share your knowledge, energy, and passion.  

Click here to see a list of leadership roles that will be available in the spring.

Not ready to take on a leadership role? We have a wonderful esprit de corps and love implementing new ideas and creativity!  

Questions?  Contact Kate RossierCo-Director of Communications

Why I Joined the Board . . . by Amanda Slatus

As someone who was fresh out of social work school and looking for a clinical community (and didn't graduate from Catholic) I found GWSCSW. A few months later I attended the first meeting of a brand new sub committee focusing on early career social worker issues. You could feel the energy in the room and in our first year we moved from a sub committee to our own, reduced the rate for ceus for lgsw society members, and built a thriving early career community within the society. Each step of the way veterans of the society were encouraging and enthusiastic. Not too long after I became a co chair of the early career committee and then the early career rep on the executive board. Like many others on the board I ended up wearing multiple hats, becoming the wine and cheese coordinator as I looked to transition the early career committee to new leadership. I received so much support and encouragement from so many people and became really integrated into the GWSCSW community, I found my clinical home. In short, I volunteer because of how much I've gotten from the society.

As I move to a different place in my career, encouraging supervisees to attend early career committee meetings and helping lgsw's obtain their clinical licenses through my private practice and agency work, I have stepped back in my volunteer capacities to focus my energy and limited time on specific society issues important to me. I believe as we move through our social work careers our activity in the society ebbs and flows. I have consistently found that the more I give to the society the more I get out of it, and I encourage anyone with time, interest or desire for community to step up and help us maintain the vibrant society we have.

If you want to talk more about my experience and how to get involved I would be happy to speak to you! I apologize in advance if there's a delay in my response as I get swamped with emails. You can reach me at or 667.217.1023. (If you'd like to talk to someone sooner than I might be able to get back to you, feel free to contact Kate Rossier - or 571.332.1184).

Membership Dues (Tax Deduction)

For 2016 tax year, the percentage that is not deductible for tax purposes will be 19%, based on our projected lobbying expenses.  81% of your membership dues is deductible as a valid expense.

Upcoming events

Expand your impact, knowledge and friendships!

by Judy Gallant, LCSW-C

I would like to invite everyone to consider an exciting opportunity to influence legislators in each of our jurisdictions: join your Legislation and Advocacy Committee! Now is a perfect time to do so, as the legislative sessions begin in January in Maryland and Virginia. DC does not have the same legislative structure as do the two states, so anytime is a perfect time to join the DC committee!

It is widely agreed that given the political climate, local advocacy is currently the most important and effective way to influence the environment that affects our clients and in which we practice. Many of us wish for some way to become more politically active at this time, and our legislative committees provide a ready-made context for just that! It is not difficult to talk to people about subjects that we care deeply about, and that is the crux of what we on the committee do. Legislators, after all, are also people with their own families and issues who care deeply about improving how government and society functions.

You do not need to be a subject matter expert to make a real contribution to our efforts, but if you have a specific interest, say maternal mental health, you can focus your advocacy in that area. Furthermore, if you’re not comfortable advocating in person, you can participate by reading specific bills and giving feedback to the committee and our lobbyists.

Additionally, there are personal advantages to joining us. Participating on a committee broadens and deepens your personal connections with others in the clinical society, and thus enlarges your professional referral base. And, be assured-those of us currently leading the committees will be around to guide all volunteers!

Be sure to contact one of us with any questions or suggestions you might have, or to join one of the committees: in DC, Margot Aronson,; in Maryland, Judy Gallant,; and in Virginia, Judy Ratliff, We look forward to hearing from you.

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