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GWSCSW is a community of highly trained clinicians committed to maintaining standards of professional education and practice in clinical social work
Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in is DC, Maryland and Virginia to sponsor social work educational events and offer continuing education credit.
Welcome, students and new professionals, and retirees! GWSCSW offers professional development programs for all our members.
GWSCSW is not just here to help you navigate your career, we are a community supporting one another grow, connect, and encourage self-care.
GWSCSW works with state lobbyists to keep you updated on all state level issues. GWSCSW also advocates on the national level through our affiliation with the CSWA.


To the Members of the GWSCSW,

The Board of Directors would like to Thank You for your support of the Society over the past months and bring you up to date on events of the past months. 

As you know, President Lisa Kays resigned her position on October 19, 2022. Karla Abney, our current Vice President, is now the Interim President. She has graciously agreed to remain in this role until the search and vote for a new President is completed. Due to a change in the Bylaws last year, a President must now possess a clinical license (e.g., LCSW, LICSW), and Karla is an LMSW working toward her clinical licensure. 

The Board of Directors met for a special meeting on October 29 at which time we were able to talk through issues and concerns of the past months, and its effects on the Society and the membership, in order to ensure that there is no interruption in the mission of the Society nor services provided to our membership. At the same meeting, the new Social Justice Branch became official. The Social Justice Branch will continue to address such issues of antiracism, institutional racism as currently being addressed with the recent ASWB report, and other social justice concerns including issues of importance to the LBGTQ+ community, Women,  and other marginalized communities.

Despite recent events, the Society continues to operate as before, offering a Listserv for members to communicate with other members, sponsoring a wide variety of continuing education events, as well as continuing our legislation and advocacy work, including coordinating with our lobbyists on legislative issues of concern to Social Work. We plan to continue and increase the number of Society networking events and opportunities to connect socially, as well as offering our mentorship program, low-cost therapy for MSW students, and continue plans to establish a low-cost supervision program.

The discussion, ideas, and suggestions shared via the listserv during the past months are greatly appreciated. There are plans to hold a GWSCSW Town Hall in the new year, to provide a forum to meet with our membership, to hear your ideas and concerns and discuss topics of interest to all. This will also be an opportunity to get to know your Board of Directors and learn of the volunteer opportunities within each Branch. There are several leadership positions currently available (e.g., Education Branch Director, Social Media Chairperson), to learn more on these positions and others, please contact the Interim President for more information. Please take the next step and join a Committee of interest to you, it is meaningful work.

Thank You again for your support. 

Karla J. Abney, MSW, MSN, BA, LGSW, RN 
Licensed Graduate Social Worker  

Low Cost Therapy for MSW Students

GWSCSW's low-cost therapy program to help MSW students who cannot afford therapy at usual rates to get therapy while they are still in school. 

Social Justice Branch

How has systemic racism impacted your clinical practice? How do you measure up as an anti-racist clinician? How often do you consider the effect of systemic racism on the issues bringing your clients to therapy?  Racism is but one important force that has shaped all of our lives, whether we realize it or not. Thus, in order to cultivate emotional intimacy with our clients, we must, as clinicians, first be willing to engage with the insidious nature of racism and sit with a great deal of discomfort. We must be willing to enter a brave space within ourselves before we can foster one with our clients. 

mentoring program

The purpose of the Mentor Program is to provide a link between a Mentor, who is an established member of the profession, with a graduating social work student, a recent graduate, a social worker re-entering the field or one new to the area. The program is open to all GWSCSW Members no matter what area of concentration or special interest he or she has in the field of social work.

Click here to learn about GWSCSW's Mentorship Program  

Study Groups for Members

Study Groups promote ongoing social work education, collaboration, peer leadership, and the exploration of a wide range of clinical interests. The GWSCSW Continuing Education Committee has developed procedures to make it possible for GWSCSW members in Study Groups to be granted Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Episode 6: Welcome to Our Wisdom -- Robert Taibbi: How Clinicians Evolve Over Time - As we change and develop as clinicians, our practices often mirror our shifting directions. Meet Bob Taibbi--clinician, professor, author of 11 books (!), workshop presenter and respected thought leader. During his 46 years in practice, he has shifted his methods to reflect a changing client caseload and meet the needs of who his clients are today. In this episode, Bob explores the flexibility and fluidity of our profession as he traces his experience from community mental health to teaching, writing and working in private practice. He is a popular CE presenter at GWSCSW and shares his innovations in working with individuals, couples and families.


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GWSCSW Committees

The Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work is run by committees of volunteers who offer their time and professional expertise. In return they receive opportunities to develop professional connections and visibility and to have interesting and fun interactions with colleagues. We all receive the many benefits that the society provides through their generosity. The following offers brief descriptions of the committees. Please think about volunteering!


Benefits of Membership

GWSCSW . . . Advocates for YOU - Provides educational events for licensure renewal - Connects you with peers - Provides professional support for your career

GWSCSW is a very active organization. As a member, you have the opportunity to:
  • Exchange views and obtain information through our interactive listserv
  • Promote your practice through our Therapist Finder - an online listing of fully licensed members searchable by the public
  • Receive our lively and informative quarterly newsletter, (News & Views) and even become a published author by contributing an article
  • Be informed about the current legislative issues affecting the mental health field through our Legislative Program
  • Attend (or host) Wine & Cheese networking events
  • Access the members-only sections of the website - including the member directory, professional resources 
  • Participate in the Mentoring Program
  • Join a committee that fulfills your interests (a great way to meet fellow professionals and to quickly feel connected)
  • Attend Continuing Education events at discounted member rates, present continuing education workshops; and track your CEU attendance through the website
Best of all, you will network with a region-wide community of social workers who demonstrate professionalism and expertise in a wide range of practice areas.



GWSCSW advocates for the profession in all three jurisdictions and is part of the national efforts with the Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA).



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