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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 amanda.slatus@gmail.com 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 - kazrossier@hotmail.com or 571.332.1184).

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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.

GWSCSW supports the efforts of Change Direction

Change Direction is a national effort to educate people about mental health. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being.

www.changedirection.com

Due to overwhelming success, the CSWA is continuing to offer the $35.00 Partner Member Rate for all GWSCSW members.  Join colleagues today and become a part of the national voice for clinical social workers.

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