What’s the problem? Seven Year Comparison of Membership Dues
Problems with Membership Transitional Members- We have a hard time retaining members after their first year Regular Members- We have a hard time recruiting full paying members
NASW Ohio needs YOU NASW members have to recruit other social workers to join or we will not reach our goal BECOME A NASW AMBASSADOR You should join NASW! This is why I’m a member…
Reach out to… Your colleagues Individual social workers Your interns Groups Employers/Agencies Individual professors Classes Universities Associates NASW Hero
? Potential Members want to know… What’s in it for me? ? ? ?
Key Message- NASW is here for you! There are many issues affecting the profession. NASW is actively working to protect the profession of social work. NASW is here for you. Workplace Safety Educational Debt Low salaries High caseload ratios Professional social workers are members of their professional association NASW has a complete inventory of resources to help make your work easier so you can better serve your clients, advance professionally, and stay protected from liability in your daily practice … NASW has the tools to help you succeed.
Support and Protection Ethics Consultation Line Licensure We helped to create licensure and we are here to protect it Insurance Discounted malpractice, disability, and other types NASW is the advocate for social workers. NASW is the only advocate for the profession as a whole.
Advocacy NASW is the voice for social workers and those that we serve at the state and federal levels The Ohio Chapter is a member of 18 coalitions to address client needs The top priorities of the Ohio Chapter are social worker safety, educational debt, and salaries. With 4,000 members NASW Ohio Chapter is a strong advocate. Imagine our voice at 5,000+
CEUs- Free and Discounted WebEd Lunchtime Series NASW Ohio Chapter Online CEUs Regular calendar of workshops Regional offerings Members can get most of their 30 CEUs for free or at a steep discount.
Specialty Sections These professional communities focus on a single practice area, keeping you up-to-date on research, professional development, and other practice-specific news and information that you can apply to your work or studies. You can get information and CEUs that are specific to your area of practice when you join a specialty section.
Communications National NASW News Website Research journals Leadership Ladders Practice Perspectives State Ohio Update, printed newsletter Monthly e-Newsletter Weekly updates Website Communications at both the State and Federal level have improved in the past two years. NASW membership keeps you updated and informed.
Social Media National Socialworkersspeak.org Beasocialworker.org State Facebook Twitter LinkedIn The Ohio Chapter has a “Job of the Day” on Facebook and Twitter
Career Services National Social Work Career Center- Ability to post your resume and have employers find you State CareerConnection- Has networking opportunities, licensure information, continuing education opportunities and more! As a member of NASW you get access to job listings at a state and federal level. The Ohio Chapter’s CareerConnection usually has anywhere from 40-80 jobs listed!
Other Recognition by regional, state, and national awards Scholarships for students Discounts NASW Wireless Center Pennywise Office Supplies Hotel Discounts Car Rental Discounts
The Details Members can join for the FIRST time online at www.socialworkers.org, by calling 1-800-742-4089, or by filling our a paper application If a member has been expired for more than 3 months they can only call the phone number or submit a paper application Credit cards can be taken by collecting the information on the paper application
Cost of Membership Regular Full Member MSW & DSW & PhD Full Membership Dues Annually: $190 BSW Full Membership Dues Annually: $125 Student Member (Must be from a CSWE school) BSW & MSW Student Membership Dues Annually: $48 Doctoral Student (in a Social Work/Social Welfare Program) Membership Dues Annually: $143 TRANSITIONAL RATES Associate Member Associate Membership Dues Annually: $190 Open to any person who has a professional interest in, or is supportive of, the issues addressed by, or the client populations served by, the social work profession. Associate members may not hold national or chapter elective office. After five years of continuous membership, associate members are granted the right to vote in national or chapter elections.
Communicating these benefits to recruit and retain members
Creating “Seven Exposures” to NASW Regular presentations to schools and agencies on membership Asking supervisors or faculty/staff to talk to their supervisees or students about the importance of membership (Mentor to mentee asks) Peer to peer dialogue and asks Regular media coverage of NASW Strong social media presence Newsletter campaigns to potential/lapsed members- use the newsletter as our top marketing item Posters in schools and agencies
Identify Yourself Identify yourself as a social worker, NASW member and leader Add it to your signature line We can make business cards for you Add it to your resume PROUD SOCIAL WORKER & NASW MEMBER
The best thing you can do is just tell those around you about the benefitsPeer to Peer Recruitment
Ways to Encourage others to Join Send an application to a colleague Encourage others to join online- add the link to join to your e-mail signature Share your positive experiences Mention NASW services Send them a copy of the newsletter Write an article for your organization’s/ university’s newsletter about joining NASW Don’t forget to follow-up
Doing Presentations Contact employers, professors, or schools to setup presentations Use PowerPoints on disc Provide handouts Talk about your own experience and why membership is important to you
Asking Others to Ask Others Expand the network of ambassadors- ask your colleagues to ask other social workers or associates to join Provide them with a toolkit
Making the ASK Ask if the person is a member of NASW Tell them why you are a member Respond to their excuses Provide a mechanism to join (referral to website, paper application) Follow up Join NASW today!
Common Excuses It Costs too much! Focus on the cost per month (no more than $15.83) It all comes down to priorities. What is their priority for their money? Protecting their career or a lunch at a restaurant? NASW is the same or cheaper than other professional associations. You also get 2 memberships for one- national and state membership American Counseling Association (No State office)- $175 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy- $250 Association of Behavioral Health Management (No state office)- $200 American Case Management Association (No state office)- $135 American Nurses Association- $548
Common Excuses I’m Retired why should I join/reinstate? Response- Retired social workers are critical to forming a strong, collective voice for social workers.
Common Excuses I’m unemployed why should I join/reinstate? Response- NASW offers a discounted rate for unemployed social workers. NASW membership demonstrates your commitment to the profession and many employers are looking for membership on your resume. NASW also provides you with many career resources like job listings. To receive a discounted rate just call the 1-800 number.
Common Excuses I’m a student why should I join/reinstate? Response- NASW membership for students is only $48 per year. Part of being a professional social worker is being a part of your professional association. You should join now to take advantage of the reduced rate and start building your career as a social worker!
Common Excuses NASW isn’t doing anything for me in my area of practice Response: NASW is engaged in advocacy and provides resources for nearly all areas of practice within social work.
Let’s Practice Ask someone to join 30 second “elevator” speech on NASW
Topic Triggers Licensure We were instrumental in passing mandatory licensure legislation in Ohio in 1986. We monitor rule changes to ensure that our ability to practice across our scope is not diminished. We are advocating elimination of the civil service exemptions which allows non-social workers to have the title social worker.
Topic Triggers Schools / Education We have lobbied educational reform in Ohio to include licensed social workers. We advocated against educational funding cuts in the state budget We are lobbying for educational debt relief for social workers in Ohio in the form of loan forgiveness, grants, or scholarships. Nationally, we introduced “Dorothy I Height, Whitney M Young Jr. Reinvestment Act” – seeks to provide loan forgiveness for graduates who practice in high need areas.
Topic Triggers Professional Continuing Education We offer CE series both locally and through teleconferences on a national level. We provide specialty practice sections to further education for specific social work fields. We successfully advocated for the reduction of CEU’s required to help offset the 2008 increase in licensure fees for social workers. We keep social workers educated and up to date on HIPAA Guidelines through website resources.
Topic Triggers Children / Safety We participate in coalitions that seek to protect children and families We conduct political advocacy for legislation that would increase services and safety for children. Nationally, we have a new online tool kit for suicide prevention in teenage girls called NASW SHIFT Project: Suicide Prevention for Adolescent Girls; Shifting Behavior Shifting Outcomes.
Topic Triggers Health Care We support Health Care for Americans Now (HCAN). We support President Obama’s effort to enact health care reform which includes protecting families’ financial health, making health care coverage affordable, working towards universality, providing portability of coverage, guaranteeing choices, investing in health and wellness, improving quality of care and maintaining sustainability. We are a strong supporter of mental health parity.
Topic Triggers Economy / Poverty / Unemployment 27.8% of young children in Ohio lived below or near poverty (2005) therefore we actively oppose budget cuts that contribute to the increase in poverty, homelessness and loss of services for all of OH’s citizens. We provide job listings for social workers on a national and state level. NASW/Assurance Services refunded 15% of some insurance premiums to assist in times of economic hardships.
Topic Triggers Strengthening the Profession At the state level, we are addressing issues of workplace safety, educational debt, and low salaries. “Dorothy I Height, Whitney M Young Reinvestment Act” – federal legislation to elevate the profession of social work through investment in education, safety and research. Social Work Month Activities including recognition for outstanding peers and educating the public about the importance and breadth of the field of social work. “The Foundation” run by national is committed to enriching the social work profession and encouraging social workers to be leaders in social policy and practice through education, research and local projects. National Social Work Public Education Campaign informs the public on a variety of ways that social workers help families, communities and individuals and it is totally funded by donations, not by member dues. The NASW Pioneers Program that honors distinguished social workers who have made a difference and it informs the public on the contributions they have made. Helpstartshere.org serves as a consumer website that helps the community learn about how a social worker can help them and how to access a social worker.
Topic Triggers Community Advocacy We offer training to teach social workers and the general public how to easily and effectively conduct advocacy surrounding public policy. We assist social workers in advocacy activities by providing programs and list serves to identify topics that need support and allowing them to easily conduct those advocacy activities through letters and phone calls.
Topic Triggers Elections / Officials National and State level PACE committee’s investigate and research persons running for office to determine if they support social work values NASW PACE provides endorsements and community support for those who represent our values.
Topic Triggers Legal Support Legal Defense Fund provides financial legal assistance and support for legal cases and issues of concern to NASW members and the social work profession. LDF also supports educational projects and programs to improve the legal status and knowledge of the social work profession. We file Amicus Briefs expressing the social work perspective of social justice in multiple cases. Some recent examples were in support of gay parent’s rights to maintain relationships with the children they had raised and maintaining employment after initiating a sexual harassment investigation. We keep social workers educated and up to date on HIPAA Guidelines through website resources.
Topic Triggers Equality The Ohio Chapter is a member of the Equality Ohio coalition that is currently seeking the passage of a bill that would prohibit housing and employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation We were a major supporter for the Fair Pay Act that was signed by President Obama continuing the fight for women’s equal rights.
Topic Triggers Insurance (Provided through Assurance Services) Offers professional liability / malpractice insurance, student liability and agency liability. Offers group life, disability and accident insurance. Refunded 15% of life and disability premiums to help in hard economic times. Provides guidance on understanding and avoiding malpractice. Launched a new “Health Choices Program” which can help members locate affordable health insurance if they qualify.