The Metro DC Chapter is one of 55 chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. Our 1,100-plus members serve all populations, including children, adolescents, families, older adults, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and others. They also serve clients in every DC ward and work setting, as well as in the DC metropolitan area such as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland.

This In the News section features the latest articles and news from the Metro DC Chapter, including press releases, policy or issue statements, professional and licensing updates, training announcements, and other content relevant to the work of Metro DC social workers.

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2023 NASW DC Metro Annual Awards Now Open!


2023 NASW Virginia Annual Awards Now Open!


Deadline for nominations: January 16, 2023.

Nominate a peer or yourself for one of five awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Social Worker of the Year

  • Public Citizen of the Year

  • BSW Student of the Year

  • MSW Student of the Year

Recipients will be honored at the 2023 NASWVA/Metro DC Joint Annual Conference March 23-25.



Submit for VA Nomination

Submit for DC Nomination