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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Congratulations 2023 Social Work Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2023 Social Work Award Winners!  

  • BSW Student of the Year: Katherine Paulikonis
  • Social Worker of the Year: Cheryl Aguilar, LICSW, LCSW
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Marion Collins, LCSW/BCD