Benefits of Membership
The New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (NBASW) in its role as professional association and regulatory body for the profession of social work in New Brunswick provides its members with a variety of benefits and services both personal and professional. In addition to the use of the regulated professional titles of “Social Worker” and “Registered Social Worker” and the privilege of practicing social work in New Brunswick, membership in the NBASW also provides members with:
A collective voice
One of the greatest benefits of membership in an organization such as the NBASW is the strength of the collective voice the Association provides for the profession of social work within the province. The NBASW works to address interests and concerns of social workers and advocates publicly for social change in our communities through meetings with government officials and other stakeholders, development of policy briefs and standards of practice and the submission of letters to newspapers and government officials on important social issues. The Association also works to promote the profession of social work in the public realm through the creation of promotional materials (such as our provincial Social Work Scope of Practice document) and collaboration with employers. Because the NBASW is also a member organization of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), NBASW members have the added benefit of being part of the national voice of social work in Canada.
Leadership and networking opportunities
Membership in the NBASW can be much more than just annual registration. The NBASW has a variety of ways to get involved. Members can participate in local chapter meetings and activities, volunteer on one of the many committees, attend the Annual General Meeting or serve on the provincial Board of Directors. Becoming involved in the Association allows members to participate in discussions on issues relevant to the field, affect decisions that shape the profession and network with other social workers in the province.
Access to professional support and guidance
As a value based profession, social workers are often faced with ethical dilemmas in which they must make difficult decisions. As members of the NBASW, social workers have the benefit of access to support and guidance in these difficult professional situations. The Association Registrar, as well as the NBASW Practice Issues, Ethics and Professional Standard committee are available to provide guidance and respond to questions from members relating to ethics and practice.
Access to publications and information relevant to social work
Membership with the NBASW also allows members to access valuable resources, both provincial and national. Publications such as the NBASW Dossier allow members to stay up to date on relevant local and provincial social work news, research, discussions and initiatives. Members can also take advantage of national social work resources such as the CASW journal Canadian Social Work, position papers and national policy briefs available only to members on the CASW website.
Membership discount programs
In addition to the many benefits discussed above, membership with the NBASW also provides social workers with financial savings. Through our affiliation with the CASW, NBASW members are eligible to take advantage of discounts on professional liability insurance provided by BMS. To learn more please visit http://extranet.aon.ca/casw/
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As a result of an agreement between the NBASW and CAA, members of the NBASW are now entitled to have the $15 new member enrollment fee waived when they sign up for CAA membership. Please note this discount applies to first time members only. CAA has provided the NBASW with a special CAA application form, which members can complete and mail, along with payment (as noted on the form, which already includes the $15 discount), to the Saint John CAA office. Copies of the membership application form are available at the NBASW office or can be provided by mail, email or fax upon request. For more information on the many benefits of membership with CAA please visit the CAA website at www.atlantic.caa.ca
The NBASW is also pleased to offer its members a 10% discount on most purchases (does not include resource/textbooks) at Atlantic Canada’s oldest independent bookstore, Westminster Books, located in downtown Fredericton. This discount extends to online orders as well as in-store purchases and so can be enjoyed by our members province wide. If the book you require does not appear on the website, simply contact Westminster Books by phone or email to have the book ordered. To learn more about Westminster Books or to place an order please visit the Westminster Books website at www.westminsterbooks.com
Scholarship & bursary opportunities
For those interested in furthering their formal social work education, the NBASW offers one scholarship and two bursaries for which members can apply.
The NBASW Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to a registered and practicing member of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers for the purpose of undertaking studies leading to a higher degree in social work, or to a specialized certificate program or course related to social work.
Two Co-operators/NBASW Student Member Bursaries are awarded annually to NBASW Student Members enrolled in the School of Social Work at St. Thomas University and l’Université de Moncton.
NBASW Scholarship and Bursary criteria and application forms can be accessed on the NBASW website at www.nbasw-atsnb.ca/en/Awards
NBASW members are also eligible to apply for the BMS/CASW Scholarship which assists members of CASW provincial member organizations who wish to attend the CASW biennial conference and other select national and international social work conferences. Details of the scholarship can be accessed on the CASW members’ site at www.casw-acts.ca
To find out more about the many benefits of membership with the NBASW or to get involved contact the provincial office at 1-877-495-5595 or visit our website at www.nbasw-atsnb.ca