Since its inception in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers has had a three-fold purpose:

  • to strengthen and unify the profession as a whole,
  • to promote the development of social work practice, and
  • to promote human well being through social action.

The mission of the New York State Chapter of NASW is to promote and advocate throughout New York State for:

  • the strength, unity, identity and status of the social work profession,
  • the enhancement of social work practice, and
  • policies, services and programs that promote social justice.