The NASW New York State Chapter hosts the Private Practice Connect listserv for social workers who are involved or interested in private practice, to provide our members with a place to share information, exchange ideas and promote resources on maintaining a successful private practice. Topics often discussed include that of clinical and business issues, managed care and insurance information, referral resources and opportunities, and new practice ideas. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to network with fellow private practitioners from across the state!

To Join: You must be a current member of the NASW New York State Chapter. Please send us an email to, with “Private Practice Connect” in the subject line, from the email account that you would like to use for the listserv. In the body of this email, please state your full name and NASW membership number, so that we may verify your membership.

Specialty Practice Sections provide NASW members with the latest trends, treatment strategies, policies, and information on social work issues. They enable you to stay abreast of what's happening in the profession and to be most effective in doing your job. NASW offers 11 Specialty Practice Sections to our members: Administration/Supervision; Aging; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; Child Welfare; Children, Adolescents and Young Adults; Health; Mental Health; Private Practice; School Social Work; Social Work and the Courts and Social and Economic Justice & Peace. Click here to learn more.

NASW-NYS is thrilled to partner with Beacon Health Options to examine and improve the relationship between NYS Chapter providers and their insurance company. This partnership will connect our members directly with Beacon staff to review their contracts and troubleshoot issues through a streamlined process. Beacon Health Options is a leading behavioral health services company that serves one out of six people across all 50 states, with many social work providers in New York.

In June 2022, NYS Chapter members had exclusive access to a meeting with the CEO of Beacon Health Options, Glenn MacFarlane. Mr. MacFarlane and his team solved problems in real time and followed through with solutions for specific circumstances that were discussed in the meeting. In a continued commitment to improve quality of service for more NYS Chapter members, we are collecting information to be shared with Beacon Health Options. With this information, the Beacon team will connect directly with members about their concerns, review their contract and problem solve to improve services.

Meet with the NYS Chapter Beacon Representative.

Want to meet with the directly with Beacon to issues you have been having? Join our next monthly meeting with the Beacon Representative assigned to improving NYS Chapter member provider experiences. NASW-NYS members are invite to register by clicking here. 

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in New York State, there are many challenges that are encountered as psychotherapists and business owners.

What do you like and dislike about being in private practice?
Do you like helping your clients and watching them grow?
How do you deal with the isolation?
Do you need a place to discuss changing laws and guidelines?

Look no further! The mission of the NASW-NYS Private Practice Action Workgroup (PPAWG) is to work collaboratively as one to discuss, advocate and problem solve professional concerns related to treating clients/patients in a private practice setting through professional support and as a unified group in order to promote change.

Whether you have a desire to learn about concerns related to private practice, or work as a private practitioner, you are welcome to join us. Please click here now to register for any upcoming meeting!

An Hour with Private Practice: Questions & Answers (HOPP) is a free question and answer session for NASW members. Unless noted otherwise on the schedule, the call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject and are led by Mirean Coleman, LICSW, Clinical Manager at NASW.

There is no registration and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services in a private solo or group practice.

Beginning  January 2022, HOPP is held every third Friday of the month from noon until 1 pm ET.

Click here for the schedule, join link, and minutes from past meetings.