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The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) is the regulatory body and professional association for social work in Newfoundland and Labrador.  NLASW is responsible for regulating the practice of social work under provincial legislation titled the Social Workers Act.  Our vision is Excellence in Social Work.

Registration with NLASW grants the Registered Social Worker (RSW) designation which is required to use the title “social worker” or to practice within the scope of the social work profession in this province. NLASW is a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators.

The goals of NLASW are:

  1. To effectively and efficiently regulate the practice of social work in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  2. To promote public awareness of the profession and practice of social work in all regions of the province.
  3. To engage in social policy analysis.

Activities supporting these goals include registering social workers and ensuring that Registered Social Workers (R.S.W.'s) continue to adhere to the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics and established professional standards and by providing continuing professional education, consultation regarding ethical dilemmas, public education regarding social and health issues and social policy analysis.


Practice Matters

Practice Matters was created in 2011 as an educational resource for social workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. The purpose of this resource is to generate ethical dialogue and enhance critical thinking on issues that impact social work practice.  Six (6) publications have been released to date.  To read these documents click here

CASW Distinguished Service Award

The NLASW is accepting nominations for the 2015 CASW Distinguished Service Award. Nominations must be forwarded to the NLASW office by November 30, 2014. To access the nomination criteria and nominating form click here

NLASW/ARNNL Annual Education Event
Professional Boundaries: Ethical, legal and practice considerations

The video recording of the NLASW/ARNNL annual education session held on February 18th, 2014 is now available on-line.  Click here to view the video.

private practice guidelines

The NLASW released a resource document for members employed in private practice and/or those interested in entering private practice titled Resource Guide for Private Practice.  Click here to access this document. 

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