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How do I become a member of NASW?

Click Here to Join NASW. Here you can download and print out an application. Or, you can email our office and give us your name and mailing address and we can send a printed application to you through the mail. Our office email is chapter@naswaz.com.

 

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How is the Arizona Chapter set up?

The AZ Chapter is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors. The office is staffed by Executive Director Jeremy Arp, Administrative Assistant Patrick Maloney with additional assistance is provided by leadership and volunteers. Chapter activities include the annual Social Work Conference, continuing education workshops, networking for current and future members, a bi-monthly newsletter, a monthly e-newsletter and general resource assistance.

We have approximately 1,700 members in Arizona and the Chapter is divided into four geographical branches, each with local leadership that develops and implements programs to further professional goals. Branch 1 contains the metro Phoenix area and extends west to Yuma. Branch 2 includes Tucson and the southern part of the state. Branch 3 is the northern area including Flagstaff and Branch 4 is a small branch that contains the area of Prescott and Prescott Valley.

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I am moving to a different branch (or out of state). Do I give you my address change?

If you are already a member of NASWAZ and are moving within the state of Arizona, you may email us at chapter@naswaz.com. However, if you are moving here from a different state or are moving to a different state, you will need to call the Member Services at 1(800) 742-4089, and notify them that you are transferring your membership to or from the AZ Chapter. Please give them your new address and phone number at this time.

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How do I get acquainted with social workers in my area?

Getting involved at the local level is a great way to network and meet people and to remain updated about developments at the local, state, and national levels. A list of the contacts in the various branches can be found bi-monthly in our chapter newsletter. We encourage you to attend branch networking events in your area. A listing of events can be found on our "Community Calendar."

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Can you tell me what the job market is like?

Salary statistics are available through various sources including the Economic Research Institute, Salary.com, and Indeed.com. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) maintains the Occupational Outlook Handbook online and is a great source for aggregated data. Click here for the 2012 BLS Occupational Handbook entry . For a flyer with information from the 2007 NASW AZ Salary & Benefits Survey conducted in cooperation with the ASU School of Social Work, click here.

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Do you have a current list of job opportunities?

Job opportunities are listed in our bi-monthly newsletter. We also post those jobs on our website. Job Opportunities is under our Members Only Section and therefore you must be an Arizona NASW member to access this information. If you are a member of another chapter and would like to view this section, just call or e-mail the chapter office for the user name and password.

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Can you recommend any other job resources?

The State of Arizona is the largest employer of social workers in the state. It uses document imaging technology to process your application. Send your resume to: AZ Dept. of Administration, Personnel Division, 1831 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Also, you might check out http://www.azstatejobs.gov.

For SW jobs in Northern Arizona, including Flagstaff, contact: Northern AZ Regional Behavioral Health Authority, 125 E. Elm St., Ste. E, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, Fax: 520/774-5665.

Classified ads in the following major metropolitan newspapers are a good source: AZ Daily Star & Tucson Citizen, 4850 S. Park, Tucson, AZ 85714. Phone 1-800-362-4890 AZ Republic 120 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone 1-602-271-8000.

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What do I need to do to get a license in AZ?

In April 2003, our governor signed into law a multi-level licensure bill to license social workers. The licensure bill went into effect as of July 1, 2004.  Changes in Arizona law may make it easier to transfer an already existing license by going through the application process. The AZ licensing exam for social workers is the test written by Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB). This is the same instrument many states use. For an application/further information, contact: AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners via their website at http://www.azbbhe.us 

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Can you direct me to a study guide or course to help prepare for the licensure examination?

Licensing ExAm Preparation Services (LEAP) offers a two-day, 16-hour course as well as a Comprehensive Study Guide with hundreds of practice questions, up-to-date information, and test-taking tips. Click Here for information on the location of upcoming courses and order information for the study guide.

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Do you have a list of workshops that offer CEUs throughout the State of Arizona?

We only carry a list of those workshops that advertise in our newsletter, or that are sponsored by the Chapter. These are called Calendar Listings and can be found in the newsletter. Workshops that we sponsor are listed under the Community Calendar.

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I am not receiving any NASW-related materials. Can you tell me the status of my membership?

The simplest way to determine the problem is for us to check the database. Email us at chapter@naswaz.com or call us at (480) 968-4595, and leave your full name as it appears on your membership card.

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I have paid my dues, yet still remain on the "inactive or suspended" list. Can you tell me how to clear this up?

Please call the national office at 1 (800) 638-8799, ext. 1, for Membership Services.

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Do you have a local newsletter or magazine?

The Arizona Chapter releases 6 issues per year commencing with the January/February edition. The Newsletter is packed full of information on upcoming social work events, CEU workshops, networking opportunities, calendar listings, job opportunities, interesting articles and more!

NASW members from other chapters can subscribe to the newsletter.

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How can I advertise on the NASWAZ website?

Employers advertise job ads free on the website. This gives employers incentive to post job openings with us, therefore giving our members more job ads to choose from. All job ads that are on the website will automatically appear in a list of job titles in the bimonthly newsletter as well.

Calendar listings under our Educational Events/Community Workshops menu are designed for Educational Providers to advertise their continuing education events. These website ads are very reasonable, at only $25 per ad, which gives organizations the freedom to advertise their workshops worry-free. All calendar ads that are on the website will automatically be placed into the bimonthly newsletter.

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How do I advertise in the newsletter?

The advertising policies are found on our website under CEU Pre-approvals and the fly-out button that says Advertising.You may contact the office at (480) 968-4595.

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Do you have a statewide conference?

We are currently in the process of reorganizing duties and assignments related to holding such conferences.

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How can I attend/sponsor/advertise in that conference?

You can go to the "Community Calendar" and scroll to 2014 NASWAZ Conference, click to register. Also, you can contact our office via email and let us know that you would like a conference brochure to attend or a sponsorship brochure to sponsor, exhibit or advertise at the conference. Our office email is chapter@naswaz.com

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What are your policies and procedures regarding Continuing Education workshops?

Click here for our policies statement.

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