NASW signs MOU with Indian Society of Professional Social Workers

NASW signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian Society of Professional Social Workers in March 2013.

The ISPSW is the oldest association of professional social workers in India. It was established in 1970 as the Indian Society of Psychiatric Social Work and was renamed with its present title in 1988, because of an increase in practitioners, trainers and researchers.

“NASW welcomes a professional collaboration with our social work colleagues from India,” said NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark. “We look forward to working together on issues of importance to both associations.”

ISPSW President K. Sekar said the memorandum will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, resources and mutual interests between the two social work organizations.

He said the ISPSW will strive to develop licensing procedures for practitioners in collaboration with NASW. One goal is for both organizations to set up joint research or projects that focus on emerging areas of professional social work. Sekar also hopes the associations will reciprocate accessing online social work material to foster the knowledge of social workers in both countries.

NASW member Chathapuram Ramanathan, who serves on NASW’s National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, helped initiate and facilitate the memorandum. He also is a member of ISPSW and is the organization’s North American representative.

From the June 2013 NASW News.


  1. Good Day

    My Name is Mikael contacting you from Social Work Job Scheme. I was wondering if you could inform your social workers about job opportunities in England.
    There is a site where they can upload their CVs, Browse through advertised jobs and Most Importantly socialize with social workers from around the world to share ideas, chat ect. There are special employment schemes they can sign up for if they are interested.

    Please direct your members to

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me

    Kind Regards


    • Hi Makael,
      I have recently moved to UK and looking for social work opportunities. I am life member of ISPSW..Do I need register with NASW separately to become member. I have also applied for HCPC registration

    • Dr Kamlesh Kumar Sahu

      May I have your current contact details plz
      Dr. Kamlesh Kumar SahuHon. General Secretary, ISPSW
      Associate Professor & I/C PSW
      Department of Psychiatry
      Government Medical College & Hospital
      Sector 32, Chandigarh
      Mobile No. – +919888871120 /9038751120
      Email  ID –  

    • I want to know whether there is any scope for the job in the country out of India, recruiting from India for the job of social worker. I have done BSW, MSW and working in civil society org in India for the last 15 years.

    • We suggest we you visit the NASW Careers webpage to check for available opening in the United States:


    Good Morning,

    I am interested to join in NASW and I am a Life Member in IAPSW. How to do it? Please help me to provide information.

    Thank You

    Sreenivasarao Nookarapu

  3. i am a social worker .i am from india. i am excited to join nasw in india .but i dont jnow how i can join nasw in india .pls help me

    • Deepak Raghav:

      Here is information you need to join NASW’s International Chapter, which includes social workers from India:

      NASW International District/NC Chapter
      Address: 412 Morson St,
      Raleigh, NC 27601-1558
      Phone: (919) 828-9650
      Fax: (919) 828-1341
      Web Address:

      Greg Wright
      NASW Public Relations Manager

  4. vinay kumar pandey

    want to become member of association, kindly let me know the procedure.

  5. I am so happy to see this development.

    Sorry to have noted this development so late. But it is the reality which speaks volume about the isolation of Indian Social Workers are in.

    there are mountain of challenges for social workers like forming national council, to develop indigenous content of social work knowledge and skills – to name few, for Indian case work and social work.

    Best wishes for both the association to proceed further and fruitful outcome.

    Prof.V.Sayee Kumar
    Life Member, I S P S W – Chennai, India.

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