National Network for Social Work Managers
The Network was formed
in 1985 and incorporated in 1987 as a 501c(6) membership organization. The Network’s
website describes notes that it is
“the ONLY PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION IN THE NATION dedicated solely to equipping managers to become effective, humanistic leaders.” (http://www.socialworkmanager.org/membership.htm, retrieved 8/03)
offers both individual and institutional membership to interested individuals who possess an MSW degree. There is also a student membership available at a discounted rate.
[Shelly: Since this goes to BSW educators, would BSW students be eligible
for student membership, or should I just cut that part out?].
What is even more interesting is that the Network has developed Leadership and Management Practice Standards. The standards are published on the web at: http://www.socialworkmanager.org/Standards.htm, April, 2002, making this an excellent website to use in teaching
your macro generalist practice classes.
The Network offers a Certified Social Work Manager Credential (CSWM), built around competency in advocacy, contemporary
issues, ethics, evaluation, financial development, financial management, governance, human resource management, planning,
program development and management, public/community relations and marketing, and staff development (http://www.socialworkmanager.org/certcomp.htm, retrieved 8/03). The Academy of Certified Social Work Managers, a subdivision of the
larger organization, is responsible for the credential and reviews all applications from prospective CSWM’s. Since few states offer a social work license geared to macro practitioners, this is a credential that you
can recommend to students and alumni whose primary focus is management.
The Network includes an Institute that focuses on research on social work management issues. Through this Institute, it may be possible for you to locate resources helpful in your research on management
issues. The Network was very helpful in assisting me in collecting data for my
sabbatical research on service integration.
Finally, the Network sponsors an annual conference devoted to the exploration of management issues in social