History / Purpose

The society was established in the early 1970's specifically to promote the needs of social workers interested in psychodynamic approaches to treatment. It was instrumental in gaining licensure for those clinical social workers in private practice. At the time, the state society was also part of  "The National Federation of Societies for Clinical Social Work”.  Although the federation eventually dissolved, the New Jersey society retained our local organization. Recognizing the value of guild affiliation, the New Jersy Society for Clinical Social Work is currently affiliated with the Clinical Social Work Guild, OPEIU-AFL-CIO.



Affiliation with OPEIU

The NJSCSW is part of Clinical Social Work Guild 49 which is affiliated with the Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO.

Being affiliated with OPEIU allows NJSCSW to participate in the legislative process as a strong united group. It also entitles NJSCSW members to additional benefits through OPEIU. Click here for more information on Guild member benefits.



Our Mission

To advocate broad accessibility, delivery and maintennce of high quality therapeutic services.

To promote the economic health and viability of the profession.

To increase contributions of Clinical Social Work to the formation of public policy for people who need treatment for mental, emotional and substance abuse disorders.

Our Vision

With the endorsement and assistance of the AFL-CIO, Clinical Social Workers can become the leaders in the field of healthcare advocacy necessary to promote the practice of clinical social work.

The Guild will become the “voice of modern mental health treatment” speaking on behalf of professional clinicians to advance practice in a manner that is in the best interest of the client/patient and in the best interest of the clinical social work profession.

We will become mental health providers of choice for union members.