About CSWE

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 800 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.


CSWE is a national association of social work education programs and individuals that ensures and enhances the quality of social work education for a professional practice that promotes individual, family, and community well-being, and social and economic justice. CSWE pursues this mission in higher education by setting and maintaining national accreditation standards for baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in social work, by promoting faculty development, by engaging in interprofessional and international collaborations, and by advocating for social work education and research.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy Statement 

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is committed to valuing and reflecting the diverse  voices, perspectives, and experiences of our members throughout the organization and its  programming. We seek to include diverse voices and  perspectives, and to keep diversity, equity, and inclusion in focus as we hire staff, appoint volunteers,  elect individuals, and select vendors. This includes, but is not limited to, culture, race, religion, age,  sex/gender, sexual orientation, disability, and country of origin of people. As our understanding  deepens about the intersectional, complex, and nuanced nature of diversity, we will continue to be responsive, innovative, and forward-thinking.

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The Substance Use Disorders Education and Leadership Scholars Program (SUDEALS) seeks to:

  1. Develop a cohort of social work leaders specializing in substance use disorders by engaging BSW and MSW students and their mentors in substance use disorders (SUD) related practice, research, and policy.
  2. Provide scholarships to BSW and MSW students to incentivize their opportunities to practice in this specialty area.
  3. Create opportunities for social work field instructors and their organizations to enhance their training and mentorship of social work students through acquisition and application of cutting-edge information on available evidence-informed interventions.
  4. Strengthen agency/university partnerships to evaluate innovative practice interventions through social work research. 

10 accredited social work programs will be selected through this competitive application process to participate in the Substance Use Disorder Scholars program. The selected schools will form a cohort to share resources over the course two (2) year project. The goal is to generate interest and build capacity for social work students and field instructors in substance use disorder practice.

Participating programs will: 

  1. Select a Project Director to oversee the implementation of the pilot program at their institution and to participate in quarterly cohort meetings. The Project Director will receive a travel stipend to attend the Annual Program Meeting (APM) to attend professional development workshops and collaborate with colleagues.
  2. Stimulate student interest in substance use disorder treatment field placements, and a career in SUD practice, by providing stipends and specialized learning opportunities to selected BSW and MSW student scholars. Scholars will also participate in an annual Policy Event in Washington DC, with a travel stipend provided.
  3. Enhance the ability of selected Field Instructors to mentor and train social work students in SUD practice by providing continuing education funds to selected Field Instructors and incorporating strong collaborations with their respective institution’s field education office. Selected Field Instructors will also participate in virtual training opportunities and collaborative sessions.
  4. Implement components of the CSWE Practitioner Education in Substance Use and Misuse: Competency-Based Resources Guide, which provides standardized and evidence-based learning opportunities to strengthen the preparation of future social work practitioners to deliver effective evidence-based substance use disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery services. 
  5. Selected Scholars and Field Instructors will participate in data collection (e.g. surveys). CSWE will collect, hold, and evaluate the data collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program.


The pilot will use a cohort model and includes two unique cohorts: 

  • Cohort 1: January-June 2023 

          2 BSW students per school

          1 field instructor per school 

  • Cohort 2: September 2023-June 2024 

          2 BSW students

          2 MSW students per school

          2 field instructors per school 

Thank you for your interest in creating a curricular guide as part of the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series. Curricular Guides are used as an educational resource in various settings, particularly in the classroom. Please read the following guidelines to understand the curricular guide development process. 

Curricular Guides are created jointly with Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) staff and task force participants, led by two co-chairs and nine competency chairs. Task force members can be selected by CSWE staff and co-chairs or by an open call. Task force participants may include: CSWE members, social work professionals and/or interdisciplinary professionals. 

Each guide takes approximately one year to create with copyediting, printing, and promotion of the guide completed by CSWE. Curricular Guides are grant-funded, costing approximately $35,000- $40,000. CSWE recommends proposers identify or already have a funding source; CSWE may supplement additional grant sources on a case-by-case basis. 

Use this form to propose a curricular guide. CSWE administration will review the form and contact you within 2 weeks of review. For questions, contact Mumbi Mwaura, Director, Member Engagement and Professional Development, mmwaura@cswe.org. 

Women's History Month and the Women's Council Mentor Recognition Program 

2022 Call for Student Board Members

Please consider nominating two students (one at the BSW and one at the MSW level) or having students self-nominate/apply to serve on the CSWE Board of Directors.

CSWE plays an important role for students to learn about social work, advance in their careers, and contribute to the profession as educators.

Question 1: What are the requirements to nominate a student or self-nominate to join the CSWE Board of Directors?

· Complete Application in the Submittable platform

· Upload Resume

· Upload brief Statement of Interest

· Upload Letter of Support (from the student’s dean or director)

Question 2: During what time period can nominations be submitted? 

The nominations cycle opens on Thursday, September 15, 2022, and ends at 11:59 pm (ET) on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Question 3: When will student members be appointed to serve on the Board of Directors?

· Student members will be appointed to serve on the CSWE Board of Directors for a 1-year term effective July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024. Student members can reapply to serve for an additional 1-year term following their current term.

Question 4: How many students members will be appointed to serve on the Board of Directors?

· Two student members will be appointed to the Board of Directors. One student from each of the categories of CSWE accredited programs—BSW and MSW.

Question 5: What are the nomination criteria for student members?

· Nominee: CSWE membership is not required

· Nominator: CSWE membership is not required

· Student members will serve on the Board of Directors as nonvoting members with all rights and responsibilities of other nonvoting members of the Board of Directors.

· CSWE will provide financial support for students’ travel and accommodations to its Board meetings.

Question 6: When will the student members be announced?

· The student members will be announced following the fall Board meeting in November.

Question 7: How should additional questions about these nominations be routed?

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Please contact Sharon Reed at sreed@cswe.org if you have questions about the nomination process.

How to apply

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