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 Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Doctoral Fellowship is designed to reduce health disparities and improve healthcare outcomes of diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health leaders. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the doctoral fellowship supports social work doctoral students committed to pursuing careers in leadership, practice, teaching, research, consultation, training, policy development, and program administration. Through recruitment and selection of talented students, MFP has supported over 750 doctoral-level social workers committed working as part of the mental health workforce.

The MFP is committed to offering application support to interested parties in the form of Zoom information and Q&A sessions. To learn more and register, check out our webpage

MFP fellowships are contingent upon funding from SAMSHA which is anticipated to be awarded in Summer 2024. 


CSWE is happy to host the CSWE Fellows Forum from May 13 - 14, 2024 in Alexandria, VA .  This forum promises to be an exciting one that offers opportunities for CSWE students who are affiliated with our programs to network with one another and invited scholars, visit Capitol Hill, and learn about research, practice and policy matters.  

We are excited that, as one of the students in our program, you will be attending the event.  

    Here's the Schedule-At-A-Glance:
    Sunday, May 12  - Travel Day and Hotel Check-in
    Monday, May 13  - Plenary and Breakout Sessions; Reception
    Tuesday, May 14 - Capitol Hill Day
    Wednesday, May 15 - Hotel Check-out and Travel Day

 Your registration for this event is required so please complete the registration form March 12, 2024.  

Participants are responsible for booking travel (e.g., flight, train) and will be reimbursed following the event. The maximum reimbursement amount for a coach class refundable airline ticket is $550.  Fellows should plan to arrive on Sunday, May 12, 2024 and should plan to depart on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. All flight reservations should be made by the fellow no later than April 12, 2024, and a copy of reservations should be sent to CSWE staff by April 15, 2024.

CSWE will make hotel reservations on behalf of the fellows.  Please find additional information in the email accompanying this form, including airfare and travel expense limits and reimbursement requirements. All travel reservations should be made by the fellow no later than April 1, 2024.

    Should you have any questions about housing or flights, please contact:
    Yvette Clark - yclark@cswe.org.

    Should you have any questions about programming, please contact:
    Mais Dias - mdias@cswe.org or
    Dr. Collina Cooke - ccooke@cswe.org

    Should you want to learn more about Washington, DC attractions, visit the links below:


Have a great day and we look forward to seeing you soon.

    CSWE Fellows Forum Planning Committee

Thank you for your interest in creating a curricular guide as part of the 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 $45,000- $50,000 to produce. 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. 

 Submit your ADEI curricular resources! 

CSWE invites members to submit curricular resources related to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI).  These crowd-sourced submissions will be housed on the CSWE website and available to members as a repository of resources, such as ADEI-related readings, activities, projects, or case studies. 

The 2022 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) affirms and strengthens the enduring commitment of social work education to principles of ADEI. 

CSWE continues to support social work programs in developing a workforce of social workers who are knowledgeable about the ways positionality, power, privilege, and difference affect practice areas, and how social workers challenge systems of oppression that affect diverse populations. 

Please join CSWE in continuing the efforts of supporting programs in ADEI best practices and efforts!

This project is intended only for the Council on Social Work Education Substance Use Disorders Education and Leadership Scholars (SUDEALS) Program Students.

The General Self-Efficacy Scale is a 10-item psychometric scale that is designed to assess optimistic self-beliefs to cope with a variety of difficult demands in life.

The scale was developed in German by Matthias Jerusalem and Ralf Schwarzer in 1981 and has been used in many studies with hundred thousands of participants. In contrast to other scales that were designed to assess optimism, this one explicitly refers to personal agency, i.e., the belief that one’s actions are responsible for successful outcomes.

The second assessment tool was created to evaluate student competency with Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). This two-part assessment included a 10-item multiple-choice pre- and posttest. 

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) between the years 2019 and 2022 to integrate high-quality, standardized substance use content into social work core curricula. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through a Practitioner Education grant, CSWE partnered with 32 schools of social work to develop and distribute curriculum resources in key content areas and related assessment tools addressing the CSWE core competencies. This new curriculum aligns with the social work competencies in CSWE’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, as well as the CSWE Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice, partially funded by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry as part of their Opioid Response Network grant. 

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