Social Work Resources

Here are links to some sites that may be of interest and/or help to you.

General Sites

PA Chapter of the NASW - The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

National Association of Social Workers - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.

School Social Work Association of America - SSWAA is the only national organization solely dedicated to advancing the profession of School Social Work.

Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare - The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care is an association dedicated to promoting the universal availability, accessibility, coordination, and effectiveness of health care that addresses the psychosocial components of health and illness.

The New Social Worker Online - The magazine's primary focus is on career development for social workers and social work students at all levels.

Association of Social Work Boards - The Association of Social Work Boards owns and maintains the social work licensing examinations that are used to test a social worker's competence to practice ethically and safely.

Council on Social Work Education - The sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

Association for Community Organization & Social Administration - A membership organization for community organizers, activists, nonprofit administrators, community builders, policy practitioners, students and educators.

Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups - The purpose of this non-profit, member-driven organization is to promote excellence in group work practice, education, field instruction, research and publication.

Gerontology Sites

National Institute on Aging - Leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.

Social Security Administration - The United States Social Security Administration administers Social Security.

Administration on Aging - The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers.

Medicare - Medicare is a national health insurance program.

Institute on Aging (IOA) at Boston College - The overall mission of IOA is to foster education and research regarding spiritual, physical, social, financial, and emotional dimensions of well-being of older adults and their families.

Children, Youth, and Family Sites

Child Trends - A nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development.

Child Welfare League of America - CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920.

ACT against Violence - The ACT program mission is to mobilize communities and educate families to create safe, nurturing, healthy environments that protect children and youth from violence and its consequences.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse & Neglect (NDACAN) - NDACAN promotes scholarly exchange among researchers in the child maltreatment field.

Mandated Reporter Training - The University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Resource Center offers a training on mandated reporting. Click on the registration tab to complete webinar registration and continue to the offered training.

Reference Sites

American Psychological Association - This is the American Psychological Association electronic reference citation format.

Purdue Online Writing Lab - This is the American Psychological Association electronic reference citation format.

Social Welfare Policy

Society for Social Work and Research - Founded in 1994 as a free-standing organization dedicated to the advancement of social work research.

American Evaluation Association - An international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.

Influencing State Policy - Assists faculty and students in learning how to influence effectively the formation, implementation, and evaluation of state-level policy and legislation.


The Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard - Access the world's largest collection of social science research data.

The Library of Congress/THOMAS - Access the world's largest collection of social science research data.

Diversity Issues

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (CHHIRJ) at Harvard Law School - This institute is committed to marshalling the resources of Harvard and beyond to use the law as a tool to reverse the unjust consequences of racial discrimination.

The Jim Crow Museum - The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris University, Grand Rapids, Michigan displays many artifacts that represent racism in America.

Anti-Defamation League - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy.

Diversity Rx - Diversity Rx works towards promoting language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant and ethnically diverse communities.

Human Rights Watch - Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States.

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved - ACU is a nonprofit, trans-disciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates, and health care organizations united in a common mission to improve the health of America's underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations.

LGBTQ+ Concerns Committee - This is the online presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) resources and organizations at Shippensburg University.

International Social Work

NGOabroad - This is a unique service that helps you enter or advance in international humanitarian work and provides frugal international volunteer opportunities.

The United Nations - The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

International Council on Social Welfare - It is a non-governmental organization which represents national and local organizations in more than 70 countries throughout the world that work directly with people in poverty, hardship or distress.

Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health - The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

SAMHSA - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) - The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a source to those who are touched by suicide.


Pennsylvania Background Checks and Clearances - This webpage has all of the information about obtaining a Pennsylvania ChildLine clearance, PA state background check, and FBI background check.

New Jersey Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) - Child abuse record information. This website provides instructions to obtain this clearance.

New Jersey State and Federal Background Checks - Information about obtaining New Jersey's state and federal background checks can be found here. Complete Form A.

Maryland State and Federal Background Checks - Maryland's state and federal background checks can be found here.

Maryland Child Protective Services Background Check - Maryland's child protective services clearance.

West Virginia Background Checks and Clearances - This link opens directly to West Virginia's PDF form to be completed for a state, federal, and central abuse background checks.

West Virginia Background Check Instructions - This webpage has instructions to complete a background check and where to go to be fingerprinted.