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About NASW
Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


The Tennessee Chapter, with approximately 2,000 members, is the major professional social work organization in the state. NASW is committed to advancing professional social work practice and the profession; and to promoting sound social policies. Our professional members work in a broad range of settings including mental health centers, hospitals and other health care settings, community agencies, government, academia, business, nursing homes, schools, and private practice.

The Chapter office is located at 50 Vantage Way, Suite 250, Nashville, Tennessee 37228. The staff is available to respond to member inquiries regarding social work practice, legislative and social policy issues, continuing education, licensing issues, and other informational requests. The Chapter provides continuing education activities focused on strengthening social work practice and improving services for Tennesseans.

The Chapter has six active Branches and eight active Committees. The Branches and Committees provide a source of networking and education for members and work on continuing education, professional, social policy, and legislative issues as well as organizational development. 

Phone: (615) 321-5095          Toll-free (877) 810-8103


NASW-TN Chapter Staff

Executive Director- Karen Franklin, LAPSW

Program Manager - Melissa West, LBSW


Social Work Interns
Logan Davis, University  of Tennessee College of Social Work

Haley Miller, University of Alabama

Harper Grace Neidermeyer, University of Southern California


Legislative Liaison- Stewart Clifton, JD

50 Vantage Way, Suite 250, Nashville, TN 37228

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