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About NASW

Founded in 1955 the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 129,000 members in 56 chapters.

Our Mission Statement

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is a membership organization that promotes, develops and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its work and through its advocacy.


The Tennessee Chapter, with over 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

Program & Marketing Associate - Jacquie Telfer, MSSW


Social Work Interns -

Alexis Ripley, Tennessee State University
Sarriah Gibson, Union University



Legislative Liaison- Stewart Clifton, JD

50 Vantage Way, Suite 250, Nashville, TN 37228

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