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The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) is both the designated regulatory body for the practice of social work in Alberta and the professional association representing the interests of social workers within the province. Currently over 6800 people are members of the College (members are usually individuals with a diploma or degree in social work). The mission and goals of the College are:

  • To promote, regulate and govern the profession of social work in the province of Alberta
  • To advocate for skilled and ethical social work practices
  • To advocate for policies, programs and services that promote the profession and protect the best interests of the public

The ACSW provides many services to its membership. They include:

  • Promoting the profession through lobbying and public education
  • Promoting opportunities for collegial networking and communication
  • Providing timely information and professional publications
  • Providing access to group insurance rates
  • Organizing conferences and workshops

Current provincial legislation makes it mandatory for people who have a social work education, who work within the scope of social work practice and who work with the public to be registered with the ACSW. Registration is a formal commitment to practice according to the accepted Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for professional social workers. Individuals who register with ACSW are required to meet professional standards for initial registration, maintain their registration and show competence as long as they work within the scope of social work practice. With the proclamation of the Health Professions Act, ACSW controls the professional title “social worker” and all it’s derivatives. Therefore, by definition, a social worker is a Registered Social Worker.

The ACSW is linked with many related organizations including: the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the International Federation of Social Workers, the Association of Social Work Boards, the Federation of Regulated Health Professions, the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, Arusha, Canada Without Poverty, the Canadian Council on Social Development, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, Friends of Medicare, the Greater Edmonton Alliance, the Public Interest Alberta and the Parkland Institute.

ACSW contact information:
Lori Sigurdson, Manager, Professional Affairs
Email: lsigurdson@acsw.ab.ca
Phone: 780.421.1167
Toll free: 1.800.661.3089 (Alberta Only)
FAX: 780.421.1168
Toll free fax: 1.866.874.8931 (Alberta Only)

Mailing address:
Alberta College of Social Workers
#550-10707100 Avenue NW
Edmonton ABT5J 3M1
Email: acsw@acsw.ab.ca


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