FAQs for Students
What is “student membership”?
Who can be a student member?
How much does student membership cost?
What do you need to apply for student membership? You need to fill out the SASW online student application form, upload verification of current registration in at least one social work class, and pay the student membership fee with a credit card (Visa/MasterCard).
Student Application Form: https://sasw.in1touch.org/client/subscription/subscriptionEdit.html?productId=6783
What are the benefits of student membership?
What happens to my membership when I graduate?
Do I have to get registered when I graduate?
What are the benefits of getting registered?
Professional Credibility: A registered social worker has agreed to be held publicly accountable for ethical practice by his/her peers. This distinguishes professional practitioners from technical employees. There are approximately 1,500 registered social workers in Saskatchewan.
SASW is a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW): When you join SASW, you have access to the resources provided by CASW. Your voice is added to over 14,000 other social workers across Canada to advocate for social justice and professional recognition. CASW is also affiliated with the International Federation of Social Workers and many national groups.
SASW is a member of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB): This association is an umbrella for the regulation of social work in the United States and 10 Canadian social work jurisdictions. It is a central resource for information on social work regulation.
Professional Publications: Members of SASW receive The Saskatchewan Social Worker which is published three times per year by SASW as well as a journal entitled Canadian Social Worker which is published by CASW and available on their website. These publications contain scholarly articles and new information concerning continuing education opportunities. CASW also develops discussion papers, position papers, and policy documents which are available to members on the CASW Website.
Insurance: Access to professional liability insurance coverage including civil liability and professional disciplinary coverage. As well, access to term life, long term disability, medical, dental benefits, and home/car insurance.
Advocacy: The Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers lobbies the provincial government and others in areas such as:
Professional Status - SASW lobbies for improvement in the status and recognition of social workers. On the national level, CASW is doing the same. CASW lobbied to gain exemption from charging the GST for social workers and for recognition by private insurance carriers. This results in clients being able to deduct private social work fees as a health expense.
Social Justice - SASW joins with other groups to develop discussion papers, briefs, and position papers to lobby for the “equitable distribution of societal resources” as required by the CASW Code of Ethics.
CASW works with the Canadian Council on Social Development and other national groups to advocate for a sound social safety net and for human rights.
Professional Development Workshops/Conferences: When SASW hosts provincial conferences and continuing education events, students receive reduced rates for these educational opportunities.
Opportunity: Membership in the Association entitles you to be a part of SASW committees such as the Awards Committee, Discipline Resource Pool, Education Committee, Mentorship Committee, , Public Relations Committee, , Social Justice, and Standards of Practice. Students may choose to become actively involved at the branch level. SASW Branches are located in the following areas: Battlefords, Northeast, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Southeast and Yellowhead East.
FAQs for Online Renewals
Where is my renewal form?
Starting in 2014 we will no longer be mailing renewal forms to your home. Your renewal form is on-line and will only become available once you have filled out your continuing education documents. You must document 40 hours of activity and must have activities in at least two categories.
What do I do if I don’t have an employer?