Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM)

Meeting the Complex Needs of Clients

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Who seeks this credential?

Social work case managers address the individual client’s biopsychosocial state as well as the state of the social system in which case management operates. They have a strong focus on client and system strengths and the development of self-care skills that go beyond the disease and symptom focus of the medical model. The overall focus of social work case management is built on the biopsychosocial model which uses a Person-in Environment perspective to assess strengths and challenges within a systems framework.

MSW level social work case managers represent those social workers with training, experience and commitment to the knowledge, values, theory and skills used in the service of attaining goals that are established in conjunction with the client and the clients’ family when appropriate. Certified Advanced Social Worker Case Managers (C-ASWCM) strive to meet the complex needs of clients and have a strong sense of professional identity and commitments to the core values outlined in the NASW Code of Ethics, the NASW Standards for Social Work Case Management, and the NASW Standards for Continuing Professional Education.

What does this credential represent?

In 2000, NASW developed specialty practice credentials, including the C-ASWCM credential, in response to the expressed needs of its members and to support association members in the competitive workplace. Specialty practice certifications were established to enhance professional and public recognition; increase visibility as a specialized, professional social worker; and declare association with a select group of specialized, professional social workers who have attained national distinction.

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

  • A Master’s degree in social work from a graduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Documentation of at least two (2) years (equivalent of 3,000 hours) of paid, supervised, post-MSW case management experience.
  • Current state MSW-level license or an ASWB MSW-level exam passing score.
  • Adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics and the NASW Standards for Continuing Professional Education.

Please read and review the complete criteria in the application.

NASW / CCMC Collaborative

NASW and the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) are collaborating to address the growing demand for health care case managers by giving more social workers the opportunity to earn the Commission’s Certified Case Manager® (CCM®) credential.

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Still have questions?

Read the Credentialing Center FAQ or contact the Credentialing Center at credential@socialworkers.org.