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About the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers

The New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (est. 1965) is the professional association and regulatory body for the profession of social work in that province. It was founded as a voluntary association by Carol Proctor, Marcel Arseneau, Joseph Laviolette, Norman Clavet, Stanley Matheson, Murray Manzer, and Constance Harrison. In 1988 it became a regulatory body assuming control of the practice of social work as well as the titles social worker and registered social worker under a private member’s bill entitled An Act to Incorporate the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, 1988. The Association’s head office is situated in Fredericton, New Brunswick. [1]

The NBASW has two distinctive roles. The Association serves as the regulatory body for the profession of social work in this province.  Its regulatory authority is legislated by the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers Act, 1988. This legislation provides for the control of title and a broadly defined scope of practice. The Association is also governed by its By-Laws.  The Association promotes quality professional social work services to the population of New Brunswick.

The Association also serves as the professional association and as such represents the social work profession in New Brunswick. There are currently over 1 600 NBASW members. In its role as the professional association, the NBASW works to promote the profession of social work through education of its members and the public, as well as through advocacy and social action initiatives. As the voice of professional social work in New Brunswick the Association strives to advance the interests of the social work profession and provide support to its members.

The Association’s mandates include:

  • The protection of the public
  • Ensuring that all persons who:
    • practice social work;
    • use the title “social worker” or “registered social worker”;
    • advertise, hold out to be; or
    • act in such a manner as to lead to the belief that they are a social worker;
    • are registered with our organization.
  • Establishing and enforcing high standards of qualification, knowledge, and skill to practice social work; 
  • Investigating complaints against its members;
  • Promoting the role of social work in the public realm; and
  • Working for social justice and social change.

The NBASW is governed by a Board of Directors of 13 members elected by the membership, one public member appointed by the Minister of Health, a representative of the First Nations Social Workers appointed by the First Nations and the NB CASW Director appointed by the Board of Directors.  One member of the Board acts as Chair of the Complaints Committee.


The NBASW is a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).


The NBASW is a member of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators.

To visit the web site, please visit:   http://www.ccswr-ccorts.ca/index_en.html 

[1]Turner, F. J. (Ed.). (2005). Encyclopedia of Canadian social work p. 262