Summary of Membership Levels

Membership Categories, Requirements, and Dues


Any New Member that joins between May 15th and September 15th pays half of the dues amount for the Fellow/Member dues. ($85.00)

Any New Member that joins after September 15th pays the full Dues Amount and receives membership for the remainder of the current year and the entire following year.

DIPLOMATE: DUES $170

  1. Eight (8) years clinical social work experience.
  2. A minimum of seventy-five (75) hours of organized post-graduate didactic clinical training relating to clinical social work beyond that required for fellow membership       status,   or its equivalent as determined by the State Society Membership Committee.
  3. Five (5) years as a fellow of the Society.

FELLOW:  DUES $170

  1. Master’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited school of social work or doctoral degree in social work from an accredited social work doctoral program.
  2. New York State licensure as a licensed clinical social work (LCSW).
  3. Minimum of five (5) years of post-graduate, full-time, supervised experience in the practice of clinical social work or the equivalent number of hours. Applicants for fellow who did not complete at least one academic year of supervised field instruction that was devoted primarily to direct social work practice with individuals, families or small groups during their graduate or doctoral training in social work, must complete one additional year of post-graduate, full-time supervised experience in the practice of clinical social work or the equivalent number of hours.
  4. A minimum of seventy-five (75) hours of organized post-graduate didactic clinical training relating to clinical social work. Applicants for fellow who did not complete a clinical core curriculum consisting of at least one graduate level course in normal human growth and development, one graduate level course in psychopathology, three clinical methods courses including material on the study, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of individuals, couples, families and small groups, and one additional course in human growth and development or clinical methods as part of their graduate or doctoral training, must complete an additional fifteen (15) hours of organized post-graduate didactic clinical training relating to clinical social work acceptable to the State Society Membership Committee to make up for each deficiency in graduate or doctoral level didactic clinical training.
  5. A minimum of 200 hours of personal psychotherapy or certification as a Board Certified Diplomate by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work or the “R” endorsement on his/her New York State LCSW license. 


 MEMBER:  DUES $170

  1. Master’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited school of social work or doctoral degree in social work from an accredited social work doctoral program.
  2. New YorkStatelicensure as either a licensed master social worker (LMSW) or as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
  3. One year of full-time post-graduate experience in the practice of clinical social work or the equivalent number of hours.

STUDENT:   DUES $48 (while in MSW training and for one year after MSW graduation; or while in doctoral training in social work and for one year after graduation if the social work doctoral student did not previously have an MSW degree) and $120 (for the second & third years after MSW graduation, only for an MSW student who joined the Society while in MSW training)

  1. A current full-time master’s degree student in good standing at a Council on Social Work Education accredited school of social work or a full-time doctoral degree student in good standing at an accredited social work doctoral program who has not previously earned a master’s degree in social work.
  2. Special interest in the field of clinical social work.
  3. Students who join the Society, as student members, before securing their master’s or doctoral degree in social work, may renew at the student member rate for one year following graduation.
  4. An applicant who as a graduate or doctoral degree in social work but does not meet the qualifications for diplomate, fellow, member or corresponding member may join as a student member and may remain a student member for one year.

AFFILIATE: DUES $120

  1. An interested person who does not meet the requirements for another class of membership in the Society and who wishes to support the purposes and goals of the Society.
  2. Affiliate members may neither vote nor serve on the state or chapter boards or on committees, but may attend meetings.

PLATINUM:  DUES $100

  1. 70 years and older.
  2. Fifteen (15) years of membership.