2019 Annual Conference

2019 Call for Presentations  

Social Worker of the Year Nomination Form

Student Social Worker of the Year Nomination Form

The 2019 Annual Catholic Social Workers' National Association Conference "Passionately Catholic Social Work" will be held at Franciscan University of Steubenville on October 11-12, 2019.  Registration and additional information will be forthcoming.  

Hotel Group Rate $105.00 - Best Western PLUS The Inn at Franciscan Square - 200 Franciscan Square, Steubenville, OH 43952 - Call for reservations 740-792-8050  Group Code: SMERF - Reservations must be made by September 10, 2019 to receive the discount




Now that you have taken the first step in finding us online, you might ask yourself why join this association?  For one reason, the association believes in promoting the teachings of Jesus Christ and affirming the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. 

As Catholic social workers, we are called to live out the gospel and carry out His mission, not only in our personal lives but in our professional lives as well.

We advance His mission, by being a vibrant professional association that continues to be the voice for all Catholic social workers, united in following Jesus Christ and his Church.

As you start to explore the homepage, notice it will provide you with a variety of options.  Here you will discover additional information about the association, have the ability to register as a new member, or renew your yearly membership, in addition to other areas of personal or professional interests. 

One of the newer additions is the daily readings; this will be a great way for you to connect to the faith. Another is the legislation and policy tab.  This is where you will be able to follow pertinent information regarding legislative and public policy activities.  The purpose will be to educate and inform on issues that might be affecting the populations you serve or issues that may influence your personal life as a faithful Catholic.  In addition, it will provide an opportunity for us to support the Church, lend our voices in the public square, and seek to protect our rights as Catholic social workers to serve without intrusion on our beliefs.

The website will offer an opportunity to view past and future presentations.  We will be offering information on upcoming lectures to obtain CEUs for those who are looking to renew their state license, and information on upcoming conferences.

As you can see, we will be providing a host of information that will be able to support your needs as a Catholic social worker.  We look forward to you being a part of our association and hope you will join us in forwarding our mission in serving Jesus Christ.

Kathleen Neher, LISW-S, President

Statement on Sexual Abuse Crisis

Statement on Sexual Abuse Crisis

 As Catholic social workers, we stand ready to serve the victims of this abuse or any abuse. We stand with the victims in solidarity, supporting them in our work and praying for their healing and comfort. Also, as Catholic social workers, we uphold the constant Personalistic Norm that demands respect for every human being, made in God’s image. Because of this universal demand for respect, we condemn any act of abuse on any person. Because we are Catholic, we uphold the truth that purity is an aid to wholeness as human persons. Any act of impurity, whether legal or illegal, is an assault on the good of the human person. We invite all people of faith to a conversion of heart that increases their own personal holiness. As this personal holiness for Catholics increases, we will automatically demand holiness and accountability in our priests and bishops. At the same time, we welcome the leadership of the Church’s faithful clergy to lead us on the journey of holiness.


Kathleen Neher, LISW-S, President

Rev. Jason Bedel, Board Member


The Catholic Social Worker's National Association (CSWNA) is a growing organization that continues to promote the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.  We seek to bring forth a culture of life, by promoting the Catholic social teachings, in the area of social work and in keeping with and faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. 

We, at Catholic Social Workers' National Association, are an alive and vibrant association.  We advocate and work for human development, promote better opportunities, and improve society by being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  We believe in developing a mutually beneficial relationship alongside the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  We seek to provide assistance through collaboration to amplify the Church's voice through advocacy efforts by supporting the advancement of federal and state legislation, assisting in the development of public policy that serves the common good, and any other joint efforts not mentioned here.

This collaboration will be a "force multiplier" in improving the lives of the most vulnerable, while protecting the inherent worth and dignity of all human life, supporting the poor and defenseless, by advocating against injustice and discrimination, and expanding opportunity to empower individuals, families and groups.

We believe that together we can change the lives of many served by Catholic social workers and the Catholic Church.


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We would like to thank you for your membership.  We hope you enjoy being a part of CSWNA. 



We would like to thank you for your continued support and membership with CSWNA.

Annual Renewal Date is May 9th.  


Make a tax deductible gift today to the CSWNA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, to help support the education and implementation of Catholic Social Work and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

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