Acronyms and abbreviations are commonplace in social work, often used by public and private agencies as shorthand ways to communicate lengthy titles or basic concepts. This social work glossary provides a quick reference to the most common terms, acronyms and abbreviations.

ACSW – Academy of Certified Social Workers (Obtained through the National Association of Social Workers)

AFSC – Air Force Specialty Code

ASWB – Association of Social Work Boards

AOC – Officer Area of Concentration

BSW – Bachelor of Social Work

CE – Continuing Education (typically referring to post-degree)

CMSW – Certified Master Social Worker

CSW – Certified Social Worker

CSWE – Council on Social Work Education

CSWM – Certified Social Work Manager (Bachelor or Master level with required supervised experience)

DSW – Doctor of Social Work

LCSWA – Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate

LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

MOS – Military Occupational Specialty Training and Experience

MSW – Master of Social Work

RSW – Registered Social Worker

PhD – Doctor of Philosophy

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