Oncology social workers and other psychosocial oncology professionals provide direct services to people with cancer, their families and caregivers in public and private health care institutions and agencies. Some are consultants to community service agencies or private industry. Administration, education and research are valued roles for others as is the provision of private cancer counseling services. AOSW works to unify and support psychosocial oncology practitioners as related to the common mission of improved psychosocial support services for patients and families facing cancer.


Membership Categories

Regular Member

Any social work degreed professional with a demonstrated interest in psychosocial oncology may join as a Regular Member upon submission of an application and the payment of annual dues. Regular members have voting privileges; are eligible for election to office; are eligible to serve on committees and receive all tangible benefits of membership within AOSW. This category includes Bachelors, Masters and doctorate level degrees. (See member benefits below)

Associate Member

Individuals who are not social work professionals, but demonstrate an interest in psychosocial oncology may join as an Associate Member upon submission of an application and payment of annual dues. Associate members do not have voting privileges and are not be eligible for election to office. They will receive the tangible benefits of membership in AOSW, with the exception of participating in AOSW’s online listserv, the Social Work Online Network (SWON). Associate Members are eligible to serve on committees and other work groups. 

Retired Member

Retired social work professionals may join this membership category and receive all the benefits of a Full Member.

Full- and Part-Time Students / Post Graduation Member 

Any social work student enrolled in an accredited social work degree program may join this category upon submission of an application and payment of annual dues. A copy of the student’s current student identification or diploma (showing graduation date) must be included with the membership application. Eligibility for the BSW and/or MSW student category extends for one consecutive year post-graduation. This membership category receives all the benefits of a Full Member.

Membership Benefits

General Membership Benefits

  • Journal of Psychosocial Oncology (JPO) – free subscription
  • SWON – the members only listserv
  • AOSW Annual Conference – discounted registration
  • Online Learning – live webinars and recordings
  • Communities – communicate and share with other members
  • AOSW Navigator – AOSW’s bi-monthly newsletter
  • OSW NewsBrief – news for our profession from around the world
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs) eligibility
  • AOSW Member Directory – locate other members
  • AOSW Career Center – post a position or find your dream job

Additional Benefits if You Are a Social Worker

(Regular, Retired or Student Members)

  • Voting Privileges
  • Opportunity to serve on the AOSW Board of Directors and committees

Hardship Fund

AOSW offers limited aid for those current members facing hardships (i.e. unforeseen unemployment). Download the Hardship Grant Application or contact Membership Director, Eucharia Borden for assistance.