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SWTRS: Become a Provider


If you are a clinical social worker in private practice in Massachusetts we invite you to apply for membership in SWTRS. You must be an NASW member, licensed at the LICSW level and have malpractice insurance. Our membership period runs from July 1 through June 30. The annual membership fee is $290. Please inquire about special offers for members in Pioneer Valley and members of group practices in all areas. Membership fees are a tax-deductible expense, which pay for administrative, salary and marketing costs to run this non-profit public service.

How The Referral Service Works

The Social Work Therapy Referral Service (SWTRS) is a project of the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter. It is a free, nearly statewide referral service connecting inquiring professionals and prospective clients to qualified LICSWs in private practice. Guided by a volunteer Commission of NASW members, SWTRS is staffed by a team of experienced LICSW clinicians: Barbara Burka, Director, Anita Mulcahey, Asst. Director, and Jill Millis, referral clinician. Potential clients or professionals may call SWTRS for referrals for individual, family or group psychotherapy. We talk with every caller, determine the nature of the client’s needs, and any special requests related to the prospective therapy: specialties, health insurance, fee adjustment, location, etc. We then give the names of one or two providers to the caller, sharing pertinent information about the provider’s practice. All referrals are free. Clients are encouraged to call back if for any reason they cannot make compatible arrangements with a provider. 

Additional Services

SWTRS provides a variety of valuable services to professionals and the community. Call us to find a therapist for yourself or a family member or a client. We can match you with a supervisory consultant or a supervision group. We offer reduced-fee therapy for social work students. SWTRS members can provide in-service training, organizational consultation, and help with developing and marketing your private practice. Through our Speakers Bureau we can suggest speakers for professional and community groups. Interested in learning more? Contact us by telephone or e-mail us at to request an application or ask a question. 


If you have questions about whether joining SWTRS will help your practice, you can call the SWTRS team to discuss this at 617-720-2828.

Become a SWTRS Member 

To become a member email, stating your name and mailing address, and request a SWTRS membership application.


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