“Come join our community …”

The human services profession makes life better for children, families and the community. We begin by helping individuals solve problems in their lives. Then we work toward helping individuals be prepared to meet their life’s needs. And we look even further — toward making systemic changes so that the entire community is stronger.

Strong communities are our goal and our livelihood. As the human services profession has grown and developed over the past 30 years, the National Organization for Human Services has always been there. Starting as an organization exclusively for human service educators, our membership — and our mission — now en-compasses educators, students and practitioners.

This community is our strength. Individually, we each face new and daunting challenges. Together, we meet those challenges with the knowledge and skills that will foster positive change for our clients and our communities. We invite you to join us.

... to foster excellence in human service delivery through education, scholarship and practice


For Students 

  • Expand your community beyond the campus — and become part of the human service community.
  • Establish important links with current human service practitioners
  • Be prepared for the new HS-BCP credential.

For Educators 

  • Be on the inside in developing and implementing standards for human service education.
  • Conduct and share research on effective teaching with your colleagues across the country.
  • Be the first to hold the HS-BCP credential.
  • Form partnerships with practitioners for community development initiatives.
  • Join with practitioners in support of our communities through public policy advocacy.

 For Practitioners 

  • Find a home where you are part of a professional community, both in your area and nationally.
  • Conduct and share  research on effective human service practice.
  • Be the first to hold the HS-BCP credential.
  • Join with educators to advocate for public policy initiatives in support of our communities.
  • Form partnerships with higher education for community development initiatives.

Membership Benefits 

  • Quarterly newsletter — see a sample copy online here. 
  • Annual peer-reviewed journal, published each fall.
  • Access to the members Only section of the NOHS web site, featuring an online forum for discussions and job postings.
  • Discounts on national conferences.
  • Eligibility to apply for member-only scholarships and grants.

Membership Rates

  • Student - $35
  • Educator/Practitioner - $95
  • Organization - $190 - Includes two individual members
  • Organization - Additional Member - $95
  • Retired - $60


All registrations and applications must be submitted online. For mail-in payments please print the online receipt and mail it in with your check / money order as payment to the following address: National Organization for Human Services, 147 SE 102nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97216. An email confirmation will be sent once receipt and payment is received. All Payments must be received within 30 days of online registration.

Please note: NOHS and TUA require separate memberships.