Details On New York State Social Work Continuing Education Law
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Specialist
New York State Office of The Professions Outlines Guidelines for Social Work Continuing Education
As I reported a few months ago, mandatory continuing education credits will go into effect for anyone who is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York State starting January 1, 2015.
Until recently there was little known about how this new law would be implemented. In the past month the New York Department of Education, Office of the Professions has updated their website detailing how the new law will be rolled out. You can read the entire fact sheet here.
LMSW and LCSW holders will need to accumulate 36 hours of continuing education credits triennially. The education department has created a chart to help those of us who have renewals communing up during the first three years of the requirement taking effect. You can find the chart at the above link.
The department also has a page on their website where we will be able to locate approved CEU’s. So far there are none listed but that is probably because they are still in the process of approving providers.
With regards to subject matter of the courses:
The subject matter must contribute to the professional practice of social work and have as its focus:
theories and concepts of human behavior in the social environment;
social work practice, knowledge and skills;
social work research, programs, or practice evaluations;
social work management, administration or social policy;
social work ethics;
clinical interventions, evidence-based models, and principles of clinical social work practice, psychotherapy, and clinical social work diagnosis;
client communications and recordkeeping;
administrative supervision of licensed master social work and clinical supervision of licensed clinical social work practice;
pedagogical methodologies or other topics which contribute to the professional practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work; or
cross-disciplinary offerings from medicine, law, administration, education and the behavioral sciences are acceptable if they are clearly related to the enhancement of social work practice, skills and knowledge, and the health, safety, and/or welfare of the public.
Independent study is not considered acceptable. However we will be allowed to take up to 12 hours of self-study courses as long as said courses have been approved by department of education.
If you are interested in becoming a continuing education provider you can find out what requirements you must meet and as well as how to apply here.