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Florida Mental Health Laws and Rules – New CE Course from PDResources

By: Leo Christie, PhD

Florida Mental Health Laws and RulesFlorida Mental Health Laws and Rules is a new 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course approved to meet the requirements of a Florida Laws and Rules course as a license renewal requirement for Florida-licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors.

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It is required every third biennium after initial licensure. Content of this course will include excerpts from the relevant Florida statutes and Administrative Code regulating the practice of social work, marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling, along with interpretive commentary and case examples. Included are Chapter 491 of the Florida Statutes – the practice act for these named professionals, Chapter 64B4 of the Florida Administrative Code – establishing the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling, and selected sections from Chapters 39, 394, and 456 of the Florida Statutes.

Emphasis is on those issues most important for practicing mental health clinicians in delivering ethical, legal, and competent professional services while attending to prudent risk management practices.

The goal of this course is to make life easier for clinicians by presenting a brief summary of the relevant laws and rules of practice in the State of Florida, leading to an ever-increasing awareness of and conscious compliance with the particulars of those bodies of legislation.

Course Directions:

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. You can print the test (download test from My Courses tab of your account) and mark your answers on it while reading the course document. Then submit online when ready to receive credit. Email any questions to admin@pdresources.org – we’re here to help!

About the Author:

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is currently CEO of Professional Development Resources, a Florida nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years’ experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

CE Information:

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); and the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and is CE Broker compliant (courses are reported within one week of completion).

Source: Florida Mental Health Laws and Rules

 

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Continuing Education and License Renewals Information for Alaska Social Workers

social workSocial workers licensed in the state of Alaska have a biennial license renewal with a June 30th deadline, even years. Forty-five (45) continuing education hours are required for license renewal.

Six hours of substance abuse; three hours of ethics, six hours of cross cultural education of which three hours related to Alaska natives are required. There are no limits on home study if ASWB approved.

Professional Development Resources, Inc. (ACE Approval Number 1046) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) http://www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs. ASWB Approval Period: 6/12/2000 – 6/12/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Requirements for Continuing Education

Alaska-licensed social workers have a license renewal every two years with a deadline of June 30th, even years. Forty-five (45) hours of continuing education are required to renew a license. Six (6) hours of substance abuse; three (3) hours of ethics, six (6) hours of cross cultural education of which three (3) hours related to Alaska natives are required. There are no limits on home study if ASWB approved.

Information gathered from the Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners on April 21, 2014.

Source: http://www.pdresources.org/blog_data/alaska-social-workers-continuing-education-and-license-renewals/

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in CE Requirements, Social Work

 

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Oklahoma Social Workers License Renewals and Continuing Education Information

http://www.pdresources.org/blog_data/oklahoma-social-workers-continuing-education-and-license-renewals/Social workers licensed in the state of Oklahoma have an annual license renewal with a deadline of December 31st.

Sixteen (16) hours of continuing education are required for license renewal. Out of the sixteen hours, eight hours must be Category 3, and the other eight hours must be live.

National accreditation accepted is ASWB, and three (3) hours of ethics are required at each renewal.

Continuing education assures the best possible standards for the social work profession. All licensees to participate in continuing education as a licensing condition.

This organization (Professional Development Resources, Inc. ACE Approval Number 1046) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWBwww.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program.

Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs. ASWB Approval Period: 6/12/2000 – 6/12/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Continuing Education Requirements

Social workers licensed in Oklahoma have a yearly license renewal with a December 31st deadline. Sixteen continuing education hours are required to renew a license.

Of the sixteen hours, eight hours must be Category 3, and the other eight hours must be live. National accreditation accepted is ASWB, and three hours of ethics are required at each renewal.

 

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Happy Social Work Day!

U.S. Congress Recognizes World Social Work Day and Professional Social Work Month

Nation’s Social Workers are Honored in March for Outstanding Community Contributions

World Social Work Day 2012There are people in every community who go above and beyond their regular work to make a significant difference in the lives of thousands. These advocates can come from any field, but many times they are professional social workers.  In recognition of these efforts, U.S. Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) have introduced a resolution into the Congressional Record that celebrates National Professional Social Work Month and World Social Work Day.

World Social Work Day is coordinated by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and celebrated on March 20, 2012. “Wherever there is extreme poverty, lack of basic needs like food, water and shelter, the trafficking and abuse of people across countries or serious family problems in affluent societies, you will find social workers alongside people, helping them to make changes in their lives,” says IFSW President David N. Jones, PhD. “World Social Work Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the crucial work of building people-centered, sustainable social progress and social change.”

Use Facebook and Twitter to spread the news about World Social Work Day (#wswday).

In addition, U.S. Representative Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) introduced similar resolutions in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and School Social Work Week. These statements from key national legislators help raise awareness that millions of people every day are making changes in their lives, and improving their quality of life, with the assistance of social workers.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has coordinated Professional Social Work Month in March for more than 25 years.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Social Workers Inspire Community Action.” NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH says that the 2010 Social Work Month theme and the ACSW 50th Anniversary underscore the association’s focus this year on leadership development.  “We have so many inspiring leaders to look to in our profession’s history as we plan for the future. Others may think and talk about problems, but social workers do something to change the systems that perpetuate them,” she says.

The School Social Work Association of America organizes School Social Work Week, and more than 35,000 social work leaders hold NASW’s ACSW credential. Find stories about professional social workers making a difference on these Web sites:

Source: http://www.naswdc.org/pressroom/2010/031710.asp

Source #2: http://ifsw.org/get-involved/world-social-work-day/

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in General

 

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Renewal Information for North Dakota Social Workers

Social Workers in North Dakota are required to renew their licenses biennially on December 31st of odd years. 30 hour of continuing education are required to renew (CE due 11/15 of odd years).

North Dakota Social Workers can earn all 30 hours online - on their time!

Click to view ASWB-approved online CE!

Courses offered by ASWB-approved providers are accepted by the North Dakota State Board of Social Work Examiners. All 30 hours may be earned through ASWB-approved online courses.

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education for social workers by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program). Over 100 online and home study courses are available at: http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Social-Work/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

Continuing education course content must relate to theories and concepts of human behavior and the social environment, social work knowledge and skills, social work research or practice evaluation, social work ethics, or cross disciplinary courses directly relevant to social work practice or specialty.

Non-acceptable continuing education topics include, but are not limited to, those contrary to the code of ethics, as well as topics such as marketing, business, personal enrichment, time management, supervisory sessions, technology enhancement, staff orientation, agency or other meetings regarding procedural issues, CPR classes, computer-related workshops, etc.

NDBSWE Continuing Education Guidelines are available at: http://www.ndbswe.com/pdf/Guidelines11.pdf

 

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Mississippi Social Workers & MFTs

Even though both Social Workers and MFTs are licensed under the same board, there are different continuing education requirements for each profession.

Social Workers

Mississippi-licensed Social Workers are required to obtain 40 hours of continuing education during each renewal cycle. LSW renew on 9/30 and LCSW/LMSW renew on 4/30, every 2 years.

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education for Mississippi social workers by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program).
Marriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)
Mississippi-licensed MFTs are required to obtain 35 hours of continuing education during each renewal cycle.
MFTs renew on 9/30, every 2 years from initial licensure.
  • 4 hours must pertain to professional ethics (not allowed from online courses)
  • 2 hours in supervision is required of MFTs holding supervisor status
  • 17 hours are allowed from approved online courses with a posttest and evaluation
  • AAMFT-approved courses are automatically accepted
Professional Development Resources is NOT an approved provider of continuing education for Mississippi-licensed MFTs.
 
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Posted by on September 8, 2011 in General

 

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Renewal Information for Missouri Social Workers

Missouri licensed social workers renew on September 30th

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Missouri-licensed Social Workers renew on September 30th, every 2 years (from year of initial licensure). 30 hours of continuing education (CE) are required to renew. 15 hours are allowed from online (self-study) courses offered by ASWB or APA approved providers. 3 hours in ethics is required each renewal. The ethics course must be presented or written by a qualified social worker.

Here are some renewal FAQs from the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers:

You may view the rules on continuing education at http://pr.mo.gov/socialworkers‐education.asp

Do I need to submit proof of continuing education with my renewal? Yes, per question 5(A) on the renewal form.

How do I submit proof of my continuing education? Please submit proof per 20 CSR 2263‐2.082 of the rules. Documentation of continuing education may consist of‐

  • Certificates of affidavits provided by the program/sponsor;
  • Receipts for fees paid to the sponsor;
  • Educational transcripts;
  • Written verification from the university practicum that the licensee provided supervision of undergraduate or graduate students;
  • Copy of publication and letter from editor/publisher;
  • A written announcement of a presentation scheduled and/or brochure specifically identifying the licensee as the presenter of a course/seminar/program.

Does the committee require the original certificate(s) of completion? No, the original document(s) are not required. You may provide copies to the committee along with the renewal form and fee. You may keep the original documents for your records.

How many hours of self‐study are allowed each renewal period? 15 clock hours

What if I do not have proof of my continuing education? Licensees are responsible for maintaining records of continuing education activities. This documentation shall be retained for 2 years following license renewal. If you do not have proof, you should contact the program/sponsor to obtain another certificate of completion.

How many hours of ethics are required? 3 clock hours each renewal period.

Will a list of CE from my employer be acceptable? A listing of CE from your employer will be acceptable if the list contains ALL of the following information‐

  • Be on employer letterhead
  • State the licensee’s full name
  • Indicate the name/title of each training
  • State instructor & qualifications or who sponsored/approved the training(s).
  • Date of each training
  • Total number of clock hours earned at each training
  • Whether or not the training was self‐study or face‐to‐face/live.

Employer CE listings that do not clearly contain all of the information above will not be accepted.

May I pay the renewal fee by credit card? No. Payment must be submitted by check or money order along with your renewal form and proof of CE, payable to the State Committee for Social Workers.

When will supervisors for licensure be required to complete the 3 hour supervision training refresher course? Supervisors will be required to complete this course prior to the 2012 renewal and each renewal thereafter.

Will the committee review my continuing education prior to the renewal period? No. The committee will not review proof of continuing education prior to the renewal period. If you have questions as to what constitutes as acceptable continuing education, please review the rules on continuing education. A link to the rules is listed above.

How do I find out if training I completed will count towards my continuing education? If you have questions on whether or not training will qualify as acceptable continuing education, please refer to the rules on continuing education. A link to the rules is listed above.

May I still practice if my license is not renewed by the expiration date? No. Any licensee who fails to timely renew shall not perform any act for which a license is required until the license is renewed.

This is my first time renewing a license in Missouri, how many hours of CE will I need? A licensee who becomes licensed during a renewal period shall be required to obtain continuing education; however, the hours will be pro‐rated based upon the original issuance date. You may view the pro‐rated hours required by referring to the chart under section 20 CSR 2263‐2.082(5)(A) of the rules. This chart pertains to newly licensed individuals only.

Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education for social workers by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program). Professional Development Resources is also approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in General

 

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