CE: It’s Not Just Seat Warming

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Jennifer Henkel, MSSW, LCSW, ASWB Director of Member Services
Dale Atkinson, ASWB General Counsel

This session will provide a broad overview of the commonalities and variances of specific continuing education (CE) requirements across all the ASWB jurisdictions. This will be an interactive session that will help participants to examine the relative value of CE requirements in relation to the impact on continued competency. It will provide information on other professions’ regulatory mandates for continuing education. The session will include jurisprudence competencies, Duty to Warn competency, CE requirements as a part of license sanctions, and the ASWB model law regarding continuing competency.

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Social work continuing education requirements by license (PDF)
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Social work continuing education general requirements by jurisdiction (PDF)
Social work continuing education general requirements by jurisdiction (Excel spreadsheet)

Learning objectives:

After this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Articulate the legal and regulatory mandates for continuing education.
  2. List special topic areas included in continuing education.
  3. Identify three different times when post-degree continuing education is required.

Presenter information:

Dale J. Atkinson is the managing member of the Northbrook, IL, law firm of Atkinson & Atkinson, LLC. He received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon. Atkinson & Atkinson represents various associations of regulatory boards, including: the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB), the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB), and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

Mr. Atkinson represents the referenced associations in all matters relating to their operations as not-for-profit corporations, including regulatory activities, education and accreditation, disciplinary actions, model legislation and applications, and all phases of the development and administration of licensure examination programs, licensure transfer programs, licensure credentials verification, and storage. He is a frequent speaker before these association clients as well as other regulatory groups. He also produces numerous writings on these subjects for publications. Mr. Atkinson also serves as executive director of FARB, a not-for-profit association whose governing members consist of associations of regulatory boards. FARB facilitates cross-profession interaction and provides educational programs for board members, staff, investigators, and attorneys related to regulation in the interest of public protection.

Jennifer Henkel, MSSW, LCSW, joined ASWB in 2013. She is the director of member services and her responsibilities include conducting research and providing trainings and consultation to ASWB member boards, social workers, and other stakeholders regarding social work regulation, and providing oversight of the resources and services offered to ASWB’s member boards and colleges. She graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. Prior to joining ASWB, Jennifer trained as a structural family therapist and worked as a clinical social worker in a variety of settings. She was the director of an intensive in-home agency and a rural community mental health clinic.


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