Continuing Competency: Current Status, Challenges, and Trends

Presenters:

Anwar Najor-Durack, LCSW
Elaine Halsall, RCSW

This session will contrast continuing education and continuing competency definitions and the complexity of the competency issues.  Information will be provided on the resources of the ASWB ACE program.  Attendees will be challenged to examine the role of regulation in ensuring minimal and ongoing competency of licensed practitioners.

Learning objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between Continuing Education (CE) and Continuing Competence (CC) and the extent to which CE prepares competent practitioners.
  2. Describe the role of regulation in strengthening CC while ensuring a minimal level of competence.
  3. Identify the challenges and responsibility of measuring competency.

Presenter information:

Anwar Najor-Durack, Ph.D., is an assistant professor, clinical, and the director of field education for the Wayne State University (WSU) School of Social Work. Dr. Najor-Durack oversees the placement of all BSW and MSW students at the school of social work at WSU. She has served as the chair of the Michigan Board of Social Work, has chaired several subcommittees and served on the disciplinary subcommittee of the board. Dr. Najor-Durack also served as chair of the Approved Continuation Education (ACE) Committee of ASWB.

Elaine Halsall is a Registered Clinical Social Worker who holds both a BSW and an MA from the University of Victoria, Canada, and a Ph.D. from Roehampton University, England. Elaine’s social work practice has focused primarily on children, youth, and families with a special interest in human rights education, trauma, sexual exploitation, and children’s mental health. Elaine was a member and chair of the ASWB ACE Committee for many years and currently sits on the British Columbia College of Social Workers Quality Assurance Committee.

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