Each Department-approved provider determines the length of the course to be offered and then will determine the hours according to the following: the awarding of continuing education hours is based on a contact hour which is equivalent to 50 minutes of an organized learning activity and a 10 minute break. Thus, a program of two clock hours would be awarded 2.0 continuing education hours.
Other activities such as those listed in the following chart may be approved for the amount of hours indicated.
|Acceptable Activities||Continuing Education Hours|
|Successful completion of a credit- or non-credit bearing course at a higher education institution, that is related to the practice of social work and is offered by a provider approved by the Department to offer continuing education to LMSWs and LCSWs; and in a subject area that is acceptable to the Department||15 continuing education hours per each semester course credit hour, i.e., 3 credit course = 45 continuing education hours|
|Preparing and teaching a credit-bearing course in a higher education institution or psychotherapy institute approved by the Department to offer social work continuing education and is in a subject area that is acceptable to the Department; and meets the requirements of regulations, i.e., the licensee is teaching the course for the first time or is presenting new or revised material||Continuing education hours may include the actual instruction time plus up to two additional hours for preparation time for each hour of presentation. This means that a licensee could be credited with acceptable continuing education hours for developing and presenting a three-semester hour credit course, as follows: 45 + (45 x 2) = 135 hours for a three-semester hour course.|
|Preparing and teaching a continuing education course for an approved provider that is in an approved subject matter area; and meets the requirements of regulations, i.e., the licensee is teaching the course for the first time or is presenting new or revised material||For every in-class continuing education hour, one hour of continuing education credit may be awarded plus up to two additional hours for preparation time for each hour of presentation. A licensee could be credited with 6 hours of acceptable continuing education credit for a two-hour course, i.e., 2 + (2 x 2) = 6|
|Making a technical presentation at a professional conference sponsored by an organization that is an approved provider of social work continuing education that is in an approved subject matter area; and meets the requirements of regulations, i.e., the licensee is presenting the information for the first time or is presenting new or revised material||For every presentation contact hour, one hour of continuing education credit may be awarded plus up to two additional hours for preparation time for each hour of presentation.|
|Authoring a first-time article published in a peer-reviewed journal or a chapter in a published book on the practice of LMSW or LCSW||2 hours of continuing education|
|Authoring a first-time book on the practice of LMSW or LCSW||5 hours of continuing education|
|Completing a structured, self-study program offered by a provider approved by the Department that is based on audio, audio-visual, written, on-line or other media; and does not include live instruction that allows the licensee to interact with the instructor and/or other students||One hour of continuing education credit for each 50-minute hour of instruction, as determined by the approved provider. Self-study may comprise no more than 12 continuing education hours in any three-year registration period, or one-third of the hours for a registration period other than 36 months.|