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BOARD OF LICENSED SOCIAL WORKERS

 

DIVISION 25

CONTINUING EDUCATION REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

877-025-0001

General

A regulated social worker must complete and report continuing education according to the requirements in this division of rules. A certified social work associate is not required to complete or report continuing education.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510(3), 675.530(1)(3), 675.535(1), 675.537(1)(3), 675.560 (2), 675.571(4), 675.595(3), 675.600(1)(a)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Hist.: BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

877-025-0006

Types of Continuing Education

To meet the requirements of this division of rules, continuing education must be one of the following:

(1) A conference, seminar, book, journal article or workshop that:

(a) Addresses subjects related to the regulated social worker’s work practice;

(b) Is attended (or read as applicable) by the regulated social worker in person, on-line or through a web cast; and

(c) Is provided or approved by a credentialing body recognized and approved by the board. The board recognizes and approves a credentialing body based on the following practices of the body:

(A) The body uses an established process for determining which training to provide or approve.

(B) The body uses an established process for determining who will present the training.

(C) The body provides, with respect to the training, written materials that demonstrate the relevance of the training to the field of clinical social work.

(D) The body establishes an appropriate number of continuing education credits for the training.

(E) The body verifies the credentials of the presenters of the training.

(F) The body uses an established system for the evaluation of presenters.

(G) The body provides a certificate of completion to those who attend, based on actual attendance.

(2) A conference, seminar, book, journal article, or workshop that:

(a) Meets the following requirements:

(A) Is related to the field of clinical social work or, in the case of a baccalaureate social worker or master’s social worker, the field of social work;

(B) Addresses subjects related to the regulated social worker’s work practice;

(C) Is not provided or approved by a credentialing body recognized and approved by the board; and

(D) Is attended (or read as applicable) by the regulated social worker in person, on-line, or through a web cast.

(b) Is approved by the Board based on the regulated social worker’s written application that:

(A) Contains the following information:

(i) Name or description of the event.

(ii) Date of the event.

(iii) Brief description of the training sufficient to show that the training meets the requirements of section (2)(a) of this rule.

(iv) Name and credentials of each presenter.

(v) Number of continuing education units requested.

(vi) Copy of the certificate of completion.

(B) Is received by the board not later than the time of the submission of the report required by OAR 877-025-0021 and not later than 45 days prior to the last day of the birth month of the regulated social worker.

(c) No more than 10 hours of continuing education described in OAR 877-025-0006(2) may be credited in a report.

(3) For Registered Baccalaureate Social Workers and Licensed Master’s Social Workers, an in-service, agency-sponsored program that otherwise meets the requirements of subsection (2) of this rule section. CE credit form such a qualifying in-service can be used for up to half the applicable CE hours required for renewal. (4) A course related to social work at an accredited college or university.

(4) A training video or audio recording approved by a credentialing body recognized and approved by the board using the standards provided in section (1)(c) of this rule. Successful completion is demonstrated by award to the regulated social worker by the credentialing body.

(5) Participation in a study group, subject to the following limitations:

(a) The group must contain a minimum of five and a maximum of ten — mental health professionals who meet for a minimum of an hour on a scheduled basis to discuss topics directly related to the field of social work.

(b) The focus of the group’s meeting must be a presentation or discussion of a book or article published by a professional body.

(c) The topics of the group’s discussion must be directly related to established mental health care and relevant to good practice.

(d) A maximum of two hours may be credited for a single group meeting.

(e) Credit for participation in a study group must be approved by the board. To apply for approval, a regulated social worker must submit the names of the group members and discussion topics to the board.

(f) For purposes of this section, mental health professionals is defined as those who:

(A) Hold a current license or certification for mental health service delivery issued by the State of Oregon; or

(B) Are certified under the authority of ORS 430.256 and 430.357 as Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors to provide alcohol and drug abuse prevention services, intervention services and treatment; or

(C) Are employed by or contracting with an entity that is certified or licensed by the State of Oregon under ORS 430.610 to 430.695 to provide mental health treatment or addiction services, and authorized to use the designation of ‘Qualified Mental Health Professional ‘ or ‘Qualified Mental Health Associate’ under the rules of the State of Oregon.

(6) Development and presentation of a conference, workshop, or seminar that would be countable for credit under section (1) or (2) of this rule.

(7) A language course taken and completed with a passing grade at an accredited college, community college or university for the purpose of improving the regulated social worker’s capacity to serve clients with increased competency. No more than 25% of the continuing education credited in a report can originate from language credit as provided for in this subsection.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510(3), 675.530(1)(3), 675.535(1), 675.537(1)(3), 675.560 (2), 675.571(4), 675.595(3), 675.600(1)(a)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Hist.: BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11; BLSW 1-2012, f. 12-14-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13

877-025-0011

Required Hours of Continued Education

(1) Generally.

(a) A regulated social worker is required to report continuing education for all periods during which the person’s registration or license is active except for the period covered by the initial certificate of registration or license, unless a waiver is granted under section (2) of this rule. An initial issuance is the first issuance of the board of a certificate of registration or license to the regulated social worker.

(b) Following the first renewal of a certificate of registration or license, except when the regulated social worker is on inactive status, the regulated social worker must complete continuing education in each reporting period at the times described in OAR 877-025-0021. The holder of an inactive certificate of registration or license is not required to submit the biennial report.

(c) A report covering a two-year period must include:

(A) For a registered baccalaureate social worker, a minimum of 20 hours of creditable continuing education, including a minimum of 6 hours of ethics.

(B) For a master's social worker, a minimum of 30 hours of creditable continuing education, including a minimum of 6 hours of ethics.

(C) For a licensed clinical social worker, a minimum of 40 hours of creditable continuing education, including a minimum of 6 hours of ethics. A licensed clinical social worker who reports more than 40 hours for a two-year reporting period or 20 for a one-year reporting period may carry over the excess hours to the next required report. No more than 10 hours may be carried over to the next reporting period.

(d) In a report that covers a shorter period than two years, as may happen in the case of the first report by a new regulated social worker or following the reactivation of a registration or license, the number of hours required by sub-section (c) of this section is pro-rated.

(2) Waiver of requirement.

(a) Upon timely written request of a regulated social worker, made as soon as the regulated social worker is aware of the possible need for a waiver, the board may reduce the number of hours required by section (1) of this rule in the event the regulated social worker is unable, due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the [licensee] regulated social worker, to complete the number of hours of continued education required by this division of rules.

(b) A reduction authorized by the board would normally reflect the regulated social worker’s ability to attend training during the time not affected by the adverse circumstances leading to the request. For instance, a regulated social worker unaffected by the adverse circumstance during the first year of a two-year reporting period would be expected to obtain 20 hours of credit.

(c) Examples of circumstances that may justify a waiver are:

(A) A circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the regulated social worker makes it impracticable to attend training for an extended time.

(B) The health of the regulated social worker or of another person makes it impracticable to attend training for an extended time.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510(3), 675.530(1)(3), 675.535(1), 675.537(1)(3), 675.560 (2), 675.571(4), 675.595(3), 675.600(1)(a)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Hist.: BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11; BLSW 1-2012, f. 12-14-12, cert. ef. 1-1-13

877-025-0021

Reporting Requirements

(1) Regulated social workers must report the completion of continuing education every two years in a manner prescribed by the board. The report must be made at the time the regulated social worker submits an application to renew a certificate or license except that in the case of a licensed clinical social worker.

(a) A licensee whose license number ends with an odd number must submit the report with an application for renewal effective in an odd-numbered year.

(b) A licensee whose license number ends with an even number must submit the report with an application for renewal effective in an even-numbered year.

(2) The report is part of the renewal application and must contain information sufficient to demonstrate that the regulated social worker has met the requirements in this division of rules. A regulated social worker who fails to meet the requirements is subject to a denial of the application for renewal or to sanction by the board unless the failure was due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the regulated social worker and the regulated social worker agrees to a plan to compensate for the deficiency.

(3) The Board conducts routine, random audits of compliance with continuing education requirements. A regulated social worker must retain completion certificates, program information, and other documents needed to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of this division of rules for a minimum of 24 months after reporting completion of continuing education requirements to the board and must provide them to the Board upon request.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.510(3), 675.530(1)(3), 675.535(1), 675.537(1)(3), 675.560 (2), 675.571(4), 675.595(3), 675.600(1)(a)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.510 - 675.600
Hist.: BCSW 1-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; BLSW 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-10; BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

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