Continuing Education Requirement on Veterans

As of January 1, 2016 LMSWs and LCSWs must attain 2 hours of continuing education on the topic of veterans and/or veterans families. This requirement of 2 hours is for every 6 years, except if you are renewing your license for the first time you must get the hours in that first renewal year. You do not have to attain all 2 hours at once. Watch for NASW/CT workshops on this topic to be offered around the state throughout 2016.

Comments

  1. Mark Johnson says

    I think this CEU’s to better understand the Veteran population in our state is a great idea. However, there are many Social Workers who are veteran’s and work with the Veteran population. Can there be an exemption for us. Most of us could teach on this topic. I am not sure what we would gain from this requirement. I would rather use these CEU’s toward more in depth training on PTSD, mTBI, readjustment and the family, etc.

    Respectfully,
    Mark

    • Sandy Scully says

      Thank you for your comment Mark. Unfortunately there are no exemptions to this new law.

      New Veterans Continuing Education Requirement Starts January 1, 2016

      As of January 1, 2016 there is a new requirement for continuing education for those who are LMSWs and LCSWs whereby the licensed practitioner must attain continuing education related to veterans and veterans families. The requirement is for 2 hours every 6 years, however if you are renewing your license for the first time you must get the 2 hours in during your first renewal year. You do not have to attain all 2 hours at the same time. Other health professions also are covered by the law.

      NASW/CT will be offering workshops throughout the state in 2016 that will meet this requirement. We encourage our members to meet the requirement in 2016, in which case you will have met the requirement until 2022. Our first workshop is on Aging & Veterans, February 26th, West Hartford http://naswct.org/events/social-work-dos-and-donts-in-working-with-aging-veterans/

      This new requirement was passed by the CT Legislature in 2015. NASW/CT opposed the original bill, which called for 2 hours per year. The chapter agreed to compromise language of once every six years.

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