CEC Provider Guidelines:
NASW/CT offers formal approval of Continuing Education Credit Hours, (previously known as CEUs), for workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria established by our national office and the state of Connecticut. These education offerings may then be used by social workers to meet the Continuing Education requirement for Social Work Licensure renewal in Connecticut. Many managed care organizations and privately sponsored credentials recognize NASW/CT Continuing Education Credit Hours (CECs).
NASW/CT has established an approval process designed to:
- assure LCSWs that approved programs meet the state of Connecticut continuing education requirement, and
- promote quality educational events which will advance professional development and enhance social work services to clients and the community.
Application for CECs for educational programs, workshops and conferences may be made by Approved Providers that meet the criteria and conditions below. Potential Providers may include, but are not limited to universities, professional organizations, social service agencies, training centers, and individual educators. To obtain an application, call NASW/CT at (860) 257-8066, or Click here to download a copy of the Application in Microsoft Word format.
CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL OF PROVIDERS:
Criteria for Approval of PROVIDERS
Criteria for Approval of EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Requirements For Providers
NASW/CT's Certificates of Completion
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CEC Provider Application Form ( WORD document. )
Applicants must have:
- A means of responsibility for control over all aspects of programs to ensure that educational objectives and standards are met.
- A system for selection and supervision of qualified instructors.
- A system for evaluation of programs by participants.
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CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS:
Determining the Number of Units
One continuing education credit hour may be approved for each contact hour of instruction (a contact hour may include a ten minute break) included in an educational activity instruction. The appropriate number of Continuing Education Credit Hours is determined prior to the beginning of the program, and is based on the objectives, content, format, methods of instruction, and program schedule. A workshop or event must be a minimum of 1 hour in length and a maximum of 8 hours per day.
Time devoted to announcements, welcoming speeches, scheduled coffee breaks, lunch and other social events is not included in the number of hours considered. Professional organization business meetings, luncheon or banquet speeches, and self-instruction do not qualify.
NASW/CT does not approve Continuing Education Credit Hours after a program has been delivered. Application for Continuing Education Credit Hours must be made by the Provider of the program, not by individual participants who attend the program. NASW/CT will determine the number of Continuing Education Credit Hours for a program.
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The Program must involve face-to-face didactic instruction. Representatives of the target audience, including persons holding a professional degree in social work, must provide input during the program planning to ensure the suitability of the subject matter to the level of application
There must be a clear statement of objectives for each program in order to ascertain that desired goals have been reached. Program objectives developed during the planning process may include, but are not limited to: changes in the attitude and approach of the learner to the solution of problems, presentation of new knowledge or updating obsolete information in specific content areas, the introduction to and/or mastery of specific skills and techniques, and improvement in the selective responses of the learner.
Connecticut Regulations require that the subject matter for continuing education activities for licensure renewal reflect the scope of practice of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The scope of practice is the application of established principles of psychosocial development, behavior, psychopathology, unconscious motivation, interpersonal relationships and environmental stress to the evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of biopsychosocial dysfunction, disability and impairment, including mental, emotional, behavioral, developmental and addictive disorders, of individuals, couples, families or groups. Clinical social work includes, but is not limited to,. counseling, psychotherapy, behavior modification and mental health consultation.
Continuing Education Credit Hours may be awarded for content relating to organizational structure, marketing and other topics relating to business management. However, a LCSW can use only three Continuing Education Credit Hours a year in this subject matter for license renewal.
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Methods of evaluation to determine the effectiveness of continuing education must be an integral part of each program.
A description of the evaluation methods, evaluation criteria, and sample evaluation forms must be included in the application. Evaluation forms or a summary must be submitted to NASW/CT within 30 days of the program. Failure to do so will cause loss of Provider privilege.
When activities have been approved for the awarding of Continuing Education Credit Hours, only those individuals who satisfactorily completed the activity will receive Continuing Education Credit Hours. It is the responsibility of the Provider of the program to document that the participant met this standard.
Connecticut regulation requires that the Approved Provider issue certificates of completion to participants and maintain records for three years.
For an additional fee of $10 per person per workshop NASW/CT will maintain these records for Providers and issue certificates of completion to individual participants. Records will be maintained for three years as required by Connecticut law.
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How to become an NASW/CT Approved Provider:
- Submit application information and application fee at least two months in advance of each program.
- Submit an evaluation summary or individual evaluation, forms to the NASW/CT office no later than 30 days following the event.
- Include in the announcement of the program the following statement:
This program has been approved for ___ Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for Social Work Licensure renewal.
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How to request that NASW/CT issue Certificates of Completion to participants and maintain records
We will send you sample forms prior to your program, and will mail the certificates to each individual within 30 days of receiving the forms from you.
- Certify the participation of each person in the training program for which Continuing Education Credit Hours are to be awarded by submitting to NASW/CT a Sign-In and Participant Forms with one check or money order for all participants requesting certificates within 30 days of the program.
NASW/CT will review each educational program offered for Continuing Education Credit Hours. Providers pay an annual fee based on the number of programs they will submit for review during the year. These fees are due upon application and are non-refundable. After the program, Providers may opt to have NASW/CT issue participant certificates and maintain their records. There is an additional charge for this service.
Yearly Fees as of February 1, 2010
Number of Programs
|more than 20
|for each additional program|
Organizations which were already approved Annual Providers prior to February 1, 2002 can continue to submit program applications under the previous fee schedule until their approval year expires.
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Advertisement Opportunities and Purchasing of Labels
All continuing education programs approved by NASW/CT will receive a complimentary listing on the NASW/CT's Web Site. Approved programs will also be listed in the NASW/CT Newsletter, if approved by press time. For information on other advertising opportunities in the NASWCT Newsletter and mailing label rental click here or call NASW/CT at (860) 257-8066
Submit 2 months in advance of a program a fully completed application, all supplemental materials, and fees, to:
Continuing Education - NASW/CT
2139 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Make checks payable to NASW/CT. All fees are non refundable. If your organization has already paid its fee for this year, you may submit an application with attachments via e-mail to email@example.com
Call NASW/CT for an printed application at (860) 257-8066, or
Click here to download a copy of the Application in Microsoft Word format.
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Last Updated: 08/31/07