Boca Raton, FL, November 08, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Each state's continuing education requirements for social work license renewal as well as home study credits allowed has now been added to Social Work Programs Info website at SocialWorkPrograms.org. Social workers in most states in the US are required to take continuing education credits to increase their skills, meet state regulations and stay current with new trends. In the past, these were met by attending workshops outside the home. However, in recent years, online courses as well as home study courses have been available to attain CEU credits.
According to Dee Cohen, LCSW, and owner of SocialWorkPrograms.org, "Many people are not aware that each state varies in the number of credits allowed for home study course. A social worker from Florida may tell a friend in Connecticut that they fulfilled their continuing education credits all online. However, in the state of Connecticut, only six credits can be completed via home study."
Practicing social workers in the states New York, Colorado and Hawaii do not have continuing education credit requirements. For those in other states, the number of home study credits allowed per renewal period varies. For instance, in Louisiana ten of the twenty required courses can be done through home study. Montana also has a twenty credit requirement, but they can all be done online.
Furthermore, states may also have different number of credits according the type of social work degree. For instance, in Massachusetts the amount of credits differs based on whether one has the LICSW, LCSW, LSW or LSWA. For the LICSW 30 credits are needed. If one has the LCSW then only 20 credits are required. In Massachusetts these can all be completed via home study work. This is convenient for those who have full-time jobs and prefer to study the pdf documents provided by the websites. After one does this, the quiz is taken online. On the other hand, when one takes a continuing ed course in-person, often there is no test given.
At http://www.socialworkprograms.org information is provided about social work programs, social work licensing, scholarships and issues in mental health for both providers and patients. Social workers can learn about ways to prevent burnout as well as branches of social work they can pursue further.