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Continuing Education

Rules on Continuing Education

This revised rule was filed with the Secretary of State and became effective January 1, 2011.
Division 25: Continuing Education Reporting Requirements

CEU Requirements 
LCSW 40 credit hours of Clinical studies every 2 years
(must include 6 hours in ethics coursework)
LCSW - Semi-Retired 20 credit hours of Clinical studies every 2 years
(must include 6 hours in ethics coursework)
LCSW - Inactive No CEUs required
CSWA No CEUs required
LMSW 30 credit hours every 2 years
(must includes 6 hours in ethics coursework)
RBSW 20 credit hours every 2 years
(must include 6 hours in ethics coursework)
Supervisors Must complete 6 credit hours every 5 years in supervision coursework. 

Carry Over
Up to 10 hours may be carried over from each CEU reporting period.  For instance, if you accrue 62 hours in one reporting period, 40 can be applied towards the reporting requirements, and 10 can be carried over to the next reporting period. Carry over hours do not apply to Semi-Retired LCSW renewals.

Graduate level classes and continuing education courses that have content that is directly related to established mental health care and is clinical in nature (Generally from psychology, social work, counseling, and education departments).
The following course credits can be applied towards the CEU requirements:

Semester Credit 15 CEUs
Quarter Credit 10 CEUs

CEUs for Presenters
If you teach a course accredited by a Credentialing Body, you can count CEUs the first time you teach the course.  For instance, if you teach a recurring course on Clinical Supervision for 6 CEUs for attendees, you can count the 6 CEUs the first time you teach the course, but not for subsequent courses.
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Accepted CE Bodies

While the following list of Board-accepted Credentialing Bodies is provided for your guidance, it is important to remember that the content of all workshops, conferences, social work courses, etc. must be clinical in nature to meet the rule requirement.

  • AASECT American Association of Sex Educators
  • ABTC American Board of Transplant Coordinators
  • ACCBO Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon Board
  • AFCC Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • AFTA American Family Therapy Academy
  • AMA American Medical Association
  • ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • APA American Psychological Association
  • ASCH American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • APA American Psychiatric Association
  • ASWB Association of Social Work Boards
  • BENHA Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
  • CBMT The Certification Board of Music Therapists
  • CCF The Canadian Counseling Federation
  • CCMC The Commission of Case Manager Certification
  • CGJ Jung Institute of the Pacific Northwest
  • CRCC Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
  • DVA Department of Veterans Affairs
  • DCESD Douglas County Education Service District
  • EAP Employees Assistance Professionals
  • EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Institute
  • IACET International Association for Continuing Education and Training
  • LBESD Linn-Benton Education Service District
  • NAADAC National Association for Addiction Professionals
  • NASP National Association of School Psychologists
  • NASW National Association of Social Workers  
  • NBCC National Board of Certified Counselors
  • NCPG National Council on Problem Gambling
  • OFJ Oregon Friends of Jung
  • OHSU Oregon Health and Science University
  • Oregon Health Authority  **NEW
  • OSB Oregon State Bar
  • OSCSW Oregon Society of Clinical Social Workers
  • OSHDSW Oregon State Hospital Department of Social Work 
  • PHS Providence Health and Services
  • PSO Pain Society of Oregon
  • PSU Portland State University
  • WESD Willamette Education Service District
  • WSSCSW Washington State Society of Clinical Social Workers
  • VA U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Continuing Education approved by other State Social Work Licensing Boards
  • New listing of Credentialing Bodies will be added as they become approved by the Board. If you have any questions, please call the Board's office at 503-378-5735. 


    CEUs for Courses Not Approved by Governing Body
    The Boards Continuing Education Committee may review up to 10 hours of credit per
    reporting period for continuing education activities not approved by a mental health professional body (OAR 877-025-0006).
    The following need to be submitted to the Board for a course, workshop, or seminar to be considered that has not been approved by one of the Board's credentialing bodies:

    • An Outline of the Course's Content
    • Goals and Objectives
    • A Completion Document or Certificate
    • The Presenter's Credentials
    • Any Other Printed Materials from the Course (brochures, syllabus, hand-outs, etc.) 

    This information needs to be received 45 days prior to the renewal in which you owe continuing education.
    You may contact the Board office at (503) 378-5735 or Oregon.blsw@state.or.us for more information.


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    Study Groups

    In order to have a Study Group count toward your Continuing Education Requirement, you will need to submit the following to the Board:

    -A List of Group Members
    -A General Synopsis of Topics the Group Will Discuss (Must be Clinical)

    The group must contain no less than 5 and no more than 10 mental health professionals. You may count up to 20 hours of CEU per renewal period in a study group.

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