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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 - OAR 877-025-0011
LCSW's may carry over Up to 10 hours 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, LMSW, or RBSW 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.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC)
American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)
Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)
Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
Douglas Education Service District (DESD)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Institute, Inc. (EMDR)
International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)
Kaiser Permanente (Kaiser Foundation Health Plans, Inc.)
LifeWorks Northwest
Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District (LBL)
Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS)
National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC – Prev. Nat’l Assoc. for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors)
National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW – national and all state chapters)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)
Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA)
Oregon Friends of C. G. Jung (OFJ)
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
Oregon Health Authority (OHA)
Oregon Nursing Home Administrators Board (NHAB)
Oregon Psychoanalytic Center (OPC) 
Oregon State Bar (OSB)
Oregon State Hospital Department of Social Work (OSH)
Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts (PNSJA)
Pacific University
Pain Society of Oregon (PSO)
Portland State University (PSU)
Providence Health and Services
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work (WSSCSW)
Willamette Education Service District (WESD)
Continuing education approved by other State Social Work Licensing Boards

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.) 

Please submit at least 45 days prior to your renewal for adequate time for board approval.

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. 



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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 for approval prior to commencment of the sessions to be counted:

-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 only count up to 20 hours per renewal period in a study group. Study group hours are not backdated before approval is recieved.

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