Child Abuse, Ethics, and Suicide Prevention Training Requirements
You must receive three CEs in ethics, one suicide prevention, and two CEs in Act 31 child abuse recognition and reporting training to renew your license. First time renewals must receive an additional CE hour in Act 31 training (totaling three CEs).
Act 31 Child Abuse Training Requirement
Act 31 of 2014 states that the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA), in conjunction with the Department of Human Services (DHS) is required to ensure that all persons applying for issuance of an initial license as a health-related licensee shall be required to complete three hours of DHS-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure.
Additionally, effective with the first license renewal after Jan. 1, 2015, all health related licensees applying for the renewal of a license issued by the Board are required to complete at least two hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of renewal. Act 31 applies to all health-related licensees.
Act 74 Suicide Prevention Training Requirement
Act 74 of 2016, signed by PA Governor Wolf, requires licensees of the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to complete one hour of continuing education in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risk. Beginning with the biennial renewal cycle of March 1, 2017, through Feb. 28, 2019, licensees must complete one hour of continuing education in suicide prevention as a condition of license renewal. If the word “suicide” or a derivative of the word “suicide” is contained in the title of a suicide prevention course/program taken through an approved provider, the continuing education earned can be used towards satisfying the suicide prevention continuing education requirement. If the course/program pertains to suicide prevention and the title of the course/program does not contain the word “suicide,” the approved provider of the course/program must indicate on the certification of attendance/completion the number of hours of suicide prevention continuing education earned.
Note: The required one hour of continuing education in suicide prevention is separate from the required three hours of continuing education in ethics. The two requirements may not be combined.
Ethics Training Requirement
Three (3) of the thirty (30) hours must be specifically in the ethical practice of social work.
The above information pertains to PA licensed social workers.
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) maintains information about social work regulations and licensure requirements as a service to it's members and the public.
For the most current information about social work licensure requirements, visit your jurisdiction’s website or review their statutes and/or administrative rules.