February 2017 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

  1. HB 445 Introduced: Contact Your Senator
  2. Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)
  3. PTSD Consultation Program
  4. Upcoming Licensure Prep Courses
  5. Licensure Prep Manuals Now Available
  6. Social Work Organizations Oppose Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act
  7. Special Act 31 Notice
  8. Licensure Cycle Ending Soon
  9. Last Minute CE Opportunities!
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HB 445 Introduced: Contact Your Senator
As you may know, NASW-PA is advocating on behalf of a bill which would ensure practice protection for social workers in PA. This would also protect clients in PA from under-qualified service providers. Although the last legislative session ended just before we could see our bill to the finish line (despite an extremely close call and an impressive advocacy effort from our membership), the bill is being re-introduced this legislative session as HB 445 and we are expecting to see it gain traction in coming months.

The House bill's primary sponsor will be  Representative Nick Miccarelli (R-162) and its Senate counterpart will be sponsored by  Senator Tom Killion (R-9) and Senator John Blake (D-22). These bills, however, have a greater chance of gaining ground if they have a substantial list of co-sponsors.

Right now, we need our members to contact their senators and ask them to co-sponsor the bill being filed by Senator Killion. Below is a sample script for when you call:

"Hello, my name is _______ and I am a constituent of Senator _______. I am calling to request that he/she become a co-sponsor of a bill that is being filed by Senator Killion. This is the bill that would provide practice protection for social workers in Pennsylvania and, in effect, would protect clients from under-qualified providers of social services. ...Thank you for your time."

If you need to look up your senator's contact info, you can click here.

If you would rather email your senator, a sample email can be found here.

Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)

2017 Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) will be taking place on April 18, 2017. Make sure to sign up soon; you will not want to miss one of our biggest events of the year!

Social work students and professionals are welcome to attend this event. Attendees will have a chance to speak with legislators about key social work issues. We are expecting a large group of social workers this year as we rally for change.

For more about Advocacy Day, click HERE

Interested in sponsoring Advocacy Day? Click HERE to see our sponsorship opportunities
PTSD Consultation Program

The PTSD Consultation Program, launched in 2011 to support VA providers, is now available to providers outside of the VA who are treating Veterans with PTSD. Our services are free.

Speak directly with experts from the National Center for PTSD about:

  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Clinical management
  • Resources
  • Assessment
  • Education & training opportunities
  • Referrals
  • Improving care
  • Transitioning Veterans to VA care

Upcoming Licensure Prep Courses
Licensure Prep Manuals Now Available!

The study manual contains 300 pages for review. The manual is designed to allow readers to become more comfortable with the exam content and style. The manual discusses areas you will be tested on and provides study materials related to those areas. A sample test is also included to help you prepare.

Do note that the licensure examination set forth by the Association of Social Work Boards is a nationally administered exam. Therefore, the NASW-PA licensure preparation manual can be used for study for applicants taking the exam elsewhere in the United States and in countries recognizing the ASWB exam.

Click HERE to order your copy!

Social Work Organizations Oppose Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) transformed our health care system and extended health insurance coverage to over 20 million individuals. Steps are in place to undo the progress we have made. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and  Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) oppose efforts to fully repeal the ACA which will abolish advances that have been made for consumers and providers thanks to the law...  Continue reading  
Special Act 31 Notice

Please contact us if you took an Act 31 training with NASW-PA and have had difficulty renewing your license due to the State Board not receiving your Act 31 credits.  At this time, all NASW-PA Act 31 courses (except for ones offered within the last week) have been entered. There are a few cases where incorrect or incomplete data may have resulted in an error, and it is important that you contact us to get any issues resolved.  Please check your record, and if needed, we can be reached at 717-232-4125.

Licensure Cycle Ends February 28, 2017

Here are some things you should know about renewing your license in February:

  • Our current cycle is from March 1, 2015 – February 28, 2017. Each cycle is two years, the next cycle will be March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2019

  • For your renewal of a license, 30 clock hours of continuing education must be completed by approved providers.

  • Excess clock hours may not be carried over. Of those 30 hours, three must be in ethics (either online or in person), three Act 31 clock hours if it’s your first time renewing, after the first renewal two Act 31 clock hours are required. Ten clock hours must be done live, the rest may be done online.

  • The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers will mail literature to your address on how to renew your license before the February 28, 2017 deadline.

  • It is not necessary to send copies of your certificates to the State Board of Social Workers for renewal, the State Board will contact you if they need copies during an audit.
  • Keep records of your certificates for at least four years from your license date.

Most common pre-approved CEU providers: 
(for more pre-approved providers see 47.37 of the regulations):

  • The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
  • Graduate and undergraduate programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and its state and local affiliates
  • The Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) and its state and local affiliates
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC)
  • The American Psychological Association (APA)
  • The Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program developed by the Association of Social Work Boards 
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Helpful websites:

Last Minute CE Opportunities!
There are many upcoming workshops available to help you get the rest of your CEs before renewing your license. Below are a few being provided by NASW-PA. For a complete list of upcoming CE events check out our Community Calendar

Zootopia: Movie and Discussion - 3 CEs
Central Division: Ethics and Documentation - 3 ethics
As Good as it Gets: Movie and Discussion - 3 CEs 
Spotlight: Movie and Discussion Act 31 - 3 CEs
Trouble with the Curve: Movie and Discussion - 3 CEs
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