SOCIAL WORKERS: Please be sure to visit our KC calendar for more information on the Comfort Keepers/Social Work p.r.n. CEU event May 17th. The featured topic is: Safety Awareness Training: Everyday Self Defense for Social Workers and Human Service Workers.
***This is a necessary CEU for many Kansas social workers and will assist in meeting this requirement!
Beginning January 2011, the Association of Social Work Boards will reflect changes in the Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical exams. For more information visit: www.aswb.org.
Kansas NASW is providing six hours of social worker safety awareness training. This training beginning in 2011 will be required for those who have a current social work license first issued in 2009 or after. For more information
on the training click here.
NEW LAW FOR SOCIAL WORKERS GOES INTO EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2011
This is legislation that originated out of the death of Teri Mathis Zenner in 2004. She was a case manager and a MSW student when she was attacked and killed by a client while making a home visit. Her husband, Matt Zener, has worked many years to get legislation passed in Kansas that would require newly licensed social workers to obtain safety awareness training to prevent violence against social workers in the field. Any Kansas social worker who is renewing their social work license of any level of license for the first time , will be required to have six hours of training.
If you were first granted your LBSW, LMSW, or LSCSW in the year 2009 or after, you will need to obtain the six hours of training. The six hours will be included within the forty hours of the required continued education. For questions on this legislation contact the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board at 785.296.3240 or visit the Kansas NASW website, knasw.com.
National Network of mental health professionals are providing free mental health services to the U.S. Troops and families affected by the current military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization that has established a national network of mental health professionals in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Guam and Puerto Rico. Nearly 5,000 professionals have registered to participate in this critical effort. These licensed mental health professionals will give an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. In addition to providing direct counseling services, Give an Hour volunteers are working to educate the public and the military community and to reduce stigma so often associated with mental health. This organization was founded by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a Washington, DC area psychologist. To locate a provider, simply visit www.giveanhour.org and use the zip code search. If there is not a provider in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a provider will be located for you.
New resource for family caregivers. Caregiving presents considerable challenges-physical, emotional and economic. Emblem Health and the National Alliance for Caregiving have updated a resource for family caregivers. You can view this entire booklet, Care for the Family Caregiver: A Place to Start, at: www.caregiving.org.
Consider using the Health Care Advocate United Way of Greater Kansas City when you are unsure how to navigate through the health care system and need to help a client. By calling the United Way 2-1-1 program you can reach a Health Care Advocate that can help with community clinic referrals, prescription assistance, medical transportation, immunizations, medical support groups and far more. It takes one free and confidential call to get started in the right direction. In the past year, United Way's Health Care Advocate has assisted more than 3,000 clients in addressing health care issues. Sometimes the help involves directing individuals to the best programs and agencies that can assist, other times it involves coordinating multiple services to help callers find solutions to their medical issues. Funding for United Way's Health Care Advocate position has been provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
The Social Work Registry provides a repository for social workers' credential information while serving as a verification source for social work licensing boards. This is a great resource for social workers who want to become licensed in various jurisdictions. The Registry lets you establish a permanent file containing primary source records important to your social work career. At your request, this information can be transmitted to any regulatory board to which you may apply for licensure. For more information go to: www.aswb.org/registry.shtml
As a service to members, the OEPR provides ethics consultations for current NASW members. Ethic consultations are a resource for members who are experiencing an ethical dilemma. We do not provide advice or tell members what to do. However, we do guide them through the Code and point them to the areas of the Code that address their concerns. We provide dialogue and considerations that allow members to make ethical decisions. We may also refer members to the appropriate areas if their questions do not appear to be related to ethics but are more related to legal issues or standards of practice.
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