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Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse

On July 1, 2014, mandatory reporting of elder abuse against persons age 70 and older will become law (CRS 18-6.5-108). This law requires Social Workers and other professionals to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation to law enforcement when they observe or become aware of the mistreatment. The new law also has legal penalties for mandatory reporters if they fail to report mistreatment. The Colorado Adult Protective Services unit has made available a 30 minute on-line training program. To access the training, click here. You can learn more at, Adult Protective Services, Mandatory Reporting page.

Changes in Statute for Mental Health Holds

Effective July 1, 2013 an amendment was made to the law regarding mental health involuntary hold/civil commitment (CRS 27-65-102 Care & Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness).  This amendment was made in House Bill 13-1296 and was passed in May 2013, though it did not become effective until this month.

More specifically, the changes in the law concern definitions for “danger to self and others” and “gravely disabled”.  In addition, there is clarification from the Department of Human Services on the interpretation of the term “imminent” used in the Danger to Self and Others section of the law.  See the DHS webpage for further explanation of the changes.  

Professional Development Resources

Chapter CE Approved Providers -  click to see listing & links for detailed information.


Chapter Professional Education Workshops

These in-person workshops are provided directly by NASWCO. They are open to all social workers and other mental health professionals. Earn Professional Development Hours to meet DORA license renewal requirements, CECs are provided.  For details and to register click on the title of these upcoming workshops:

Role of the Mental Health Provider in Medication Treatment Adherence. Wednesday, September 24, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at University of Denver, GSSW. 3.5 CECs provided. $42 for members or $87.50 for non-members. This workshop reviews factors affecting adherence, the role of the mental health care provider in adherence, the benefits of risk reduction strategies, and stages of behavior change to identify barriers and steps to adherence. 

The New DSM-5 by Webcast.  Friday, October 3, from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. 2.5 CECs provided. $30 for member or $62.50 for non-member. The new DSM-5 has many dramatic changes. This workshop will provide an overview of these changes, and participants will learn about potential challenges they may encounter as they navigate the new manual.  A wonderful opportunity for members and others who live outside the Denver Metro area!


Chapter Info Sessions 

The Chapter periodically hosts sessions on: the Jurisprudence Exam, the LSW/LCSW License Process, and on CPD Requirements. Free for members and $75 for non-members. See the Community Calendar for scheduled dates and to register.

National Professional Education Programs

Social Work Online CE Institute

Several NASW Chapters have established this Institute comprised of social work focused courses offered on-demand. The library of courses includes 125+ distinctive distance learning courses in more than 60 topic areas available in audio, text, and video formats. Affordable learning at your pace and on your terms!

Professional Education and Training Center

NASW and Assurance Services, Inc. is pleased to sponsor the PETC. This online educational platform for professionals in social work provides convenient 24 hour access to quality continuing education. Depending on your interests, it's actually possible to take courses with fees that would be equal to your membership dues!

NASW Lunchtime Series

Live hour-long teleconferences held monthly for NASW members that highlight the latest social work issues. Besides a live teleconference, members can access the transcripts and audio/podcast component of the teleconference 24/7 through NASW’s Web site.

Community Search

Denver Region Social Hour

NASW Colorado, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd., Bldg B Suite 504, Denver, Colorado 80222 Phone 303-753-8890 Fax 303-753-8891