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Do You Know a Fantastic Social Worker?

Nomination Deadline Extended to December 10th!   Nominate a colleague or co-worker for Social Worker of the Year or Lifetime Achievement. A detailed description of the criteria for each award is here. To Nominate, submit the CV/resume of the nominee and a 1-2 page explanation of how the nominee meets the award criteria to Awards are presented at the Social Work Month Celebration held in March 2015.

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

Continuing Education (CE) titles are not provided directly by NASWCO but are approved by the Chapter to award CE Credits to participants.  CE credits may be utilized for DORA Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements for license renewal. Go here for detailed information and to see the list of approved providers.

Chapter Professional Education Workshops

These educational events 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.

This series on Starting a Private Practice is offered at the Chapter Office in Denver.  Stand alone workshops, register for one or all three separately:
Private Practice I:  10 Steps to Start Your Business on 1/9/2015 from 9am-11am.
Private Practice II:  Building Your Team on 1/23/2015 from 9am-11am.
Private Practice III:  Your Business, Your Money on 2/6/2015 from 9am-11am.
Private Practice IV:  Beyond the 4 Ps of Marketing on 2/20/2015 from 9am-11am.

DSM 5 by Live Webcast on 2/20/2015 from 1pm-3:30pm.  Join us from the convenience of your home or office!

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.

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.

NASW Journals

Earn CPD Hours by reading Journals produced by the NASW Press, which are among the most highly cited in the social services.  See available Journals such as:  Social Work, Children & Schools, Health & Social Work, Social Work Research, and Social Work Abstracts.  For information on CPD requirements and the types of allowable activities go here.

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