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Election Social

Please join us for a (free) social hour, with appetizers and drinks, followed by a discussion session with representatives of Gubernatorial Candidates and others running for statewide office on Wednesday, May 23 from 5:30-7:30. We are offering this opportunity for social workers, friends and families to become better informed voters. 

This event is brought to you by the NASW-CO PACE Committee (Political Action for Candidate Elections). Former NASW-CO Executive Director Renee Rivera will host the event at her Denver home. Please see details and RSVP here. If you would like to become involved with this event or the PACE Committee, please email the PACE Chair Stephanie Brinks at

NASW-CO Student Representative Openings on NASW-CO Board of Directors

NASW-CO has two Student Representative positions open within our Board of Directors. The term is a one-year commitment, from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. We meet four times a year as a whole Board, and three of those meetings are held virtually. We have an opening for one BSW Student and one Graduate Student representative. Student representatives participate as voting Board members in NASW-CO Board meetings; represent the Council of Social Work Students and members at meetings; and help to network with and recruit students through activities. You must be an NASW student member ($57/year - 
If you are interested, please first consult with your Student Association/Council of Social Work Students as they sometimes make the recommendations for these positions. You will also need to send a short email to by May 18, 2018 about why you are interested in the position and a bit about your background and experience. Feel free to include a resume, but it is not necessary. We will contact you if we need more information.

Professional Development Resources

Depending on your interests, it's possible to take courses and read publications so that the free and reduced fees are equal to your membership dues!

NASW-CO Clinical Supervision Trainings

This training builds on graduate-level social work skills and provides clinical supervisors with new tools to become more versatile in their roles. It is ideal for those interested in becoming clinical supervisors, or those who are new to clinical supervision. This is open to ALL mental health providers, not just MSWs, LCSW's, however the content is most specific to LCSWs.

During this interactive one-day training attendees will engage with other professionals to strengthen their understanding of today’s best practice knowledge and enhance their skills to function effectively in the role of clinical supervisor for licensure.

The training will address:
· Supervisory roles and functions
· Colorado State Regulatory (DORA) Requirements
· Models of Effective Supervision and Ethical Implications
· Strategies for Clinical Supervision and Best Practices for Individual and Group Supervision
· Common Challenges to Prepare for in Clinical Supervision
· Leadership and Concepts for Further Learning

May 11, 2018 from 9:00-4:30 PM at Fort Lewis College, Durango in the Student Union Senate Chambers 1000 Rim Dr, Durango, CO 81301; Trainer Amie Bryant, MSW, LCSW.

6.0 hours of CE offered - 
Members: $75 
Nonmembers: $150


Stay tuned for upcoming trainings in Grand Junction, Boulder, Fort Collins and CO Springs. If you'd like to host a training with an NASW-CO Trainer for at least 8 trainees, please email

Self-Protective Practices for High-Risk Clinical Cases

Sponsors:  Attorney and LCSW Deborah (Deb) Henson with Beyond Ethics, LLC and NASW-CO

In this age of increasing litigation, clinicians are frequently drawn into the legal battles of their clients through subpoenas for records, depositions and/or trial testimony.  Additionally, clinicians may find themselves treating high-risk clients who present many risks for DORA grievances (e.g., demands for their records; suicide ideation or attempts; violence against others; etc.)

Deb’s focus in her mental health trainings is to help therapists practice in a more self-protective manner, especially with high-risk cases that involve clients’ demands for records or high-risk behavior and/or legal involvement.  Such self-protective practices do not detract from clinical excellence, but rather will augment your work with clients.

Deb presents not only the necessary legal aspects in her trainings, but also incorporates clinical strategies gleaned from her extensive experience as a private practitioner (LCSW) and an instructor at Tulane University School of Social Work and Denver University Graduate School of Social Work.  Deb skillfully blends her clinical experience with her legal knowledge of defending mental health professionals in licensing board complaints/grievances. Deb includes numerous case examples in her workshops from her years of mental health defense situations.

May 11, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 PM at 1776 Jackson Street, Denver, CO (CO Executive Club, Conference Room B/Basement)

3.0 hours of CE offered - 
Members: $35 
Nonmembers: $75


40 CPD Hours Due with License Renewal

As part of the license renewal process, LSWs and LCSWs must complete 40 Continuing Professional Development Hours every two years. See more info on the CPD page of the website.

Recorded CPD Info Session - Offered by the Chapter FREE to NASW members and $75 to non-members is available for download.  Register or Purchase Here.

Chapter CE Approved Providers

List of Approved CE Providers

Application Form for CE Provider Approval

Continuing Education Approved Providers are not offered 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. 

Chapter Info Sessions

The Chapter provides info sessions on the LSW/LCSW License Process, the Jurisprudence Exam, and on CPD Requirements. Free for members and $75 for non-members.  All three titles are available by recording so you may watch on your own time, as often as you like, from your own computer. Sign up via the Services/Store page. (FYI, these titles cannot be used as CPD hours.)

NASW's Online CE Institute offers hundreds of CE courses in a variety of formats—webinars, webcasts, podcasts, presentations, and more. All courses offered through this program are NASW-accredited, and NASW members receive discounted prices. Affordable learning at your pace and on your terms. 

Training on NASW Code of Ethics Revisions Available on Demand

Updates to the Code of Ethics went into effect on January 1, 2018. Training and technical assistance opportunities are available through the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review and the NASW websiteYou can order a copy of the new Code by calling NASW Press at 800.227.3590. View Frequently Asked Questions for a listing of the revised sections.

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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