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From the NASW Colorado Chapter
Social Work Update
                                                               April 5, 2018  |  Stay Current on Crucial Info for the Profession 


Record Keeping & Mandatory Disclosure 

The Joined CSCSW and NASWCO Practice Standards Committees have completed guidance regarding HB17-1011/12-43-224(II)(A), C.R.S, Statute of Limitation Discipline Mental Health Professional. This legislation imposes a “required notification” to former clients that their records may not be maintained after seven years from the date of termination of social work/psychotherapy or date of last contact, whichever is later. This notification may be made after the client terminates treatment or may be included with your informed consent process when beginning treatment. Using your Member Login information from NASW National, sign in to our website here for a flyer outlining the suggested protocol for meeting the notification requirements; a sample mandatory disclosure statement based upon DORA’s model mandatory disclosure statement; and a sample notification letter. Please do not distribute these materials to non-members. Significant time and energy are put into preparing these guidelines, and thus they are a member-only benefit.

NASW-CO Upcoming Trainings

Clinical Supervision for Licensure 101: "Knowing the Basics and Starting on the Path Beyond"

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. 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. May 11th 9:00-4:30 PM at Fort Lewis College, Durango. 6.0 hours of CE offered - Members: $75; Nonmembers: $150 Register here

Stay tuned for more Clinical Supervision trainings, including Grand Junction, Boulder, Fort Collins and CO Springs. To host this training, contact

Self-Protective Practices for High-Risk Clinical Cases

Attorney and LCSW Deborah Henson with Beyond Ethics, LLC

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.). This training will teach you what you need to know to protect yourself. May 11th 1:00-4:00 PM South Denver; 3.0 hours of CE offered - Members: $35; Nonmembers: $75  Register here  


Free CE Workshop in Using Theatrical Improvisation with Clients

Join us to learn about using theatrical improvisation (originally developed by social workers in Chicago 100 years ago!) with diverse clients. Erin Rafaels, LSW, Founder of Allprov. “We will learn about some of the current research and clinical applications and we’ll do a few exercises/demonstrations. The goal is for you to apply these ideas and exercises to your work in the field. You don’t have to be a performer or interested in performing to benefit from this workshop. And don’t worry – there will be absolutely no pressure to make up any jokes!  April 184-6 pm

Meadows Branch Library, Boulder. Wine, juice, and cheese provided. ; 2.0 hours of CE offered. Register here

Meet Election Candidates

Please join us to learn from 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, and friends and families, to become better informed voters by providing an opportunity to meet and greet various candidates or their surrogates.

This (free) 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 hereIf you would like to become involved with this event or the PACE Committee, please email the PACE Chair Stephanie Brinks at

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Read the journal Social Work and Legal Issue of the Month to earn CPD Hours for Independent Learning

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CPD Required for Renewal

As part of the Social Work license renewal process, licensees must complete 40 Professional Development Hours every two years. See more info on the CPD page of Chapter website.


NASW Colorado Chapter 1120 Lincoln Street #1608, Denver, CO 80203


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Clinical Supervision for Licensure 101: "Knowing the Basics and Starting on the Path Beyond"

NASW Colorado, 1120 Lincoln Street #1608, Denver, Colorado, 80203 Phone 303-753-8890