APPLICATION:
Section A: Must applications be typed?
We highly recommend that you submit a typed form, as illegible applications will not be accepted. Written applications will be accepted as long as it is legible. A minimum of a 10-pt. font must be used for all materials submitted.

Do I need to complete an application for each program/workshop individually?
Yes. Each program must contain a separate application with the requested supporting documentation.

Must a resume or curriculum vitae be submitted for each presenter/co-presenter?
Yes.

Please Email Completed Applications to: naswgavirtualcall@gmail.com

Section B: CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM | QUALITY & OBJECTIVES:
What should the program/workshop objectives include?
Learning objectives and format of the proposed presentation will be reviewed to ensure high-quality learning experiences with clearly stated learning goals, educational formats, and explicit expectations regarding the participation of attendees. A representative of the target audience (social worker) should provide input during the program planning to ensure the suitability of the subject matter to the level of application. Planning, administration, presentation, and evaluation functions must be a constant concern of both sponsor and user groups.

The topic and its development shall be appropriate and meaningful for professional social workers. The title of the workshop should adequately reflect the program content. The relevance of program content to social work should be stated. Clearly state learning objectives and educational format methods (such as a lecture or stimulated learning situations) for achieving those objectives. Include agenda and time schedule for the educational offering. NASW-GA will be sensitive to cultural issues when approving a workshop. Handicap accessibility for program venues is required.

What are the learning objectives?
Learning objectives allow NASWGA to better understand the knowledge required of the presenter to facilitate on the subject matter. Please keep in mind that learning objectives (and the course content associated with the learning objectives) should clearly show how the program builds on a foundation of academic preparation for social work practice, knowledge, and skills. For example, theories of human behavior in the social environment, social work research, program or practice areas, social work agency management or administration, development, evaluation and/or implementation of social policy, social work generalist practice, social work clinical practice, diversity, social justice, and social work ethics.

Program Content
Continuing education events for social workers should clearly relate to social work practice, theory, and methodology; to the level of social work education; to social policy; or to administration, planning, and research related to human services. As a guide for participation, learning objectives and content designed to meet those objectives should be specified for each event/program. The way in which the content will meet the learning needs of social workers also should be made clear. Such information should be provided on promotional materials or upon request.
 

Section C: DEFINITION: NASWGA-QUALIFIED PRESENTER
The sponsor of a continuing education program/event must make sure that the presenter/speaker/instructor, is qualified. Individual presenter/speaker/instructor have the responsibility for offering only those events for which they are qualified.
Specific requirements for the Qualified Presenter include:
■ Competence in the subject matter with a resume/CV that speaks more directly of the course topic

■ Experience to transmit the subject matter - Experience is reflected as either 2 yrs. or more of professional work experience in area of practice related to subject matter or documented research, 2 yrs. or more of course facilitation applicable to subject matter on the university/college level, or 2 yrs. or more of transmitting subject matter by way of a workshop or training platform. If experience is not recent meaning older than ten years, the applicant must demonstrate that experience/skills are up to date e.g. include certificate of attendance (a minimum of 15 CE hrs.) on subject matter or certification of completion for training or course attended on subject matter
■ Ability to transmit the educational content to the participants’ understanding of continuing education objectives
■ Knowledge and skill in instructional methodology, learning processes, and the use of emotionally laden material
■ Capacity for self-evaluation and modification of future offerings in response to evaluations conducted by self, sponsor, and participants
■ Maintenance of an appropriate certification, credential, or license for subject matter.

Definition of Core, Related, Ethics and TeleMental Health CE hours?
According to the GA Composite/Licensure Board Rule 135-9-.01. defines Core hrs. as follows: (5) Core hours are continuing education hours acquired in activities in the specialty in which the license is held; e.g., PC core hours must reflect PC content, SW core hours must reflect SW content, and MFT core hours must reflect MFT content. Core hours may be obtained through graduate-level education, conferences, workshops, seminars, or online courses approved for continuing education by organizations authorized to offer continuing education credit.
(6) The GA Composite/Licensure Board defines Related hours as continuing education hours acquired in activities in a specialty other than the one in which the license is held or in the allied professions of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, or Pastoral Counseling. Related hours may be obtained from:
(a) activities sponsored, co-sponsored, or approved by professional associations in the specialties of Professional Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy or the allied professions for Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, Pastoral Counseling, or allied health specialties,
OR
(b) activities sponsored, co-sponsored, or approved by an academic department in the specialties of Professional Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy or the allied professions of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, or Pastoral Counseling.
For full description of Core and Related hrs. visit

http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43

Section D: How Core, Related, Ethics and TeleMental Health hrs. Approval Specifically for NASWGA’s Continuing Education Programs:
Core Hrs.

■  The program must be in compliance with GA Composite Board Rule 135-9-.01.
■ Preferably provided by LCSW or LMSW who is a Qualified Presenter
■ Other Mental Health Professionals who are qualified presenters may submit applications for Core hr. consideration. However, a LCSW or LMSW who is qualified to present on the program’s subject matter must be involved in the detailed planning of the program. **Mental health professionals and credentialed/licensed individuals seeking to facilitate a Core hr. Program must submit documentation with the application that shows an LCSW or LMSW involvement in the planning of the program from start to finish. Social workers must engage in the planning of presentation and be qualified to present on the program’s subject matter. (see definition of Qualified Presenter). *If a social worker serves as a planner, submit the following documentation with the application: Social worker’s resume. The resume must clearly show that the social worker has at least 2 years’ experience and competency in the program’s subject matter. Finally, the social worker who assisted with the preparation of the program must have his/her/their name listed/included on the agenda, brochure and all other advertising materials for the program. 
■ Qualified presenters seeking Core hrs. must also demonstrate at least 2 yrs. or more of work experience in the area of practice related to the CE program topic for which approval is sought.
■ The entire program inclusive of goals and objectives must reflect SW content

Related Hrs.
■ The program must be in compliance with GA Composite Board Rule 135-9-.01.
■ Provided by a qualified presenter (see definition of Qualified Presenter) who is a licensed person, certified or experienced in a specialized area with 2 years or more of work experience as listed on the resume, CV and/or certificate of training on workshop topic.
■ NASW-GA highly recommends that a social worker is involved in the planning and/or facilitation of the Approved CE Application Program for which Related hours are requested. The social worker who serves as a planner must submit the following documentation with the application: a resume that clearly shows that the social worker has at least 2 years’ experience and competency in the program’s subject matter, and a detailed description as to how the social worker assisted with the planning of program content. Finally, the social worker who assisted with the preparation of the program must have his/her/their name listed/included on the agenda, brochure and all other advertising materials for the program. 

Ethics Hrs.:
■ The program must be in compliance with GA Composite Board Rule 135-9-.01.
■ Must be provided by LCSW or LMSW who is qualified (see definition of Qualified Presenter) facilitation relevant to the CE program topic for which approval is sought.
■ Program may co-present with another Mental Health Professional. If the Program uses a co-presenter, each must meet the standard for a Qualified Presenter (see definition of Qualified Presenter) and demonstrates 2 yrs. or more of Ethics workshop facilitation relevant to the CE program topic for which approval is sought.  
Qualified Presenter must submit a resume or curriculum vitae with the CE Application.
■ The LCSW or LMSW and co-presenter must facilitate equal sections of the Program.
■ Program content must infuse the NASW Code of Ethics throughout the entire program
 

Tele-Mental Health Hrs.
■ Must be provided by LCSW or LMSW who is qualified (see definition of Qualified Presenter).
■ Qualified Presenter must submit a resume or curriculum vitae with the CE Application.
■ LCSW or LMSW must demonstrate completion of Tele-Mental Health training as outlined in GA Composite/Licensure Board Tele-Mental Health Rule 135-11-.01. Here is a relevant part of the rule:
Tele-Mental Health is the delivery of services by a licensed Professional Counselor, Social Worker, or Marriage and Family Therapist using technology-assisted media.
b) Provisions;
1. Training for Licensee:
(i) Prior to the delivery of clinical TeleMental Health, the licensee shall have obtained a minimum of six (6) continuing education hours.
2. Supervision
(i) Training of the TeleMental Health Supervisor: Prior to the delivery of supervision via telemental health, the supervisor shall have obtained a minimum of nine (9) hours of continuing education. The continuing education hours may include the same eight (8) categories identified under "Training for Licensee", rule section (b) (l)(i) (l-VIII), plus, must also include three (3) hours in the category of: Supervising TeleMental Health Therapy- understanding the key components necessary to supervise effective, and efficient delivery of telemental health therapy. 
Visit Composite Board Rules at  http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43 for the complete rule.


■ LCSW or LMSW must demonstrate 2 yrs. or more of Ethics workshop facilitation relevant to the CE program topic for which approval is sought or certificate of TeleMental Health course completion.

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Application questions call 678-691-2112 or E-mail: naswgavirtualcall@gmail.com

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