Professional Development Activities

APPENDIX A

Q. What is considered acceptable professional development?

REQUIRED : AT LEAST 5 HOURS OF SPECIFIC SOCIAL WORK RELATED ETHICS TRAINING IS REQUIRED EVERY 5 YEARS

MINIMUM OF 5 HOURS OF SPECIFIC SOCIAL WORK RELATED ETHICS TRAINING IS REQUIRED EVERY 5 YEARS

As of 2015, all licensed Social Workers are required to complete 5 hours of Ethical Training in 5 years. These hours are in addition to the 40 hours required yearly. No carry over for extra hours done within 5 years. Please see Ethics Training options below:

PLEASE NOTE : If you have an Ethics Training opportunity that you would like to have approved by Council, please complete the following form and send it by either fax, email or mail to the NSASW. In order for you request to be considered by Council the training MUST be made available to all members via one or more of the following methods:

  • Audio recording
  • Video recording
  • PowerPoint with accompanying notes

FORMAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES (Max. 20 hours)

  • University courses
  • Seminars
  • Continuing Education workshops
  • In-service sessions
  • On line course work
  • Journal clubs, conferences
  • Webinars
  • Presenting at any of the above

The above could be measured by:

  • A syllabus or general outline of the course provided at the beginning
  • Written educational goals and specific, measurable learning objectives
  • Clear evaluation procedures
  • Web site security for registration, payment and on-line course

The items above would generally be expected to orient social workers to current research and peer reviewed materials. Social workers must report learning hours only.

INFORMAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
AND INDEPENDENT LEARNING WHICH ENHANCES
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (Max. 20 hours)

  • Reading (Books, Peer reviewed Journals, etc
  • Videos and Webcasts
  • Attending Community Presentations
  • Networking activities
  • Participating in organized discussion groups
  • Developing a new program or procedure
  • First Aid / CPR Training
  • Information Technology Skills Training

SUPERVISION / CONSULTATION (Max. 20 hours each)

  • Supervising a social work candidate
  • Supervising a social work student

VOLUNTEER WORK (RELATED TO SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE (Max. 20 hours)

  • Member of NSASW Committee (12 hours maximum per committee)
  • Committee Support / Consultation (12 hours maximum)
  • Attendance at NSASW Annual General Meeting
  • Direct service in a social service agency
  • Board and / or Committee work in a social service agency
  • Writing an article that relates to social work practice
  • Public Education Service about social work and social issue
  • International Volunteer Social Service Projects
  • Conducting social work research

PERSONAL Max. 5 hours

  • Self reflection on the learning experiences by keeping a journal
  • Developing and maintaining a professional portfolio
  • Self-care activities