TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Those who provide comfort and protection for Floridians in crisis say they need more support.
March is National Professional Social Work Month, and in Florida, more than 21,000 social workers provide assistance in schools, hospitals, mental health facilities and social service agencies.
Jim Akin, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers in Florida, says social workers often are unrecognized and under-compensated for their work, and that people often are surprised when they realize that social workers are everywhere.
"In Florida, you'll find that social workers are licensed, so we do have social workers that are in private practice, entrepreneurial, self-employed,” he states. “Social workers work at hospitals, mental health centers. They contract with managed care, private insurance."
Akin adds that nationally, social worker pay lags behind other professions that perform similar duties. However, in Florida, the median annual salary for social workers is around $50,000.
General Hours = 25
Ethics: 3 hours required for license renewal
Prevention of Medical Errors: 2 hours required for renewal - Must be taken from a Board approved Medical Errors provider. Approved courses are listed in CEBroker.
Domestic Violence: 2 hours required every 3rd license renewal. These hours are included in the 25 general hours.
Laws and Rules Update: 3 hours required every 3rd license renewal. These hours are required every third biennium and are included in the 25 general hours.
Supervision Update: 4 hours - These hours are required every third biennium and are included in the 25 general hours. This course is only required for Qualified Supervisors.
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern CE Requirements
There are no requirements that a registered intern must obtain continuing education. However, registered CSW interns may choose to complete the 8 hour laws and rules course, 3 hour HIV/AIDS and 2 hour domestic violence requirement for licensure while a registered intern.
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Elevating Social Workers During Social Work Month
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