GWSCSW Educational Event Guidelines

GWSCSW sponsors Social Work Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for both educational workshops and study groups. Please read the following guidelines prior to submitting a request for event or study group sponsorship.

In order to submit a proposal, the presenter must be a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the GWSCSW. A member may pair with a non-member or non-social worker to present. Proposals must be relevant to the field of social work and clinical social work practice and have specific goals, objectives, references, and an agenda. Proposals must comply with guidelines of the National Association of Social Workers Standards for Professional Education

All educational events are currently occurring virtually in accordance with local and national public health guidelines and when this changes, this webpage will be updated. 

Priority for approval of events and study groups will be given to: 

  • Ethics 
  • Topics with wide membership requests and appeal
  • Anti-racism topics and education
  • Clinical methods and topics that are accepted within social work literature. This includes those methods that are researched with evidence-based protocols and have been presented at regional and/or national social work conferences.  

We will not approve for events or study groups: 

  • Proposals that are promotional in nature or based on the presenter wanting to register attendees for a self-sponsored event.
  • Proposals that involve teaching controversial, unproven, unresearched, biased methods.
  • Methods and concepts that are outside the scope of accepted clinical social work and/or psychotherapy practice, research or literature. 
  • The Society will take responsibility to:
  • Offer disclaimers as needed on workshop flyers. 

Allow vehicles and forums for attendees to study topics further via a shared study group. 

The Education Branch and its Committees have the discretion to make decisions to approve or disapprove proposals based on the needs of the GWSCSW, which may vary from year to year. Approval may rest on Society issues including the cost to produce, topic saturation, calendar conflicts or other committee conflicts. 

GWSCSW CEU Virtual Workshop Process:

  1. Submission: Presenter submits proposal form, or acceptable alternative proposal made by Board member to Education Branch Director (EBD) via the proposal form here:  Once the form is received, the process of review begins
  2. Review: Education Director (ED) checks objectives & overview, and has ability to edit title, course description, objectives as needed for Society standards or for securing compliance with SW Board CEUs. The presenter will be contacted for additional description, or other information and notified of acceptance. Workshops must align with existing Society educational guidelines
  3. Dates: Presenter sets date with EBD and Executive Administrator
  4. Contracting and Fee: Presenter agreement reviewed by EBD.  Executive Committee and EBD establish fee range and contract with presenter for acceptance
  5. Taping: Virtual programs may be taped with presenter permission and reside in GWSCSW library
  6. Marketing: EBD, Executive Committee, Communications Branch and Executive Administrator plan for the marketing of all events, using Society resources, membership email and listserv, university liaisons, and other local and national organizational coordination
  7. Admin: GWSCSW provides access to Zoom platform, Zoom prep, registration, handouts, awarding of CEUs, etc.

For more information about Continuing Education requirements in local jurisdictions, please visit the following licensing board websites: 

District of Columbia  

Still have questions? Please contact the Education Committee at
    PO Box 711 | Garrisonville, VA  22463 | 202-478-7638 |

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