NYSED added 15 new providers to its list in September, bringing the total to more than 200.Â Two of the providersâQuorumEDU and SAGEâhad actually been approved earlier (as long agoÂ as May 1st), but didn’t make it to the list until this past month.
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In last week’s announcement from NYSED about provider approvals, there was a pleaÂ that they are overloaded up there in Albany: âdue to the large number of applications and capacity issues in the Board Office, the application review process is taking longer than anticipated.â In response, NYSED hasÂ created a special statusÂ of providers:Â conditionally approved. This status allows aÂ provider to deliverÂ continuing education credits while they await the fateÂ of their applications. The state has agreed to honor any credits for education a social workerÂ receivesÂ while the provider is conditionally approved.
As of May 29, there was a singleÂ provider listed with that status, the SilbermanÂ School of Social Work at Hunter College.
The Department of Education has modified the requirements exclusively for licensees scheduled to renew in 2015. If you are in that cohort, you can fulfill your continuing education exclusively with self-study courses. These courses are onlineâbut not liveâcourses, with or without videos. Unlike the Live Online trainings, these don’t require you to log onÂ at a specific date and time. Complete them in the evening or on weekends. The only catchÂ is that they must be courses approved by the State and givenÂ by approved providers. We are currently working on our listing of self-study courses (launch in July). Here’s the relevant text from theÂ Department of Education website:
Exception to the limitation on the number of continuing education hours that can be completed through self-study courses Continue reading Flash Update: NYSED will cut you a break if you are due to renew in 2015
New York social workers have many ways toÂ educate themselves, but continuing education hours eligible for licensure must be obtainedÂ from entities specifically approved by the New York State Department of Education. NYSED provides a list of all the providers it hasÂ approved to date on the Office of the Professions website. Â As of the date of this post, there are 82 providers, based from Cape Cod to Alaska! [update: over 100 now listed]
Unfortunately, thisÂ is a nontransparent list that includes manyÂ organizations that don’t really provide training accessible to the majority of social workers for purposes of licensure. There areÂ many reasonsÂ (providers who only do multi-year psychoanalytic training for thousands of dollars, providers who only train their own staff, etc.). Digging through the list can be frustrating and time-consumingÂ for aÂ busyÂ social worker just looking for the continuing education needed to renew their license.
Apparently, NYSED will be dripping providers onto the approval list unannounced for the foreseeable future. Since we last ran our changebot to check724-856-0214, there have been two new listings, bringing the total to 99:
The Department of Education has approved 15 new providers, raising the total number from 82 to 97. While they updated the listÂ of providers, theyÂ didn’t announceÂ the updateÂ or identifyÂ new providers. But that’s what we’re here for. As the old utility slogan goes, Dig We Must. Here’s the short list of new approved providers:
Add nomenclature and acronyms to the list of confusions in the current state of continuing education for social workers in New York. Many providers refer to CEUs, while others use the term continuing education credit hours. One provider even refers to contact hours which is a whole other licensing requirement and not relevant to education. Just to clear this up, here’s NYSED Office of the Professions FAQ on hours: Continue reading Continuing education hours are not CEUs, CEUs are not contact hours