Overview of NYS Continuing Education Requirements for Social Worker Licensing
(Effective: January 1, 2015)

Starting January 1, 2015, every LMSW and LCSW practicing with his or her New York license must complete the required acceptable formal continuing education in order to renew their license. As a practicing LMSW or LCSW, you are required to complete 36 hours of acceptable formal continuing education during each three-year registration period.
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Membership Comments Requested:
Proposed Chapter Bylaws

The New York State Chapter Board of Directors is pleased to announce its new governance structure. NASW NYS welcomes member comments on new bylaws by September 8, 2014.

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The 2015 Annual Power of Social Work Conference:
Building Strong Communities, Collaborative Practice, and
Accountable Leadership

March 20th, 2015  ~   Albany, NY

Call for Papers Deadline: October 17th, 2014

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2014 NASW-NYS Legislative Session Report

The Chapter’s 2014 legislative session was highly productive and successful. This report offers a snapshot of our policy work on issues that relate to workforce development, managed care reforms, regulatory issues and matters of social justice on behalf of our membership and the social work profession in New York State.  >> Click here to read the report


ACTION ALERT: Send a Letter to Governor Cuomo

NASW-NYS has actively sought the passage of legislation that would add Licensed Clinical Social Workers to the list of qualified mental health care providers authorized to deliver mental health services under the state’s Workers Compensation program.  We are thrilled to report that by session’s end, the bill was passed by the legislature and currently awaits delivery to the Governor for his signature.  NASW-NYS is working with our colleagues at the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work to engage the Governor’s staff and assure his support. 

Now is the time to voice your support for this legislation to Governor Cuomo!

Use our letter template to get started and please share a copy of your letter with us via email at: Info@naswnys.org Subject line: Workers Comp 


NASW-NYS Chapter 2014 Training Institutes

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Social Work Licensing Prep Course
16 Hours of Intense Classroom Instruction Designed For the CLINICAL and MASTERS Level ASWB Social Work Licensure Exams  

  • Targets the latest requirements by ASWB*
  • Overview of Test Construction
  • Standardized Test-Taking Strategy
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, Social Work Intervention Strategy
  • Models & Methods of Social Work Practice
  • Human Growth and Development Issues
  • Social Work Values & Ethics
  • Minority Issues/Research & Supervision

* The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is not affiliated with nor does it sponsor or endorse this (or any) study course materials  

April 12-13, 2014  Long Island
June 28-29, 2014   Suffern, NY
Oct. 11-12, 2014  Syracuse, NY

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Did you know…the HIPAA HITECH law holds social workers liable for security breaches by third-party partners?

Cyber Liability Protection is growing in popularity and necessity as technology continues to grow and so does the exposure now faced by businesses that operate online or store sensitive client data electronically on business computer systems. This coverage safeguards a social work practice when storing sensitive client data electronically or liabilities associated with doing business online.  It helps protect against the costs of security breaches. continue reading >


Recent NASW-NYS Legislative Actions

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT - A. 9943b / S. 7882
AN ACT to amend the insurance law and the public health law, in relation to requiring health insurance coverage for substance abuse disorder treatment services and creating a workgroup to study and make recommendations.(June 2014) Read Memorandum

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT - S. 6207 Hannon/A.8494 Rosenthal
AN ACT to amend the insurance law and the public health law, in relation to requiring health care insurers to offer coverage for health care provided by out-of-network providers. (June 2014) Read Memorandum

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT - A.6983-B (Glick)  / S.4917-B (Hoylman)
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with a patient under the age of eighteen years and expanding the definition of professional misconduct with respect to mental health professionals (May 2014) Read Memorandum

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT – S. 7601 – Senator Hannon
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the palliative care education and training council; and to direct such council to examine and make recommendations relating to such training and education in nursing and social work schools. (May 2014) Read Memorandum


NASW-NYS Represents the Social Work Profession at Gaming Commission Hearing

Our Director of Policy, Karin Carreau provided testimony Wednesday, April 9, 2014 to the New York State Gaming Commission in Albany to advocate that social workers be prepared and at the forefront of treating problem gambling as new casinos are installed across New York.   Given that predictive data foreshadows an uptick in problem gambling when casino gambling is legalized and accessible,  The New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYS) formed an unprecedented partnership with the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, (NAAP) to propose a collaborative between the four organizations and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to develop a comprehensive, multi-discipline, multi-year training curriculum rooted in best practices for the sole purpose of readying our state’s mental health workforce. Click here for full testimony


Sen. Ball Champions Initiative Addressing Mental Health Needs of Returning Veterans and Military Families


Congratulations to the NASW-NYS 2014 Award Recipients

Bonnie Collins, EdM, LCSW-R
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Sister Janet Di Pasquale, SSJ
Executive Director of Teaching and Restoring Youth (Try)
2014 Social Worker of the Year Award

Vera House, Inc.
Randi K. Bregman, LMSW
Executive Director
2014 Agency of the Year Award

Avi and Julie Israel
2014 Public Citizens of the Year Award



NASW-NYS Secures Funding in Final State Budget for
Social Work Loan Forgiveness & Veterans Initiative



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Guidance for New MSW Grads on the Path to Licensure in NYS
Memo from NYSED Social Work Board Executive Secretary


New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers
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Effective January 2013, clinical social workers began using new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients. This issue of Practice Perspectives is a comprehensive document describing the deleted, revised, and new codes for 2013 related to clinical social workers. In addition, new definitions of psychotherapy services are included and current codes which will be without changes in code numbers for 2013.


Veterans Training


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Licensure Update

05/11/12 NYNP Corporate Practice
05/29/12 Response to NYSED
                 DRAFT Report
05/07/12 Permanent Exemption
02/28/12 Response to NYSED
                 Workforce Reports
02/01/12 Social Work Advocates
                 Stave Off Job Loss
10/13/11 NASW NYS/NYC
               Response to MRT Prop. 84
06/25/11 NYSED Now Accepting
                 Waiver Applications
06/20/11 Waiver Implementation
06/14/11 Waiver Extension Memo
05/01/11 New Videos on Social
                 Work Licensure in NYS
04/01/11 Corporate Practice Waiver
                 Update & Videos

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