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Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs)

Each course meets the qualifications for the specified number of hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

• Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. (NBCC Provider #: 5815).

Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners to provide continuing education activities for social workers (Provider #: 6448).

C.E. Details

In California, LCSWs must complete 36 hours of continuing education within the preceding two years of their license renewal date, and are required to complete six hours of law and ethics training with every renewal. The six-hour clinical supervision training requirement is only necessary if you supervise.

As an LCSW you do not have to complete any of your 36 hours in person. But, there are a couple of caveats.

You may obtain all of your hours through what the BBS calls "interactive, electronic means" which includes online, teleconferencing and videotape viewing.

You can obtain up to 18 hours via "self-study courses" from board-approved providers which the BBS defines as coursework (i.e., books, booklets, audio programs) you do at your residence, office, or other private location.

As for required courses, all licensees have to complete at least six hours of law/ethics each licensing cycle.

The BBS' Continuing Education and License Renewal Information Brochure is a helpful publication for keeping licensees informed of new continuing education requirements.

California BBS Statutes And Regulations For LCSWs (2013 Edition)

Here's a link to the 2015 version of the California Board of Behavioral Science's (BBS) Statutes and Regulations Relating to the Practice of Professional Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Educational Psychology, and Clinical Social Work. This booklet contains various California Business and Professions Code statutes and California Code of Regulations sections and reflects changes made through January 1, 2013.