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. 

When the Society sponsors clinical and educational workshops on sensitive or difficult issues, the workshop leader/presenter needs to: 

  • Explain to those attending how to create and conduct interactions via not just a safe space but also a “brave space.”
  • Offer disclaimers as needed. 
  • Provide time for attendees to debrief afterwards. 
  •  Allow vehicles and forums for attendees to express their thoughts and feelings.

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. 

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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